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Isle of Wight

Whether you want relaxation, exploration or adventure, the Isle of Wight has it all.

The scenic Isle of Wight sits just off the south coast of England and attracts millions of visitors each year. Just a short train and hovercraft journey away from London and Brighton, it is a serene escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Renowned for its award-winning beaches, dinosaur heritage and stunning countryside, there is no shortage of things to do in the Isle of Wight.

Those wishing to relax and admire mother nature will be in their element along the 60 miles of serene coastline. Take in panoramic views of the waters from the meandering footpaths and bridleways before taking a dip in the sea. Or get your blood pumping by hopping on a surfboard to ride the waves. If you’re longing to enjoy some fantastic Isle of Wight days out, read our tips below on what to do and how to get there.

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Getting to the Isle of Wight

We understand you’ll want to relax and enjoy your trip from the moment you step out the front door to the minute you get home again. That’s why we strive to make getting to the Isle of Wight as easy as possible.

The simplest way to reach the island from the mainland is via Portsmouth. We operate direct trains from London Victoria to Portsmouth that will have you breathing in fresh sea air in around two hours. Those coming from Brighton can take the Coastway West line direct and be in Portsmouth in around an hour and 20 minutes.

Once you arrive in Portsmouth, hop on Hovertravel’s Hoverbus connection straight from the train station to the Southsea Hoverport. Here, the hovercraft will whizz you across the water to the Isle of Wight in just 10 minutes. With us, getting to the Isle of Wight couldn’t be easier! No need to buy separate tickets for journey, as you can buy your train, Hoverbus and Hovertravel tickets directly from our journey planner. Simply enter your destination as Ryde Hoverport to enjoy easy through ticketing and great savings!

We have various ways to save money on the cost of your rail ticket, too. Those in the 16 to 25, 26 to 30, or 60+ age brackets among others can take advantage of a 1/3 off fares with a Railcard. Travelling in a group of 3-9 adults? Then you may be able to get a huge 34% off the price of your tickets using GroupSave. Or, simply travel in Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak times to enjoy reduced fares, and up to four kids can travel with you for just £2 each!

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Things to do in the Isle of Wight

There are many fantastic Isle of Wight days out to enjoy all year-round. No matter what the British weather has in store, you’re sure to appreciate mother nature in all its glory during your stay. One of the most popular things to do in the Isle of Wight is hit the beach for the ultimate surf, sea and sand experience. There are 14 beaches on the island and plenty of rugged cliffs, cosy coves, rock pools and golden sandy stretches to explore.

Those in search of the best surf should head to Compton Bay, which boasts some of the best surfing conditions on the island. Waves can reach anything from between two and five feet, thanks to the area’s exposure to south westerly winds. There are sections to suit all abilities here, from beginners to intermediates. Those seeking a relaxing seaside experience should aim for the north of the island, where you can take a leisurely stroll on the beach, build sandcastles, sit back with an ice cream or sip a cup of tea in a beachfront café.

For active adventurers, there are no shortage of things to do in the Isle of Wight. Take off on two wheels and explore the countryside, walk along the rugged coastline or take in the sights on horseback. Those wishing to hit the water can have a go at paragliding, sailing or kayaking!

Isle of Wight days out can also transport you to the Mesozoic era, ideal for dinosaur and fossil enthusiasts. It has already gained a nickname of ‘Dinosaur Island’ thanks to the number of fossils that can be discovered here. Head out on a guided fossil walk or let your imagination run wild in Restricted Area 5 of Blackgang Chine – full of life-size moving dinosaurs!

Foodies will be happy to hear there is lots of fantastic local produce to sample during your stay. Take your pick from a huge variety of independent restaurants, farm shops and markets. There are also plenty of opportunities for retail therapy, with a whole host of fantastic shops selling handmade jewellery, pottery, glass and more.

Why not start planning your Isle of Wight adventure today by booking your travel through our website?

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