Quaint villages and bustling market towns
The towns and villages on the Isle of Wight are packed with both quirky charm and modern convenience. Stroll the streets of an idyllic Island village complete with traditional thatched cottages and one-of-a-kind boutique shops, or explore hidden gems and local treasures in a picturesque seaside town.
Nestled in the centre of the Isle of Wight at the first bridging point of the river Medina sits our capital town of Newport. No longer new and no longer a port, Newport became our major town when the port of Newtown was deserted toward the end of the 14th century, although its roads were laid out by the then Lord of the Isle of Wight, Richard de Redvers, in 1135.
Shanklin is a pretty seaside town to the south east of the Isle of Wight that is a popular holiday destination. With its wide sandy beach that stretches all the way up to Sandown Bay, the resort grew during the Victorian era although it was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Sencling, a name derived from its location, meaning a hill (kline) with a spring.
The sleepy, leafy village of Bonchurch is sheltered beneath St Boniface Down, centred about a large pond overhung with willows, and has a winding road to the pretty Monks Bay below. The Undercliff is one of the oldest settlements on the Island with prehistoric remains found near to the spring that feeds the pond.
Beloved of sailors and second home owners, Seaview is an attractive seaside town to the east of Ryde, overlooking No Mans Fort in the Solent and the Portsmouth coastline. Home to some of the most attractive and expensive properties on the island, a ‘millionaire’s row’ of mansions skirt adjacent Seagrove Bay.