The Island, as it’s known to the locals, has been welcoming visitors the whole year-round for centuries and it’s easy to see why.
Stunning scenery combines with family-friendly attractions; award-winning food and drink are showcased in our pubs and restaurants and our unique history comes to life in our vibrant events calendar.
Over half of the Isle of Wight is designated as AONB land and the whole Island, including its waters, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You’ll discover our abundant wildlife, including red squirrels and white-tailed eages, search for fossils and dinosaur footprints on our beaches and encounter our natural wonders, including the iconic Needles. Enjoy spectacular stargazing in our beautiful dark skies - thanks to our minimum light pollution and mild climate. With over 500 miles of footpaths and a 70+ mile stretch of coastline, enjoy dramatic views, countryside strolls and woodland walks.
Not just for summer, our beaches and bays offer something for everyone. We’ve got year-round designated dog-friendly beaches for your four-legged pal to roam free. Families will enjoy hunting for sea glass or beachcombing for driftwood and adventurers can try their hand at our winter watersports including surfing and coasteering.
The Island has a rich and varied history, with plenty of forts, stately homes and castles to explore. King Charles I was imprisoned here, and Queen Victoria built her summer home in East Cowes. Artists have been inspired by the beauty of the Island for years, with Alfred, Lord Tennyson making his home in the West Wight plus Keats, Turner, Lewis Carroll and Darwin and more all spending considerable time here.
There’s plenty to do for the whole family. We’ve got a great mix of indoor and outdoor attractions, whether it’s history and heritage you’re after; active adventures or wildlife encounters, we’ve got it all. Our vibrant events calendar offers something to do throughout the year, with places gearing up to celebrate autumn and all things Halloween.
Thanks to our unique microclimate and extra hours of sunshine, local produce grows in abundance on the Isle of Wight. Think fresh tomatoes, bumper garlic, tasty asparagus, locally made cheese, local meats and of course, freshly caught seafood. There are several breweries on the Island as well as a couple of vineyards and even a gin distillery. You can taste the flavours of our Island in our many places to eat. We’ve got fancy restaurants for fine dining, cosy pubs for warming roasts, laid back cafes for coffee and cake and plenty of farm shops to stock up before you head home.