The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Ideally placed in the centre of the island on top of Arreton Downs, this chocolate box thatched pub serves an extensive menu and a wide range of vegetarian options. There's an outside play area for the kids and dogs are welcome.
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.
15 miles, so a full day's walking from the medieval castle at Carisbrooke, across Brighstone Down, through Brook Down, past Freshwater Bay with its beautiful scenery, to The Needles. There's lots to discover along the way. Print the map from Visit Isle of Wight.
The largest town on the island, it's sat at the head of the river mouth and is packed full of the usual mainland town offerings, punctuated with local lovelies like the boutiques along Watchbell Lane. There's also a strong arts scene with galleries, theatres, workshops and heritage sites. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food with high end restaurants through to bijou cafes.
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!
Traditional pub grub but with a difference. Locals are offered a bartering exchange system where they provide local produce in exchange for meals or drinks. Great idea and upholds their intent to use local products. A garden with views across the downs and a large terrace are available for summer dining. Child and dog friendly. You may wish to book; this is a very popular place.
This is a beautiful traditional pub that serves excellent food and has staff that will go the extra mile. I love that you can order some of the dishes from the menu as a smaller portion so there is no food waste. All food is locally sourced and they can even tell you the name of the person who grew it!
A traditional country pub which uses local produce and even its own home grown herbs from a vegetable patch in the garden. There's a kids play area and a shop selling all sorts of local produce. Dogs are welcome.
A warm welcome
We booked for a meal at The Taverners after first visiting there for a drink earlier in the week. We received a warm friendly welcome and the food was excellent, plenty of choice with daily specials and a bit different to the norm. . The service was excellent and very prompt. Their local brew was also good. I would definitely recommend this establishment and would visit again when I am next on the Isle.
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!
Primarily a primate rescue centre, there's also a mob of meerkats, owls, reptiles and amphibians. There is disabled access to all areas of the park. Dogs are not allowed. Check their website for opening times as this can vary depending on the time of year.
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