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Isle of Wight Towns and Villages


A visitors guide to the Isle of Wight's main towns and villages


Ventnor, Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has some of the best preserved quintessential English villages in the UK, offering the visitor an opportunity to relax in the quaint surroundings and experience the best of village life, from traditional village shops to afternoon tea.

In contrast, there are traditional market towns like Newport and Ryde offering a range of high street brands and places to eat and drink. Cowes is a buzzing harbour town and holds claim to being the spiritual home of world yachting. Whatever your taste, our guide will give you an insight into each of the main towns and villages of the Island.

Main Isle of Wight towns & villages

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  • West Cowes - Cowes is the world famous home of yacht racing. A fantastic waterside town which hosts the annual Cowes Week regatta.
  • East Cowes - Visit Queen Victoria's Osborne House. Enjoy a stroll along the Boat Trail or the Isle of Wight Coastal Path.
  • Newport - Principal town of the Isle of Wight. Visit Carisbrooke Castle, Newport Roman Villa or enjoy a stroll along the river.
  • Ryde - Largest town on the Isle of Wight. Six miles of sandy beaches, canoe lake, swimming pool and paddling pool.
  • Brading - Best known for Brading Roman Villa - Brading is also a great place for walkers.
  • Sandown - Sandown offers some of the Islands best beaches. Pay a visit to the Isle of Wight Zoo or Dinosaur Isle Museum.
  • Ventnor - One of the sunniest spots on the Isle of Wight coast. Cliff top town with famed botanic gardens and beaches.
  • Yarmouth - Visit Yarmouth Castle for spectacular views of the Solent, browse the quaint shops or walk the Freshwater Trail.
  • Arreton - Visit Arreton Manor, exotic animals at Amazon World or test you nerve on the rides at Robin Hill Country Park.
  • Shanklin - Picture-postcard pretty, thatched cottages and tea rooms, small specialist shops and flower-filled gardens.
  • Godshill - Quintessential English village full of traditional tea shops. Visit The Model Village, The Old Smithy & The Nostalgia Toy Museum.
  • Freshwater - Enjoy shopping in Freshwater Town or the stunning scenery and walks from Freshwater Bay.

The Isle of Wight

23 miles east to west | 13 miles north to south
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