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Gareth and Sarah are a wealth of information on the Island. We will keep on top of new events and happenings on the Island. Whether you have been to the Island before or not there is always something new happening!

We have a suggested 7 day intinerary on our blog as well as a walking itinerary.

Getting Around

A car isn't a necessity for getting to or around the Island. There are 2 passenger ferries - Portsmouth to Ryde connecting to the Island Line train to Shanklin and there are many other ways to see the Island. There is an excellent bus service with Southern Vectis. As a VIOW Green Star Award business we can offer our guests free one day bus passes.

Visit Isle of Wight have put together some excellent information about getting around the Island without a car. Using the buses, trains, bicycles and water taxis is a great way for everyone to see the Island - especially the normally designated driver! And you get to sample all the local ales, gins, wines, vodkas and ciders!

Click here for more information

Route Fifty7 are a local bicycle hire company based near Shanklin station, who now also stock electric bikes.

Shanklin

Shanklin boasts one of the best beaches on the Island – if not the best. Shanklin Sailing Club have regular racing to enjoy from the shore or you can enjoy a good ale and a bite to eat at the thatched Fisherman’s Cottage at the foot of the Chine – don’t forget your binoculars to watch the flow of cruise ships and fishing boats sail by. Rylstone Gardens in the village has very crazy golf and if you’re lucky a summer’s evening of bandstand music. Watch cricket on the green or have an evening stroll to Sandown along the beach and back across the cliff walk to work up your appetite for dinner. Shanklin offers a choice of cuisines, from pub grub to lobster, Thai to Italian. See restaurants below.
 
The great thing about the Isle of Wight is the variety of activities for all people and all weathers. Food, wine, beer, cider, walking, cycling, driving, water sports, flying, fishing, lobster safaris, boat charters, golf, archaeology, history, animals, birds, insects, dinosaurs, carnivals, music, art and lots of eating and drinking we could go on and on (and we would).
 
We have selected just a handful of activities that we would recommend. But it’s just a drop in the ocean to what’s on offer. In your room we also offer more information and ideas on what to do and there are plenty of leaflets available.

Shanklin Theatre
Just one of many theatres on the Island, but just a couple of minutes walk away. Run by volunteers and recently upgraded to attract larger acts, they have a variety of different performances, touring plays and musicals, pantomime at Christmas and tribute acts. Winners of the Queen's award for volunteers in 2012.

Shanklin Chine the first tourist attraction opened on the Island, with it's entrance in the village, takes you on a walk through the gorge to the bottom of the cliff and the Fisherman's Cottage - a good excuse for a pint! It's also illuminated in August. There is a permanent exhibition of PLUTO the pipeline under the ocean as well as a changing exhibition yearly.

Sandown

Glory Art
Tucked away in Melville Street is this lovely glass blowing studio. Well worth a peek.

Dinosaur Isle
An interactive museum opened in 2001. The Island is internationally recognized for it’s dinosaur remains and this modern museum is great for all ages. You could also visit Jurassic Jim in Shanklin, www.fossilshop.co.uk who has over 50 years fossil hunting experience. Buy a fossil momento and he'll tell you the story of where it was found.

Brading Roman Villa
A temperature controlled exhibition house (take a cardigan all year round) of the Roman remains found in Victorian times. A fascinating look back in time. Pick up a free guide volunteer and they will make it much more interesting and also tell you about the land surrounding the area and how it has changed since Julius Caesar!

Carisbrooke Castle
Beautifully preserved castle where Charles I spent his last days of freedom (in actual fact he thought he was amongst friends, but was then imprisoned and later taken for execution in London). See the donkeys bring the water up from the well and find out why they are called names beginning with 'J'.

Godshill
Possibly named for the church on the hill? Well worth the short climb. A charming village with tea rooms, excellent model village and The Olde Smithy and a fabulous gastro pub, The Taverners.

 

Quarr Abbey nr Binstead, a hidden gem with cafe, Monk's art gallery, farm shop and pigs to feed. Free tours on 1st Tuesday of the month & weekly during summer.

Osborne House
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's summer home, where the Queen lived her last days. Definitely a full day out! Architecture and history at it's best.

Steephill Cove
A secluded beach hidden away to the west of Ventnor, with a seafood shack and restaurant.

Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater
Photographic exhibits change regularly, but the IOW Festival is permanent. And you can also have a nice cup of tea.

Quay Arts
Host arts, crafts, cinema, live events and exhibitions.

Garlic Farm
The UK's premier grower of garlic and source of all things garlicky with an exhibition centre and of course a restaurant.