If you are part of a group who is not enjoying the on and off road cycling on offer there is plenty to do.
From attractions and activities to trips on the Isle of Wight steam railway to the 88 acres of Robin Hill Country Park to Yarmouth and Carisbrooke castles or a trip to visit the Alpacas the IOW has it covered.
Activities and days out
Below are some of the activity highlights on offer on the island, add to this the many excelent beaches, sailing and water sports and miles of walking trails and cliff side walks and you have the makings of a wonderful trip.
Haven Falconry houses 24 different species of birds, their total collection is over 55 birds. We also have a reptile and insect house, rabbits and guinea pigs and offer ferret walking and Fly a Hawk to add enjoyment of your visit! The Info Hub and Kite Kingdom is new for 2018! We specialise in personal private falconry experiences, outside events, educational establishments and we perform two flying displays a day at the Centre! Open daily throughout the year!
Welcome to Monkey Haven - your gateway to the wild and wonderful world occupied by our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. We're a happy home to whooping gibbons, cheeky capuchins, birds of prey and many more exotic creatures. We care for monkeys and other animals in need, in our lovely sanctuary outside Newport. Monkey Haven is a Gold Award winning attraction with plenty for you to see and do, so why not swing on by and visit us soon!
Bembridge Lifeboat Station
Bembridge RNLI Lifeboat Station is situated at the eastern end of the Isle of Wight. There is a IWC Car Park adjacent. Except over Christmas, the Offshore Boathouse & Shop are open to visitors every day from 2pm - 4pm and from 11am to 4pm during school half terms, the Easter holidays and from 30th June to 28th October. When we are open there is always a Visitors guide in the Offshore Boathouse to assist & answer questions. We regularly launch for training on a Tuesday evening (7pm) - check our website to see when the next training launch will be and do come down to the Offshore Boathouse to watch if you are around.
Osborne reflects Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's passions, tastes and style. Ornate furnishings and artefacts from The Royal Collection fill rooms and corridors where Victoria entertained heads of state, inventors, princess and princesses and ruled the vast British Empire.
Neil Williams photography
Friendly photography gallery run by the photographer. Local scenes, stormy seascapes, classic yachts and London cityscapes. Lots to look at. Children welcome.
The Classic Boat Museum
The Museum houses a unique collection of historic small craft and memorabilia that have been brought together to form a fascinating exhibition. Covering many aspects of maritime heritage over the past century or so, our displays relate to boatbuilding, sailing, yachting, cruising, racing, and much more. All exhibits are under cover and on one ground floor level. Free adjacent parking. Refreshments. Shop.
Ventnor Botanic Garden
With our magnificent location on the Island's Channel coast, Ventnor Botanic Garden has a unique sub-tropical microclimate making it approximately 5 degrees warmer than the general British climate – making it Britain’s hottest garden! Set in 22 acres, with over 6,000 species of plants, shrubs and champion trees why not follow one of our many trails to fully explore the garden? Take the Victorian Tunnel Tour out to sea or take the steps underground to our mushroom fruiting chamber. If you are bringing young children we also have a well-equipped play area. Enjoy teas, coffees, cakes and light snacks in our Plantation Room Café or enjoy an outstanding dining experience in the Edulis Restaurant, where much of the ingredients are grown in the Garden or sourced locally. We also have plenty of our own produce including jams, chutneys, cordials and even some fine botanic craft beers available from our own shop! We are open daily from 10am with last admissions at 5pm.
Beautiful English Country Tea Gardens which are a haven for bees, butterflies, birds and our Red Squirrels who visit everyday. Also enjoy our lovely old fashioned Crazy Golf fully accessible to wheelchair and impaired mobility people
Butterfly World and Fountain World
A visit provides the opportunity to see hundreds of butterflies flying freely in a natural environment, with the unique opportunity to study their life cycle first hand. Alongside Butterfly World we have Fountain World, the Italian & Japanese gardens, Koi ponds and more.
Shanklin Chine: Celebrating its Bicentenary year in 2017 Shanklin Chine marks a truly special milestone this year’s as it celebrates its 200th Anniversary as a visitor attraction. The gates to this historic gorge first opened back in 1817, making it the longest established attraction on Isle of Wight, enticing many millions of visitors to wander through and marvel at its natural beauty over a double century of seasonal openings. There are few locations on the Isle of Wight, let alone England, that can boast such a tranquil and picturesque location for visitors to enjoy.
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