The Isle of Wight is a small island located off the South Coast of England, well known for its beautiful beaches, and for its unique form of transport, hovercraft (yes, you’ve read that correctly!). Despite being a separate island, it is much closer to the mainland than you may think, not only is it visible from the mainland, but it only takes 45 minutes by ferry to get from the Island to Portsmouth. The Isle of Wight’s population of 141,538 reflects the popularity of this small, unique location.
Facts about the Isle of Wight
The world’s only fully functioning hovercraft can be found on the Isle of Wight!
Reportedly, the island enjoys more sunshine than some parts of Spain, receiving 1,800 to 2,000 hours of sunshine a year!
Ryde Pier, on the Isle of Wight, is the UK’s oldest pier, having first opened in 1814.
You may be surprised to know that one of the island’s most important exports is garlic, and there is even an Isle of Wight Garlic Festival.
Some well-known people have inhabited the island, including Queen Victoria, Karl Marx, Winston Churchill, Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens.
England’s smallest county is Rutland, near Leicestershire, however, during high tide, the Isle of Wight steals this title!
The world’s oldest amusement park, Blackgang Chine, can be found on the Isle of Wight. Built in 1843, its creation came about to amuse Victorian holidaymakers.
The Isle of Wight receives over twenty times more visitors to the island than its permanent population.
Certain areas of the island allow you to see the Milky Way due to the lack of light pollution!
Red squirrels have become a rare sight in the UK, but the Isle of Wight is one of two locations where you can still see them.
The island is so small that you can get from the East to the West of the island in just an hour by car!
Osborne House, located in East Cowes, was Queen Victoria’s summer home, and you can still visit it today!
Cost of Living on the Isle of Wight
Renting Accommodation per Month
One-bedroom apartment in the city centre
One-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre
Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre
Three-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre
One-way public transport ticket
Monthly public transport ticket
1km Taxi journey
Meal out for two in a local pub
Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses
Cinema tickets for two people
One-month gym membership
Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend
Beer 0.5ltr bottle
Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle
Education on the Isle of Wight
At present, there are 44 primary schools, 14 secondary schools and 12 sixth forms and colleges on the Isle of Wight. The vast majority of the schools have been awarded an Ofsted rating of Good. If you would like to see the Ofsted ratings for individual schools, you can find them on the Gov.UK website.
Time it takes to Travel from the Isle of Wight to other UK locations by Train
Time it Takes to Travel
2 Hours 55 Minutes
3 Hours 24 Minutes
4 Hours 18 Minutes
5 Hours 55 Minutes
6 Hours 24 Minutes
4 Hours 19 Minutes
5 Hours 50 Minutes
7 Hours 54 Minutes
Things to do on the Isle of Wight
Visit the world’s oldest amusement park! The park has a plethora of themed areas on offer, visit Restricted Area 5 and step into a world of dinosaurs! Venture into Fairyland and get lost in a magical world of castles and magic. Venture back into the world of the wild west in Cowboy Town. Dive into the depths of the Underwater Kingdom and befriend a 60-foot whale. Or, if pirates and treasure are more appealing, find adventure in Pirate Cove! There are also several roller coasters, waterslides and attractions to appeal to every member of the family. On a warm summer’s day, there are picnic facilities available for you to bring your own food, but there are also café and restaurant facilities available. Advanced ticket prices cost £20 during off-peak times and £25 during on-peak times. Saver tickets for groups of four people cost £76 off-peak and £96 on-peak, and children under 4 have free entry. For more information about Blackgang Chine, you can visit their website.
Visit the beautiful Italian style-holiday home of Queen Victoria. Get a glimpse into the life of the Queen and Prince Albert as you stroll through the state rooms and take in the artwork and regal architecture. You can also explore the breathtaking views of the grounds filled with an abundance of fruit trees and flowers, a beautiful sight, particularly during the spring and summer months. For children, there are two playground areas for them to enjoy, or they can have a paddle at the Queen’s private beach. If you’d like to dine like royalty, you can visit the Terrace Restaurant or enjoy a lighter snack at the Petty Officers’ Quarters. There is a cake shop and gift shop where you can purchase a tasty treat or a memento of your day. Adult tickets cost £15, and £9 for children between the ages of 5 and 15. You can also purchase a family tickets for two adults and three children for £39. Plan your visit here.
Robin Hill is a parkland with woodland and countryside gardens, perfect for an outdoor family trip. Take a leisurely stroll through the woodland trails and gardens boasting beautifully carved sculptures, ponds and bridges, and meet the peacocks who inhabit the park. If you’re feeling adventurous, take on the treetop canopy walkways, Jungle Heights adventure nets, and the rides they have on offer. There are several themed play areas for children, and a 4D cinema available on a rainy day. There are a number of cafes and picnic areas, so there is no shortage of places to enjoy a meal or snack. Standard tickets to the park cost £17 off-peak and £23 on-peak, whilst tickets for groups of 4 cost £66 off-peak and £88 on-peak. Children under 4 go free. Learn more about Robin Hill here.
The Needles Landmark Attraction
The Needles Landmark is an iconic attraction of the Isle of Wight. Take a chairlift to experience the breathtaking views of the beach and sandy cliffs. Visit Alum Bay Glass and learn about the art of glass blowing or explore the IW Sweet Manufactory and watch how their unique selection of sweet treats are created, you can even sample a few! There are a number of rides for children, including a traditional Victorian carousel, a tea cups ride and a games kiosk. There is also a 4D cinema where you can have an immersive cinema experience! There are several restaurants, cafes, picnic areas and vending machines available for refreshments. For more information, visit the Needles Landmark Attraction Website. See the chart below for pricing.
£4 per ticket
Alum Bay Glass Demonstration
£2 per ticket
£3 per ticket
£6 per ticket
Chairlift unlimited travel
£9 per ticket
Games Kiosk – Per Game
£2 per ticket
Jurassic Adventure Golf
£4 per ticket
Sweet Factory Demonstration
£2 per ticket
£4 per ticket
You can’t spend time in the Isle of Wight without visiting at least one of its iconic beaches. Sandown is considered to be one of the best beaches on the island, having received the BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Beach of the Year Award in 2019. Take in the sights of the beach by visiting Sandown’s Pleasure Pier. Or try your hand at surfing in Sandown’s beautiful waters. There are several traditional beach shops and amusements available to keep the family entertained throughout the day, and even a crazy golf course. After all of that exploration, settle down on the golden sands on a deckchair with an ice cream whilst the children build sandcastles. You can find more information about Sandown beach here.
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
If you’re interested in the history of locomotives, take a trip to the Isle of Wight’s Steam Railway where you can take a trip on a beautiful Edwardian steam train and enjoy the sights the countryside has to offer. The railway’s oldest train dates back to 1864! They also host events during the year to celebrate the history of the railway. There is a café and gift shop at the station where you can find refreshments and memorabilia. If you buy tickets online, adult tickets cost £13, tickets for children cost £6, tickets for dogs cost £3 and a family travel ticket costs £32. Children under 4 travel free.
Relocation to the Isle of Wight
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