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Pocket Rough Guide Isle of Wight

Make the most of your time in Great Britain with the ultimate travel guides.
Entertaining, informative and stylish pocket guide.

Discover the best of the Isle of Wight with this compact and entertaining pocket travel guide. This slim, trim treasure trove of trustworthy travel information is ideal for short-trip travellers and covers all the key sights (Osborne House, The Needles, Shanklin Old Village), restaurants, shops, cafés and bars, plus inspired ideas for day-trips, with honest and independent recommendations from our experts.

Features of this travel guide to the Isle of Wight:
- Compact format: packed with practical information, this is the perfect travel companion when you're out and about exploring the Isle of Wight
- Honest and independent reviews: written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, our writers will help you make the most of your trip
- Incisive area-by-area overviews: covering Ryde, Cowes, Shanklin, Yarmouth, Ventnor and more, the practical 'Places' section provides all you need to know about must-see sights and the best places to eat, drink and shop
- Time-saving itineraries: carefully planned routes will help inspire and inform your on-the-road experiences
- Day-trips: venture further afield to Bonchurch or Freshwater Bay. This tells you why to go, how to get there, and what to see when you arrive
- Travel tips and info: packed with essential pre-departure information including getting around, health, tourist information, festivals and events, plus an A-Z directory
- Attractive user-friendly design: features fresh magazine-style layout, inspirational colour photography and colour-coded maps throughout
- Covers: Cowes and around, Newport and around, Ryde and around, the east coast, the south coast, Ventnor and around, Brighstone to Alum Bay, Yarmouth and around

Looking for a comprehensive travel guide to England? Try The Rough Guide to England for an informative and entertaining look at all the country has to offer.

About Rough Guides: Rough Guides have been inspiring travellers for over 35 years, with over 30 million copies sold. Synonymous with practical travel tips, quality writing and a trustworthy 'tell it like it is' ethos, the Rough Guides list includes more than 260 travel guides to 120+ destinations, gift-books and phrasebooks.



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Date de parution 01 novembre 2020
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781789196764
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 16 Mo

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Introduction to Isle of Wight
When to visit
What’s new
Where to…
15 Things not to miss
Itinerary: Day one on the Isle of Wight
Itinerary: Day two on the Isle of Wight
Itinerary: Family island
Itinerary: Budget island
Itinerary: Walking the island
Itinerary: Rainy day island
Cowes and around
Newport and around
Ryde and around
The east coast
The south coast
Ventnor to Blackgang
Brighstone to Alum Bay
Yarmouth and around
Further afield
Getting around
Directory A–Z
Festivals and events
Small Print

Introduction to Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight lies a short distance from the south coast of England, and measures just 23 miles at its widest point. It’s long been hailed as a charming spot, almost as if it were anchored in the past: you only have to visit the likes of Shanklin’s thatched cottages or Godshill’s quaint tearooms to appreciate this. Yet there’s a liveliness that roars through the wind and over the headland with its lively watersports scene, bracing clilfftop trails and waymarked cycling routes. Needless to say it’s an idyllic spot for walking and cycling, helped by the fact that there are no motorways on the island. With a tempting selection of restaurants and many independently run businesses, it attracts a variety of crowds who really want to make the most of this diamond-shaped island. 

Stone house on Winkle Street, Calbourne
The island has always been a popular holiday spot: Queen Victoria’s physician recommended Ventnor for its therapeutic climate; the romantic poet Lord Tennyson enjoyed strolling across the downs near Freshwater; and Queen Victoria made Osborne House her permanent residence after Albert died. There were other visits from the likes of Charles Dickens, Julia Margaret Cameron and John Keats, and that’s only rounding off the 19th century. The places they enjoyed are still frequented by visitors today, highlighting the pull the island has on ‘mainlanders’ (those visiting from mainland England) and further afield. Most people are drawn in by the island’s beaches, which range from popular Ryde on the north coast to Compton Bay on the south coast, and plenty more sprinkled in between. Freshwater and Alum Bay on the west coast is home to the Needles, whose stunning landscape makes it a must-see on anyone’s itinerary. 

