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.
Visit the peaceful marina at Harbour Island and enjoy sitting by the water and watching the world go by. The interior has recently undergone extensive renovation and outside there's a raised seating platform giving a stunning view over the river Medina. open daily throughout the year this restaurant is ideally located just two miles south of Cowes.
Meal at heBreeze
Well organised COVID-19 procedures in place., but they isn’t interfere with the service. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The meal was really lovely, well cooked and portions were brilliant..
When we left we were pleasantly stuffed.
A traditional pub located in Cowes old town, close to the ferry terminal and yacht clubs. Food is locally sourced where possible and cooked to order. Children and dogs are welcome.
Nice cosy pub
Popped in for a drink early evening. Cosy, traditional pub with a nice atmosphere. Not sure if they serve food as didn’t see any sign of any whilst there.
Park your car anywhere on the Esplanade at Seaview and walk past the Boathouse pub with the sea on your right. You will pass rows of beach huts, woodland and into Puckpool Park. The sea views are stunning across the Solent to the mainland and the park itself is a gem. The path hugs the coast all the way around to Ryde, past Appley beach with its gothic tower and into the town. You'll find lots of places to eat and drink en-route, the path is even and flat so suitable for pushchairs. Dogs are allowed on the footpaths but restricted on the beach so do check the signs. The return walk is approx 2 miles depending how far into Ryde you walk and the best return route is back the way you came.
Easy flat walk
Great walk to Ryde especially as you can walk across the beach at all states ot the tide
Lovely coast path
Great views, accessible with a pushchair and plenty of places to stop on route for refreshments and a great kids park in puckpool park (with public toilets), our toddler loved it. The Old Barracks beer garden is sunny and nice with reasonably priced drinks. Don't miss the sand playground on Ryde seafront if you have little kids, our toddler loved it!
It is a nice walk along the coast from Seaview to Ryde. There are a couple of park cafes on the way and some nice coffee shops in Ryde.
Excellent pushchair friendly walk
A lovely walk from the doorstep, although you may need to walk via Bluett Road in Seaview at high tide! There are a couple of cafes in Puckpool to take a rest and refreshments.
With the sea to look at and all the activity on it along the way it is a very enjoyable walk. When the tide is out you can shorten the walk by cutting across the beaches. If you walk along the paths you will pass a small nature reserve which can be visited by all, a couple of pubs, The Boathouse looked good, a cafe which we went in called The Dell and recreations. The area named Appley has a Coastal Foley and woods to walk through. The beach at Ryde is large and sandy, and Ryde has many places for refreshments after your walk. You can continue your walk along the pier, which is free for pedestrians. We estimated the distance to be a little over 2 miles, we took our time and enjoyed the views.
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.
Walk in the forest
Lovely place to walk, the dogs loved it but we didn't see any squirrels unfortunately
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!
Offering views across the Solent, this bistro bar and restaurant has a wide ranging menu throughout the day. You can watch the world go by from the outdoor seating or enjoy the nautical interior inside. Dogs and children are welcome.
Nice evening meal
Great atmosphere, nice staff, good food, reasonable pricing
Great service, food and view, visited a number of times during our stay and were never disappointed.
Food great and great location
Lovely location on seafront and food was excellent. Staff friendly and attentive too.
Lovely views, friendly staff, nice food
We visited a couple of times and enjoyed it. Great view!
Excellent food and great staff
This is a great place to eat as it has some lovely dishes and has a specials board. We tried the sea bass which was so nice we returned for a second helping! Our party also tried the fish of the day which was a whole sea bream, again delicious. The shell on prawns, the fish and chips and the crab ramekin were also really nice and the bread served here was gorgeous and you get plenty of butter. The chocolate brownie dessert was a triumph too. All of this, plus it is dog friendly! Definitely recommended to try.
The Old Fort
Great food, lovely staff and very welcoming
Two had ploughman's, one fish and chips, one sea bass. All excellent.
The new to the menu Lemon Posset was a delightful end to the meal.
Good quality, well priced
Good quality, well priced and varied menu, with indoor and outdoor seating. We had a whole fresh plaice, and pulled pork burger, and both were excellent. Decent wine list as well
Mrs Rachel Coleman
Excellent friendly service.
Lovely staff and food.
We usually go to the weekly curry night when we are on holiday
The Old Fort Seaview
Lovely seaside pub with outside sitting area. Enjoyed the food, but you do need to book ahead as they get very busy and its OK to sit outside if it is a balmy summer evening.
We never got to actually eat in this pub. We did try several times but we were either too late or too early and they weren't serving food and then on our last evening there we were told no dogs after 6pm so we couldn't get a table. To be honest we did rather feel that sailing club members were given priority over holiday makers and that we were a bit of a nuisance that is tolerated rather than encouraged.
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