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Things to do on the Isle of Wight

Explore attractions & places to visit

Local attractions on the Isle of Wight 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.

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.

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.

Attraction Type
Perfect for
Drivetime (mins)
Dog friendly?
Dinosaur Isle
Dinosaur Isle
7 minute drive from park
Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8QA

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

Isle of Wight zoo - Away Resorts
Isle of Wight Zoo
7 minute drive from park
Yaverland Road, Yaverland, Sandown PO36 8QB

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

Sandown Pier - Away Resorts
Sandown Pier
10 minute drive from park
Esplanade, Sandown PO36 8JT

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

Robin Hill Country Park - Away Resorts
Robin Hill Country Park
15 minute drive from park
Downend Road, Downend, Newport PO30 2NU

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

Shanklin Chine - Away Resorts
Shanklin Chine
15 minute drive from park
3 Chine Ave, Shanklin PO37 6BW

A spectacular gorge to explore with waterfalls and rope bridges.

Shanklin Beach - Away Resorts
Shanklin Beach
15 minute drive from park
Eastcliff Promenade, Shanklin PO37 6BJ

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

The Garlic Farm - Away Resorts
The Garlic Farm
15 minute drive from park
Mersey Lane, Newchurch, Sandown, PO36 0NR

The Garlic Farm is a free to enter family attraction providing the full garlic experience and access to beautiful farmland in the Arreton Valley.

Amazon World - Away Resorts
Amazon World
18 minute drive from park
Watery Lane Newchurch Nr, Sandown PO36 0LX

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

Monkey Heaven - Away Resorts
Monkey Haven
18 minute drive from park
Five Acres Farm, Staplers Rd, Newport PO30 2NB

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

Isle of Wight Steam Railway - Away Resorts
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
19 minute drive from park
The Railway Station, Havenstreet Main Road, Ryde PO33 4DS

A classic steam locomotive adventure that passes through nine kilometres of beautiful countryside.

Godshill Model Village - Away Resorts
Godshill Model Village
21 minute drive from park
High Street, Godshill, Ventnor PO38 3HH

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

Quarr Abbey - Away Resorts
Quarr Abbey
22 minute drive from park
Quarr Road, Ryde PO33 4ES

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

Carisbrooke Castle - Away Resorts
Carisbrooke Castle
25 minute drive from park
Newport PO30 1XY

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

Osborne House - Away Resorts
Osbourne House
26 minute drive from park
York Avenue, East Cowes, PO32 6JX

Osborne is the palatial former holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, located on the Isle of Wight.

Appuldurcombe House - Away Resorts
Appuldurcombe House
26 minute drive from park
Wroxall, Ventnor, PO38 3EW

Originating from the early 18th century as the seat of the Worsley family, Appuldurcombe was once the grandest house on the Isle of Wight.

ventnor Botanic Gardens - Away Resorts
Ventnor Botanic Gardens
28 minute drive from park
Undercliff Drive, Ventnor PO38 1UL

A beautiful and wonderfully-maintained garden that’s home to plants, scrubs and trees from across the globe.

Blackgang Chine - Away Resorts
Blackgang Chine
33 minute drive from park
Ventnor PO38 2HN

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

Tapnell Farm - Away Resorts
Tapnell Farm
36 minute drive from park
Tapnell Farm House, Newport Road, Yarmouth PO41 0YJ

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

Yarmouth Castle - Away Resorts
Yarmouth Castle
40 minute drive from park
Quay St, Yarmouth PO41 0PB

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

The Needles Park - Away Resorts
The Needles Park
40 minute drive from park
Alum Bay, Totland Bay PO39 0JD

Surrounded by stunning scenery and the remarkable tourist area The Needles there will be no chance of you getting bored.

Colwell Bay - Away Resorts
Colwell Bay
44 minute drive from park
Freshwater PO40 9RR

A beautiful sand beach celebrated for its clear waters.

Alum Bay - Away Resorts
Alum Bay
50 minute drive from park
Alum Bay, Totland Bay

A spectacular sandy beach famous for its multi-coloured cliffs and blue waters.


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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