Places to visit on the ISLE OF WIGHT, by type

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Suggested places to visit on the Isle of Wight are listed in categoreies to help you find what you may be most interested in seeing or doing during your holiday.


arts and crafts

Blackgang Chine Theme Park, Tel: 01938 730330, GPS: PO38 2HN
Although this park is mainly aimed at children, there are humourous signs all around the park that will raise a smile or two. The historical sections, interactive coast display and film show about the Isle of Wight are aimed at adults. Most grown ups would appreciate the Pet Shop more than the kids and the rest of the park offers a good walk.



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animal parks and zoosAmazon World, Tel: 01983 867430, GPS: PO36 0LX

Butterfly World, Tel: 01983 883430, GPS: PO33 4RW

Colemans Petting Farm, Tel: 01983 522831, GPS: PO30 4LX

Donkey Sanctuary, Tel: 01983 852693, GPS: PO38 3AA

Fakenham Farm, Tel: 01983 872062, GPS: PO33 1XS

Haven Falconry, Tel: 01983 884023, GPS: PO33 4DS

Isle of Wight Zoo (Yaverland Seafront Sandown), Tel: 01983 403833, GPS: PO36 8QB

Marine Aquarium, Tel: 01983 760283, GPS: PO41 0RR

Owl and Falconry Centre, Tel: 01983 852484, GPS: PO38 3EW

Owl and Monkey Haven, Tel: 01983 530885, GPS: PO30 2NB

Seaview Wildlife Encounter, Tel: 01983 612261, GPS: PO34 5AP


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arts and crafts

Alum Bay Glass, Tel: 08717 200022, GPS PO39 0JD

Arreton Barns Craft Village, Tel: 01983 539361, GPS: PO30 3AA

Bonchurch Pottery, Tel: 01983 854445, GPS: PO38 1RN

Chessell Pottery Barns, Tel: 01983 531248, GPS: PO41 QUE

Glory Art Glass, Tel: 01983 402515, GPS: PO36 8HX

Isle of Wight Pearl, Tel: 01983 740352, GPS: PO30 4DD

Isle of Wight Studio Glass, Tel: 01983 853526, GPS: PO38 1XR

Quay Arts, Tel: 01983 822490, GPS: PO30 5BD



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BOAT TRIPSFirst Contact Boat Charter, Tel: 01983 741484, GPS: PO41 0NT

Medina Paddle Steamer Trips, Tel: 01983 290124, GPS: Newport PO30 2LA, West Cowes PO30 7QS

Needles Pleasure Cruises Ltd, Tel: 01983 761587, GPS: PO39 0JD

Ocean Blue Sea Charters, Tel: 01983 120126, GPS: PO38 1JR

Solent and Wightline Cruises, Tel: 01983 564602, GPS: PO31 7BX

Yarmouth River and Sea Cruises, Tel: 01983 759910, GPS: PO41 0NT


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Shanklin Chine GorgeThere are several gardens and country parks to visit on the Isle of Wight.. Shanklin Chine Gorge is pictured on the left.

Apart from the formal gardens, a walk around ordinary villages is most rewarding because people take pride in the gardens. If you visit in late April, look out for flowering wisteria which adorns the front of some cottages.

Fort Victoria Country Park, Tel: 01983 823893, GPS: PO41 0RR

Isle of Wight Lavender Farm, Tel: 01983 825272, GPS: PO30 2LU

Mottistone Manor Garden (NT), Tel: 01983 741302, GPS: PO30 4ED

The Apple Farm, Tel: 01983 755774, GPS: PO40 9XR

The Garlic Farm, Tel: 01983 865378, GPS: PO36 0NR

Shanklin Chine Tel: 01983 866432, GPS: PO37 6QT

Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Tel: 01983 855397, GPS: PO38 1UL


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Roman VillaAppley Tower, Tel: 01983 812777, GPS: PO33 1QX

Appuldurcombe House, Tel: 01983 852484, GPS: PO38 3EW

Bembridge Fort, Tel: 01983 741020, GPS: PO368QY

Bembridge Windmill (NT), Tel: 01983 873945, GPS: PO35 5SQ

Brading Roman Villa, Tel: 01983 406223, GPS: PO36 0PH

Calbourne Watermill, Tel: 01983 531227, GPS: PO30 4JN

Carisbrooke Castle, Tel: 01983 522107, GPS: PO30 1XY

Needles Old & New Battery (NT) , Tel: 01983 754772, GPS: PO39 0JH

Newport Roman Villa, Tel: 01983 529720, GPS: PO30 1HA

Newtown Old Town Hall, Tel: 01983 531785, GPS: PO30 4PA

Osborne House (English Heritage), Tel: 01983 200022, GPS: PO32 6JX

Quarr Abbery, Tel: 01983 882420, GPS: PO33 4ES

St Catherine's Lighthouse at Niton Undercliffe, South west Wight, Tel: 01983 855069

