Attractions Guide

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There is plenty to do and see on your next island escape.

Alongside our beaches and countryside, there are attractions across the island for all ages covering the island’s heritage, nature and of course, some fun attractions!

In addition to this guide, we’ve also got our activities guide, which covers a range of activities and experiences – from exploring the island by foot, bicycle, horse, boat or even plane, doing a spot of fishing or enjoying a game of golf, take in a performance or exhibition or taking a course in cookery, jewellery or arts and much more.

We’d recommend checking on the provided links for updates on hours, booking and other arrangements, as well as regular winter closures.


Shanklin Chine Web:      Tel: 01983 866432
Historic gorge with famous waterfall, home to plenty of wildlife and a rich history from smuggling to a role in the World War Two – plus dinosaurs!
Summer Arcade Web:      Tel: 01983 867585
An arcade full of games and amusements for you, as well as Toppings ice cream parlour, Bayside Fish and Chips and Caddyshack indoor golf.
Pirates Cove and Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf + Fun Park Web:      Tel: 01983 867585
A choice of two different adventure golf courses themed round pirates and dinosaurs plus fun park and The Clubhouse cafe.
Rylstone Gardens Tea Gardens, Golf + Bandstand Web:      Tel: 07305 098262
Large tea gardens with a wide selection of plants and flowers on show with crazy golf and food and drink, plus park next door with bandstand and performances through the summer months.
Big Mead Park, Play Area + Pond
Large public park with plenty of grass, duck pond and children’s play area. Lots of daffodils in the spring!
Shanklin and Godshill Cricket Club Web:       Tel: 01983 868436
Cricket club with matches throughout the summer and clubhouse.
Shanklin Theatre Web:      Tel: 01983 868000
A community theatre that punches above it weight with a selection of local shows including Spotlight’s Best Of The West End and Christmas panto plus a wide number of celebrity performances from comedy, dance, music and much more, as well as behind the scenes tours available to book throughout the year.

Around The Island

Amazon World Web:      Tel: 01983 867122
Zoo with animals from around the world with cafe and also Monkey Madness soft play.
Appuldurcombe House Web:
The remains of a once great manor house, open for you to explore, including the grounds designed by Capability Brown.
Arreton Barns, Museum of Glass  + Shipwreck Centre Web:      Tel: 01983 528353
Selection of local craft shops, Dairyman’s Daughter pub, Isle of Wight Museum of Glass and Shipwreck Centre.
Bembridge Heritage Society and Centre Web:
Museum with history of Bembridge
Bembridge Windmill Web:      Tel: 01983 873945
The island’s only surviving windmill.
Blackgang Chine Web:     Tel: 01983 730330
Theme park with rides and attractions.
Brading Roman Villa Web:       Tel: 01983 406223
Explore the remains of a roman villa with mosaics and artefacts, plus find out about the island’s role in Roman Britain.
Brading Station Web:      Tel: 01983 401222
Restored Victorian station buildings which include tea rooms, heritage centre and signal box.
Brown’s Golf Web:    Tel: 01983 716370
A selection of traditional grass pitch and putt and putting courses and cafe.
Butterfly World Web:    Tel: 01983 883430
See a wide selection of butterflies flying freely.
Canopy Skatepark Web:
All weather skateboarding park for all ages.
Carisbrooke Castle Web:    Tel: 01983 522107
Historic castle with rich history including an important role in the royal family.
Chessell Pottery Web:    Tel: 01983 531248
Pottery gift barn and cafe.
Cowes Maritime Museum Web:    Tel: 01983 823433
A museum celebrating Cowes’ maritime heritage.
Dimbola Web:    Tel: 01983 756814
Museum and gallery dedicated to Julia Margaret Cameron with additional contemporary exhibitions.
Dino Islands Adventure Golf Web:    Tel: 01983 407802
Dinosaur themed adventure golf.
Dinosaur Isle Web:    Tel: 01983 404344
Interactive dinosaur museum.
Farringford Web:    Tel: 01983 752500
Tennyson’s historic home.
Fort Victoria Web:    Tel: 01983 823893
Country park with planetarium, reptilarium, Archaeology Discovery Centre and more.
Godshill Model Village Web:    Tel: 01983 840270
The famous model village featuring Godshill and Shanklin and RHS partner garden.
Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum Web:    Tel: 01983 567796
A selection of buses and coaches dating back to the 1920s.
Isle of Wight Deer Farm Web:    Tel: 01983 638680
Guided tours of deer farm.
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Web:    Tel: 01983 852693
Home to over 90 donkeys and more in the sanctuary.
Isle of Wight Steam Railway Web:    Tel: 01983 882204
Historic steam railway line with train rides, museum and Train Story.
Lilliput Doll and Toy Museum Web:    Tel: 01983 407231
Doll and toy museum home to over 2000 items
Longshoreman’s Museum Web:    Tel: 07745 696916
Maritime museum located on Ventnor seafront
Monkey Haven Web:    Tel: 01983 530885
Rescue haven for monkeys, owls and more.
Mottistone Gardens Web:
Expansive gardens set in the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house.
Museum of Island History Web:    Tel: 01983 823433
Located in Newport Guildhall, museum charting the history of the island from the dinosaurs to present day.
National Poo Museum Web:
Interactive micro museum all about poo set in the former public toilets at Battery Gardens.
Newport Roman Villa Web:    Tel: 01983 823433
Explore the remains of a former roman villa.
Osborne House Web:    Tel: 01983 200022
Former royal residence of Queen Victoria.
Quarr Abbey Web:    Tel: 01983 882420
Monastery home to a small group of Benedictine monks set within 200 acres and featuring tea shop and art gallery.
Quay Arts Web:     Tel: 01983 76067
Set in a converted 12th century brewery, home to three art galleries, theatre for live performances and artist studios and workshop sessions in Jubilee Stores including pottery and drawing.
Ryde Superbowl + LaserQuest Web:    Tel: 01983 617070
Ten pin bowling and laser quest.
Sandham Karts Web:    Tel: 01983 407802
Electric go karts for ages 4+.
Sandham Sky Nets Web:    Tel: 01983 407802
Sky nets with open air bounce park.
Sandown Pier Web:    Tel: 01983 404122
Pier with amusements, Lost World adventure golf, Magic Island soft play, Superbowl bowling, Scruffy Jacks sports bar and end of the pier rides.
Sir Max Aitken Museum Web:    Tel: 01983 293800
Maritime history museum with nautical artefacts
St Catherine’s Oratory Web:
Medieval octagonal tower that is the remains of the oratory
Tapnell Farm Web:    Tel: 01983 758722
Visit the farm park to see the animals, soft play, jumping pillow, mini golf, zip wires, sledge slides, aqua park for an inflatable obstacle course, The Cow restaurant and more.
The Falconry Experience Web:    Tel: 01983 716556
Falconry centre with flying displays and over 50 birds to see.
The Museum of Ryde + Donald McGill Museum Web:    Tel: 01983 717435
Set in the historic Royal Victoria Arcade, explore the history of Ryde and also see the vast collection of Donald McGill postcards including some of his most famous and saucy scenes!
The Needles Landmark Attraction Web: Tel: 01983 752401
See the famous needles and lighthouse from land or the chair lift, pick up some Alum Bay glass and sand and go on the rides.
Ventnor Botanic Gardens Web:    Tel: 01983 855397
Explore the gardens from around the world that thrive in our microclimate, visit the hot house, take a break in the cafes and see the regular workshops and exhibitions.
West Wight Alpacas Web:    Tel: 01983 760900
Enjoy a walk with the alpacas and llamas, explore the farm and meet all of the other animals.
West Wight Heritage Centre Web:    Tel: 01983 759353
A new museum showcasing the archive of Freshwater and Totland Archive Group.
Wight Aviation Museum Web:     Tel: 07949 704052
Museum celebrating the history of aviation on the Isle of Wight, located at Isle of Wight Airport in Sandown.
Wight Karting Web:     Tel: 01983 565366
All weather 520m floodlit go kart track for ages 8+.
Wight Military and Heritage Museum Web:     Tel: 01983 632039
Military museum with wide range of tanks, vehicles, war heritage and more.
Wildheart Animal Sanctuary (formerly Isle of Wight Zoo) Web:    Tel: 01983 403883
Rescue sanctuary with plenty of big cats, monkeys and much more.
Yarmouth Castle Web:     Tel: 01983 760678
16th century castle built for King Henry VIII.

Last Updated: 03/04/2024