Things to do in Ryde

Things to do in Ryde

Ryde is the gateway to the Island, found right on the coast and easy to get to whether you’re already on the Isle of Wight or setting off from the mainland. Expect beaches, restaurants and that seaside town feeling – there’s plenty going on throughout the year.

Where is Ryde?

Ryde is a coastal town located on the north east side of the Isle of Wight, a picturesque island just off the UK’s south coast. Ryde is known for spacious sandy beaches, excellent boutique shopping and a host of independent eateries. A visit to Ryde is a wonderful escape from the mainland.  

The town faces the city of Portsmouth on the mainland, where we operate a Ryde foot passenger FastCat service. 

Where can I stay in Ryde, Isle of Wight?

Ryde has a select number of places to stay, from quirky vintage trailers to seafront hotels. Traditionalists will enjoy a stay in a friendly B and B and there is plenty of self-catering accommodation in Ryde, both in the town centre and slightly further afield. 

Things to do in Ryde

The spacious, golden sands of Ryde and Appley Beach with its magical Appley Tower on the beach are ideal for a family day out. It’s a simple flat walk from Ryde Esplanade. Wander along the bustling seafront and enjoy an ice cream as you find your perfect beach spot.  

Heading into the town centre, you’ll find an abundance of independent boutiques and local cafes and eateries. It’s easy to spend a few hours browsing as you wander through the town.  

If neither take your fancy, Ryde offers plenty of other activities, from go karting and recreational tree climbing to a classic bus museum and bowling – and much more besides.  

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View across to The Needles, Isle of Wight

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