Now is the perfect time to start considering where to go for your next holiday. Whilst many people may prefer to go further afield, for those that want to stay closer to home look no further than the Isle of Wight. With various award-winning attractions to choose from, you can be sure to have an enjoyable trip. Should you wish to learn about some of the interesting facts regarding this wonderful destination, feel free to continue your reading below.
The sun is always shining
As anyone that lives in the United Kingdom can testify to, even during the summer the sun is not always round for a prolonged period, so it can be quite difficult to work on your tan. However, this is not an issue that stretches to the Isle of Wight; with an average of between 1800 and 2000 hours of sunshine per annum, it is considered to be one of the sunniest locations in the UK. Therefore, it makes sense to lay down a towel and open the SPF Factor 50 on one of the Isle of Wight’s beaches, and soak up the rays. Shanklin actually claims to be the sunniest beach in the UK.
Home of the oldest pier
For those that are interested, the Isle of Wight has a claim to fame, in the form of the Ryde Pier, which is the oldest surviving pleasure pier in the world. Having been opened in 1814, for more than 200 years it has served to provide tourists with a way in which to enjoy expansive sea views. Ryde’s pier is the second-longest seaside pier in the country, only being beaten by Southend pier.
There is a commercial hovercraft
You will be hard-pressed to find another destination which not only has aesthetic beauty running through it, but also gives you the opportunity to ride on a commercial hovercraft. This is primarily due to the fact that the Isle of Wight is the home of the only remaining one in the world. Whilst the journey itself is relatively short, lasting only for around 10 minutes, the opportunity to blitz across the open water is surely too much for anyone to pass up.
Rich in history
Whilst this is thankfully not the case now, in years gone by many criminals were sent to be held in the Isle of Wight, including such well-known figures as the Kray Twins, as well as George I, the former King of England. As you have probably deduced for yourself, the reasoning behind this is due to the remote nature of the island. Should you be someone that has a vested interest in history, it is definitely worthwhile spending the time exploring the castles and prisons this destination has to offer.
Would you like to get in touch?
For those that didn’t already know, the Isle of Wight offers a variety of activities to take part in, meaning that there is something for everyone. Should you be someone that is an appreciator of music, you can be sure that you will enjoy the incredible acts which perform at the Isle of Wight festival. Alternatively, if you want to enjoy getting in touch with nature, the Ventnor Botanical Gardens are a must for your trip. If you would like more information on some of the incredible things that you can do here, please take a look at our website’s contact page for ways in which you can get in touch. We can offer you a chance to take in and enjoy the history, culture and scenic natural beauty of this wonderful gem.