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The Isle of Wight is one of few habitable islands in England and is an ideal location for a holiday, short break or day out. Situated just off England's South Coast, the Island holds a unique coastal location, but is within only 30 minutes of the UK mainland from Portsmouth.

The Isle of Wight resembles a diamond shape, with Newport, the county capital, at its center. The largest town, Cowes, plays host to the world's largest and most prestigious yachting event each year. Each August, the World's eyes turn on this small and beautiful area of the UK.
This island has a magic all of its own - and is one of the UK's sunniest and warmest places. The Isle of Wight is approximately 23 miles East to West, and 13 miles North to South, being about 150 square miles in area. The Island and its countryside can be comfortably covered by car, bus or cycle within two days but we were lucky to stay here for a week. The Island has many areas of outstanding natural beauty – rolling countryside, forests, farms, picturesque villages and seaside resorts. As you would expect of any holiday area, the Island has a wealth of natural and man-made attractions, as well as superb coastline and countryside. With over 500 miles of roads and footpaths, all these are easily accessible and can be enjoyed throughout the year.

The Island's geographic profile has been formed over many thousands of years, by the water of the English Channel. From the rocky cliffs of The Needles on the West Coast, over to the sandy beaches of Sandown and Shanklin on the East, no other UK holiday resort offers so much to the national or international visitor.
Over 1.8 million people visit the Island each year - about one third of these are day trippers, with the remainder staying 2 days or more. Ventnor, on the South Coast, in particular, enjoys an almost sub-tropical climate, and the main holiday resorts of Shanklin and Sandown regularly top the UK sunshine charts. Whether you want to stay in hotel luxury, or pitch your tent, there is a wide variety of accommodations available, close to all the action.

  • Last visit to Isle of Wight: May 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2006 at 1:32 PM

    Great tips on an island that I will visit soon.

  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2005 at 7:26 PM

    I'm an ex Isle of Wighter so enjoyed your pages...I haven't been back for more than 20 years so I miss the place. Always love to read other peoples stories about the Island and see their pictures,TIM

  • starship's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2005 at 8:17 AM

    Excellent page with really useful tips and information. I've always wanted to visit Isle of Wight (there is also a town named this where I grew up in the States) because of Osborne House and the Isle of Wight glass I collect.

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2005 at 12:18 PM

    Helpful page page, thanks, We are off to the Isle of Wight next week (~_~)

  • beluga's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2004 at 5:13 PM

    visited Carisbrooke castle when i was about 7 yo ... i remember being very impressed with it .. nice page

  • cheekymarieh's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2003 at 12:46 PM

    Great page. We used to visit the island when I was a child. I have some great memories of the place. Hope you saw more of the Roman villa then was visible 20 years ago!

  • SwissGuard's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2002 at 3:57 PM

    Osborne House is awesome!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2002 at 10:30 AM

    Very interesting! My Ancestors come from here. Thanks for the page!

  • Nov 18, 2002 at 6:39 PM

    I love Carisbrooke Castle!

  • Sep 12, 2002 at 5:36 PM

    Beautiful island!


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