Isle of Wight Journals

The island off an island

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A travel journal to Isle of Wight by Amanda

Quote: The Isle of Wight is a delight. It's just off the south coast of the mainland, and easy to get to. It has good beaches and sailing, and there's lots to do here for people of all ages.

The island off an island

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Overview

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I've greatly enjoyed the sailing I did here. I came on several school trips here, and sailed both dinghys and 40 footers out of Cowes.

There's also a lot to do for families, which makes it a good place to go with children. I remember loving the dolls' museum when I was there aged 10, on another school trip!

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

Getting there involves crossing the sea, clearly. There are regualr ferries from Portsmouth and Southampton, which don't take long as the distance isn't great. Once you are on the island, I imagine a car would be quite useful, or a bike - the island isn't that big and isn't especially hilly.

Kimberling Inn and Resort

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Hotel | "Middle Barn Farm"

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The charge here is per person, not per room, so it depends how many of you there are as to the price.

I liked this place - I came here on a school geography field trip, but there were fmailies staying too. It's an old farm - it dates back to the Civil War (ours, not the US one!). The rooms are basic but lovely, as they have had their period features left alone. The farm still has much of its old equipment, and it fascinating.

Breakfast, included in the price, is served in a gorgeous old barn, complete with beams and crooked corners.

The land around the place is ideal for walking.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2000

Kimberling Inn and Resort
PO Box 159
Branson, Missouri

Blackgang Chine

Attraction

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This is a huge place. As a family, we especially liked the different industries demonstrated here. There's a mill cottage, showing how water power was used in many industries before the Industrial Revolution, and a blacksmith's, and a wheelwright. All are fascinating. There're many other things to keep you busy too, such as an exhibition on coastal areas round the island, and a Pirates' Fort to play in that we had to physically remove my brother from!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2000

Blackgang Chine
Near Ventnor
Isle of Wight, England PO38 2HN
44 1983 730052

Lilliput Dolls Museum

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Attraction

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This is a magical place for children, especially girls. It has the most amazing collection of dolls, including an Egyptian one from 4,000 years ago. The clothes on the Gerogian and Victorian dolls are amzingly elaborate and beautiful, and seem wasted on children!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2000

The Maritime Museum

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Attraction

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In a word: fascinating. It's a museum of ships, the sea, and diving to look for wrecks, and will enthrall anyone. I took my 14 year old brother there last year, and he loved it. The diver's corner is particularly interesting. There's a collection of early diving kit, mostly German, and over 160 years old. There's also a collection of things rescued from the sea around the island, mostly ships' name plates. The other really interesting display is about HMS Swordfish, a sub that went missing with all hands off the island in the Second World War. No-one knew what had happened to it, until it was found by a diver at an undisclosed location about 20 years ago. The museum is connected with the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2000