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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.

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Top places to visit on the Isle of Wight

The white cliffs of Tennyson Down seen above the cold wintry blue water of Compton Bay
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Compton Bay and Downs 

One of the Island's favourite beaches and biggest expanses of open downland

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Sunset over the Needles headland coast, Isle of Wight. The Needles lighthouse and rocks can be seen in the shade, leading up to the coastline.
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The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down 

Beautiful open downland,sheer chalk cliffs and dramatic sea views

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Visitors at The Needles Old Battery and New Battery, Isle of Wight
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The Needles Old Battery and New Battery 

Victorian coastal defence and secret rocket testing site perched high above the Needles Rocks

Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

Fully open today
Cormorant and oystercatchers at Newtown National Nature Reserve, Isle of Wight
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Newtown National Nature Reserve and Old Town Hall 

A quiet backwater with a busy Medieval past, now bursting with wildlife and a town hall with no town...

Newtown, Isle of Wight

Partially open today
The landslip at Redcliff above sandy Yaverland beach on a calm autumn afternoon
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Bembridge Fort and Downs 

Dramatic chalk cliffs and open downland with coastal views, military history and wildlife.

near Bembridge, Isle of Wight

Fully open today
Image of windmill in background with blue sky behind and white clouds.
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Bembridge Windmill 

The only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight

Bembridge, Isle of Wight

Closed now
Colourful summer flowers line the path leading to a doorway at Mottistone Gardens, Isle of Wight
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Mottistone Gardens and Estate 

Enchanting gardens set in a sheltered valley and surrounded by rolling downland

near Brighstone, Isle of Wight

Partially open today
Dappled summer sunlight on a magnificent spreading oak tree in Borthwood Copse
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Borthwood Copse 

Paths wind through ancient oak woodland with sunny glades

near Winford, Isle of Wight

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St Catherine's lighthouse seen far below from coast path at the top of Gore Cliff, near a concrete plinth for surveying equipment to check the cliff is not moving
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St Catherine's Down and Knowles Farm 

A wild rocky coast with jutting cliffs, a windswept down and sheltered wooded valley

Blackgang, Isle of Wight

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Teasels and other spring wildflowers bloom by St Helens lagoon at low water
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St Helens Duver 

Sand dunes with a royal history and great coastal views

St Helens, Isle of Wight

Fully open today
Low winter sunshine highlights the undulations in the lower slope of Chillerton Down, where white chalk down merges into very green grassland
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Chillerton Down 

An impressive flank of open downland

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Paths criss-cross the slopes of Coombe Bottom near Ventnor with radar masts in the distance
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Ventnor Downs 

Dramatic views from the highest point on the Island

Wroxall, Isle of Wight

Fully open today

What's coming this summer?

Close view of fossils at the disused Loftus Alum Works, North Yorkshire

Compton Bay fossil walks 

Various dates throughout the summer holidays. 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.

Visitors in the garden at Mottistone, Isle of Wight
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Warrior the war horse at Mottistone Gardens 

Each day 27 July – 1 September, 10.30am-5pm. Follow Warrior and his owner, Jack, on an adventure across five activity points in the gardens – through wardrobes and water, battles and birthday parties – and discover the incredible story of a real-life war horse.

Family learning how flour is made at Bembridge Windmill, Isle of Wight
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Summer at Bembridge Windmill 

Each Sun, Tues, Weds and Thurs, 28 July - 1 September, 10.30am-5pm. Race your friends and family round the windmill grounds this summer in a sack race, or challenge each other to a game of giant jenga. There's paper windmill making too and our new bug hotel to discover.

Sign welcoming people to the Randy-O at Newtown, Isle of Wight
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Newtown Randy-O 

Each day 27 July – 1 September, 10.30am-5pm. Inspired by the Medieval festival that was once held here, the Randy-O will be returning to Newtown this summer holiday, filled with Medieval activities, such as archery and dressing up.

Visitors at the searchlight emplacement at the Needles Old Battery and New Battery, Isle of Wight
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Summer of play at the Needles Old Battery 

Each day 27 July – 1 September, 10.30am-5pm. Test your skills this summer holiday with some Victorian inspired games at the Needles Old Battery, such as skittles and quoits.

The Isle of Wight Explorer Pass outside Mottistone Gardens
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Isle of Wight Explorer Pass 

Not a member? Our Explorer Pass gives access to all our Isle of Wight places and free parking in our car parks for seven days. Discover how to buy yours and where to collect it.

Buildings on the Isle of Wight

A visiting family touch the machinery inside Bembridge Windmill, Isle of Wight. Built around 1700, it last operated in 1913 but still has most of its original machinery intact
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Things to see and do at Bembridge Windmill 

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.

An image of a small single storey wooden building called The Shack in the grounds of Mottistone Garden and Estate, which is stood on stone pillars and clad in wooden singles
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The Shack at Mottistone Gardens and Estate 

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.

Forts on the Isle of Wight

Winter sunshine over still waters in Sandown Bay seen from just above the beach at Yaverland
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Bembridge Fort 

Bembridge Fort is an unrestored Victorian fort set on dramatic chalk cliffs. You can see the outside of this fascinating example of military architecture on a walk around Bembridge and Culver Downs.

Visitors at the Needles Old Battery and New Battery, Isle of Wight
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Needles Old Battery and New Battery 

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.

Places to stay on the Isle of Wight

Pet dogs and their owners outside a holiday cottage on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset
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Dog-friendly holiday cottages 

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.

Upcoming events

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Round The Island Race at the Needles Old Battery 

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

Experience the spectacle that is the Round of the Island Race from one of the most iconic points on the route - the Needles Headland.

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15 Jun 2024
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07:30 to 12:00
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Wellbeing Walks 

Newtown National Nature Reserve and Old Town Hall, Newtown, Isle of Wight

Each Saturday at 10am from 30 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.

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15 Jun to 2 Nov 2024
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10:00 to 12:00
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BioBlitz at Dunsbury 

Compton Bay and Downs, Isle of Wight

Join us in a family-friendly one-day race against the clock to photograph as much nature as we can to contribute to a scientific survey recording the changing state of nature. For kids there are nature trails, fossils, barn owl poo and skulls!

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22 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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Newtown Meadows Butterfly Walk 

Newtown National Nature Reserve and Old Town Hall, Newtown, Isle of Wight

Sat 22 June. Join an official Butterfly Conservation guided walk through the meadows and woods at Newtown to discover butterflies.

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22 Jun 2024
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13:30 to 15:30
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Mottistone Down Butterfly Walk 

Mottistone Gardens and Estate, near Brighstone, Isle of Wight

Sat 6 July. Join an official Butterfly Conservation guided walk across Mottistone Downs to discover butterflies.

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6 Jul 2024
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13:30 to 15:30
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Compton Bay Fossil Walks 

Compton Bay and Downs, Isle of Wight

Various dates through the summer holidays. 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.

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30 Jul to 29 Aug 2024
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10:00 to 11:00
+ 23 other dates or times
Small girl running between conical topiary hedges in the Cherry Garden at Ham House

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.