Isle of Wight

Steeped in history and surrounded by coastal bliss, the Isle of Wight has something for every visitor. It’s also home to some of the best festivals in the UK, giving this beautiful island a wonderfully vibrant calendar.

Isle of Wight festivals 2024

Festival fun on the Isle of Wight in 2024, including Ventnor Fringe, Isle of Wight Walking Festival, Cowes Week and Chale Show.

Robbie Lane

Michelin restaurants on the Isle of Wight

Making the most of the Garden Isle’s astonishing natural larder, the superb Michelin recommended restaurants on the Isle of Wight are a foodie must-visit.

Annie Cowen

Most romantic places in the UK

Make the most of your next couples getaway with a visit to these romantic places, from the coastal charms of Dorset to the wild beauty of Scotland.

Annie Cowen

Most popular cottages in 2023

From romantic sea-view escapes to rural group-friendly havens, discover our most popular cottages in 2023 for some holiday inspiration.

Lucy Williamson

Best places to propose in the UK

From enchanting castles to dramatic clifftop scenes, these romantic spots are some of the best places to propose in the UK.

Annie Cowen

Best holiday cottages for groups

From country houses with hot tubs to coastal retreats with sea views and space galore, these holiday cottages are perfect for a group holiday.

Annie Cowen

Top things to do on the Isle of Wight

From royal summer houses and stunning walks to Michelin recommended restaurants and theme parks, there's no shortage of things to do on the Isle of Wight.

Robbie Lane

Cosy holiday cottages near a pub

Whether you want a log fire in your living room or your local taproom, this collection of cosy holiday cottages near a pub is perfect for your winter getaway.

Annie Cowen

Secret places on the Isle of Wight

Off-the-beaten-track, these secret places to visit on the Isle of Wight include Roman villas, beautiful bays, fascinating forts and ancient churches.

Robbie Lane

Classic Cottages supports Sunshine Radio

Sunshine Radio is a small charity run entirely by volunteers, providing free audio entertainment for patients of the local hospital, and we are delighted to be supporting them this year.

Dominique Adams

A guide to visiting Osborne House

Everything you need to know about touring Queen Victoria’s beautiful home of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, including the walled gardens and Osborne beach.

Robbie Lane

Historic houses on the Isle of Wight

Stately homes, abbeys and priories on the Isle of Wight including Osborne House, Farringford House, Appuldurcombe House, Quarr Abbey, and Carisbrooke Priory.

Robbie Lane

Gardens on the Isle of Wight

Whether you like your flowers expertly curated or fabulously wild, there is a garden on the Isle of Wight to tempt every green-fingered guest.

Robbie Lane

Castles and forts on the Isle of Wight

Castles, forts and historic batteries on the Isle of Wight including Carisbrooke Castle, Yarmouth Castle, The Needles Old Battery and Fort Victoria.

Robbie Lane

Best beaches on the Isle of Wight

Discover the Isle of Wight’s best beaches, including Sandown Bay, Shanklin Beach, Ventnor Beach and Appley, along with advice on accessibility and facilities.

Robbie Lane

Places to eat on the Isle of Wight

Outstanding restaurants, pubs and eateries on the Isle of Wight including places to eat in Newport, Ryde, Sandown and Ventnor.

Robbie Lane

The best walks on the Isle of Wight

Outstanding walks on the Isle of Wight for families, ramblers and dog walkers including Tennyson Down, The Culver Trail and The Medina Estuary.

Robbie Lane

The best places to spot wildlife on the Isle of Wight

The island is the perfect place to discover an abundance of wildlife. Protected by the Solent from the mainland you can enjoy exploring vast swathes of ancient woodland and shoreline, just don’t forget your binoculars.

Liz Arnell

In Search of Secret Shanklin

Whether staying in Shanklin or further afield, if you’ve come for a visit be sure to pop into these secret Shanklin stop offs.

Anmarie Bowler

Ventnor Fringe Festival

According to The Sunday Times, Ventnor Fringe is “...rapidly becoming the country’s most surprising and inspirational multidisciplinary arts festival.” See what it's like for yourself.

Anmarie Bowler

50 things to do in May Half Term

50 ideas to keep you busy during school holidays, ranging from fruit picking to wild swimming. There's plenty of ideas to kick start your holiday planning.

Kayleigh Hardy

A day out in Yarmouth

Whether you are staying on the West Wight or east of the River Medina, be sure to make a day of Yarmouth.

