Isle of Wight

The Island

The Isle of Wight measures 23 miles by 13 miles and is littered with picturesque villages and bustling small towns, as you can see on the map above.

The capital of the Isle of Wight, Newport, lies at the heart of the island and is the main shopping centre and location for the Isle of Wight Festival.

Known as the “Town on the Beach”, Ryde is the largest of the Isle of Wight towns and boasts boutique and independent shops and cafes set on an expanse of sandy beach.

South of Ryde is one of the Isle of Wight’s oldest towns, Brading, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and perhaps best known for its Roman Villa.

The eastern side of the island is dotted with beautiful coastal villages including Seaview, a popular yachting centre; the small village of Bembridge, best known for its large harbour; and St Helens with its large village green.

The popular Isle of Wight town of Sandown is a traditional seaside resort with long stretches of beach and a Victorian pier and home to Dinosaur Isle.

Shanklin lies to the south of Sandown and is famed for its beautiful beaches and sub-tropical gardens alongside years of seaside tradition.

Between Shanklin and Newport sits Godshill, one of the prettiest villages on the Isle of Wight, awash with thatched cottages and a medieval church.

On the south coast lies the charming town of Ventnor, a Victorian health resort set on a hill with vintage shops and a sheltered beach.

The west coast of the island is known as West Wight and includes the ancient port town of Yarmouth and the Victorian village of Freshwater.

Last but not least, Cowes on the north coast, an historic town split by the River Medina and internationally famed for its sailing events.

Getting Around the Island

Two bus routes pass our location with direct links to Newport, Ryde and East Cowes. There are Island wide connections from Newport and Ryde Bus Stations. Please ask us for further details and timetables.


Sailing Club

English Heritage Osborne House


Red Funnel

Isle of Wight Tourist Board

Quarr Abbey