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Things to do in Isle of Wight

An island off the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight is known for its beautiful shoreline and beaches. It has a large number of fossils and dinosaur remains turning up, resulting in the title ‘Dinosaur Island’.

Top Attractions

Dinosaur fossils are the theme at Dinosaur Expeditions CIC (Community Interest Company), where one of the highlights is the Palaeoart section. There are also activities for kids. The Dinosaur Isle is another option, offering fossils from 126 million years old. For a more modern look at history, visit an old homestead at the Newport Roman Villa.

Kids & Family

When the kids have seen all the dinosaurs and Romans, they may enjoy playing at being knights at Carisbrooke Castle. They will just love a trip with the hovercraft at Hovertravel, or to watch the falcons and other birds of prey at the Owl & Falconry Centre.

Shopping & Nightlife 

For a special day shopping start at the Dores Hill Farm Emporium, or check out the wares on sale at Chessell Pottery Barns. At night see what is offering at the Commodore Cinema or go for a drink at one of the many nightclubs, or Pubs on the island.

Day Tours

Spend a day at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Live in a bygone era in either a Victorian carriage or one from the Edwardian era. Hop off at some of the pretty villages or relax and enjoy the journey. Visit Queen Victoria’s home at Osborne House, or see some Nature at the Isla of Wight’s oldest tourist attraction at Shanklin Chine. Opened in 1817, this gorge has entertained visitors looking for the serenity of the waterfall and surrounding countryside for two hundred years.

Most Popular Attractions in Isle of Wight

1. St Mary’s Church

  • Free
  • +44 1983 292509
  • St. Mary's Church, Church Road, Cowes, England PO31 8HA, United Kingdom
  • Daily

3. Holy Cross Church

  • Free
  • 01983-562890
  • Holy Cross Church, Binstead, Church Road, Ryde, United Kingdom
  • Tue-Wed & Fri & Sun 8am-7pm

4. Museum of Island History

  • Adult £2 Child £1.20
  • +44 1983 823366
  • Museum Of Island History, Newport, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Fri 10am-3pm

5. Commodore Cinema

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1983 564064
  • Commodore Cinema, Ryde, United Kingdom
  • Times vary by show

6. St James Church

  • Free
  • St James, Yarmouth, Saint James' Street, Yarmouth, United Kingdom
  • Daily

7. The Bull Ring

  • Free
  • The Bull Ring, Brading, Sandown PO36 0DF, UK
  • Daily 12am-11:59pm

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