Anmarie Bowler

Things to do in Seaview

On the east of the Isle of Wight, Seaview is a great spot for family holidays on the beach, romantic ocean vistas and maybe even an ice cream or two.

Kayleigh Hardy

Ventnor beach review

A sheltered cove with golden sands and lots of amenities; what's not to like here?

Liz Arnell

Child friendly Isle of Wight

Hop on the steam railway, step back in time or get out on the water with our top child friendly things to do on the Isle of Wight.

Anmarie Bowler

Shanklin beach review

Along the east side of the Isle of Wight, Shanklin beach and esplanade is a place for dog-walking, sandcastle building and a good old-fashioned day at the beach.

Liz Arnell

Top places to eat crab on the Isle of Wight

There's nothing better than fresh local seafood. Crab is possibly one of the most versatile delicacies you'll find on the island. Eat out or prepare a culinary spectacle in the luxury of your holiday cottage.

Anmarie Bowler

Ryde Winery

Just outside of Ryde sits a small piece of heaven that, on a sunny day, could resemble the Med. Welcome to Rosemary Vineyard.

Anmarie Bowler

East Cowes beach review

This shingle beach is a charming, quiet little spot if you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle of Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Anmarie Bowler

Sandown beach review

A visit to the Isle of Wight would not be complete without a stroll along the golden sands of Sandown beach.

Liz Arnell

Family friendly walk around Fort Victoria

Get a breath of fresh air with a family walk along the beach and through the woods near Yarmouth. This dog friendly beach means every member of your clan can enjoy the Great Outdoors of the Isle of Wight.

Kayleigh Hardy

The ultimate summer barbecue guide

Nothing says summer more than the sizzle of a barbecue in the summer sunshine. We’ve put together our top tips to make your next barbecue the best one yet.

Kayleigh Hardy

St Helens beach review

If you've been to the Isle of Wight but never visited St Helens beach then make sure it's on your list of places to visit.

Liz Arnell

Things to do in Freshwater

A brief round up of all the things to do around Freshwater and Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight.

Liz Arnell

Places to eat in Ryde

Ryde has a great variety of places to eat so go ahead and treat yourself, after all you are on holiday!

Liz Arnell

How to Spot a Rip Current

It’s best to familiarise yourself with the dangers that come with swimming in the sea so that you can stay safe and happy - how to spot a rip current is important.

Lizzie Heather

Family fun on Hayling Island day trip

When you think of a UK summer holiday, what comes into the mind's eye? I would hedge a bet that it may involve a pebbled beach, seaside huts, little ones playing in the water and perhaps an amusement park or two. Enter, Hayling Island.

Kylie Barton

May events on the Isle of Wight

Keep up with all the events taking place on the Isle of Wight this May. Get outdoors at the annual walking festival or step back in time at the spring steam gala. Escape to the island this May.

Kayleigh Hardy

Freshwater Bay

A beach profile for this West Wight beach, just around the corner from the iconic Needles.

Liz Arnell

Ryde Beach

Called Ryde beach by visitors or Appley beach by the locals, this north coast beach is perfect for a coastal walk on the Isle of Wight.

Liz Arnell

Things to do in Ryde

I hadn’t thought much about having a holiday in Ryde before I spent the day there but I was really surprised by what it has to offer.

Liz Arnell

New Year on the Isle of Wight

Get ready for the approach of the New Year on the Isle of Wight with these festive additions to your holiday.

Kayleigh Hardy

Historical sites on the Isle of Wight

A favourite of Queen Victoria, the Isle of Wight has a long history of heritage and culture, so it's little wonder there are places of grandeur to visit. Here is a select of places to visit on the island to sample some national heritage.

Katie Chown

Sea Glass and Dogs at Yaverland

Isle of Wight dog walks at Yaverland don't come prettier than this one filled with sparkling sea glass for beach wanderers.

Liz Arnell

Top 6 dog friendly pubs on the Isle of Wight

6 of our favourite places to take your doggy friends on the Isle of Wight. These dog friendly pubs are just the ticket after a long walk with your four-legged friend.

Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Yarmouth

It’s a great place to watch the ships go by from Portsmouth and Southampton with sailing boats dotted in between with many a deli and cafe to while away relaxing days.

Liz Arnell

Things to do in Bembridge

Bembridge is on the east coast of the Isle of Wight. With a working harbour, plenty of beaches and a plethora of countryside walks, there's plenty to do in this East Wight hot spot.

