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Isle of Wight Heritage and History

History and Heritage on the Isle of Wight

From Queen Victoria's royal palace and seaside home at Osborne House to Carisbrooke Castle, which is famous for being the home of King Charles I during his confinement, the Isle of Wight has a rich and wonderful history with a wealth of fascinating attractions to enjoy and explore all year round.

Why not enjoy living history at the Brading Roman Villa and Isle of Wight Steam Railway or discover our prehistory collecting fossils on the beach or at Dinosaur Isle?

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Bembridge Windmill
Bembridge Windmill More details

The Island's last remaining windmill is over 300 years old and managed by the National Trust. Explore this unique part of the Island's rural heritage.

Quarr Abbey
Quarr Abbey More details

There has been an Abbey at Quarr on the Isle of Wight since 1132,. It played a central part in the life of the Island until its dissolution by Henry VIII. The Quarr Abbey that stands alongside the ruins of the former building belongs to the Solesmes Congregation group of monasteries.

Nunwell House
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A family home since 1522 with a history dating back to the Norman Conquest. Spend the day touring this beautifully furnished English country house set in 5 acres of tranquil gardens.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Isle of Wight Steam Railway More details

Enjoy the bygone era of steam railways on the Isle of Wight at this beautifully preserved heritage steam railway at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway at Havenstreet.

Calbourne Water Mill
Calbourne Water Mill More details

Set in 35 acres of stunning rural landscape, Calbourne Water Mill contains one of the oldest working water mills in the country, dating back to the Domesday Book.

Open 1st April - 30th October

Osborne House
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"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" - such were the words of Queen Victoria after her first visit to Osborne on the Isle of Wight. No trip to the island would be complete without a visit to this royal seaside palace.

Open 1st April - 4th November

Brading Roman Villa
Brading Roman Villa More details

Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Roman sites in the UK. Our award winning Visitor Centre and Museum offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain with beautifully preserved mosaic floors.

Open all year round

Shanklin Chine
Shanklin Chine More details

Shanklin Chine is one of the Isle of Wight's oldest 'wonders' and was a fascination for our Victorian visitors after it opened to the public in 1817. The Chine is famous for its flora and fauna which includes more than 150 varieties of wild plants.

Dinosaur Isle
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Britain's first purpose built dinosaur museum, Dinosaur Isle sits right on the beach in Yaverland, Sandown. The Isle of Wight has a rich geological history and the rocks on the Isle of Wight record the best exposures of dinosaur material in Europe.

Needles Old Battery
Needles Old Battery More details

The Isle of Wight has many forts and castles, but perhaps none with better views than the Needles Old Battery that perches above the famous landmark at the extreme western tip of the Island. The Battery has panoramic views out over the Solent and the English Channel which are hard to rival.

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Dimbola Lodge
Dimbola Lodge More details

Dimbola Lodge was once the home of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. It is now a museum and gallery that are dedicated to her life and her work. Open to April - October

The Royal
The Royal More details

Built in 1832, The Royal Hotel is one of the oldest hotels on the Island and shares the rare privilege of being one of only 30 establishments to be listed in every Michelin Guide since it was first published in 1911. 

Forum Café
Forum Café More details

Appetising, locally sourced food and friendly, efficient service. Daily specials and hearty favourites, all prepared on site.


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