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Isle of Wight holidays

Overseas and yet right on your doorstep, the Isle of Wight is the ultimate UK holiday destination.

For centuries, sun-seekers have flocked to its sandy shores in the search for a relaxing getaway, no doubt inspired by stunning seaside resort towns like Ryde, Shanklin and Ventnor.

Located off the south coast of England, this idyllic location is full of great places to stay – from the chic to the unique – and there’s a wealth of things packed into this beautiful Island that are guaranteed to keep you and the family entertained.

Getting to your Isle of Wight holiday is easy, too. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveller, it’s as easy as hopping on board a Wightlink ferry. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Island escape today.

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Why choose the Isle of Wight for your holiday?

When you think of the Isle of Wight, many things probably spring to mind. Rugged coastlines, world-renowned natural landmarks (The Needles, anyone?) and traditional seaside staycations.

Scratch underneath the surface, though, and there’s even more that makes the Island such a charming and memorable place to take a family holiday.

Here are five reasons to hop across the Solent for an IOW stay:

  • Beautiful beaches: Whatever a beach holiday means to you – whether it’s a chance to bathe in the sun with a book or it’s buckets and spades with the kids – the Isle of Wight’s plethora of sandy beaches will not disappoint.

  • A rich history and culture: A holiday home for Queen Victoria. A prison to an overthrown king. An inspiration to many a great poet. So many stories are intertwined with the Isle of Wight and a holiday on its shores is a great opportunity to uncover them.

  • Warm weather: At times, the Isle of Wight resembles a tropical island in the middle of the Med. Turquoise waters sit under a beaming sun, making the Diamond Isle one of the warmest places in the UK.

  • Be at one with nature: A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and one of the UK’s only locations to spot the elusive red squirrel, the Island is tailor-made for wildlife-lovers. Take on a walk along one of the many coastal paths and see what you can spot.

  • Family-friendly things to do: Need to keep the kids entertained? Have no fear – with amusement parks, bowling alleys, go karting, tree climbing, dinosaurs, crazy golf and SO much ice cream, they’ll be tired out every day!

Places to stay

Finding the perfect accommodation can make the difference between a good holiday and a truly memorable one.

Fortunately, the Island has a huge range of options for you to choose from with luxury hotels, cosy cottages and family-friendly holiday parks aplenty.

Check out our Places to Stay Guides below for the lowdown on where to rest your head during your Isle of Wight holiday.

Isle of Wight holiday parks

Perfect for a vacation with the children, holiday parks on the Isle of Wight will have everything you need on site – from entertainment to delicious dining.

Big names like Away Resorts and Parkdean Resorts have parks on the Island, offering stays in lodges, static caravans and cottages.

And, what’s more, we work closely with many Isle of Wight holiday parks, meaning you can save money on your ferry across the Solent.

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A family walk through Nodes Point holiday park on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight caravan holidays

Caravan parks are a fantastic base for an Isle of Wight getaway.

Many of the Island’s parks are only moments from a glorious sandy beach so you can take a stroll down to the shore and enjoy a dip in the sea.

You’ll find excellent on-site facilities, too, including swimming pools and kids’ play areas. What’s more, if you pick the right place to stay, you can enjoy a truly relaxing hot tub holiday.

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Decking of a holiday caravan on the Isle of Wight

Cottage and self-catering getaways

Sometimes, you just want some home comforts.

Self-catering getaways are a fantastic way to take in the Isle of Wight as you can take your pick from a huge range of places to stay, from cosy coastal cottages to luxury barn conversions set in rolling hills.

And it gives you the chance to try out some of the Island’s plethora of award-winning restaurants or, if you’re a fan of cooking things up, pop some of the Diamond Isle’s famous local produce into your own recipes.

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View from a holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight

Things to do

For a small Island, there’s a lot going on across the Isle of Wight.

From awesome attractions to world-renowned events, there’s something happening around every corner on the Diamond Isle.

If you’re looking for a dose of culture, there are museums and historic landmarks aplenty, including Queen Victoria’s former holiday home, Osborne, and the historic Carisbrooke Castle.

You’ll also find the gloriously tranquil Quarr Abbey only moments from our Fishbourne port, home to a small group of Benedictine monks.

For family-friendly adventures, check out Blackgang Chine, the UK’s oldest amusement park. From pirate adventures to heart-pumping rides, it’s the perfect day out for the kids.

If you time your stay right, you can check out one of the many events that hit the Island’s shores, including one of the biggest music festivals on the summer calendar, Isle of Wight Festival.

And you can’t forget the beaches! Around almost every corner, you’ll find a pristine expanse of sandy beach – perfect for relaxing and unwinding under the sun.

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Getting to the Isle of Wight

With us, your Isle of Wight holiday starts on the ferry.

We’ve three convenient ferry routes linking the Isle of Wight with Hampshire on the mainland. Travel with your vehicle from Portsmouth or Lymington in the New Forest or, if you’re going on foot, choose our FastCat from Portsmouth Harbour, which will get you across the Solent in just 22 minutes.

Make memories on board, with huge sundecks offering beautiful views out to sea and on board play areas providing the perfect way to tire out the kids.

And don’t forget to sample some Isle of Wight food and drink while your head across the water. Our on board Wight Taste cafés stock sandwiches, wraps and hot drinks from local suppliers so you can get a taste of the Island before you’ve even hit its shores.

You’ll often find that you can book an Isle of Wight holiday that includes your ferry at a discounted rate. Your accommodation provider will let you know if that’s the case.

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An owner walks his dog by the Needles on the Isle of Wight

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From camping getaways to hot tub holidays, our Isle of Wight blog covers everything the Island has to offer. Regularly updated with the latest events and newest attractions, check it out for all sorts of inspiration.

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Interactive IOW map

Start building your Island getaway itinerary with our interactive Isle of Wight map, Wightlink Explorer. Full of attractions, events, walking routes, cycle paths and places to stay, it’s a convenient way of planning out your stay on the Diamond Isle.

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Your ultimate IOW guide

Still need some ideas for your Island getaway? Our destination guide, Wightlife Magazine, is a great source of inspiration on things to do and accommodation on the Island. Released quarterly, you can pick a copy up on board or check out our digital version right now.

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