Yarmouth town is located on the North-West of the Isle of Wight and acts as one of the gateways to the Island with one of the main ferry services operating from its harbour. The historic port town sits at the mouth of the River Yar and contains some of the oldest architecture on the Isle of Wight, including a 16th Century castle.
The harbour at Yarmouth is always very busy with both ferries and smaller boats, and the town itself offers a good variety of things to do for visitors. The history of the town is very evident as you walk round and a trip along the Grade 2 listed pier is highly recommended for views across The Solent and is also known locally for being a great spot for fishing.
Yarmouth Castle, which is tucked away to the side of the ferry dock, is also a great place for sea views and family picnics during the warmer months. Other popular pastimes are walks and exploring in the local area with two “Sites of Special Scientific Interest” nearby, the estuary of the River Yar and Bouldnor and Hamstead to the East of the town.
There is a road bridge over the river estuary which heads out of the town, and a short distance along is Fort Victoria, a Victorian gun battery which now houses a number of local attractions. It is also set in a beautiful country park, with some spectacular coastline, making it another good spot to explore.
There are a number of pubs and restaurants in Yarmouth if you are looking for somewhere to eat. There is also a licensed café at the foot of Yarmouth pier which is open all year round serving a range of food and refreshments, including locally sourced Minghella Ice Cream. There is also a good range of other eateries a short distance from the town in other parts of West Wight.
The Yarmouth Gaffers Festival is one of the longest-running events on the Isle of Wight, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. Just to the East of Yarmouth, the Rhythmtree World Music Festival takes place at Shalfleet. Rhythmtree is quickly establishing itself as one of the best new music festivals in the UK and attracts artists from all over the globe.
The ferry being so conveniently located makes Yarmouth a popular place to stay on the Isle of Wight. The town itself has a highly rated hotel on the shoreside, and there are some good B&B’s and guesthouses nearby. In recent years one of the most popular ways to enjoy an Isle of Wight holiday is self-catering, and there is a great range of options for this local to Yarmouth and West Wight. There are also some of the highest rated holiday parks, and caravan and camping facilities on the Isle of Wight in the surrounding area.
If you are looking for more information on Yarmouth and the rest of the Isle of Wight call in at the Yarmouth Tourist Information Point. Located in the Yarmouth Harbour office, along from the bus station and ferry terminal, they stock a range of leaflets and brochures and their staff will offer help and advice where possible