Boasting an outstanding coastline, the Isle of Wight is located close to the south coast of England.
It is world-renowned for its sailing events, most notably Cowes Week which is held every year during the summer months and popular with those living on the island and visitors. The island’s many festivals are also a favourite among locals and visitors. These showcase a wide range of interests – from music and literature to walking and the Isle of Wight’s famous garlic.
And The Guardian also recommends the island with a focus on Newport and its vibrant arts scene, exciting new restaurant and eccentric attractions.
During the 1800s, Queen Victoria chose the island’s Osborne House to be her family home, and it is still a popular tourist attraction today.
With 57 miles of beautiful coastline, the island offers a variety of beaches and seaside resorts. These range from sandy hideaways, hidden coves, shingle stretches and spectacular cliffs.
Regarded as one of the richest areas for dinosaur discover in Europe, the island offers an exciting selection of attractions and activities for enthusiasts. These include the award-winning Dinosaur Isle, fossil hunts and footprint tours.
Great local amenities
The Isle of Wight is blessed with some of the most beautiful pub, restaurant and bar locations in the south of England. During the summer months, there are opportunities to sit and enjoy a tasty meal whilst looking out to sea. And, in winter, open fires provide the perfect setting for savouring a pint of beer or a glass of wine.
One of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations, the island also boasts a close-knit and supportive community. There are ample local amenities, from well-known supermarkets and restaurants, to independent stores and market stalls.
Perfect for growing families
Families growing up here can choose from a number of primary and secondary schools, and there are easy transport connections for commuters. Local bus operator, Southern Vectis runs routes across the island – including the popular summer open-topped Breezer services.
And the Island Line train connects the towns of Ryde, Brading, Sundown, Lake and Shanklin. For those wishing to travel to and from the mainland, both Red Funnel and WightLink provide ferry services and are located at various ports.