Discover the Isle of Wight this Autumn

With our wonderful Isle of Wight micro-climate, we are still seeing some hot and sunny days, however as we move towards October we will be waving goodbye to Summer and saying a big hello to Autumn on the Isle of Wight! It’s then we start to think about cosy nights in front of the fire, woodland walks on the crunchy leaves and the prospect of a thick knit jumper always leaves us with a smile!

There’s something about Autumn that brings out the explorer within, whether it’s escaping into the woodland to hike through the walking trails or visiting the cosy tearooms around the villages to find the BEST hot chocolate with cream (and a flake of course). Whatever your idea of exploration is, the Isle of Wight won’t let you down.

Here’s just a few things that the Island has to offer during Autumn...


Early Autumn is the perfect time to go and visit the iconic landmarks and sights on the Isle of Wight, it’s much quieter following the Summer season and the children are back at school. So why not visit The Needles Landmark Attraction and get a glimpse of the famous Needles Rocks and lighthouse.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Shanklin Chine, the Isle of Wight’s oldest and largest chine. A popular destination due to its poetic history and beauty. Stay for the evening and watch the chine light up in its Lumiere Illumination display.


Walking and Cycling

If you enjoy walking then you’ll love the famous Tennyson Trail, at 14 miles long you will be blown away by the stunning views along the way, but don’t worry, there are shorter, less strenuous walking routes too. Another beautiful place to explore is Newtown Nature Reserve, follow the trail through meadows and across the marshes for a truly tranquil walk.

The Lonely Planet recently named the Isle of Wight as one of the 10 best cycling destinations in the world, probably because of the diverse terrains offering a wide variety of cycling routes with the most stunning views. Whether you enjoy a leisurely cycle or a full day mountain biking, you’ll find a route perfect for you.



Step back in time and visit the royal holiday home of Queen Victoria. Take a tour of Osborne House, stroll through the beautifully kept gardens and the magnificent house, then follow the woodland track down to Osborne beach and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate while overlooking the bay.

Carisbrooke Castle is over 1800 years old and has served as an Elizabethan artillery fortress, kings prison and a royal Summer residence. Today you can walk around the top of the castle with spectacular 360-degree views. Alongside the castle you can find out all about its history in the exhibition and castle museum before strolling around Princess Beatrice’s Garden.

Dimbola Museum and Galleries is the former home of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, now a dedicated museum and gallery to showcase her life and work. Dimbola also showcases other contemporary photography exhibitions from around the world.


Shopping, Food & Drink

Take a wander around the Islands most beautiful villages, including Godshill, Shanklin Old Village and Bembridge for a unique shopping experience and a great place to pick up some local Island produce.

For something extra special, visit the Isle of Wight Pearl where you can browse the beautiful pearl jewellery and pick yourself up something wonderful from the treasure trove of options. After delight your taste buds with a top-notch cream tea in The Pearl Café overlooking Freshwater Bay.

No visit to the Isle of Wight is complete without visiting The Garlic Farm Shop & Restaurant. The famous Garlic Mayo sauce is something you have to leave the Island with, so take a trip over to Newchurch and stock up.

To round off your evenings, soak up the atmospheric pub scene on the Isle of Wight. Read our brilliant guide to some of the best pubs on the Isle of Wight and find where you can get the best heart-warming homemade meals and thirst-quenching Isle of Wight ales.


If there’s too much to cram into one day, then you’ll be needing somewhere to stay. You can choose from a large range of places from house boats to cosy self-catering cottages from the Red Funnel Holidays collection. So, when it’s time to swap your walking boots for fluffy slippers, relax knowing you have the perfect place to stay right here on the Isle of Wight.

Red Funnel Ferry Blog

17 September 2020

By Red Funnel in Articles