The largest town on the Isle of Wight, Ryde has six miles of sandy beaches and shallow coastal waters, making it a summer favourite with holidaymakers. A canoe lake, swimming pool and paddling pool add to its warm-weather attractions but there’s also plenty to do when the sun isn’t shining.
Ryde Pier, built in 1813, is the oldest pier in England and one of the longest in the UK. It stretches for nearly half a mile and is open year-round. The seafront also has a children’s play area, a pitch and putt, an ice rink and a bowling alley.
Union Street has a good mix of independent shops, with Liz Earle’s flagship store here as well as the Royal Victoria Arcade, which is home to antique shops full of forgotten trinkets just waiting to be discovered.
There’s plenty to discover in the rolling countryside surrounding Ryde, indulge in Island wines at nearby Rosemary Vineyard - the Island's largest vineyard – with self-guided tours, a café and a well-stocked shop. Take a step back in time with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway which can be picked up at Smallbrook, just a short train ride away from Ryde pier.
East of Ryde, the pretty villages of Seaview and Bembridge are popular with visiting sailors and offer great seafood in friendly pubs. Nearby, sixteenth century Bembridge Windmill is worth a visit simply for the picture postcard setting.
Things To Do
- Enjoy a walk on the sea wall or the miles of golden sand beaches.
- Play pitch and putt in Appley Park.
- Shopping in the many interesting shops including bric-a-brac and antique shops.
- Enjoy a meal or drink at one of the many bars, cafes and restaurants.