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A celebrity tour of the Isle of Wight

Thu 21 Nov 2013

A celebrity tour of the Isle of Wight

Tours of celebrity homes are commonplace in Hollywood, but you might be surprised to learn that the Isle of Wight has its own fair share of famous residents. 

Queen Victoria is perhaps the island's most well-known, but there are many more prominent names that you might be surprised to learn also made their homes on the Isle of Wight. 

Touring round these celebrity haunts makes a great itinerary for a short break and it will also allow you to get to know the island much better.

Why not begin your tour at the spectacular Osborne House - which is only minutes from the ferry terminus in East Cowes - to soak up the island's royal heritage? 

From East Cowes, head south to Shanklin to admire the beautiful thatched buildings, including the Crab Inn. In 1868, the celebrated American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow stayed at the inn and was asked to write an inscription on the fountain outside, which begins with the lines "O traveller, stay they weary feet; Drink of this fountain pure and sweet". 

Shanklin is just a short trip from Ventnor, which was visited frequently by Winston Churchill. On the side of the building originally called 'Flint Cottage', but what is now the reception to Ventnor Holiday Villas, you'll find another inscription, which reads: "Sir Winston L P Churchill 1874-1965 stayed at Flint Cottage in 1878, the first of many visits to Ventnor". 

Continue your journey along the coast towards Freshwater at the western end of the island. Here you'll find Dimbola Lodge, the home of photography pioneer Juliet Margaret Cameron and now a museum dedicated to her work, and Tennyson Down, a hill named after the famous poet who lived nearby. 

These are just some of the famous faces to have graced the Isle of Wight. Others include the author J B Priestley, the actor David Niven and Charles Dickens, who wrote 'David Copperfield' during his visit. ADNFCR-3083-ID-801663485-ADNFCR

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