Carisbrooke Castle dates from Norman times and brings history alive to many thousands of visitors each year.
Upon St Catherine's Down, you will find the imposing Russian-style Hoy Monument and St Catherines Oratory, the original 14th century lighthouse known locally as the "Pepperpot".
This royal stamp of approval brought many famous Victorians to visit and settle on the Island.
Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll and John Keats are just a few of the historical greats who were inspired by this "Enchanted Isle".
There are a number of manor houses on the Island with fine furniture and beautiful artefacts that are open to the public.
Some manor grounds are historic landscapes in their own right, many containing walled gardens, fine plant collections and buildings of local and national significance.
Overlooking Freshwater Bay lies an earthen long barrow (an ancient tomb), left to us by the Stone Age community which lived there.
Above the pretty village of Mottistone in West Wight lies the most ambitious of the prehistoric tombs.
At the eastern end of the long mound, facing a rising sun, is the Longstone.
This great stone pillar is a lasting testimony of Stone Age engineering skills and as a statement of faith in the rising of new life.
Bronze Age Islanders crowned their hilltops with bold round burial mounds, now named tumuli.
Each tumulus honoured a dead leader and proclaimed, from its position in the landscape, the family territory.
Strung out along the tops of the downs, barrows like those on Brook Down and Headon Warren are there for you to find.
Recently earning itself the title of Dinosaur Island, the Isle of Wight has long been renowned as one of Europe's finest sites for dinosaur remains.
There was no Isle of Wight 125 million years ago, it was landlocked and part of a large continent.
In the muds and silts of ancient marshy environments, animals and plants were trapped and preserved as fossils.
These can now be found in the cliffs and on the beaches around the Island's coast.
The oldest rocks are the wealdon clays formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Giant casts of dinosaur footprints in stone are a famous feature at Hanover Point.
Today, geologists continue to examine the rocks to understand the complex processes which formed the present Isle of Wight.
To help you enjoy and interpret this scenery, take part in one of the organised fossil hunting trips.
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Historic gorge with dramatic waterfalls and nature trail.
A spectacularly sited, cliff top fort overlooking The Needles Rocks, in the care of the National Trust.
This ancient building is the only remaining evidence of the former importance of Newtown.
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Visit Carisbrooke Castle and enjoy over 800 years of history!
Educational school visits available but must be pre-booked and have NT guide. Special charge applies. Please contact property for details.
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.
Home and workplace of the internationally acclaimed Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
The Dinosaur Expeditions, Conservation & Palaeoart Centre is run by local fossil enthusiasts. In addition to displays of fossils and palaeoart, the centre has children's activities and a fossil giftshop.
On the edge of Newport town centre, the remains of this Roman farmhouse are well worth discovering. The villa has one of the finest bath suites in southern England and there are hands on activities for all of the family.
The imposing memorial to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the Victorian Poet Laureate, stands on the highest point of Tennyson Down (formerly High Down), a long chalk ridge with sheer cliffs on its south side.
A late work designed by J.L. Pearson, it dates...
Charles Pelham of Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire, was created 1st Earl of Yarborough in 1837. By marriage, he inherited Appuldurcombe, once the grandest mansion on the Isle of Wight, and it became his second home. As he was the first Commodore of the...
Church Litten was the burial ground for St. Thomas's Church, Newport. The cemetery dates back to 1583, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. It was formed shortly after Newport was hit by the plague. Previously Newport had no burial ground, being part...
You cannot miss this massive dockyard crane at the mouth of the River Medina at Cowes. You can see it as you walk out of Cowes along the Birmingham Road, as you approach the chain ferry from East Cowes, and as you come into Cowes from the sea. ...
Legend has it that St Catherine and the Devil had a contest to see who should control the Isle of Wight. The Long Stone’s tall iron sandstone pillar was supposedly thrown by St Catherine from the Down to the east which bears her name.
At over 4m...
Visit the legendary site of the original 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.
V-DUB ISLAND - 14TH AUGUST 2014 - 18TH AUGUST.
This year V-Dub Island (now in its Fourth year) has moved to its new site - East Afton Farm – home of the world’s largest music...
The picturesque thatched vernacular and much photographed Grade II listed cottages owned by the National Trust in North Street include the Community Library and a free museum.
* Victorian coastal defence
* Spectacularly sited cliff top fort with the best views of The Needles Rocks.
* Regularly updated exhibitions and displays.
* Intriguing history brought to life comic-book style.
* Memorabilia from World War II.
*The underground rooms of the New Battery situated next to the bus turning point contain an exhibition about the secret rocket testing carried out on the site in the 1950s and 60s.
* Refreshment kiosk serving drinks, ice cream and snacks.
Sir Robert Holmes, an adventurer with a record of overseas exploits, was a prominent local figure; he became Captain (Governor) of the Island in 1668. The present George Hotel in Yarmouth was probably his house at the time of his death in 1692...
Hoards of Bronze Age (2,300 - 700 BC) implements and weapons, and also round barrow cemeteries, have been found throughout the Island. Although many no longer survive, over 300 round barrows have been recorded.
Round barrows are 'bowl,' 'bell' or...