Kayleigh Hardy

Top 4 Isle of Wight theatres

Try something a little more cultural on your Isle of Wight holiday with a visit to one of these theatres. See amateur dramatics, live screenings, comedy or a Christmas pantomime at these venues throughout the year.

Kayleigh Hardy

UK Island hopping escapes in the South and West

Island hopping can be a beautifully British pastime. In this case, it’s all about the transport, as recommended by our staff, travelling on alternative modes of transport and escaping to an island in the South and West.

Katie Chown

Why did Queen Victoria love the Isle of Wight?

In honour of the release of Victoria and Abdul, a silver screen epic telling the story of the Queen and her Indian companion, Abdul Karim, we discover why Queen Victoria loved the Isle of Wight so much.

Kayleigh Hardy

Ventnor Botanic Gardens

A former lung hospital, Ventnor Botanic Gardens are a real breath of fresh air when it comes to family days out on the Isle of Wight.

Kayleigh Hardy

3 family friendly things to do in Southampton

When looking for a family day out, what is it you look for? I think of fun, food, and a little bit of education sprinkled in for good measure. To get just that, you need look no further than Southampton.

Kylie Barton

Cowes Week

The beginning of August hails Cowes week on the Isle of Wight. The ultimate sailing regatta brings people from all over the world to the island in the summer.

Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Godshill

A pretty chocolate box village on the south of the island. Godshill makes for a quaint day enjoying cream teas and pretty pubs, it’s also a great base for walking out into the Isle of Wight countryside.

Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Portsmouth

If you're heading to the Isle of Wight on holiday, you may well stop in Portsmouth - why not make a day of it?

Kylie Barton

A pretty walk to Steephill Cove

A hidden gem with calm waters and golden sands, perfect for a quiet afternoon out in the sunshine while on holiday on the Isle of Wight.

Liz Arnell

Things to do in Ventnor

Made famous by the Victorians for the cleanest air in Britain, Ventnor is a calming yet fun place to spend a day on the Isle of Wight.

Kayleigh Hardy

Where to find red squirrels on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a wildlife haven with several reserves and an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, there are plenty of animals to spot. Red squirrels have been homed on the Isle of Wight to protect the species, here are our top places to lay in wait for a glance or two.

Kayleigh Hardy

Arts cinemas in the South and West

Cinemas are everywhere. And can be a great way to dodge a rainy day while you’re on holiday. But if you like places with a dash of character and plenty of good films to go around, you might want to plan a special trip to one of these.

Kayleigh Hardy

Spring tide walk to St Helens Fort

A walk with a difference. This walk can only be attempted 4 times a year so plan your holiday for low tide and hope to strike lucky.

Liz Arnell

No 8 Cafe and Farm Shop in Bembridge

Stop by at No 8 cafe in Bembridge for vegetarian delights. From lunch dishes to cake and coffee, spend 10 minutes or 2 hours soaking up the ambience and this pretty spot.

Kayleigh Hardy

Brading Marshes circular walk

Join Liz Arnell and her Labrador Retriever, Nigel, on a circular walk on the east of the Isle of Wight. The walk takes in stunning sea views and magical woodland on the island.

Liz Arnell

Things to do in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight

A holiday in Shanklin is the perfect bucket-and-spade seafront experience. Full of fun for all the family, it’s the quintessential beach resort destination, but in an idyllic setting on the south east coast of the Isle of Wight.

Katie Chown

Things to do in Cowes

Renowned as the sailing capital of the world, Cowes has plenty of restaurants, cafes and activities to keep you entertained on your Isle of Wight holiday.

Kayleigh Hardy

Visit Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is one of the few places in the UK where you could get away with a relaxed approach to holidaymaking. From the centre of the Island you are never more than half an hour from the sea, and you'll find family friendly bays, beaches and coves scattered all over. There are lots of things to do on a visit to the Isle of Wight.

Robbie Lane

How to take great holiday photos

Follow our simple hints and tips on how to capture your holiday memories. Including composition ideas, group photos and how to snap that all important sunset shot, we’ve got you covered on it all.

Kayleigh Hardy

Dog walking on Bembridge Beach

Soak up the sunshine and views of the Solent and the Channel with a walk around the Bembridge coastline on the east of the Isle of Wight.

Kayleigh Hardy

5 top tips for holidays with dogs

Dogs are man's best friend and who wouldn't want to take their best friend on holiday? Choose one of our dog friendly cottages for a great stay with your four legged friend.

Kayleigh Hardy