Isle of Wight
Discover gardens, forts and a windmill on the Isle of Wight – not to mention 17 miles of beautiful coastline and more than 5,000 acres of countryside. Find out what to see and do on this treasure island.
One of the Island's favourite beaches and biggest expanses of open downland
Beautiful open downland,sheer chalk cliffs and dramatic sea views
Victorian coastal defence and secret rocket testing site perched high above the Needles Rocks
A quiet backwater with a busy Medieval past, now bursting with wildlife and a town hall with no town...
Dramatic chalk cliffs and open downland with coastal views, military history and wildlife.
The only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight
Enchanting gardens set in a sheltered valley and surrounded by rolling downland
Paths wind through ancient oak woodland with sunny glades
A wild rocky coast with jutting cliffs, a windswept down and sheltered wooded valley
Sand dunes with a royal history and great coastal views
An impressive flank of open downland
Dramatic views from the highest point on the Island
Every day 25 March - 14 April, 10.30am-5pm. Join 'Red' the squirrel on an Easter adventure at Mottistone Gardens and help her discover the 'Signs of Spring', as she gets ready to wake her hibernating friends. Our family-friendly trail has fun activities for you to do along the way. Complete the trail and earn your chocolate egg at the end.
9 & 23 March, 2, 4, 9 & 11 April, 28 & 30 May. Join award-winning Wight Coast Fossils for guided walks at Compton Bay and discover evidence for dinosaurs once roaming the Island. Compton beach is one of the best places to encounter the Island’s rich geological past. During one of the walks, you'll learn more about this amazing history; have an opportunity to find fossilised bone, teeth and wood; and even see huge dinosaur foot casts laying on the beach. Booking is essential. Please follow the link for more information.
Discover the highlights of Bembridge Windmill, the last surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight. Climb to the top, play in the Mud Bakery or make friends with a tree in the grounds.
The Shack was a neat, compact retreat for 1930s architects Seely & Paget where they designed projects like Eltham Palace. It is still furnished as it would have been in their time.
Bembridge Fort is an unrestored Victorian fort set on dramatic chalk cliffs. You can explore this fascinating example of military architecture on pre-booked tours.
Explore the defensive site that helped protect a nation from invasion. See guns, underground tunnels and the secret rocket testing site plus views across the Solent.
Our holiday cottages are set in scenic locations, by rugged coastline and wild countryside. Bring your dog along for the adventure in one of nearly 300 dog-friendly cottages.
Each Saturday at 10am from 9 March. Take time out of hectic modern life for a guided walk through Newtown National Nature Reserve, focusing on connecting with nature in a deeper way.
9 & 23 March, 2, 4, 9 & 11 April, 28 & 30 May. Join Wight Coast Fossils at Compton Bay and travel back in time 130 million years to the Cretaceous period as you discover the fossils of the Compton coast.
25 March - 14 April. Join Red Squirrel in a hunt around Mottistone Gardens to find the 'Signs of Spring', as she gets ready to wake her hibernating friends this Easter.
5 May. Join us for a gentle guided stroll through the meadows and woodland at Newtown National Nature Reserve to listen to the dawn chorus.
Sat 18 May. Join an official Isle of Wight Butterfly Conservation walk across Mottistone Downs to discover butterflies.
Sat 25 May. Discover the butterflies of the Afton area on an official Butterfly Conservation walk across the downs and along the cliffs.
Learn more about how a gift in your will could help us carry out crucial conservation work at Mottistone and on the Isle of Wight.
Sat 22 June. Join an official Butterfly Conservation guided walk through the meadows and woods at Newtown to discover butterflies.