Isle of Wight

Sunset over the water and sand at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

Welcome to a treasure island just a 30-minute ferry ride away.

Places to visit

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Places in the South East where you still need to book 

Our Isle of Wight coast and countryside places, as well as Mottistone Gardens, Bembridge Windmill and the Needles Old Battery, are open. There is no need to book in advance.

Elsewhere in the South East, some of our places will be opening with guided tours, so you’ll need to pre-book before you visit. These tours will be led by expert volunteers and will show the places in a new light. You may also need to book in advance at some other larger places, where visitor numbers need to be carefully managed for practical reasons.

Large colourful flower borders with gravel path in the middle

Mottistone Gardens 

The warm, sheltered gardens at Mottistone mean that colourful flowers and plants continue to bloom here, well into early autumn. Some plants even prefer this time of year and are only now starting to reveal their full colour. Discover late summer highlights and far-reaching views in this tranquil garden that’s a treat for the senses.

Children playing in autumn leaves underneath a tree in the parkland

Things to do with the kids on the Isle of Wight 

We've got plenty of family activities to enjoy across the Island this autumn. From our red squirrel scurry at Mottistone Gardens to smugglers codes and space-themed crafts at the Needles, there are trails and games for little ones as well as older kids.

A walker stands beside St Catherine's Oratory admiring the view

Discover some history on the Isle of Wight 

If you have an interest in history, come and explore some of the great places we care for on the Isle of Wight. Here's just a sample of what you can find.