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There is so much to do and see on the Isle of Wight, from award winning attractions to stunning beaches. To help you create your perfect itinerary for your stay, we asked local and visitors their favourite places to go and things to do on the Island.

Things to do and family fun:

Lose yourself in the Land of Imagination at Blackgang Chine…the UK’s oldest amusement park where you step out of the everyday and into a magical world where the only constraint is your own creativity. Pirates, cowboys, dinosaurs and more!

Discover 88 acres of rolling parkland, natural woodland and countryside gardens for exploration, adventure, and entertainment. Explore beautiful open parklands and woodland trails, take on treetop canopy walks, adventure nets, epic rides, falconry displays, a ¾ mile toboggan ride – a full day out for all ages.

This historic gorge first opened to the public in 1817, making it the longest established attraction on the Isle of Wight. The stunning tree lined chine cuts its way through Shanklin Old Village to the sandy beach and esplanade below. Enjoy the splendour of Shanklin Chine by day, then wonder at its mystical beauty on summer nights during the Chine Lumierè, when hundreds of lights illuminate the narrow paths, streams and waterfalls held within.

Discover old fashioned crazy golf and picturesque tea gardens with view out to sea. Set-in award-winning gardens with beautifully bright flowers and ancient trees, Rylstone is a haven for wildlife making it a photographer’s delight. Look out for Red Squirrels!

Surrounded by amazing countryside and sea views, this all-weather attraction has a wide range of animals in the paddocks, and indoor and outdoor play – with loads to keep kids and adults entertained. Wander through the Wallaby Walkabout, relax with a coffee while the kids enjoy the indoor soft play barn, take off on Tapnell’s amazing jumping pillows, explore the farm and meet the animals and scale a huge straw mountain! Book for lunch at Tapnell’s own restaurant, “The Cow” serving the best of local produce.

As soon as you think of the Isle of Wight the iconic image of the world famous chairlift taking you to see the needles rocks and coloured sands spring to mind.  The Islands most famous landmark attraction has so much more to enjoy than the stunning views, it is a destination not to be missed.

The range of attractions includes the spectacular chairlift ride, taking you on a journey past the coloured sands cliffs to the beach. At the sand shop visitors can make their very own unique coloured sand souvenir using the sand collected from the cliffs here at The Needles.

For animal lovers:

The Isle of Wight's largest exotic animal attraction, Amazon World is a great day out whatever your age. Walk through jungle rainforests with colourful rare birds flying above you and crocodiles watching you from the pond! See unusual and rare animals like the Tamandua an Anteater that lives in the trees, Toucans, Marmosets, Penguins, Flamingos, Otters, Ocelot, Monkeys, Lemurs and manor many more.

The Island’s ultimate bird of prey experience, the newly built dedicated Bird of Prey Centre houses the largest collection of birds on the Isle of Wight with over 50 birds of 22 different species. Falcons, hawks, owls and vultures. Don’t forget to stop by Pets Corner, Ferret Skywalk and the quirky Insect Hotel too. There is also a Reptile and Insect House. Alongside falconry, there is pet handling and ferret walking opportunities with experienced keepers.

Meet the Island’s lovely big eared residents. The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is a registered Charity providing a secure, peaceful, and happy home for donkeys which have been neglected, abandoned or in need of care. Meet the donkeys and visit the shop. Why not adopt one of the donkeys as an Island souvenir for yourself or as a gift and help to give them the quality of life they deserve.

Swing on by to Monkey Haven and visit the Island's award-winning primate rescue centre that makes both animals and people happy! It's a great place to relax, have fun in the fresh air and meet some amazing animals, including the singing Lar gibbons, cheeky meerkats and the most beautiful birds of prey. You could even get this chance to handle a snake or meet an owl during one of the many keeper talks and animal feeds throughout the day. You'll learn all about the fascinating creatures, their personalities, and how they came to be at the Haven. 

From pocket sized primates to powerful predators, the residents of Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, will charm and amaze you! The sanctuary is well known as a centre for rescued big cats, all have come to their forever homes at different stages of their lives and from a variety of backgrounds. Originally family-owned it recently became a registered charity, Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, which aims to promote the survival of endangered species through first class educational and recreational experiences, exemplary animal management, conservation, and research.

