The 15 best things to do in the Isle of Wight for couples

The Isle of Wight is a wonderful destination for couples looking for their dream romantic getaway. With stunning natural scenery, historic attractions, and plenty of cosy places to dine, there is a wide range of things to do for couples, no matter their holiday preferences.


There are many options for couple's holidays on the Isle of Wight. If you fancy an unforgettable trip to the beach, why not visit Whitecliff Bay?

If you and your partner want to dive into the Isle's culture, have you considered a visit to Carisbrooke Castle? If an intimate afternoon tea sounds like heaven, why not share a moment at the Isle of Wight Pearl?

To help you out, here are the 15 best things to do in the Isle of Wight for couples:

  1. Whitecliff Bay
  2. The Needles
  3. Osborne House
  4. Freshwater Bay Golf Club
  5. Carisbrooke Castle
  6. The Isle of Wight Coastal Path
  7. Isle of Wight Pearl
  8. Smoking Lobster
  9. Mottistone Gardens
  10. Needles Pleasure Cruises Ltd
  11. The Hut
  12. The Donald McGill Museum
  13. Anne Tom's Yarmouth Gallery
  14. Old Church of St Lawrence
  15. Monkey Haven – Primate Rescue Centre

The 15 best things to do in the Isle of Wight for couples:

Dawn breaking over the beach at Whitecliff Bay. One of our stunning locations in the Isle Of Wight

Whitecliff Bay

This beautiful beach is one of the most spectacular on the Isle of Wight. The bay features towering white cliffs, soft sandy shores, and turquoise waters perfect for swimming and snorkelling, so you and your loved one will have lots to do on your romantic getaway. Also, don't forget your camera—the views from Whitecliff Bay are picture-perfect.

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The Needles

The Needles are perhaps the most iconic landmark on the Isle of Wight. These towering chalk stacks emerging from the sea are a sight to behold, so get ready for you and your partner to be wowed. The stunning views of the rocks and lighthouse are sure to set the mood, perfect when accompanied by a romantic walk down to The Needles Battery.

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Fantasy Island Theme Park

Enjoy a fun-filled day with your loved one at Fantasy Island Theme Park near Skegness. Hold each other tightly as you scream on the thrilling rollercoasters, zooming all over the place on The Odyssey, skilfully ride the dodgems, and have a giggle on the Log Flume. You can also experience hair-raising shows and performances.

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Osborne House

Step back in time with a visit to Osborne House, the royal seaside retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Wander through the lavish rooms admiring the ornate decor and breathtaking bay views outside. Try to picture the scenes from times past as you stroll through the terraced gardens down to the private beach where Victoria bathed.

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Freshwater Bay Golf Club

Freshwater Bay Golf Club is a fabulous choice for couples who like to golf or get active together on their holidays. This clifftop course offers spectacular sea views and challenging play across 18 holes. You and your partner can have endless fun swinging away. Take the time to help each other and learn new tips and tricks together.

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A view of Carisbrooke Castle near our resort.

Carisbrooke Castle

The historic castle was once home to Kings and Nobles. Wander around the ruined walls and towers, visit the medieval chapel, and climb to the top for panoramic island views. A good tip – don't miss the donkey-powered well demonstration! Couples can also book special personal tours focused on the love stories and royal connections to the castle.

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The Isle of Wight Coastal Path

This long-distance trail covers 70 miles of the island's stunning coastline and makes for memorable couple's holidays in the Isle of Wight. Discover sandy beaches, historic forts, seaside villages, and breathtaking cliffs. For example, you could try the Niton to Sandown walk, which lasts around 10.7 miles and offers beautiful coastal views.

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Isle of Wight Pearl

To view some of the finer things in life with your partner, visit the Isle of Wight Pearl and see the unique jewellery with an island twist. Watch as skilled craftsmen create beautiful jewellery featuring ethically sourced pearls harvested from the island. To make the moment even more unique for couples, you can find pearls by picking oysters.

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Smoking Lobster

Get ready to enjoy fresh seafood beside the seaside at Smoking Lobster in Ventnor. This harbourfront restaurant serves the island's best locally sourced seafood produce combined with a Pan-Asian style. Savour romantic sunset views from the deck with a glass of crisp wine and a plate of delicious lobster on your plate or try the fish of the day.

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Mottistone Gardens

Created by two renowned 20th-century garden designers, Mottistone Gardens is a peaceful retreat for couples' holidays on the Isle of Wight. Meander through beautiful, themed gardens like the Tranquil Rose Garden, where you can let the lovely aromas bring you and your partner closer together. Enjoy a picnic in one of the secluded garden alcoves.

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Needles Pleasure Cruises Ltd

The famous Needles have already made our list, but did you know you could experience them from the water with Needles Pleasure Cruises Ltd? These thrilling boat tours take you right up close to the towering chalk stacks and blustery sea caves beneath, allowing you to truly appreciate the magnitude of these natural structures.

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The Hut Colwell restaurant

What could make couples' holidays on the Isle of Wight more magical than watching the sunset over some delicious food? This is why you ought to make a trip to The Hut, which overlooks Totland Bay. This beachside restaurant has panoramic sea views and a menu of locally caught seafood and Isle of Wight steaks.

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The Donald McGill Museum

Couples in the mood for a little quirkier will appreciate the Donald McGill Museum in Ryde. Dedicated to the iconic British seaside postcard artist, this museum showcases McGill's unique and cheeky artwork. His saucy illustrations have provided comedy for generations of beachgoers and will continue this trend for you and your partner.

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Anne Tom's Yarmouth Gallery

Support local art together at Anne Tom's Yarmouth Gallery. This bright gallery displays the works of Isle of Wight artist Anne Tom, whose many pieces are filled with history. Couples can also find various paintings, ceramics, jewellery, and more from other local artists so that you can support Isle of Wight talents.

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Old Church of St Lawrence

Take a meaningful stroll around the historic grounds of the Old Church of St Lawrence, which is west of Ventnor. Dating over 900 years, these tranquil church ruins are bursting with heritage, just waiting to be explored. Wander through the remnants of the tower, which is said to be one of the earliest Norman arcades in Britain.

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Monkey Haven – Primate Rescue Centre

For couples passionate about wildlife conservation and the wonders of the animal kingdom, a visit to Monkey Haven – Primate Rescue Centre is highly recommended. This rescue centre is home to primates from the pet trade needing a safe haven. You'll meet the monkeys face-to-face and learn about their heartwarming rescue stories.

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The couple's trip of a lifetime on the Isle of Wight!

You'll surely find endless romantic spots and things to do for couples on the Isle of Wight! From coastal walks and cosy restaurants to historic sites and peaceful gardens, couples' holidays in the Isle of Wight offer several cherished memories to be made.

Try various suggested date ideas for a truly unforgettable couples' getaway and the perfect Isle of Wight stay you've always dreamed of.

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