Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Yarmouth is the Island’s oldest town, with a charter dating back to 1135. Within its pretty harbour stands Yarmouth Castle, completed in 1547 as the last of Henry VIII's coastal defence forts. Its museum tells the story of a 16th century shipwreck, bringing the past vividly to life.
Fishing from Yarmouth is a popular pursuit, with day trips out to The Solent available throughout the year. Walkers are well catered for too, with the former railway track now a woodland walk which traces the banks of the Yar towards Freshwater.
Yarmouth has the feel of a traditional seaside village but offers the modern amenities and cosmopolitan style that come with it's status as a popular yachting and boating marina, especially in the summer months. The town feels cosy and offers a wide range of small shops, with everything from chandlery's and gift shops, to arts, crafts and local artists. There are also a number of pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from.
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Things to do in Yarmouth
- Yarmouth Castle was built by Henry VIII and was completed in 1547 to improve the security of the town. The castle is now owned and maintained by English Heritage; the rooms inside provide an insight into how the castle was used in the 16th century and there is an exhibition of the many ship wrecks found in the area. The Castle also provides an excellent picnic spot with views up and down the Solent.
- Wander the small high street and various alleyways, browsing the different shops offering everything from handmade crafts and local produce to marine equipment and lifestyle clothing.
- The Freshwater Way is a walking/cycling track along the old railway track that runs from Yarmouth all the way across to the west coast town of Freshwater. The track runs through woodland and alongside the river Yar before meandering through the countryside hamlet of Afton and into Freshwater.
- Take a boat trip from Yarmouth Harbour out into the Solent or down to the famous Needles rocks. There are several operators, and Yarmouth tourist office will have a list of phone numbers and prices.
The Freshwater Way is our favourite way to work up and appetite and enjoy the scenery and fresh air, before returning to Yarmouth to grab a bite to eat and drink in our favourite pub The King's Head. Another favourite is just spending time wandering the shops and galleries in Yarmouth's quaint side streets and walking along Yarmouth's famed wooden pier.
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