Isle of Wight: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Famous for being the place where Queen Victoria spent her holidays, the Isle of Wight is a little English gem in the English Channel.
In this peaceful place, you can enjoy time strolling along the sandy beaches, having picnics in the countryside or visiting castles and ancient tea rooms. Here you will find vast and wild landscapes, which will allow you to come into close contact with nature. Definitely, a different destination than a beach holiday.
Here is some information and advice for you onIsle of Wight, where it is, when to go and what to see.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do on the Isle of Wight: excursions and tours
  6. The Isle of Wight Festival
  7. How much does an Isle of Wight vacation cost? Prices, offers and advice
  8. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 140.984
  • Capital: Newport
  • Languages: English
  • Local currency: pound (€ 1,00 = £ 0,91)
  • Weather: oceanic characterized by constant rains throughout the year (with peaks between October and January) and temperatures ranging between 4/10 ° in winter and 10/20 ° in summer
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: belonging to the British Kingdom, an identity card valid for abroad is sufficient for European citizens to visit the Isle of Wight
  • Where it is

    The Isle of Wight is a county of England located in the English Channel, south of Southampton.
    Its area of ​​381 square kilometers is 6,5 km from the Hampshire coasts and half of its territory has received the Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty certificate, that is the recognition of "area of ​​exceptional naturalistic beauty" and therefore the classification of protected natural area.

    How to get there from London

    The island is located less than 3 hours from London and you can reach it with ferries departing from the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth. Here are the different travel options:

    1. from London Waterloo station a train leaves for Portsmouth Harbor (travel time 1 hour and 36 minutes, ticket costs from £ 16,00 to £ 40,00, approximately € 18,00 to € 45,00);
      from Portsmouth, from "The Hard Interchange", take bus lines 8, X4, 16 or 203 to Southsea, Clarence Pier (journey time 8 minutes, ticket costs £ 1,00, approximately € 1,13) ;
      from Southsea, Clarence Pier take the fast ferry to Ryde in the east of the island (journey time 10 minutes, ticket cost £ 18,00, approximately € 21,00) - Isle of Wight 1 day tour from London
    2. Alternatively, from London Waterloo take the train to Southampton Central (journey time 1 hour and 16 minutes, ticket costs from £ 16,00 to £ 45,00, approximately € 19,00 to € 50,00);
      from Southampton City Center, at Central Station, take bus 3 / QuayConnect or U1C to Town Quay, Platform Tavern (journey time 14 minutes, ticket cost £ 2,00, approximately € 2,26);
      finally take the ferry to Cowes, in the center of the island (journey time 25 minutes, ticket cost from £ 7,00 to £ 15,00, approximately € 9,00 to € 18,00) - 3 day tour of the Isle of Wight and the south coast
    3. Finally, from London Victoria Coach Station by bus to Portsmouth The Hard (journey time 2 hours and 10, ticket cost £ 13,00, approximately € 15,00);
      from Portsmouth The Hard take another bus line 8, X4 or 16 to Southsea Clarence Pier (journey time 8 minutes, ticket cost £ 2,00, approximately € 2,26);
      then take the fast ferry to the island (journey time 10 minutes, ticket cost £ 18,00, approximately € 21,00)

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: oceanic with constant rains all year round and more abundant in the months from October to January. The temperatures are never excessively cold since the island enjoys the influence of the sea: December, January, February and March are the coldest months with a minimum of 5 ° and a maximum of 10 °, the hottest months are July and August
    • Best time: May to late September, in June for those who want to attend the Isle of Wight Music Festival
    • Period to avoid: from October to February, as it is the wettest period
    • Advice: always pack a heavy sweater, a rain jacket, an umbrella and comfortable shoes for walking and resistant to humidity

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Osborne House, the summer residence of Queen Victoria, with beautiful gardens and rooms furnished with numerous original objects.
    2. Carisbrooke Castle where King Charles I was imprisoned; as well as being a splendid medieval residence, it now houses a museum.
    3. Quarr Abbey, a beautiful Benedictine monastery built next to a Cistercian abbey which was demolished in 1953 following the dissolution of the monasteries.
    4. The Needkes, in the western part of the island, or three limestone rocks that rise above the sea level where millions of seagulls rest.
    5. Cowes, a town in the northern part of the island where a festival dedicated to the sea and sailing takes place every year in August.
    6. Sandown is a town on the south coast of Wight where there are beautiful beaches including Yaverland Beach.
    7. Shanklin it is a place where in addition to a beautiful golden sandy beach there is the Shanklin Chine, a cliff overlooking the ocean with an extraordinary panorama.
    8. Bembridge, a small village famous for jazz concerts, guided tours, kayaking, boat and canoe excursions from the harbor. Tours to the natural bays of Lane End, Ledge and Bembridge Beach depart from here.
    9. Ventnor, a Victorian-era spa where one of the most beautiful beaches on the island is located: Steephill Cove Beach. Also here is the Ventnor Park with its Botanical Gardens where numerous floral species abound.
    10. Freshwater village, one of the most evocative places on the island as it overlooks elevated limestone promontories. Freshwater Bay beach is very popular with tourists for its sandy shoreline interspersed with steep cliffs.

    What to do on the Isle of Wight: excursions and tours

    The Isle of Wight Festival

    The Isle of Wight Festival, a rock music festival, is held every year on the Isle of Wight.
    The first three editions, where singers and musicians of the caliber of Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker and Jefferson Airplane participated, were held, respectively, in 1968, 1969 and 1970. Later, for many years the event was suspended and only since 2002 has the festival been resumed and is held every year in June. During the 4 days of the festival, generally in mid-June, you can attend various concerts of rock, pop and indie music.

    As regards the entrance ticket to the Festival, you can decide whether to buy the daily one or the one that includes admission during all 4 days of music. Prices change according to the duration and the day you intend to enter, find all the information on the official website.

    • Date: 4 days in mid-June, exact dates change every year
    • Location: Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, England - Get directions
    • Gender: rock and pop
    • Official website:

    How much does an Isle of Wight vacation cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Although not far from London, the Isle of Wight has prices more similar to those of the English countryside compared to those found in the British capital.
    For sleeping, there are several B & Bs and small hotels to choose from, some with moderate prices.
    To eat, however, on the island you will find several pubs that have menus that are not too expensive and where you can taste typical dishes of English cuisine, accompanying everything with a good beer.
    One of the costs that will weigh on your budget will be transport from London to the island, as seen in the section "How to get from London".

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
    • flights to London from € 65,00 -

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