This is the Island of inspiration – and your 40km by 20km outdoor classroom. The Island has a long history of attracting scholars and innovators, including Charles Dickens, Karl Marx and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Discover an outstandingly beautiful place, with Roman remains, a Royal Palace, a Castle that imprisoned a King... and lots of dinosaurs. There are many Sites of Special Scientific Interest just waiting to be explored, including dramatic Downs, forests, beaches and landslips
We’re geared up for groups, with loads of great adventures to experience, excellent accommodation facilities, and great discounts at attractions. Plus this is one of the sunniest spots in Britain, with palm trees, exotic plants and even our very own lizards in the South. It feels like another world - but you’re just 2.5 hours from London.
But don’t take our word for it. Come and see for yourself – for free. Get in touch below and start planning your visit now.
If you’re a teacher, or organise educational tours, we would be delighted to arrange a visit to the Island for you. This will allow you to explore the UK’s biggest classroom and find out what makes it such an outstanding place for a study visit.
Visit Isle of Wight will arrange your ferry crossing to the Island and visits to attractions, site visits and educational facilities that interest you.
If you’re clear about what you want from your fam trip, please email us by clicking on the button below. If you have not yet decided on a visit and would like to gather some ideas, please take a look at our things to do section.
Visit the Island, for free, on a fact finding mission. We’ll show you around and will help you to plan your group visit. Just click the button below and we’ll get in touch to make the arrangements…
Please outline your requirements including details such as the size of your group, the subject(s) you'd like your trip to cover, Isle of Wight areas of interest.
Isle of Wight Experience – Isle of Wight Experience has been arranging school visits for over 24 years and is a firmly established business with an excellent working relationship with educational visits on the Island and the surrounding south coast areas.
Education Destination – they’ll help you plan every detail of your visit and can provide free resources, created by teachers, for teachers.
Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries – Brings school parties from Southampton to East and West Cowes. Over 150 years’ experience operating ferries to and fro the Island, plus they offer affordable packages for educational groups.
UKSA – this charity believes in the power of the sea to make a change and offer the very best courses in yachting, rafting, kayaking... and much more. They also provide high quality accommodation for groups.
Wightlink – Brings school parties from Portsmouth and Lymington to Ryde, Fishbourne and Yarmouth, providing an easy and frequent service for groups and other travellers.
Hovertravel – brings school parties from Southsea (Portsmouth) to Ryde on the unique hovercraft in just ten minutes.
Many tourist attractions, activity and accommodation providers have special arrangements for school visits and large parties. Please check our “things to do” section of this website for 101 great adventures in the UK’s outdoor classroom.
Get away from the textbooks – and explore the curriculum outside the classroom. Many of the attractions offer educational packages, covering subjects as diverse as history, geography and literature.
Here’s a taster…
The Isle of Wight has a fascinating history dating back from the last Ice age and beyond. So which era will you choose for your time travelling adventure? The Romans? Medieval times? Discover more with the free Official Visit Isle of Wight App by searching for ‘Isle of Wight Official Tourist Guide’ in the App store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android.)
Learn all about the Victorians at Queen Victoria’s favourite seaside palace at Osborne. There are hands-on exhibitions, plus experience life below stairs under the watchful eye of Mrs Pilkington, the costumed ‘housekeeper’.
There are nearly 50 Sites of Special Scientific Interest on the Island, which are notable for their exceptional fauna, flora, geological or physiographical features. In practice, this means that we have great beaches, lovely gardens, and amazing cliffs, Downs, bogs and forests!
Exhibitions are regularly held across the Island in galleries and exhibition spaces including Quay Arts in Newport, a disused furniture warehouse and a working monastery. You could time your visit to coincide with one of the Island’s amazing festivals (this is Festival Island, after all).
