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General Information

The Isle of Wight is located in the South East region of EnglandUnited Kingdom.  Approximately 350 ferry sailings a day link this island to the mainland including high-speed passenger catamarans.  The island runs a very good bus service.  

The Isle of Wight is used as a base for open-ocean sailing with the scenic highlight being the Needles, three detached towers of chalk jutting out of the sea at the islands western end.  The geology and scenery of the Isle is varied and it has a warm, mild climate.  Tourism is the Isle's main economic boost, along with boat-building and fresh produce which is grown on the southern part.

This island has always been a popular holiday destination for mainlanders since the Victorians first started enjoying holidays here.  Apart from yachts there is no shortage of attractions on the Isle of Wight.  It is the perfect destination at any time of the year, and also has the last remaining Hovercraft service in the world.

Things to do and see on the Isle of Wight

There are many attractions on the Isle of Wight to keep all ages of tourists entertained.  Some of the activities are :-

  • Cowes week - the world's premier sailing regatta held in August each year
  • Alum Bay - famous for its multi-coloured cliffs and sand
  • the amazing beaches
  • Festivals - Bestival and Rhythmtree
  • Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens
  • Isle of Wight Zoo
  • Local arts and craft markets
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Horse-riding
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching

The Isle of Wight is also known for its Dinosaur heritage with many walks and talks available to keep those Palaeontologists entertained.

Please see the activities directory for more information.

Accommodation on the Isle of Wight

There is a large variety of accommodation options on this island;  from bed and breakfasts and hotels to inns and camping / caravaning sites.  Please view the accommodation directory which gives tourists an extensive choice.

Restaurants and Businesses on the Isle of Wight

There is a broad range of fantastic locally produced food and drink available, with local restaurants, farm shops and the weekly Farmers’ Market catering for all tastes and budgets.

View the restaurant and business directories for more information, or add your own free business listing.

Isle of Wight Tourism Office Information
Web address: http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/
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