The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
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.
A shingle beach overlooking the Solent with great views of passing ships and yachts. Princes Parade promenade runs the length of the beach to Gurnard Beach with a cafe and shop at the western end. Ticketed parking is along the roadside and there is also a car park with toilets nearby. Dogs are not allowed from May to the end of September. There is no lifeguard cover.
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.
If you had to name a town on the Isle of Wight, this would be most people's answer. Famous for 'Cowes Week', a world reknowned sailing event, the town sits at the mouth of the River Medina on the northern tip of the island. Easy to escape to from the mainland, Cowes has everything you could want from a holiday destination.
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!
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 contemporary restaurant, two minutes walk away from the Parade. Local meats and seafoods are cooked over charcoal and served in pleasant surroundings in central Cowes.
A popular spot and you can't book so be prepared to wait when busy. The menu is on a blackboard and cutlery is in brown paper bags. Dogs are welcome.
You'll find this small and intimate restaurant tucked away in the old town. The menu is limited but seasonal and uses local produce.
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Things to do
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Things to do