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Things to Do


Isle of Wight Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Dinosaur Isle Museum

Isle of Wight museums and art galleries offer the perfect window into the deep and varied history of the Island, and its rich arts and culture.

From the Isle of Wight's maritime connections, shipwrecks and smugglers to it's significant World War 2 contribution and Roman ruins there is a whole wealth of history to explore in our varied selection of museums.

Similarly the Island's inspiring surroundings, light and atmosphere has seen the creation of some fantastic art and photography over the years, some of which you can find housed in our great selection of galleries.

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Ryde Heritage Centre

Ryde Heritage Centre

Historic Ryde Society was formed in 2009 to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Royal Victoria Arcade on 1st July 2011, and Ryde District Heritage...

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    Add Isle of Wight Steam Railway to your Itinerary


    CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKET ON-LINE (Tickets booked on-line are held at 2013 prices).

    Inspiring, Surprising and Award-Winning … Equally appealing to adults and families, your visit to The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will charm, engage and captivate, leaving you with some lasting memories of a...

  2. Add Godshill Model Village to your Itinerary


    This beautiful Model Village nestles in the grounds of the Old Vicarage. Set in nearly two acres of gorgeous landscaped gardens this is a real retro find - a quintessentially English visitor attraction. You will find scale models of Shanklin and Godshill villages as they were in the 1920's. Our...

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    Add Museum of Island History to your Itinerary


    Designed by John Nash and built in 1816, the historic Guildhall is home to the Museum of Island History.

    Discover the Island from pre-historic past to the present day with:
    * Touch Screen Computers.
    * Hands on Exhibits.
    * Quizzes and Games.
    * Microscopic Exploration.
    The museum has a small...

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    Add Cowes Maritime Museum to your Itinerary


    This small museum situated in Cowes library began in the 1970’s when library staff began collecting plans, photographs and models from the ship building firm J. Samuel Whites. The collection now incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing. The museum displays a...

  5. Add Brading Roman Villa to your Itinerary


    Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Roman sites in the UK. The award-winning visitor centre and museum offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of Roman archaeology including coins, pottery and tools. The villa...

  6. Add Vectis Astronomical Society to your Itinerary


    Vectis Astronomical Society is a registered charity (No. 1046091)

    VAS Owns and operates the IOW Observatory located at Watery Lane, Newchurch (Nearly opposite Amazon World & Thompsons Garden Centre).

    The observatory is open to the public from about 8.00pm every Thursday (depending on the...

  7. Add Classic Boat Museum to your Itinerary


    This charitable trust Museum exhibits undercover attractive, historic small craft together with topical displays of maritime history as well as marine craft tools. The collection now includes a number of Island lifeboats, some classic power boats and personal craft of Uffa Fox. The restoration...

  8. Add Lilliput Antique Doll & Toy Museum to your Itinerary


    This internationally acclaimed museum contains one of the finest collections of antique dolls and toys in Britain. Numbering over 2000 exhibits dating from circa 2000 BC to circa 1945 the collection has been widely exhibited on BBC and ITV and with its rare and unusual playthings, is of interest...

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    Add Newport Roman Villa to your Itinerary


    When the owners of a nearby house sank new foundations for a garage in 1926, they discovered something that they found to be unusual. It was the site of a Roman farmhouse that had been built around the year 280 AD. Subsequent excavations revealed that this was a major find and told archaeologists...

  10. Add Chessell Pottery Barns to your Itinerary

    Near Calbourne, YARMOUTH

    Visit our award winning (My Isle of Wight Award - Best Place to get Crafty 2013) working studio at Chessell Pottery Barns where you can have a go at painting your own hand made English pottery. You don’t have to be an artist as we have our own unique range of decorating sponges that are very easy...