AttractionsThere is something for everyone on the Isle of Wight with a whole host of things to see and do.
We have compiled a list of all the best bits for you, to make your short break with us as memorable as possible. We have even hinted about what we think are the unmissable things, that define our Garden Isle:
White Tigers at Isle of Wight Zoo
|Home to Britain's largest collection of tigers, this award winning zoo has been a dedicated ally to the tiger for over a quarter of a century. The Zoo also cares for a wide range of other animals including lions, leopards, jaguars, lemurs, monkeys, snakes, spiders and lizards.|
The tigers really are the stars of the show, with the award winning series Tiger Island being filmed here at the zoo. The fly-on-the-wall documentary series follows the lives of the tigers and the dedicated staff who care for them.
Visit www.isleofwightzoo.com for more details
Amazon World Zoo Park
|IOW Tourism's 'Top Attraction' award winner and the 'Good Britain Guide' Top Family Attraction.|
Amazon World Zoo Park is a special kind of attraction. Here you can learn about conservation and rainforests and come face to face with some of the worlds most unusual, beautiful and endangered creatures. Some you won't be able to see anywhere else in the UK or even Europe!
Visit www.amazonworld.co.uk for more details!
Godshill Cream Teas and Old Village
|Godshill is the quintessential English village with its beautiful thatched cottages and famous Cream Teas. |
Exceptionally picturesque, there are several places that are unmissable, including the Willow Tree Tea Gardens, Godshill Cider Barn and there is even a minature model village to explore!
|Osborne House was Queen Victoria's home by the sea. Osborne was built as a family home and as you walk through the Queen's bedroom, the nursery rooms and even royal bathrooms, you get an intimate glimpse into royal family life.|
There are acres of grounds and gardens to relax in, horse and carriage rides to take and a delightful restaurant and café.
Visit English Heritage to find out more about Osborne House.
Sail Around the Island
|WAVERLEY is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.|
Magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks, gleaming varnish and brass. See and hear the mighty engines - they will provide a whiff of nostalgia for some but are sure to impress all!
With regular cruises around the Island from Yarmouth Pier, it is truly an experience to remember.
Visit www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk for timetables of sailings.
Take a Trip on a Steam Train
|The Isle of Wight once boasted 54 miles of railway, most of which was closed between 1952 and 1966. However its unique atmosphere has been perfectly preserved by the largely volunteer-run Isle of Wight Steam Railway, which began operating trains in 1971.|
The Railway is truly a journey back in time - a living, breathing museum!
Visit The Isle of Wight Steam Railway for more details
Visit the Needles
|The picturesque Needles and its famous lighthouse at Alum Bay simply must be seen if you have time on the Island.|
Take a chair lift to the beach below with its coloured sands or watch the skilled glassblowing at Alum Bay Glass. You can even take the short walk to the Old Battery for a truly stunning view!
Visit the Needles Pleasure Park - more details at www.theneedles.co.uk
Fossil Hunting and Dinosaur Museum
|Forming part of the Jurassic Coast, the Isle of Wight is famous for its fossils and dinosaur finds.|
The dinosaur museum at Sandown is even shaped like a giant pterodactyl and holds a host of interactive exhibits inside.
You can even go fossil hunting with a guide from the Fossil Farm near Brighstone.
Make sure you visit Dinosaur Isle and the Fossil Farm.