Isle of Wight is a seaside holiday destination popular to both foreigners and locals alike. It is the second most populous and the largest island in England. It has over a hundred thousand residents and is three times the size of Jersey, an island territory located in the English Channel.
There are many interesting things about Isle of Wight that attracts both Victorians and the young generation. It has numerous beaches with distinct features. It also offers a wide array of activities that drives up the curiosity of every age range of the traveling population. Although the island is not too far from the hustle and bustle of city life (it is just about 6 miles away from Portsmouth) it is like a world apart in terms of landscapes, culture, and lifestyle.
Isle of Wight has a yacht centre stationed in Cowes, which is a must-visit for the “London crowd”, especially during the Cowes week held annually, every August. It also hosts the Isle of Wight Festival and the Bestival, two of the more popular attractions for fans of rock music. The Isle of Wight Festival, for one, drew a crowd about seven times the local population once in 1970, with Jimi Hendrix at the forefront.
Isle of Wight is also popular for the various activities that await tourists, from watersports to land-based sports like football, marathon and motor scooter. It also has a bunch of places of interests where one can explore various beach characters as well as cultural and geological heritage.
Dinosaur Isle – This geological museum is located in Sandown. It houses dinosaur fossils, which made the island officially an important area in Europe for relics that include bones and footprints. As such, Isle of Wight was also nicknamed Dinosaur Island.
Osborne House – Another destination that is not to be missed, this is Queen Victoria’s summerhouse that used to be her main home since Prince Albert died. Today, however, it’s a well-preserved heritage that admits visiting explorers all-year-round.
Closest Airport: Eastleigh Airport – 19 Miles
Closest City Centre: Portsmouth – 6 Miles
Closest Must-See location outside Isle of Wight: Southsea Common – 6 Miles