You may have heard about the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’, but what about the ‘Seven Wonders of the Isle of Wight’?

If you can’t get around the world to see all its wonders, then why not take a look at the seven wonders a bit closer to home, right here on the Island. You don’t even need your car thanks to Southern Vectis’ regular bus routes.

1. Cowes that you can’t milk

Cowes, but not of the moo-ing variety, is a town synonymous with sailing and all its heritage. Home to the world-famous Cowes Week regatta (again, no actual cows are involved) there is plenty to do all year round. Stroll along the high street with its mix of names and local boutiques, or stop in one of the many pubs and restaurants, some of which are known for local live music. 

Choose Southern Vectis Route 1 or 32.

2. Freshwater you can’t drink

You’d have a hard time drinking Freshwater seeing as it is a village right on the western tip of the Island! The largest village in the west, it’s home to stunning scenery and some of the Island’s best-loved beaches including Compton and Freshwater Bay. Once the home of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the poet laureate during Queen Victoria’s reign, you can still visit his imposing property, Farringford which has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

Choose Southern Vectis Route 7 or 12.

Aerial view of The Needles, Isle of Wight

3. Needles you can’t thread

The most iconic and photographed landmark on the Isle of Wight, you certainly can’t do any sewing with these needles! The rock formation got its name from a fourth stack which is no longer standing. This was known as ‘Lot's Wife’ after the Bible story. This fourth rock collapsed during a storm in 1764 but the name has stuck.

Choose Southern Vectis Route 7 or 12.

4. Ryde where you walk

A vibrant seaside town, you won’t be short of things to do if you get a ticket to Ryde. Home to one of the oldest carnivals in the UK which takes place each year during late summer, there are events a plenty, including the popular Ryde Pride. Union Street is great for browsing boutique shops and cafes, or why not enjoy fish and chips overlooking one of the top sandy beaches, a place loved by all.

Choose Southern Vectis Route 2, 3, 4 8, 9 and 37.

5. Newport you can’t bottle

The heart of the Island, Newport is the Island’s county town and takes its name from sailing ports (not the drink). The River Medina, which separates East and West Cowes, runs into Newport and there are some lovely walks along the river. Newport is also home to Carisbrooke Castle which was once the prison of Charles I, as well the site of a former Roman farmhouse which is now a popular museum.

Choose Southern Vectis Route 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 12, 38 and 39.

Southern Vectis bus 12 driving through Shorwell, Isle of Wight

6. Lake where there’s no water

You won’t find a lake in Lake, although there is a lovely beach! Set directly between Sandown and Shanklin on the eastern coast of the Island, Lake is a great spot for trying your hand at watersports such as paddleboarding and kite surfing. Pop along to Wight Water for a lesson and afterwards, head to one of the beachside cafes that line the promenade.

Choose Southern Vectis Route 2, 3, and 8.  

7. Newchurch that’s old

The name might suggest a new area, but that couldn't be further from the truth. One of the oldest and most historical places on the Isle of Wight, the church here is ancient and the whole village dates back to Norman times. Standing on high ground, it is now known for a very different reason - garlic! Home to The Garlic Farm, the rich fertile soil of this area has allowed garlic bulbs to flourish and be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Choose Southern Vectis Route 22.