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See the sights of the Isle of Wight

Tue 30 Apr 2013

See the sights of the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight offers a host of beautiful towns and villages to visit for anyone planning a trip to the island, with plenty to see and do for all the family.

Covering 23 miles by 13, the Isle of Wight has an array of bustling and picturesque towns visitors might like to explore, with Newport the island's capital and home to many exciting excursions and attractions.

The historic town is situated at the centre of the island, ensuring visitors are well placed to head elsewhere on their Isle of Wight getaway, but travellers will not really have to, as Newport offers some of the best dining and entertainment facilities in the area.

One of the standout features of Newport is its Guildhall, which was designed by architect John Nash and built in 1816. The structure was embellished with an additional clock tower in 1887 to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Newport harbour is also a fantastic place to while away the hours, with an array of nautical attractions, including yachts, liners and places to simply sit down and have a coffee and recharge.

A bit of retail therapy will always go down a treat for visitors to the island's capital, with Newport home to a range of internationally-recognisable brands, as well as a number of local high-end outlets.

Culture vultures will also enjoy a visit to the Quay Arts Centre, where galleries, live musical performances, theatre and fantastic dining are all part and parcel of a visit.

Other places that visitors might either like to stay in or visit during their trip to the island include Ryde, Bembridge and Sandown. Each has its own unique personality and offers plenty to keep travellers entertained.

The largest town on the island, Ryde offers a number of benefits to those choosing to stay there, including some of the Isle of Wight's best restaurants and beaches.

All this means fans of relaxation and fine dining are well catered for here, with cuisine form across the globe represented on the streets of the town.

A range of events take place in the area throughout the year, including the annual Isle of Wight Scooter Rally in August and also the International Classic Car Show in September.

Individuals with a sense of adventure will also be able to partake of the wide array of water sports on offer, with Ryde's beaches playing host to windsurfing, regular beach soccer tournaments and much more.

Meanwhile, situated at the most easterly point of the island lies Bembridge, with its excellent mix of shops, restaurants, art galleries and other attractions. It is also home to one of the most popular harbours for sailing and offers a pleasant beach complete with rock pools and local wildlife for families to enjoy.

The village is also home to the island's only hard-surface runway, which is itself open to the public seven days per week.

Finally, visitors expecting traditional beach amusements and a sense of harking back to the golden era of UK seaside getaways should head to Sandown.

Guests of this quaint island town will have the chance to walk the sandy beaches or relax in local cafes and bars, while all the time soaking up the relaxing ambiance and enjoy some excellent cuisine.

Families are especially welcome, with a new multi-use games area recently added to the local Sandham Gardens, as well as an outside gym and play feature.

All in all, the Isle of Wight offers something for everyone, be it a cultural visit to take in the historic sites and attractions or simply taking some time off to relax and enjoy the pleasures of being beside the sea, all this is available on an island getaway.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801579507-ADNFCR

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