Isle of Wight Attractions
The Isle of Wight offers a diverse range of attractions to keep you entertained throughout the year.
Scroll through the attractions below to see what's on offer.
Amazon World Zoo Park is the Isle of Wight's largest exotic animal attraction and is a great day out whatever your age! Walk through jungle rainforests with colourful rare birds flying above you and crocodiles watching you from the pond! See unusual and rare animals like the Tamandua an Anteater that lives in the trees, Toucans, Marmosets, Penguins, Flamingos, Otters, Ocelot, Monkeys, Lemurs and manor many more!
Learn about the conservation of these fantastic animals and their rainforest home, 'Secrets of Xenathra' with Sloth just wandering past you in the trees. Visitors enter 'Madagascar' where you will walk amongst the lemurs, The lost temple lies forgotten, half buried in desert sand. here animals have made their homes within the ruins to escape the harsh desert sun. Visitors will be able to travel across a raised walkway to observe the animals in their homes! Animals you will find here include: Armadillos, Giant Tortoise, Fennec Foxes, and the mischievous Meerkats! All areas within Amazon World Zoo Park are wheelchair friendly and we have wheelchairs you can borrow if you haven't brought your own! We have Jurassic Adventure play area, Falconry Displays and Keeper Talks daily and we also have a massive Special Events
Isle of Wight Beaches
Isle of Wight beaches are recognised as being some of the best in Europe.
With 57 miles of varied coastline the Island offers a fantastic array of beaches, many of which hold Blue Flag awards. With miles of award winning sand and shingle beaches, rugged cliffs, hidden coves and clear waters, a trip to the beach is an essential part of any visit to the Island.
One of the advantages of being surrounded by water is that wherever you are the beach is never too far away.
The award-winning beaches of Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor all have very popular esplanades with a great selection of cafes, shops and facilities to enhance your “day at the beach”. Ryde and Appley offer the largest stretch of open sands, perfect for sports and activities, with great views back across the Solent towards Portsmouth and Southsea.
Whilst a beach holiday is often associated with good weather, the Isle of Wight benefits from an all year round appeal.
Overlooking the stunning South coast of the Island and set in beautiful cliff top gardens, Blackgang Chine offers an enchanting experience like no other.
Let your imagination run wild as you venture on a journey of discovery .... fighting pirates on-board your own ship, discovering life size moving dinosaurs and escaping from danger, being a sheriff of your own town, rounding up the outlaws and locking 'em up - or experiencing the magic of being fairy princess of your own castle!
Filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides - waterforce water slides, cliff hanger roller coaster and pirate barrel ride - you'll find adventures around every corner, something for all the family.
Ventnor Botanic Gardens
Ventnor Botanic Garden lies at the heart of a remarkable microclimate on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Protected by the chalk downs of the Ventnor Undercliff, VBG boasts an impressive collection of rare, subtropical and exotic plants.
Normally found in protected glasshouses, that plants at VBG thrive in geographical plantings based on the Mediterranean zones of the world. Begin your day with a meander through the Med garden, then go down under in the Australian and New Zealand Gardens. In the afternoon, chill out with the cacti and agave in the Arid Garden and then find some sun in the South African Terraces.
All ages and generations of the family can spend quality time together exploring or relaxing in the beauty and tranquility of the Garden.
Famous for its donkeys and as a royal prison to Charles I and now the location of the stunning new Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice Garden.
- Enjoy the birds-eye view from the castle keep and walk around the battlements.
- Delight in the demonstrations of the donkeys working the 16th century treadwheel.
- Relax in the Princess Beatrice Garden, designed by TV presenter and award-winning garden designer, Chris Beardshaw.
- See history brought to life with the fun and dramatic film.
- Dress up as a soldier, experiment with armour and discover how to fire cannons.
- Experience the tranquillity of the castle chapel, and visit the Carisbrooke Castle
- Accredited local history museum run by an independent Charitable Trust with its fascinating Charles I memorabilia and new World War 1 exhibition.
With its charming thatched-roofed cottages, delightful medieval church and a winding main street lined with tearooms, Godshill is the quintessential English Village. Centrally situated between Newport and Shanklin, the village is easily accessible and has extensive car and coach parking facilities, convenient to all the nearby attractions.The Needles
The village itself is host to many attractions including the Model Village, which depicts the entire area in miniature and The Old Smithy, a former blacksmiths forge, which is now a tearoom, gift shop and fashion boutique.
Osborne House, Queen Victoria's family home, is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Isle of Wight. After first visiting Osborne, England's longest-reigning monarch wrote: 'It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot'.
- Victorian opulence and extravagant interiors
- Stunning Indian décor of the Durbar Room
- Private apartments including the Queen's bedroom, nursery rooms and royal bathrooms
- The Swiss Cottage - chalet built for the royal children
- Extensive grounds - stunning views across the Solent
- A Victorian Walled Garden
- Hothouses containing exotic plants
- A delightful restaurant and café
There's lots of fun for everyone at Monkey Haven. They offer a happy home for whooping gibbons, cheeky capuchins, birds of prey and many more exotic creatures.
They care for monkeys and other animals in need, in a lovely sanctuary outside Newport. Monkey Haven is a Gold Award winning attraction, with plenty for you to see and do. They've got everything you need for a fantastic time, and there's always something new and exciting going on. Plus they offer daily keeper talks, animal feeds, play areas and tea room - and your ticket will be valid for seven days.
You can see Quarr Abbey from the car ferry to Fishbourne, nestling among the trees on the shore. Passengers visiting the Island enjoy taking various guesses at what it could be.
Quarr Abbey is home to a small group of Benedictine monks who strive to dedicate their lives to the glory of God, and whose day is characterised by prayer, work and community life.
You can visit the church and wander around the grounds to experience the tranquil atmosphere, visit the art gallery where local artists display their artwork or browse the bookshop, where you can buy published works by a member of the community of monks along with other Quarr Abbey souvenirs. You can visit the pigs on the farm and relax in the lovely cafe after a stroll around the grounds.
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Step back to a bygone era when steam power was the order of the day. Thrill to the sight and sound of powerful majestic steam engines and breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway. Soak-up the rhythm of quiet rural stations while enjoying the friendliness of traditionally uniformed staff.
Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and discover an idyllic view of the Island's unspoilt countryside ... or hop off at one of the stations and just watch the trains go by! Keep an eye out for a red squirrel or deer darting away from the train as you pass through ancient woodland - And watch for a solitary kestrel perched on a fence post looking for prey as the train ambles through open farmland and sweeping Downland! The Locomotives and Carriages have all been painstakingly restored to pristine condition and are the hallmark of the delightful railway. A great day out for any age.