What’s open on the Isle of Wight?

Due to the current national lockdown, we are unable to welcome visitors to the Isle of Wight. The below guide was last updated when the Island was still in “Tier One” (December 2020), and we assume the opening times information will be correct when current restrictions return to a similar level. Therefore please feel free to use this article to help plan your future adventures, for when it’s safe to travel again.

There will be a few changes, and some businesses are operating seasonal opening times and new practices. So we’ve put together a handy guide to show you what’s open on the Isle of Wight.

We have some great day trip ideas to help you enjoy the beautiful Island and plan ahead for 2021!

The majority of attractions are open all year round and some will be opening again in the Spring.

Please note: Some of the attractions listed below are operating limited entry systems, and require pre-booked tickets. Check directly with the attractions for further details and opening times.

Beautiful Beaches 

Find your own Isle of Wight paradise as you discover over 20 beaches that surround the Island. From sand-castle beaches to charming secluded bays you’re destined to find that perfect spot for ultimate relaxation. In case you didn’t hear, the Isle of Wight is known for its micro-climate, so our warmer than average weather will be the cherry on the cake for this beach-lovers trip. 

 

Gorgeous Gardens & Walking Trails

Did someone say ‘Instagram worthy’? Too right!

As-well as stunning beaches the Isle of Wight also has the most quintessentially English rolling countryside and landscapes. It’ll be no surprise to you that there are a copious amount of walking trails ranging from a few miles long to 16-mile hikes with some awesome Instagrammable spots along the way, both inland and along the coast.

If you prefer to take a leisurely stroll through the most sensational gardens, then why not book a trip to Osborne House and find out why Queen Victoria loved her Summer palace so much. For now, the main house and Swiss Cottage remain closed, but the breath-taking gardens, secluded beach and first-class views are very much open.

Looking for something on the tropical side? Take a drive out to Ventnor Botanic Gardens and uncover 22 acres of rare and exotic plants and flowers in Britain’s hottest garden!

 

Family Fun

Kids, it’s time to play!

Tapnell Farm Park is a great place to let off steam, meet the petting animals and enjoy some outdoor adventure, all while being completely aware of social distancing and safety. A great day out for all the family.

Fancy being a knight? King or Queen? No problem, book in at Carisbrooke Castle, the former prison of King Charles I and royal summer residence of Princess Beatrice, to discover the Castle grounds complete with awesome panoramic views from the high castle walls and plenty of open space for some exploring of your own. You can even meet the donkeys in the stable yard.

 

Amazing Animals

Have you missed visiting the zoos and rescue centres? Us too, but luckily the wait is over, and both Monkey Haven and The Isle of Wight Zoo are open again ready for your visit!

Swing by Monkey Haven and catch up with the latest mayhem from the adorable rescue monkeys and owls. Will you spot Djimmy and his toy pig? Or hear the stars of the park, Somer & Rasmaya, two Lar Gibbons singing to their audience and putting on a right show! You'll hear them before you see them. A highly entertaining day out for animal lovers!

Surely you must have heard of the beautiful tigers at the Isle of Wight Zoo? This sanctuary is now offering ‘Big Cat Breakfast experiences’ as well as normal admission, book online to see some truly remarkable animals up close and next to the coast.

If you love to horse ride or find that your little ones fall in love with ponies, then be sure to visit Hill Farm Stables and Pony Club Centre. All ages and abilities are welcome to explore pony rides, hacking through the countryside, jumping lessons while learning how to care for the ponies and horses.

Red Funnel Ferry Blog

16 December 2020

By Red Funnel in Articles