There are so many wonderful places to visit in Britain, but one of the most overlooked could very well be the Isle of Wight, which is the largest island in the nation with about 140,000 inhabitants.
The Isle is well known for its annual rock music festival, which attracts some of the biggest names in the music business as well as hundreds of thousands of fans. However, there’s so much more to see and do there.
The island has been a popular holiday spot with Britons for over 100 years as it features numerous interesting cities, resorts and natural beauty with its wide variety of rock types. It’s also quite popular with sailors from all over the world and is home to several sports teams.
Some of the most popular towns to explore are Ventnor, Ryde, and Shanklin, Newport, and Cowes. The island has a very rich and storied history. Queen Victoria had a summer home in East Cowes and the island has been home to many other famous historical figures. The wildlife in the area is some of the most interesting and rarest in Britain.
The bays, cliffs, and sea make for some fascinating scenery and the milder weather make it an ideal seaside resort area.
The Isle of Wight is situated in the southeast of England in the English Channel and is easily accessible by ferry from cities such as Southampton, Portsmouth, and Yarmouth. There’s also a hovercraft service from Southsea. Once there, it’s easy to get around by car and buses. There’s one railway line on the island.
Photo Credit: Simon Rich – aka Mr Monts