Aerial view of Ryde Pier and Ryde, Isle of Wight

A ticket to Ryde

It’s official! The Beatles’ song Ticket to Ride is about Ryde on the Isle of Wight. We had always believed it to be so, but Sir Paul McCartney revealed the inspiration behind the song in a recent interview in London; that it came out of a hitchhiking trip with John Lennon to visit his cousin, Betty, who had a pub in the town.

Get a ticket to Ryde yourself and discover a unique destination just across the water from the mainland. Spacious golden sands, boutique shops and numerous eateries make a trip to Ryde the perfect mainland escape.

The short crossing from Portsmouth Harbour is part of the adventure; enjoy the ever-changing sea views before arriving at historic Ryde Pier Head 22 minutes later. Once you’ve disembarked, take a short stroll or train ride down Ryde pier into the town.

Ryde’s boutique shops

It’s impossible to visit Ryde without enjoying a browse around Ryde’s numerous independent shops and boutiques. Head up the hill (Union Street) from the pier into town. From fashion, antiques and toys to handmade chocolates, locally made souvenirs and skateboards there’s something for everyone. You might even find some Beatles-era vintage clothing at The Velvet Pig.

Shopkeepers standing outside The Velvet Pig shop in Ryde, Isle of Wight

A fairy tower overlooking the beach

Ryde is well known for its spacious, soft sandy beaches which stretch for miles, especially at low tide. They’re perfect for a traditional summer’s day out or a rejuvenating coastal walk out of season.

The highly Instagrammable Appley Tower, overlooking Appley Beach, is a coastal folly built in 1875. The flat walk to the tower will take you about 35 minutes from where the FastCat arrives at Ryde Pier Head.

Appley Tower in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, in autumn, next to trees and a path

Eating out in Ryde

There are more than enough eateries for a week’s holiday in Ryde let alone a day out! Pick up a picnic for the beach, enjoy vegan pizza or traditional fish and chips – you’ll find them all in Ryde, plus much more besides.

A slate of Bao buns and a glass of bubbly on a table overlooking the beach at Cadet Beach Club, Ryde, Isle of Wight

Loads more to do in Ryde

Ryde is a top destination for active families. Go-karting, recreational tree climbing and skateboarding are all excellent outdoor activities for older children.

Indoors, enjoy bowling, laser quest, a vintage cinema, a swim in the indoor pool and the Island’s very own bus museum.

And if you really want to pay homage to The Beatles, you can visit some of the locations of Ringo Starr’s movie, That’ll Be The Day.

Tree climbers stood next to a tree in Appley, Ryde, Isle of Wight

Getting around Ryde

The flat walk along the seafront is made for strolling. Stop off for an ice cream or a glass of something en-route; there are plenty of places to rest and enjoy the sea views.

Walkers and cyclists can head further east to the sailing village of Seaview or west to the tranquil surroundings of Quarr Abbey.

Ryde has its own bus station and 3 separate train stations.

Aerial view of Quarr Abbey, Ryde, Isle of Wight

Where to Stay in Ryde

Ryde has a range of accommodation to choose from, whether you fancy a seafront hotel, glamping, luxury chalet or a self-catering cottage.

Take a ticket to Ryde and soak in Ryde’s relaxing coastal atmosphere. Whether you pop over for the day or take a short break, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and revitalised.

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