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Things to do in Isle of Wight

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“Fantastic day out for everyone - great walk down to the Beach where Queen Victoria used to bath.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“Our one and only sort of theme park on the island! Children from 2 to 10 years old will love it! Not really a teenagers scene!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Well worth a visit, especially if you are an English Heritage member. You can walk along the spit to the castle. Alternatively there is a little ferry operating (not year round).”
  • 25 locals recommend
Island
“Hiking, wild beaches and breath taking cliffs. You can take a ferry from Southampton pier to Isle of Wight and organize a day trip.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“A historic pub with a fabulous menu and locally caught crab dishes - a firm favourite with locals. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Café
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“At the end of a bustling pedestrianised street, amongst a variety of independent shops, ‘Coast’ sits conveniently on the edge of the High Street. The Restaurant and Bar is open from 9am till Midnight 7 days a week in the summer and is always busy with locals and visitors. The Restaurant has a very rustic look with exposed brickwork, mixed with quirky features. The recently expanded part of the restaurant features a traditional stone Pizza oven which is roaring day and night. The menu is often updated and contains predominantly locally sourced seasonal dishes, as well as the excellent aforementioned Pizzas. It’s a great place for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, with a great choice of dishes whatever the time of day. Because of it’s position on the high street, which is always busy in the summer, it’s a great spot for people watching whilst enjoying a coffee and watching the world go by. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“With some incredible day and night time experiences to be found throughout the season, Robin Hill, set in 88 acres of beautiful countryside really is the destination for visitors of all ages looking for outdoor fun, adventure and great family experiences Address: Downend Rd, Downend, Newport PO30 2NU”
  • 26 locals recommend
Café
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“Floor to ceiling windows and heated outdoor terrace put you in prime position to enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views of the marina, Lymington, the Solent and the Isle of Wight. From breakfast to sandwiches, lunches and dinners – homemade cakes and pastries, fresh seafood, popular sharing platters and old favourites alongside an ever-changing specials menu.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Museum
“You’ll learn lots about local history and traditions here. Occasional art gallery. Lovely cafe. Worth the visit. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Great insight into Isle of Wight History, brilliant for young children as plenty of space to run around and often special events.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Look out for drop in yoga classes or just visit the gardens for a relaxing look around. Good cafe and a selection of island favourite plants to buy”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This is restaurant with a great 'vibe' - definitely a place for a 'treat' and where you might spot the 'stars'.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Osbourne House - a palace in the Italian style, built by Queen Victoria and her husband Albert as a summer seaside residence in the town of East Cowes on the north coast of the Isle of Wight in 1845-51 Since 1921 is a public museum.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Lodging
“Tapnell Farm is a former dairy farm, turned all-weather attraction, surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the Isle of Wight. It is one of most popular things to do on the Isle of Wight, and a great family day out whatever the weather! Meet the Animals in our Farmyard Barn, and get up close and personal with some of Tapnell’s cutest and smallest residents. Wander round the Wallaby Walkabout with our mob of tame wallabies, and admire the marvellous meerkats as they stand guard. Venture out into The Paddock and enjoy the views in the company of our friendly sheep and their other farmyard chums”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great views and food for a special occasion. Local to Somerton - 10 min drive/taxi”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bathing Area
“We LOVE this place kids can go wild we can either join them or sit in the sun. There is a small food booth good sausage and chips and coffee an ice cream. It can get very busy and sun shades can get scarce. There is a cheaper admission starting in the afternoon. Its a unique setting and near the RNLI station and shop and the yacht clubs car parking. For kids who still have energy there is a play park fairly near.”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“At the end of a bustling pedestrianised street, amongst a variety of independent shops, ‘Coast’ sits conveniently on the edge of the High Street. The Restaurant and Bar is open from 9am till Midnight 7 days a week in the summer and is always busy with locals and visitors. The Restaurant has a very rustic look with exposed brickwork, mixed with quirky features. The recently expanded part of the restaurant features a traditional stone Pizza oven which is roaring day and night. The menu is often updated and contains predominantly locally sourced seasonal dishes, as well as the excellent aforementioned Pizzas. It’s a great place for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, with a great choice of dishes whatever the time of day. Because of it’s position on the high street, which is always busy in the summer, it’s a great spot for people watching whilst enjoying a coffee and watching the world go by. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Café
“Floor to ceiling windows and heated outdoor terrace put you in prime position to enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views of the marina, Lymington, the Solent and the Isle of Wight. From breakfast to sandwiches, lunches and dinners – homemade cakes and pastries, fresh seafood, popular sharing platters and old favourites alongside an ever-changing specials menu.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is restaurant with a great 'vibe' - definitely a place for a 'treat' and where you might spot the 'stars'.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great views and food for a special occasion. Local to Somerton - 10 min drive/taxi”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“Local Pub good food 5 minutes by car Address: Church Pl, Freshwater PO40 9BP Dogs welcome”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good for breakfast and lunch, morning coffee. Interesting and varied menu. They also sell their own sour-dough bread which is the best in Ventnor.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Nearest pub to Wight Cottage. Good beer, not bad food, great atmosphere. Lots of live music nights.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Formal dining - good food in a beautiful Old Mill - lovely outdoor seating on a warm evening”
  • 13 locals recommend

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