Towns on the Isle of Wight
One of the oldest and smallest towns on the Isle of Wight. The narrow High Street has many small cottages together with shops and pub with the Bull Ring still located in the centre of the village. The Norman church of St Mary’s and the Old Town Hall still has its whipping post and stocks. The town is home to the Brading Roman Villa, Lilliput Antique Doll and Toy Museum and Nunwell House. It’s a very good place to start a country walk up towards Arreton Down or perhaps a more gentle ramble towards the beach at nearby Sandown.
Cowes and East Cowes
Cowes is the sailing centre of the Island and hosts a range of events throughout the year, including Cowes Week, one of the biggest sailing regattas in the world. Its pedestrianised high street has lovely shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants. Walk from the Parade along Princes Green to Gurnard for some of the best places to watch the sailing. Across the river in East Cowes sits Osborne House, the royal residence of Queen Victoria, built by her husband Prince Albert.
Our county town, Newport is the true heart of the Island.This thriving centre has many high street chains, supermarkets and a farmer’s market on Fridays. With a multi-screen cinema, two theatres, the Quay Arts Centre and many great pubs and restaurants there’s plenty of entertainment choice. The surrounding area boasts attractions such as Arreton Old Village, Carisbrooke Castle, Robin Hill Adventure Park, The Owl and Monkey Haven and the Military History Museum.
The beautiful old town of Yarmouth sits on the Western Yar river estuary on the north coast of the West Wight. The town has grown as a result of the natural sheltered harbour where there is a Wightlink car ferry service to Lymington in the New Forest.
The harbour town is guarded by Yarmouth Castle, built to protect the Solent from invading forces in 1547. The square has a varied range of shops and places to eat. One of Yarmouth’s most familiar sights in Yarmouth Pier which is a great place to go fishing.