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Attractions on the Isle of Wight

Whether you’re here for a day trip, short stay or even a long break – there are plenty of places to visit on the Isle of Wight. The Island has loads of tourist attractions that are open year round and suitable for all ages.

Regardless of what part of the Island you are on, there will always be an Isle of Wight attraction closer than you think.

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Family-friendly IOW attractions

Taking a family vacation on the Isle of Wight? You’ll never be stuck for something to do. We’ve attractions for all ages and all interests, from theme parks to zoos – see some of our favourites places to visit below.

Blackgang Chine roller coaster

Blackgang Chine

Let your imagination run wild as you venture on a journey of discovery at Blackgang Chine. Located on the south coast of the Island, the UK’s oldest theme park is a fantastic day out for the whole family.

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Lemur at Amazon World Zoo Park attraction

Amazon World Zoo Park

Get up and close with some of the world’s most exotic animals at Amazon World Zoo Park. The park is home to everything from toucans to tamarins, with a cafe and kids’ play area to boot.

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Children on ride at Tapnell Farm

Tapnell Farm Park

Tapnell Farm – one of the only places where you can meet meerkats, fly down a zip wire and race go karts all in one day. It’s a perfect family day away, with a delicious on-site restaurant to keep your tummies full.

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Godshill Model Village

Godshill Model Village

Prepare to be charmed by life at 1/10th the scale. Godshill Model Village is home to a smorgasbord of tiny, handcrafted buildings, from cottages to churches and pubs.

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Dog-friendly places to visit on the Isle of Wight

Sometimes, you just can’t bear to leave your pooch behind. Luckily, on the Isle of Wight, you don’t have to worry about that as there’s dog-friendly attractions aplenty. See below for some of our favourite dog-friendly attractions, and also check out our Wightlink Woof Awards for the lowdown on great dog-friendly places to stay and eat.

Donkeys at Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

The winner of our Wightlink Woof Awards Best Dog Attraction, IOW Donkey Sanctuary is the ideal place to take your furry friend. The donkeys that call the place home always love it when a pooch plays a visit – and there’s even doggy ice cream to keep them cool on a warm day.

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Steam train on Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

A nostalgic trip back through time, the IOW Steam Railway takes you on a journey through five miles of beautiful, unspoiled countryside in elegantly-restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages. What’s more, you can take your dog along for the ride, too.

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Pleasure boat cruises past The Needles

The Needles Landmark Attraction

Usually the first thing many think of when it comes to the Island, it’s safe to say The Needles is one of the Isle of Wight’s top attractions – and it’s dog-friendly, too. With plenty to do at the Landmark Attraction, the Needles are more than just a beautiful sight.

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Cultural Isle of Wight attractions

The Isle of Wight is one of the UK’s cultural hotspots. No surprise, then, that there are a lots of attractions on the Island that come with a rich history, as well as many artistic venues. From Queen Victoria’s holiday home to a tranquil Benedictine monastery, the IOW has got it all.

Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle

With a long and fascinating history, Carisbrooke Castle is one of the Island’s most storied attractions. From a murdered king to a ghost princess, it’s 1000-year history and panoramic IOW views make it an absolute must-visit.

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Aerial view of Quarr Abbey, Ryde, Isle of Wight

Quarr Abbey

If you’re after a spot of tranquillity, Quarr Abbey is the place to go. Home to an order of Benedictine monks, it’s a stunning piece of architecture and a beautifully-spiritual place to visit.

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Aerial of Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Osborne

Get a unique glimpse into the lives of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children at Osborne House, where you can also see the charming Swiss Cottage playhouse, gardens and grounds.

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Shanklin Theatre entrance at night

Shanklin Theatre

A year-round home to plays, pantomimes, comedy shows, ballet, operas, classical music and talks, Shanklin Theatre has played host to a series of well-known actors and comedians.

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Discover more attractions

We’ve created the Wightlink Explorer, a great way to find the best places to visit on the Isle of Wight. Our easy-to-use tool will help you discover the top attractions for you on the Island as well as so much more.

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Getting there

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Victoria of Wight sails into Fishbourne