Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
The Isle of Wight. The Victorians adopted the Isle of Wight as a holiday island, and tourism has been its bread and butter ever since. The high chalk downs and the famous chines, or clefts, along the south coast appealed to the Victorians' sense of the picturesque; and the resorts they built have given the island a lasting appeal for lovers of Victorian architecture.
In the summer the island is crowded with visitors, its safe bathing and enviable sunshine record making it ideal for family holidays. The island, 23 miles from west to east and 13 miles from north to south, is far smaller than Greater London. Out of season, a morning's drive can cover most of the better-known places; one good road makes a complete circuit of the island round the coast, while an inland circular route passes through farmlands, villages and heaths. But when the roads are busy in summer it is never far to the nearest good picnic place or starting point for a ramble. The National Trust owns 10% of the island, and there are numerous marked footpaths.
The Isle of Wight gives rise to an unusual double high tide in Southampton Water. The last of the flood running up the Channel sweeps round the cast end of the island, where it meets the water already ebbing out of Southampton Water and drives it back in the form of a second high tide. This is a boon to shipping, and from the island's coast there is a constant view of passenger liners and oil tankers.
Nearby cities, towns and villages: Bembridge, Cowes, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Hayling Island, Lymington, Newport, Portsmouth, Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin, Southampton, Ventnor, Yarmouth
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation