The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Located directly opposite Osborne House, this pub was once used by the Osborne estate to accommodate staff of Royal visitors as well as stabling their horses. These days the pub offers ample parking, outside terrace seating, pool, darts and a wide ranging menu.
A private beach accessed only from Osborne House where you will pay an entry fee. The beach is sandy and safe, a favourite of Queen Victoria and her children when they were in residence. These days you can take a look at her bathing hut and enjoy an ice cream on the beach. A shuttle bus runs from the house between April - October. There's no lifeguard cover and dogs are not allowed.
Budding botanists and devoted dendrologists rejoice, for this is a beautiful trail under 2 miles long, featuring some special species of trees as you walk around Cowes. iwight.com have a full description and printable download.
Just inland of the north coast, there's a church designed by Prince Albert and many historic connections to the Royal family. Sit riverside on balmy afternoons in the peace and quiet this off-the-beaten-track village affords.
A large area of woodland maintained by the Forestry Commission. There's miles of woodland walks suitable for both walkers and mountain bikers. The red squirrel hide is a great place to spot wildlife from.
Great place for a walk and to get close to nature - and we saw a red squirrel!
Beautiful place to walk the dog and the kids!
A hidden gem, west of well-known Cowes, think beautiful beach huts lining the shores, picnic greens and happy families. This is a great place to bring the little ones. Only a half hour walk from Cowes makes it well located for bigger days out, but you should find all you need here, with the sailing club keeping everyone entertained and the plethera of eateries keeping everyone full.
Gurnard is such a pretty place. The children loved skimming stones on the beach here, then a long play in the lovely park (which is enclosed) and then we finished off with a hot chocolate and a slice of cake at the Watersedge Beach Cafe. Perfect!
The club has grown considerably since 1892 when the course consisted of two holes for the Royal Household only. Nowadays the the course is 6358 yards long and a par 70. A unique monument at the 7th hole is Osborne's elephant pit which local folklore states Queen Victoria bathed her Indian elehpants in!. The views across the Solent are stunning.
If you only visit one place on the Isle of Wight then make it here, the holiday home of Queen Victoria. See private apartments, the bathing beach, childrens play cottage and garden terraces. You'll need from 2 - 3 hours and there's also a restaurant and cafe for refreshments. Check opening times before you visit as it is not open every day during the winter.
A visit to Osborne House would not be complete without calling in here. Serving lunch or high tea, the seasonal menu is created using local produce including Ventnor crab and four types of Victoria sponge.
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