Freshwater Bay

When to visit
The Isle of Wight, along with the rest of the south of England, generally sees more hours of sunshine than the rest of the country. The island enjoys a relatively mild climate all year round – Ventnor even has its own micro-climate, thanks to its sheltered Undercliff – but the summer period (May to September) is generally regarded as the best time to visit. This high season is when the island is at its liveliest, with the majority of the island’s big-hitter festivals and events taking place. The cooler Autumn months is a better bet for those looking to tackle any long walks, cycles or hikes. Don’t be put off by visiting in the winter, though, as the crisp, bright days give you clear views, the crowds are much fewer, there are more accommodation options (usually at lower rates) and there’s plenty of cosy pubs with crackling fires for you to warm up in. Spring is a great time to visit with nature and wildlife in full spring, and you can enjoy the perks of the high-season without the prices or the crowds. Note that school holidays are popular times for escapes to the island.
That said, the Isle of Wight is more than simply a bucket-and-spades destination. There’s an abundance of history to take in, and in some parts it feels like not much has changed at all. You can appreciate this at numerous heritage centres across the island or see it first-hand for yourself at the likes of Yarmouth Castle, Old St Boniface Church and Bembridge Windmill. Chatting with the islanders (or ‘nammets’ as they call themselves, an old slang word used to describe a snack to eat when working in the fields) is another way to learn about the island’s fascinating history on a local level, from tiger cub walks along Sandown beach to that Isle of Wight Festival and countless childhood stories retold at Bonchurch Museum.
Of course, seafood features on many a menu, with offerings of fresh Bembridge crab scrawled across blackboards outside cafés and various fish caught locally and freshly cooked. You can eat out well on the Isle of Wight, with the majority of places very reasonably priced.

Yarmouth marina
The island has long been associated as one of the best places in Europe for dinosaur discoveries, where Cretaceous-age fossils date as far back as 136 million years ago – head to Compton Bay and at low tide you can spot dinosaur footprints. There are also many informative tours and walks led by experts, so you can suss out your flint from your fossils.
Even if the weather isn’t on your side, there are plenty of weather-reliant things to do aside from beaches and walks: there’s a zoo, copious museums, a dinosaur theme park and a steam railway. National Trust and English Heritage sites are well represented across the island – from Osborne House to Newtown Old Town Hall – you should also make time to visit the chocolate-box towns of Brighstone, Yarmouth and Godshill. While many enjoy visiting the Isle of Wight as a day-trip from the mainland, to really give it justice, give yourself a weekend – or up to a week, preferably – to make the most of this underrated island. We promise you won’t regret it. 

What’s new
In 2019, the Isle of Wight received UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. This means it is now regarded as one of the best places in the world for managed landscapes, where human impact has not taken anything away from the landscape and wildlife. It is just one of seven places in the UK to bear this internationally renowned status, and undoubtedly will promote itself for further sustainability projects. 

Where to…

There are few chain brands on the island, with the majority of shops being independent or family-based. There are weekly markets and delicatessens, small boutiques and a few high-street friendlies. Cowes caters to a large sailing crowd, so you’ll find specialist stockists such as Musto, Henri Lloyd, Regatta, while Newport has a few more recognisable names. Ventnor is undergoing something of a quirky revolution with its vinyl record shops, vintage clothing boutiques and retro-culture stores, and some shops sell purely island-made products, which is a great way to showcase how much the island has to offer. Wine, gin, cheese, mustard, passata, garlic… the list goes on. 
OUR FAVOURITES: Reggie’s Retro, click here . Cavanagh & Baker, click here . Beachcomber, click here .
Perhaps it goes without saying that the island’s main cuisine is seafood-based. From seabass and sole to monkfish and mullet, many restaurants pride themselves on sourcing the local catch and cooking it fresh. It’s well worth feasting on much of the island’s own produce, which can be enjoyed as part of a picnic or an item to take away. There aren’t many international eateries here but there are certainly a few Italian and French restaurants that are noteworthy, and there are more vegan- and allergy-tolerant spots cropping up. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with the pub classics, from beer-battered cod to island-steak pies. 
OUR FAVOURITES: Michelangelo, click here . Gastronomy, click here . The Smoking Lobster, click here .
There are lots of pubs dotted around the island; cosy fisherman-type pubs that make for perfect stops at the end of a long, windy walk or to take in the breathtaking coastal- and Solent-views. On the island is Island Roasted Coffee, Goddard’s Brewery, Rosemary’s Vineyard and the Isle of Wight Distillery; you can visit the majority of these as part of a tour with tastings, otherwise you can purchase their products from various shops or order from coffee shops, pubs and restaurants alike.
OUR FAVOURITES: Isle of Wight Distillery, click here . Caffè Isola, click here . The Old Fort, click here .
Go out
Nightlife will never be what the island is famed for: bars and nightclubs are few, but what they lack here they certainly make up for in abundance with their pubs. This is arguably the best way to get under the surface of Isle of Wight culture, with the island well-renowned for its variety of fantastic live music. This may be where you’ll find many of the locals; in fact, some evenings you could stroll along a silent high street until you pass a small cove of a pub where all the noise – and people – are contained.
OUR FAVOURITES: The Anchor, click here . The Bugle Inn, click here . The Village Inn, click here .

15 Things not to miss

It’s not possible to see everything the Isle of Wight has to offer in one trip – and we don’t suggest you try. What follows is a selective taste of the island’s highlights, from quaint pubs and intriguing, historic architecture to family-fun activities and bracing, windswept walks. 


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