The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest island of England, located in the English Channel, about 3-5 miles off the coast of Hampshire, separated from Britain by a strait called the Solent. Newport, in the centre of the Island, is the county town of the Isle of Wight and the Island's main shopping area.
Being one of the most southerly parts of the UK, the Isle of Wight has a milder sub-climate than most other areas, which makes it a popular holiday destination, particularly the resorts in the south east of the island. It also has a longer growing season than most other areas in the UK. The mean temperature is 13 degrees Celsius averaged over the whole year, and is 18 degrees in July and August.
Things to do
With more than 500 miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths, the Isle of Wight is ideal for a UK walking holiday. Winding through field and forest and round the coast these footpaths give access to every corner of the Island - including many fascinating towns and villages.
Isle of Wight has famous beaches. 11 have Quality Coast Awards, and the beaches of Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor have the European Blue Flag Award - the mark of safety and cleanliness.
The Isle of Wight is the ideal destination for a water sports activity holiday. The Island is fast becoming the capital of extreme sports in Britain. An Island of 147 square miles, surrounded by water, that depending on tide and wind, is sheltered on one side and ferocious on the other.
AttractionsOfficial Isle of Wight
tourist information for events, attractions and places to eat; plan your holiday or short break in Southern EnglandNeedles Pleasure Cruises
Two types of trip, the traditional cruise to view the Needles rocks, lighthouse, with spectacular views of the coloured sands of Alum Bay.Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Step back to a bygone era when steam power was the order of the day