Popular Isle of Wight Towns To Visit
As ‘staycations’ rise in popularity, lots of people who would have previously jetted off on a plane and may not have considered visiting the Isle of Wight are now planning a holiday to the Island. It is fair to say that there are so many benefits to choosing the Isle of Wight over other popular holiday hotspots in the UK and many favour the Island specifically because it is famous for its beautiful quaint towns and villages.
Although the Island is fairly small, there are nine main towns and dozens of little villages to explore during your stay. Choosing where to stay and where to visit can be quite difficult and understandably, you won’t want to miss out on anything that the Isle of Wight has to offer. So, to help anyone who is planning a trip to the Island, below we have looked into some of the most popular Isle of Wight towns to visit.
This is the biggest town on the Island and one that thousands of people will visit every year. Ryde is known for its carnivals and its main procession is the oldest in England. With five different events throughout the year, it is worth seeing if you can make any. This town also has miles of beautiful unspoilt sandy beach and there is plenty for the whole family to do here.
This is a traditional seaside town and the Victorian pier makes it an incredibly popular tourist destination. Sandown is perfect for a day at the beach and for many, this is why they visit this town. But, with Sandown Levels, Sandown Meadows Nature Reserve, the Isle of Wight Zoo and Dinosaur Isle, there’s plenty to see and do that isn’t by the sea too.
This is home to the Isle of Wight Festival and it is also the Isle of Wight’s capital town. Newport is the perfect place to visit if you want to pop into some independent shops before stopping off for some lunch somewhere. It is located at the geographical centre of the Island, so no matter where you’re staying, this is one of the easiest Isle of Wight towns to visit.
This is a historic town split by the River Medina and it is considered to be an ‘all-rounder’, there is something for all ages to do here. Whilst it is famous for its sailing events, Cowes is a popular destination for an evening out and many of its bars have nightly entertainment. Whilst you’re here, it is worth a short trip on the ferry to East Cowes too, this is another beautiful town.
This is one of the smallest and the oldest Isle of Wight towns to visit and it is set in an area of breathtaking natural beauty. Brading is off the beaten track and definitely worth visiting if you have an interest in history. Some of the Island’s oldest buildings are here and many have interesting and original features. Often, people visit the Roman Villa too whilst they’re here.
This is another smaller quirky town and it is unique in the fact that it raises up with the cliffs. Many visit this town for the beach at Ventnor Bay and it is rumoured to have more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the UK. If you enjoy seafood then you have to try the speciality; Ventnor Bay crab and whilst you’re here, why not pop into the Island’s smallest pub as well.
Choosing which Isle of Wight towns to visit
Hopefully, you will now know a little bit more about some of the incredible towns and villages there are to visit here on the Isle of Wight. It is fair to say that no matter whether you’re wanting to explore a traditional town or you’d like to stroll through a seaside town, there are many beautiful unique destinations to choose from and you can easily fill your holiday with lots of amazing day trips around the Island.
When you’re organising your Isle of Wight holiday, be sure to take a look at the rest of our website, you can find out so much more about everything the Island has to offer. Be sure to check out some of our other blogs too, whether you’re looking for restaurants with a sea view or the quirkiest places to stay, we have you covered. Of course, if you have any questions at all about the Isle of Wight, don’t hesitate to contact us, we’re always happy to help.