Isle of Wight
England's largest island, the Isle of Wight, sits just a short sea crossing over the Solent from the southern mainland coast of the United Kingdom. You can travel across the Solent to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink, Red Funnel or Hovertravel from Portsmouth, Southsea, Southampton and Lymington in the New Forest. The total area of the Isle of Wight is approximately 147 square miles and almost half has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Island, as it's known locally, is also referred to as "England in miniature" and today is still a perfect holiday and short break destination. The Isle of Wight is also the Dinosaur Capital of the UK and one of Europe's most important prehistoric sites. You can discover dinosaur fossils yourself by just walking along the beachs of Dinosaur Island! The new Walking with Dinosaurs 3D film will form the basis of the Island's summer promotion, so expect plenty of Dinosaur-related fun this summer on the Isle of Wight.
isleofwight.co.uk aims to bring you closer to the diversity and beauty of the Isle of Wight's countryside and coastline, showing off its beaches, estuaries, forests and downland. Our Isle of Wight beach guide will show you just how diverse and beautiful the Island's coastline is. We have presented a selection of the best places to stay on the Isle of Wight to ensure that you can find somewhere that perfect for your requirements. The Isle of Wight features many top hotels as well as quality bed and breakfast and guest accommodation. If you prefer, our Isle of Wight self catering apartments and cottages, holiday parks, caravan and camping selections are all here for your to peruse at your leisure.
Be inspired to explore the Isle of Wight's many visitor attractions, historic sites and places of interest as well as looking to see what's on during your visit with a comprehensive Isle of Wight events listing and guide to all the 2013 events. Our new Festival Island mini guide is now available to view online.
New this year is our Taste of the Wight section that features the best of our local food and drink growers and producers together with the a guide to the Isle of Wight's pubs, restaurants, cafes, bars and bistros. There's information on Isle of Wight farm shops, wine producers and breweries as well as special editorial showcasing our Isle of Wight Food Heroes.
We hope you are inspired to visit the Isle of Wight soon and have found all the information you are looking for your holiday or short break.
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