Attractions and places to visit are in plentiful supply on the island, with something to suit everyone. A selection of the island’s many sights to see and explore are shown below (seasonal opening may apply for some):-
The Needles Landmark Attraction: Take the spectacular chair lift ride on a journey past the coloured sand cliffs to the beach; make your own unique coloured sand souvenir at the shop; visit the 4D cinema; watch the fascinating art of glassblowing at Alum Bay Glass; enjoy a variety of children’s rides and games; and perhaps challenge the family to a fun-filled round of prehistoric golf at Jurassic Golf.
Osborne: Step into Queen Victoria’s favourite country home and experience a world unchanged since the monarch died here just over 100 years ago. Highlights include Victorian opulence and extravagant interiors, private apartments, the Swiss Cottage, extensive grounds and a Victorian walled garden.
Carisbrooke Castle: Sitting high and proud at the heart of the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke Castle has been an artillery fortress, king’s prison and a royal summer residence. Today, it’s the quintessential romantic castle with lots to see and enjoy. Experience far reaching panoramic views from high castle walls or wander the moat to discover King Charles I’s bowling green. Enjoy the tranquil Princess Beatrice Garden, before meeting the famous Carisbrooke donkeys.
Dinosaur Isle: A purpose-built interactive museum whose displays include real fossils, skeletal reconstructions and two animatronic dinosaurs.
Blackgang Chine: The UK’s oldest amusement park is filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides, sure to please all the family.
Sandham Gardens: Attractions here include Skynets: The Big Bounce, Sandham Karts and Dino Islands: A Golf Adventure, all set against a backdrop of stunning sea views.
Tapnell Farm Park: One of the island’s most popular family days out, this all-weather attraction has a wide range of animals in the paddocks along with indoor and outdoor play areas.
Isle of Wight Aqua Park: Splash, slide and laugh your way around the Isle of Wight’s only outdoor Aqua Park. With over 20 obstacles to tackle and plenty of giant free-fall slides and fun elements to explore. Great fun for confident swimmers aged 8 and over.
Robin Hill: 88 acres of rolling parkland, natural woodland and countryside gardens for exploration, adventure and entertainment including treetop canopy walkways, 4D cinema, an adventure playground, falconry displays, curated gardens and more.
Monkey Haven: Swing on by to Monkey Haven and you’ll meet all kinds of wonderful creatures. At this primate rescue centre be enthralled by keeper talks and animal feeds before children can let off steam at two great play areas.
Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Step back to a bygone era when steam power was the order of the day. Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and discover an idyllic view of the island’s unspoilt countryside. Allow time also to visit the Train Story Discovery Centre, a fabulous museum which brings the story of the island’s railways to life.
Farringford: The former home of Alfred Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate, from 1856 until his death in 1892. In recent years, the house and grounds have undergone significant restoration to return them to their Tennyson-era splendour.
Shanklin Chine: Carved by Mother Nature’s own hands over thousands of years, the stunning tree lined gorge that is Shanklin Chine cuts its mark from Shanklin Old Village to the sandy beach and Esplanade, far below. Having first opened in 1817, the Chine is a tranquil and picturesque location to enjoy, whether visiting by day, or by night, when hundreds of lights illuminate the narrow parths, streams and waterfalls held within.