This is a fascinating place for geologists, who come here to study the unique features of the landscape including chines, landslips, stacks, wetlands, and our famous fossils. Half the Island is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This is the UK’s dinosaur capital - and over 20 different species have been discovered along our beautiful coastline. We’ve got a great dino museum, animatronic attractions, and our very own Dinosaur Island App.
The Island is an unforgettable location for outdoor learning, sport, PE and enrichment. There are beautiful beaches and dramatic hills for you to run up and cycle down. Surrounded by water, this is also the perfect place for watersports – and there are great facilities, so you won’t need to sweat about the practicalities.
You can take your pick from group-friendly accommodation providers, including hostels, hotels, campuses, campsites and caravan parks.
Bear Grylls, the adventurer and Chief Scout, was brought up on the Isle of Wight where his father taught him to climb – at the age of 23, he became the youngest person to successfully scale Mount Everest (his record has since been beaten). The Bear Grylls Survival Academy at Kingswood, Bembridge, teaches Bear’s extreme survival techniques on ‘the most challenging but empowering survival courses on the planet’.
Below are a list of attractions, activities and accommodation who offer educational facilities and services.
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Model / Miniature Village
This beautiful Model Village is set in nearly two acres of gorgeous landscaped gardens, a real retro find. A quintessentially English visitor attraction! Something for the gardeners and dreamers amongst us.
A friendly, family house. We are ideally located for the town, beach, pier and Heights Leisure Centre, all within 3 minutes walk. The train station is just a 5-10 minutes' walk away. Cyclists & walkers welcome.
Castle / Fort
Visit Carisbrooke Castle and enjoy over 800 years of history!
Historic House / Palace
Step into Queen Victoria’s favourite country home and experience a world unchanged since the country's longest reigning monarch died here just over 100 years ago.
Isle Of Wight Experience are specialists in educational visits to the Isle of Wight with over 24 years experience.
We will help you to organise a visit by arranging everything from transport and hotels to your chosen itinerary.
We have been organising educational visits exclusively to the Isle of Wight for primary and junior school children since 1983.
The old Chale Scout Hall was converted in 2012 to create another unique place to stay. Situated on Church Place, just outside the village of Chale on the south coast of the Isle of Wight in an area of ‘outstanding natural beauty’.
Educational school visits available but must be pre-booked and have NT guide. Special charge applies. Please contact property for details.
We have a range of accommodation open to arranged groups/students. Our campus has dormitory-style accommodation for up to 200 people and a range of en-suite twin and single rooms.
The Isle of Wight is now the foremost destination for school trips. Their aim is to make school trips to the Isle of Wight as simple and stress-free as possible. The dedicated, experienced team is on hand to help with planning every aspect of your...
This ancient building is the only remaining evidence of the former importance of Newtown.
East Dene is in Bonchurch, Ventnor and has sea views and woodlands, it is one of the Islands premier outdoor education centres.
We offer two types of trip, firstly the traditional cruise to view the Needles rocks, lighthouse, with spectacular views of the coloured sands of Alum Bay. This trip is also a must for those interested in sea-life / wildlife and photography and...
Adventure Park / Playground
Set in Over 40 acres of spectacular cliff-top gardens - you will find a magical mix of fantasy, legend and heritage!
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 special day out.
Adventure Park / Playground
With free unlimited return visits over 7 days, award-winning Robin Hill definitely qualifies as one of the Island’s favourite country attractions. The park has rides, adventure play, falconry and gardens for the whole family to enjoy.
Leisure / Swimming Pool
UKSA’s waterfront campus in Cowes on the sunny Isle of Wight is the perfect location for residential and non-residential sailing and watersports activities.
This amazing ‘tin tabernacle’ was built in 1895 and has been converted to a truly unique place to stay. The Mission is situated on Blythe Shute, just outside the village of Chale on the south coast of the Isle of Wight.
Home and workplace of the internationally acclaimed Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
Family Fun & Activities
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking The Needles Rocks and Lighthouse, there's breathtaking scenery and a spectacular chairlift past amazing coloured sand cliffs.