Given its location off England’s south coast, the Isle of Wight has been historically important for Britain’s defences. Visit the Needles Battery, Carisbrooke Castle and Fort Victoria to learn more about the Island’s history from a strategic viewpoint. Osborne House was Queen Victoria’s holiday home for many years, and gives a more intimate view of the Royal family at a time when the Isle of Wight became the destination that everyone wanted to visit. There are also Roman villas, ancient churches and old manor houses dotted around the Island.
Mottistone Manor, Isle of Wight