Whether you’re looking for a family holiday, a romantic getaway or a chilled-out break with friends, the Isle of Wight has something for everyone. Enjoy scenic walks, beautiful beaches, historic buildings and action-packed activities that’ll leave you with memories to last a lifetime. If you’re after some inspiration of what to do, Say YES to exploring every corner the Island has to offer with a few of our handpicked highlights.

Tennyson Monument on the Isle of Wight

8 things to do in West Wight

Head west of the Island and you’ll find some beautiful walks along the coast, from the heather-covered Headon Warren to the Tennyson Down path with its monument to Lord Tennyson. Both offer stunning views of the world-famous Needles – one of the Island’s best-loved landmarks.

If you're looking for family fun, don’t miss out on the charm of Tapnell Farm Park. With many activities on offer – including the indoor play barn – and chances to see wallabies and meerkats, it’s perfect for those wild about wildlife. Or you could take the day to explore the fossil beaches, rock pools and Reptilarium at Fort Victoria Country Park – the home of one of Palmerstone’s first coastal defences on the Island.

Be sure to take a drive along the iconic Military Road, and stop off at Dimbola Museum and Galleries to see the work of celebrated photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. And if the weather allows, be sure to enjoy a sunset walk along Compton Bay beach, taking in the beautiful scenery as you stroll along the contrasting gold and dark sands.

Shanklin Chine at night, Isle of Wight

8 things to do in East Wight

If you're looking for seaside walks, the Island's east siude has a lot to offer. Both Ryde and Sandown are prized for their beaches, offering miles of gorgeous sandy stretches to stroll along. St Helens Duver has rugged dunes with impressive coastal scenery, while Culver Cliffs boast dramatic views of Shanklin and Sandown Pier, and is also home to the striking Yarborough Monument.

If you'd prefer the comfort of a carriage, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway takes you on a journey through unspoiled countryside. Go even further back in time and see the untouched beauty of Shanklin Chine, the oldest tourist attraction on the Island. Or step back into a prehistoric world and see the creatures that once roamed the Isle of Wight with a roar-some visit to Dinosaur Isle. Then, after an action-packed day of activity, it's time to reward yourself with some delicious treats at The Garlic Farm!

Donkey Sanctuary on the Isle of Wight

8 things to do in South Wight

There are many impressive places to visit in the south. First on your list might be one of the grandest houses on the Island, Appuldurcombe House – a spectacular 18th century English baroque manor house. Or, if you prefer smaller wonders, go to Godshill Model Village – a perfect replica of the original villages set within perfectly manicured grounds.

There are two lighthouses to visit on the south of the Island, too. Built in 1838, St Catherine's Lighthouse stands on the southernmost tip of the Island and offers spectacular views of the wild rocky coast and woodland valley. 

Your next stop should be Blackgang Chine, a fantasy land of amusements perfect for keeping the whole family busy. Speed down waterslides and unleash your imagination as you explore the park’s delights. While you are there, take a walk up to see the ancient St Catherine's Oratory. Built much earlier in 1328 and affectionately known as the Pepperpot, this tall medieval tower is all that’s left standing of this once-functional lighthouse.

Ventnor Downs bring you to the highest point of the Island, with spectacular sea views landing on Ventnor beach. With the sparkling sea and Holm oak trees on the south-facing chalk slopes, you’ll feel like you’re in the Mediterranean. And you couldn't leave this part of the Island without seeing the happy residents of the Donkey Sanctuary. Set amidst the picturesque Wroxall Valley, there’s a wildlife area to explore as well as fun activities like donkey grooming and the Shetland Slalom.

Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight

8 things to do in North Wight

Last but not least is the north of the Island. At the heart is Carisbrooke Castle – the famous royal prison of Charles I. Steeped in history and loaded with panoramic views, enjoy the birds-eye view from the keep before relaxing in the Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice Garden.

Osborne is another must-visit destination in the north of the Island. Once the beloved home of Queen Victoria, this magnificent manor provides a snapshot into royal life. It’s one of the most popular Island attractions, with Queen Victoria herself famously proclaiming, “It’s hard to imagine a prettier spot.”

If you’re looking for peace and tranquillity, Quarr Abbey is a hidden gem. Home to a small group of Benedictine monks, this working monastery features walled gardens, an art gallery featuring local artists and a bookshop. Stop for a moment in the licensed teashop and treat yourself to fresh roasted coffee and a slice of something delicious.

Animal fans will love spending the day at Monkey Haven, a rescue centre for primates and birds. Home to an array of rescued animals, you’ll get the opportunity to come face to face with some of the world’s most interesting creatures.

And your trip wouldn't be complete without visiting some natural beauties. Newtown Nature Reserve is a fantastic place for bird watching, Thorness Bay beach is a quiet spot for a walk, and Gurnard Bay is ideal for a picture-perfect sunset. Finally, stop off at Briddlesford Lodge Farm and pick up some tasty local produce to take home with you.