Isle of Wight




Isle of Wight Coast Guide  

The Isle of Wight is a complete tourist attraction in its own right and deserves more than a fleeting visit. The wonderfully varied and unspoilt coastline scenery is probably the islandís finest natural asset, from glistening chalk cliffs overlooking clear waters to the tranquil estuaries which meander inland. Whatever attracts you to the seashore, whether it is beachcombing, bird watching, rock pooling, bathing or just watching the world go by, the Islandís coast will certainly provide inspiration as well as contentment.

                                                                      Needles Lighthouse Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight CoastFor details of Isle of Wight Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions.  Go to Isle of Wight Hotels Guest Houses and Cottages

Here you will find over 25 miles of beaches, many of them are excellent for families and swimming; the unspoilt rural landscapes of the inland area; world renown sailing venues and some first class resorts and tourist attractions. Two of the main resorts are Sandown and Shanklin on the south east coast of the island. The resorts are at opposite ends of the 6 mile long Sandown Bay and both are suitable for families with good, safe beaches. 



Perhaps the best known town on the island is Cowes, which is famous the world over as a major sailing venue and home of the eponymous sailing week in mid-summer. Cowes which is separated by the river Medina, -  is split into two attractive towns, named East Cowes and West Cowes. The two are linked together by a unique chain-driven floating bridge which transports car and foot passengers between the two. Cowes is famous of course for being the home of the world renowned sailing regatta, Cowes Week which is an annual event held every August. Cowes is also the home of the Royal Yacht Squadron which oversees sailing in the UK. In 2014 the dates for the sailing week are 2 August - 8 August - better hurry to get your entries in! The town of Cowes itself is very pleasant with plenty to see and do and lots of interesting places to stop for a meal. 

Another well known town on the island is Ryde which is one of the main entry points for visitors. This Victoria town has a pier and esplanade in the best traditions of English seaside resorts from this era. 


        Isle of Wight Sailing    Needles Lighthouse   

                            Yacht Racing                                            Needles Lighthouse                                  Sandown beach 


Places to visit on the Isle of Wight - Tourist Attractions

 Dinosaur Farm Museum - Military Road, Nr. Brighstone, Isle of Wight, PO304PG Phone: 01983 740844

 Appuldurcombe House Owl and Falconry Centre - Appuldurcombe House, Wroxall, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 3EW Tel: 01983 840188/852484

Military Museum  - Tanks and military vehicles - 490 Newport Rd, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8QU Tel: 01983 527411

The Needles Park - View the Needles rocks and lighthouse and a range of facilities. 

Cowes Week - official website


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Includes details of many coastal activities such as; surfing, sailing, bird watching and walking.

Attractions - see listings pages

national lobster hatchery padstowA huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages. 


Pubs, restaurants and shopping guide

The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....

                                                                                                                               The  Beach Pub - Exmouth


We will bring you feature  articles  about the coastline and  news items about life in the coastal area. contributions to this section are welcome.

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