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Although most of us remember the Isle of Wight for its 1968 Pop Festival, "The Island", as it is called by its very independant minded inhabitants is a place of beauty and tranquility.

Whether you decide to cross the Solent from Portsmouth, Southampton or Lymington, approaching the Isle of Wight is going to give you a little thrill : after all , it is very nearly like going abroad (some Islanders would be pleased to read this !) and it is very much like travelling back in time. The local folks have succeeded in retaining the leisurely pace of life of the past , whilst making sure that none of the modern comforts passed them by.

Miles of unspoilt coastal areas, acres of peaceful rural scenery and picture postcard villages survive alongside bustling yachting centres, shops and eating places, and , naturally, all the fun of seaside resorts.
It's a perfect place for getting close to nature and 'messing about in boats', and was already greatly favoured by Queen Victoria who spent most of her later life at her Osborne House residence near Cowes.

The Isle of Wight is home to the world famous Cowes Regattas, Carisbrooke Castle, and many breath-taking beauty spots such as The Needles and the cliffs of Ventnor. There are also hidden treasures like Appuldurcombe House, Bonchurch, Winkle Street (Calbourne) , and many more that will become your own favourite memories.

Did you know ?
The entire population of our dear planet would fit on the Isle of Wight...! People would have to stand quite close to one another and try and be friendly....


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Towns - Isle of Wight

Cowes
Cowes is one of the Island's major towns, famous for its yachting events.
Newport
The true capital of the Isle of Wight
Ryde
On the North eastern coast of the Island, Ryde has been one of the Island's most important towns since the 15th Century.

Towns and Villages in Isle of Wight

Arreton
Typical country village, with more than its fair share of attractions on offer.
Bembridge
A busy little harbour with its very own airport
Binstead
Full of hidden beauty
Brading
A big village packed with curiosities
Calbourne
Quite a treasure to discover
Carisbrooke
A pretty little village worth a pause before visiting its famous castle.
Fishbourne
One of the prettiest gateways to the Isle of Wight
Freshwater Bay
The little town of Freshwater is about a mile inland from this breathtaking site.
Godshill
So pretty that it is probably one of the most visited villages on the Isle of Wight.
Newtown
Newtown is one of the most often attacked places in the history of the Island.
Sandown
An ideal seaside holiday resort
Shanklin
An excellent beach and very good seaside entertainment
Totland Bay
Ventnor
A charming seaside resort with breathtaking views over the sea and a very pleasant esplanade.
Yarmouth
Situated at the mouth of the river Yar, as its name suggests, Yarmouth is full of history.

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