Located on the coast between Ryde and Bembridge is the lovely village of Seaview. Seaview, as its name suggests, has a strong maritime culture, and the village holds a popular annual regatta in the summer.
The village itself is an Edwardian resort built with the panoramic sea views in mind, it is a popular resort for those wanting a quieter beach holiday away from the main resorts as it has a number of beaches nearby ranging from sandy to rocky.
Seaview beach itself is popular with watersports enthusiasts as it makes a great launching platform and a little further down you will find Seagrove beach and it’s glorious golden sands and safe swimming perfect for those who are relaxing enthusiasts!
There are a number of very good restaurants in and around the Seaview area as well as some pubs and cafes ideal spots from which to enjoy the arresting views over a glass of wine and some local seafood.
Holiday accommodation in Seaview is varied with a number of self-catering properties located in the village and along the seafront as well as some truly stunning hotels and guest accommodation.
In 1877 the Seaview Pier Company was formed to build Seaview a promenading pier, and approval for a 350-yard-long pier was given by Parliament in 1878. The suspension pier was designed by Frank Caws, a Seaview-born engineer/architect then working in Sunderland. The pier was finished in 1881 and was 1000 feet long and 15 feet wide. There were four towers from which the pier deck was suspended.
In its heyday, the pier received passenger ferries from Portsmouth and other south coast towns. At the entrance to the pier was the Pier Hotel, which catered for holidaymakers.
The Pier was still in use after World War II but was destroyed in a storm in late December 1951.