Visit Yarmouth and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. Yarmouth is a small and historic port on the Solent in the West of the island. In the harbour the ruins of a Henry VIII castle are of interest as the construction differs from those he built at Cowes and Sandown: square and with the first arrow-headed bastion in England. In St James's Church there is a white marble statue of Sir Robert Holmes, who was Governor of the island in the 17th century. The head is of Sir Robert, but the rest was a statue of Louis XIV captured from the French. Sir Robert plundered the Dutch in the East, and from the gold he brought back from Guinea the first coins of that name were minted. He took New Amsterdam, now New York, in 1665.
A causeway, gained by a drawbridge over the Yar, links the port to the Freshwater peninsula. Yarmouth is a good starting point from which to explore the island along good roads in all directions. Totland Bay is only 3 miles away, with Alum Bay just beyond on the seaward face of the 377-ft Headon Hill. Alum Bay is renowned for its sands of many colours; as many as 12 different shades have been recorded. Further to the West are the chalk pinnacles of the Needles, and the Needles lighthouse; the highest was 120 ft high but fell in 1764. A good car park and other amenities are provided here for those wishing to view these famous geological features. But a walk in the air of the downs was according to Tennyson “worth 6d. a pint”. Off the main road to Totland from Yarmouth's Colwell Bay is a 2-mile curving stretch of sand. In the opposite direction, to the East, lie the typical villages of Shalfleet, with its fine Norman church, and Newtown, whose l8th-century town hall is the last relic of perhaps the oldest borough on the island.
Nearby towns: Cowes, East Cowes, Lymington, Newport
Nearby villages: Barton on Sea, Beaulieu, Beckley, Blackwater, Boldre, Bowcombe, Brighstone, Brockenhurst, Brook, Burley, Calbourne, Carisbrooke, Chale, Chalegreen, Exbury, Freshwater, Gurnard, Highcliffe, Hordle, Lepe, Milford on Sea, Milton, Mottistone, New Milton, Newtown, Niton, Norleywood, Northwood, Pennington, Rookley, Shalfleet, Shide, Shorwell, Sway, Totland, Whippingham
Have you decided to visit Yarmouth or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Yarmouth bed and breakfast (a Yarmouth B&B or Yarmouth b and b)
- a Yarmouth guesthouse
- a Yarmouth hotel (or motel)
- a Yarmouth self-catering establishment, or
- other Yarmouth accommodation