Yarmouth Castle, Tel: 01983 760678, GPS: PO41 0PB


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MUSEUMSBrighstone Village Museum, Tel: 01983 740689, GPS:

Classic Boat Museum, Tel: 01983 533493, GPS: PO30 2EF

Cowes Maritime Museum, Tel: 01983 823433, GPS: PO31 7SG

Dimbola Photographic Museum, Tel: 01983 756814, GPS: PO40 9QE

Dinosaur Isle, Tel: 01983 404344, GPS: PO36 8QA

Island Planetarium, Tel: 01983 761555, GPS: PO41 0RR

Isle of Wight Bus Museum, Tel: 01983 533352, GPS: PO30 2EF

Lilliput Doll and Toy Museum Tel: 01983 407231, GPS: PO36 0DJ

Military History Museum Tel: 01983 527411, GPS: PO31 8QU

Museum of Island History Tel: 01983 823366, GPS: PO30 1TY

Shipwreck Museum Tel: 01983 539361, GPS: PO30 3AA

The Donald McGill Museum Tel: 01983 568568, GPS: PO33 2DU

Underwater Archaelology Centre Tel: 01983 761214, GPS: PO41 0RR


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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIESAllendale Equestrian Centre, Tel: 01983 840258, GPS: PO38 3LY

Boating Lake for swan boats in Ryde, Tel: 01983 564537, GPS: PO33 2QQ

Brown's Family Golf Centre, Tel: 01983 402447, GPS: PO36 8QA

Butterfly Paragliding, Tel: 01983 731611, GPS: PO38 2HL

Cowes sailing School, Tel: 01983 289 631, GPS: PO31 8EF

Goodleaf Tree Climbing, Tel: 0333 8001188 organised at a variety of locations on the Isle of Wight

Island Gems/Fossil Hunting, Tel: 01983 740493, GPS: PO38 4DD

Isle of Wight Sea Kayaking and Coasteering (Freshwater Bay), Tel: 01983 755838

Isle of Wight Ghost Experience, Tel: 01983 520695 - held at varying locations on the island, call for details

Planet Ice, Tel: 01983 615155, GPS: PO33 2HH

Superbowl in Ryde, Tel: 01983 617070, GPS: PO33 2EL

Westridge Golf Centre, Tel: 01983 613131, GPS: PO33 1QS


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isle of wight steam railwayIsle of Wight Steam Railway, Tel: 01983 882204, GPS: PO33 4DS




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swimming pools isle of wightSwimming at a leisure centre or indoor public swimming pool is a possible option for wet days as well as fun at other times. Swiiming pools on the Isle of Wight include the following:

Medina Leisure Centre in Newport, Tel: 01983 523767 GPS: PO30 2DX

The Heights in Sandown, Tel: 01983 405594, GPS: PO36 9ET

Waterside Pool in Ryde, Tel: 01983 563656, GPS: PO33 1JA

West Wight Sports Centre in Freshwater, Tel: 01983 752168, GPS: PO40 9XH


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superb shops in Godshill for tourist browsingEach of the large seaside towns has a selection of very good gift shops.

Old Shanklin - Pencil Cottage gift shop and cafe.

The small pretty village of Newport also offers plenty of shopping opportunities plus a free car park. Go to browse and stay for lunch or a cream tea. Admire the thatched cottages and model village.

Made on the Isle of Wight, Tel: 01983 564 949, GPS: PO33 1QE

Oasis the Shop, Tel: 01983 613760, GPS: PO36 0QA

Pencil Cottage, GPS: PO37 6NU

Shared Earth, Tel: 01983 718223, GPS: PO36 0LX


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THEME PARKS AND FAMILY ENTERTAINMENTBlackgang Chine, Tel: 01983 730330, GPS: PO38 2HN

Fort Victoria Model Railway, Tel: 01983 761553, GPS: PO41 0RR

Island Speedway, Tel: 01983 811180, GPS: PO33 4BH

Robin Hill Adventure Park, Tel: 01983 527353, GPS: PO30 2NU

Sandham Rides, Tel: 01983 406600, GPS: PO36 8AU

Sandown Pier, Tel: 01983 404122, GPS: PO36 8JT

Summer Arcade Shanklin Esplanade, Tel: 01983 867585, GPS: PO37 6BG

The Model Village, Tel: 01983 840270, GPS: PO38 3HH

The Needles Park, Tel: 01983 200022, GPS: PO39 0JD

Waltzing Waters, Tel: 01983 811333, GPS: PO33 1QS


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vineyards isle of wightRosemary Vineyard near Ryde

There are free tours of the vineyard Saturday-Tuesday each week. The tour takes about half an hour and includes a talk on winemaking and tasting. No need to book, just turn up for tour times of 11am, 12 pm or 1 pm

Tel: 01983 811084 GPS: PO33 4BE

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