Watching boats sail the glistening waters of the Solent from Thorness Bay’s hilltop position is always mesmerising. But tear yourself away and you’ll discover a wealth of attractions close by.
Visit the island’s most famous holiday home, Osborne House. Queen Victoria’s seaside escape features lavish staterooms, gardens and a secluded beach. While nearby Cowes enchants with its delightful historic streets – hop on a sailing boat from its world-renowned harbour to explore the island’s spectacular coastline.
Or head inland for a wildlife encounter! Monkey Haven, Butterfly World and Tapnell Farm Park let you get up-close with nature.Request a brochure Arrange a visit
With its charming Victorian buildings, Cowes is a town steeped in nautical heritage and a sailing Mecca - but you'll love its relaxed atmosphere too.
Hundreds of vibrant, rare butterflies whirl all around - and some might even land on you, as you wander through this enchanting butterfly house.
Fort Victoria Model Railway
A lovely indoor model railway with European scenes and trains recreated in mesmerising detail - from pretty villages and green hillsides to industrial centres.
The Needles at Alum Bay
Turquoise seas, spectacular multi-coloured cliffs and a beautiful golden sandy beach, the Needles is much more than a series of iconic rocks.
High Adventure Paragliding
For the best view of the Isle and its spectacular coastline there's only one option - take to the skies!
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