Heritage and nostalgia:

Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s family home, is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Isle of Wight. After first visiting Osborne, Queen Victoria wrote: 'It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot'. Spend a day walking in the footsteps of royalty exploring the elegant house and gardens leading down to Osborne Bay.

Discover the opulence and extravagance of the Victorian era in the main house, learn the importance of family at the Swiss Cottage built for the royal children, meander the stunning gardens and take in the views from the royal estate right out across the sea. An experience not to be missed.

Famous for its donkeys and as a royal prison to Charles I and now the location of the stunning new Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice Garden. Explore the battlements and get a birds-eye view from the castle keep. See the donkeys working the 16th century treadwheel, learn how to fire a cannon, dress up as a soldier and relax in the Princess Beatrice Garden, designed by tv presenter and award-winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw.

Step back to a bygone era when steam power was the order of the day. Thrill to the sight and sound of powerful majestic steam engines and breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway. Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and discover an idyllic view of the Island’s unspoilt countryside ... or hop off at one of our stations and just watch the trains go by. Keep an eye out for a red squirrel or deer darting away from the train as you pass through ancient woodland.

Godshill is the quintessential English Village and boasts some of the oldest architecture on the Isle of Wight. With its delightful medieval church, charming thatched-roofed cottages and a winding main-street lined with traditional tearooms, Godshill is as picturesque as it is popular.

It is also known for being the site of the first ever Isle of Wight Festival, which took place at Ford Farm in 1968. Whatever your interests there are plenty of things to do in Godshill during a visit. Along with its collection of traditional tearooms the village contains an interesting range of shops offering local crafts and produce, such as ciders, pickles, mustards, and biscuits.

Godshill also has a very popular and highly detailed model village. The medieval All Saints Church (which gave the village its name!) overlooks the village from the hill and is a short but steep climb up either the steps or Church Hollow road.

Unique places of interest:

Visit the Garlic Farm and learn all about garlic, where it comes from, how to grow your own and how to cook with it. Taste unique and delicious products from garlic chutneys to garlic beer and ice cream in our taste experience before you buy.

Walk freely around the farm and see the highland cattle, pigs, horses, peacocks, and red squirrels darting back and forth. See the different garlic varieties growing in the fields. At weekends and in the holidays jump on board the tractor trailer for tours around the farm.

Dine in at The Garlic Farm’s renowned restaurant and savour some of the incredible creations from the kitchen. Enter the Allium café and enjoy home-made cakes and tea and coffee.

Settled amongst the beautiful countryside, Arreton Barns is home to a myriad of arts and crafts studios, showcasing some of the best local artisan artists and craftspeople the Island has to offer. Take time out and visit the onsite pub, The Daiyman’s Daughter for tasty home cooked food in a rural setting. Down forget to also visit the farm shop and explore the grounds with medieval fishpond, village green and a 12th century church.

Ventnor Botanic Garden lies at the heart of a remarkable microclimate on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Surrounded by the chalk downs of the Ventnor Undercliff, the garden boasts an impressive collection of rare and exotic plants and trees.

Our unique microclimate, averaging around 5 degrees warmer than the rest of the UK, has enabled us to grow a wide variety of plants considered too tender for much of mainland Britain, plants that are native to countries all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and many more.

As well as plants and trees, our warmer climate has attracted some of the most amazing wildlife that you would not usually see in this part of the world, including wall lizards, slow worms, and more recently we are starting to see Iberian ants, native to Spain, soaking up the Isle of Wight sun. The tranquillity of the garden also attracts lots of beautiful red squirrels, our 22 acres of plants and trees creates the perfect environment for them to explore. 

Take a trip up the hillside aboard open top bus and discover the amazing clifftop views from the Old and New Battery. Immerse yourself in history at the Battery museum covering the uses for the landmark over the years. Discover World War II memorabilia, an underground tunnel with a unique view of the Needles landmark, children’s soldier, and inspector trails plus miles of breath-taking clifftop walks from the Needles to Tennyson and Freshwater or Head Warren and Totland. Don’t forget to visit the tea shop too!