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Exploring the Isle of Wight image
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Exploring the Isle of Wight

If you’re planning a holiday on the island, you’ll find there’s plenty to do on the Isle of Wight and many attractions and places to keep you and all your family busy.

Local attractions near Whitecliff Bay

Just across the waters of the Solent, the Isle of Wight is England’s largest island and is often described as the jewel in the south coast’s crown. With a scattering of charming towns spread between lush green countryside and surrounded at all sides by dramatic cliffs and sweeping Isle of Wight beaches, it’s not hard to see why.

Popular Isle of Wight points of interest include everything from sea views to zoos to castles, farms, and gardens, making it an excellent spot for a family holiday. The Isle of Wight Zoo is one of the island’s most popular attractions and offers a real treat for animal lovers in general especially of the feline nature as it is a well-known centre for rescued big cats.

History enthusiasts will also discover many interesting places when visiting the fortification of the island, that provides strong insights about the island’s function in history. Attractions such as its Carisbrooke Castle, and Yarmouth Castle bring much of the island’s history alive. For those looking for new experiences, the island is also gathering world-famous and Grammy-winners musicians and bands during the annual Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park in Newport. Going back even further in time, you’ll find the playful and interactive Dinosaur Isle museum, just 7 miles from Whitecliff Bay absolutely fascinating.

If you run out of ideas, you’ll find below something for everyone to do on the Isle of Wight in our selection of exciting attractions.

Places to visit

7 minute drive

Dinosaur Isle

A playful and interactive museum dedicated to the island’s fossil and geological heritage.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

7 minute drive

Isle of Wight Zoo

A sprawling zoo home to fascinating creatures from around the globe.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

10 minute drive

Sandown Pier

A classic pleasure pier complete with play zones, dodgems and tenpin bowling.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

15 minute drive

Robin Hill Country Park

An outdoor family-orientated theme park with rides, slides and playgrounds.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

15 minute drive

Shanklin Chine

A spectacular gorge to explore with waterfalls and rope bridges.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

15 minute drive

Shanklin Beach

One of the island’s best loved sandy stretches, with lots of activities to enjoy along the waterfront.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

18 minute drive

Amazon World

An exotic zoo that’s home to over 100 rainforest species, with a focus on habitat conservation.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

18 minute drive

Monkey Haven

An award-winning sanctuary for monkeys, birds and reptiles.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

19 minute drive
21 minute drive

Godshill Model Village

A charming model village set across two acres of landscaped gardens.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

22 minute drive

Quarr Abbey

A stunning, grade I listed monastery on the island’s north east coast.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

25 minute drive

Carisbrooke Castle

A largely-intact motte-and-bailey castle which can be explored.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

26 minute drive
28 minute drive
33 minute drive

Blackgang Chine

The UK’s oldest amusement park, with a host of classic rides and attractions.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

36 minute drive

Tapnell Farm

A fun and interactive visitor farm with lots of lovely animals to meet.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

40 minute drive

Yarmouth Castle

A historic, coastal fortress with stunning views out over the Solent.

For opening dates and further information, please visit the attraction's website.

40 minute drive

Where to stay on the Isle of Wight

After enjoying all of what the Isle of Wight has to offer, you’ll need somewhere serene to rest your head. At our Isle of Wight holiday park – Whitecliff Bay, all of our stylish glamping tents and cosy cabin-style lodges are situated just metres from one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. When it’s time to pick up the pace, there’s activities on-site that’ll entertain all members of your family, from swimming and cycling to open-air cinema.

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