Isle of Wight Journals

Family Friendly Attractions on the Isle of Wight

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An August 2011 trip to Isle of Wight by Joy S

Carisbrooke Castle Photo, Newport, Isle of Wight More Photos
Quote: We had a family holiday on the Isle of Wight. We stayed there for a week, these are some of the things we did, which our 8 year old son especially enjoyed.

Carisbrooke Castle

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Carisbrooke Castle Photo, Newport, Isle of Wight
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Carisbrooke Castle is quite easy to find, on the main road one and a quarter miles south west of Newport. It is open daily between 10am and 5pm, entrance tickets cost £6.50 for adults, £5.20 for seniors and £3.30 for children. It is run by English Heritage, so if you are a member of this organisation, you get in free.The castle was built in the 11th century and is very well preserved. We were surprised to find how much of it is intact and not just ruins. There is a lot to see and do here, you need almost a full day. As well as the castle, there is an excellent museum, featuring historic aspects of life on the island.Carisbrook Castle stands proudly on its own hilltop. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2011

Carisbrooke Castle
Isle of Wight, England
Newport, Isle of Wight, England P030 1XY
+44 (1983) 523112

Shanklin and Sandown

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Shanklin Photo, Isle of Wight, England
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Shanklin and Sandown are close to each other, so we decided to spend a day discovering the 2 seaside towns. It took about an hour to get there from our base in Totland Bay.We went first of all to Shanklin. We parked in the car park in the old town - it is pay and display. We walked into the centre of Shanklin and were a bit disappointed. There are a few old fashioned shops but not a lot else. The old village area though is very pretty. It has lots of places to eat and drink and most of the buildings are thatched, so very picturesque. The only problem is the traffic whizzes past you here, the pavements are quite narrow and especially if you have children with you, you have to be extr...Read More

Osborne House

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Osborne House Photo, Isle of Wight, England
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Osbourne House is 1 mile south east of Cowes. It is open daily between 10am and 6pm. Entrance cost is £11.50 for adults, £10.40 for seniors and £6.90 for children. It is run by English Heritage, so if you are a member of this you get in free.Osbourne House is wonderful - the ultimate Victorian experience. It was bought by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria in 1845 and became her favourite holiday home. The house was built in the style of an Italian villa to Prince Albert's designs. Apparently the sweeping views of the Solent reminded him of the Bay of Naples.Osbourne House was much cherished by Queen Victoria. She had it built at her own expense, and although it is very bi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2011

Osborne House
York Avenue, East Cowes
Isle of Wight PO32 6JX
01983 200022

Ventnor Botanic Garden

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Ventnor Botanic Garden Photo, Isle of Wight, England
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Ventnor rose to prominence during the reign of Queen Victoria and quickly became one of Britain's most famous Victorian health resorts. it is built on a series of terraces. They are extremely steep - driving up and down them is a bit of a thrill in itself! One level up from the esplanade you will find lots of small shops, pubs and restaurants. The town centre is full of antique and bric a brac shops.There is a lovely walk along the sea wall to the village of Bonchurch. It has a beautiful village pond and tiny church and was one of Charles Dickens' favourite places.The Botanic Gardens are on the undercliff. They are open 10am to 5pm and entry and car parking is...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 20, 2011

Ventnor Botanic Garden
Undercliff Drive, PO38 1UL
Isle of Wight, England
01983 855397

The Needles Park

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The Needles Park Photo, Isle of Wight, England
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The Needles are the Isle of Wight's most well known landmark and are a must see. They are also one of the enduring images of the UK coastline. They lie at the extreme western tip of the island - just 15 minutes drive from where we were staying at Totland Bay. They are 3 chalk stacks which rise like a line of jagged teeth out of the sea. They are though, a continuation of the chalk downs. You can walk out to the headland from either Alum Bay or Freshwater Bay to see these rocks.The National Trust's Needles Old Battery has natural beauty and impressive history all rolled into one. It is a Victorian gun emplacement on a spectacular cliff top location. There is a tunnel through the clif...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2011

The Needles Park
Alum Bay, PO39 0JD
Isle of Wight, England 39 0
44 1983 752401

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Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom