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5 towns to visit on the Isle of Wight

Old Village and the beach in Shanklin

Shanklin Chine,Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Shanklin Chine, Isle of Wight

Visit Shanklin Old Village with its traditional cream teas, thatched pubs and restaurants offering a unique olde worlde atmosphere. From here you can walk down to Shanklin Chine, a small gorge with waterfall and natural features and a small museum. At the bottom of the Chine, it’s only a short walk to Shanklin beach. Sit outside at the Fisherman’s Cottage, a thatched pub on the beach, and watch the fishing boats come and go, and the tide come in, with a view of the cliffs at the end of Sandown Bay in the distance.

Lunch at the beach in Ventnor

Ventnor sea front, Isle of Wight

Ventnor sea front, Isle of Wight

Picturesque Ventnor is set on many different levels, and there are lots of lovely, but steep, walks to be had around the town, offering beautiful views of the undulating coastline. Once you’ve done all that, head down to Ventnor sea front which offers lots of lovely spots for lunch or a coffee, while looking out over Ventnor Bay. The Met Bar offers great tapas, wine and coffee. For something more traditional, sit outside at the Spyglass Inn and watch the surfers in the bay.

Cream teas and shopping in Godshill

Visit Godshill Model Village, Isle of Wight

Godshill Model Village, Isle of Wight

One of the most popular destinations on the island for visitors, Godshill is a characterful village full of thatched shops and tea rooms. Always popular with families, there’s also a Model Village which offers a view of the Isle of Wight in miniature, including its own Model Village. Godshill is the place to come for cream teas, and there’s a wide range of shops to choose from selling Isle of Wight glass, high quality furnishings, art work, jewellery, Isle of Wight produce and the usual souvenirs.

Sailing and shopping in Cowes

Sailing boats in Cowes, Isle of Wight

Sailing boats in Cowes

Cowes is, of course, famous world wide for its sailing, and there’s plenty of chance to see the yachts as they head out to sea from Cowes harbour. Stroll around the streets for a spot of retail therapy in Cowes’ unique, quirky shops, which offer a lot more than just sailing gear. Cowes can be surprisingly quiet during the day, but once the sailing crews return in the evening, it can be a lively place for a night out offering a wide range of restaurants and pubs.

History, sea views and walking in Yarmouth

Yarmouth castle and pier, Isle of Wight

Yarmouth castle and pier

The historic port town of Yarmouth sits at the mouth of the River Yar and contains some of the oldest architecture on the Isle of Wight, including a 16th Century castle. There are lovely sea views to be had as you walk along the wooden pier and watch the boats and ferries coming and going, stop for a coffee at the George Hotel or Gossips Café and take in the bustling atmosphere. For a more peaceful experience, you can walk or cycle from the harbour around the Yar estuary and see plenty of local wildlife.