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Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight only became a separate island about 7000 years ago and has long been known as The Garden Isle noted for its warm climate, stunning scenery and friendly welcome. The Isle of Wight became popular in the Victorian Era, when Queen Victoria made Osborne House her home. It is just five miles from the mainland, but it seems like another world.

Osbourne House
Osborne House

Ferries cross to the Island from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington Foot passenger ferry journey time is 22 minutes, while it can take as little as 35 minutes to cross with a car. Hovercraft go between Southsea and Ryde with a journey time of around 10 minutes. The foot passenger catamaran in Portsmouth goes from Portsmouth Harbour rail station and the hovercraft links with coaches to destinations around the UK.

More than half of the Island is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there is a network of footpaths that stretches over 500 miles, so it is easy to get close to nature. Walking, cycling and riding are all attractions of the island. Alternatively, if you are looking for somewhere to be spoilt then indulge yourself in the Isle of Wight's fine restaurants, art galleries and historic houses.

The island was recently recognised by the Natural History Museum as the Dinosaur Capital of the UK, due to the large number of dinosaurs that have been found in the islands crumbling cliffs and there are many opportunities to celebrate this heritage on the island.

Some of the Island's top attractions