How to Travel to and Around the Isle of Wight

What is the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a diverse and beautiful location. It has many hidden gems including the Needles, an iconic series of chalk cliffs, which draws visitors from all over the world. The island has a rich history too, with fortresses and castles such as Arundel and Carisbrooke.

How to get to the Isle of Wight

The island is easily accessible by ferry, with regular crossings available every day at major ports. Ferries usually take an hour and a half, travelling up to 22 miles across the English Channel. Alternatively, it’s possible to travel over the water in just 40 minutes flying from Southampton Eastleigh or Portsmouth airports. There are two private airfields on the Island and you will need to fly with a private plane as there are no commercial flights to the Island. As well as this, you can get a train from Portsmouth which will take you just over an hour.

What can you do on the Isle of Wight?

The Isle of Wight is famous for its picturesque coastlines and hidden coves making it perfect for coastal walks, cycling or kayaking; there are also some beautiful inland landscapes for exploring too – like old woods and pretty villages. Visitors can also enjoy the island’s history, visiting forts and castles. The Island is home to English Heritage properties of Alum Bay with its iconic Needles, Tennyson Down or Osborne House.

Travel around the Isle of Wight

The circular motorway system on the Isle of wight makes it easy to travel around this lovely island. It is easy to get from one side of the island to another on a single road, with a few minor roads making it very accessible. The A3 skirts the coastline with towns and villages close by for some pit stops or more wild adventures on the coast path!

Where to stay when visiting the Island of Wight

There are many different types of places to stay depending on what you need.

If you want to stay somewhere close to the sea, or if you want to be close enough for a beautiful coastal walk, then the coast path is for you. The coast path stretches from one end of the Isle of Wight and can take as little as three hours to complete depending on how much time and effort you put into it. Make sure that your accommodation is located near a bus stop or train station so that you can explore more of the island with ease!

If you’re looking for countryside and country walks, there’s plenty to explore here too. There are large green spaces such as Chale Forest and Sandown Park which offer rural trails and, of course, the famous Needles which you can take a short boat ride to visit. The Isle of Wight has many interesting and natural places that are worth exploring such as Osborne House and Parkhurst where there is plenty of history to discover.

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