"Island of Vectis Very Near To Britannia" Top 5 Page for this destination Isle of Wight by freya_heaven
Isle of Wight Travel Guide: 307 reviews and 612 photos
The Roman name for the island was "Island of Vectis very near to Britannia" from 50 AD, the name was changed to the Isle of Wight in roughtly 500 AD. It is thought Wight was used as in Roman it means split (split from the British mainland!)
The Isle of Wight has attracted not only royalty to its shores but many other rich & famous.
King Charles 1 was held prisoner in Carisbrooke Castle for a year.
Guglielmo Marconi tested his revolutionary wireless telegraphy from the Needles to 20 miles across the sea at Poole in the British mainland in 1897.
The Authur J B Priestly lived here for over 25 years unril 1959.
David Niven spent a large part of his childhood living in Bembridge
The likes of Winston Churchhill, Karl Marx, Lewis Carroll were frequent visiters to name a but a few of the islands famous visitors.
The south of the island is less commercial & built up thank the north, this area was my personal favourite.
The Isle of Wight is very proud of its association with the Romans & the time they spent here, there is evidence of... more travel advice
Sandown has a lovely sprawling 2 mile beach & promanade stretching as far as Shanklin. The pier here is a big... more travel advice
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