Car Free Holiday

What better place for a car free holiday than the Isle of Wight? With an extensive bus network, unique train line, a wide selection of coastal and footpaths crossing the island and much more, there are plenty of ways to get around and enjoy all that the island has to offer.

Getting Around

We’ve got an extensive travel by public transport page on our website, which provides all of the details you will need for your trip, but in summary, the main ports of Portsmouth and Southampton are well served by both train and bus services to the ports and then passenger ferry services to get over to the island.

Once on the island, there is a train line, Island Line from South Western Railway, which serves Ryde, Brading, Sandown, Lake and Shanklin, as well as a connection at Smallbrook Junction for the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. There is also Southern Vectis, the island’s bus network, which connects all corners of the island with bus stations in most major towns and a central station in Newport. There are also taxi services and a wide selection of footpaths and coastal paths to travel around on, with more on this later.

Visit Isle of Wight has produced a guide to getting to Shanklin.

Walking and Cycling

The island has a bit of a reputation for walking with the UK’s biggest walking festival, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival, taking place every year with headline Walk The Wight raising funds for local hospice, Mountbatten. So, as expected, we’ve got a network of paths to match this, with a 68 mile long coastal path and plenty of footpaths criss crossing the island.

Equally, there are plenty of locations across the island to cycle, including bridleways, revetments and routes, with lots of the old train line no longer in use converted for cycling and walking. Options include the Round The Island route and a selection of family friendly and other routes, all available from visitisleofwight.co.uk. All of our apartments have cycle parking available too and you are welcome to recharge removal e-bike batteries in your apartment via the standard sockets.

In Shanklin and the surrounding area, you can ride the Red Squirrel Trail, which extends across the island and goes from Sandown through Shanklin to Wroxall, as well as pier to pier along the revetment to Sandown. For hiring, you can visit routefifty7, who are located at Lower Hyde and also on the seafront in the Spa car park (near the lift), perfect for a trip along the revetment to Sandown.

You can find maps of all of the rights of way across the island on the council’s website at iow.gov.uk. Alternatively, there are maps available to purchase locally and an OS map available in all of our apartments to borrow during your stay, as well as selected maps and routes.

Slow Wight Travel Guide

Visit Isle of Wight is supporting car free travel and holidays for visitors to the Isle of Wight with the Slow Wight Travel Guide, which is a fantastic guide with eight routes across the island that can be accessed by foot, bicycle, train or bicycle and provide the opportunity to browse the island and see many of the best attractions. 

Itineraries

Visit Isle of Wight have produce a selection of itineraries for a number of towns and villages across the island, which are available to download below:

Shanklin Ventnor
Sandown Ryde
Newport Seaview, St Helens + Bembridge
Godshill + Wroxall Cowes + East Cowes
Freshwater, Yarmouth + Totland Brighstone, Chale + Niton

Attractions

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We’ve got a run down of all of the attractions on the island that are accessible by public transport with details for the attraction, post codes and routes/options available. The good news is that virtually every attraction is accessible by public transport in one form or another, so perfect for a car free escape!

For our full interactive map, see the bottom of the page or for more details.

Walking Distance From Our Apartments

Shanklin Chine Post Code: PO37 6BW for Esplanade entrance, PO37 6NS for Old Village entrance
Web: shanklinchine.co.uk      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.

Route: Walking distance – either to Old Village or Esplanade

Summer Arcade Post Code: PO37 6BG
Web: shanklinseafront.co.uk      Tel: 01983 867585
An arcade full of games and amusements for you, as well as Jungle Jim’s soft play, Toppings ice cream parlour, Bayside Fish and Chips and Caddyshack indoor golf.

Route: Walking distance

Pirates Cove and Jurassic Bay Adventure Golf + Fun Park Post Code: PO37 6BG
Web: shanklinseafront.co.uk      Tel: 01983 867585
A choice of two different adventure golf courses themed round pirates and dinosaurs plus fun park and The Clubhouse cafe.

Route: Walking distance

Rylstone Gardens Tea Gardens, Golf + Bandstand Post Code: PO37 6RG
Web: facebook.com/rylstoneteagardens      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.

Route: Walking distance

Big Mead Park, Play Area + Pond Post Code: PO37 6QY
Large public park with plenty of grass, duck pond and children’s play area. Lots of daffodils in the spring!

Route: Walking distance

Shanklin and Godshill Cricket Club Post Code: PO37 6PT
Web: shanklin.play-cricket.com       Tel: 01983 868436
Cricket club with matches throughout the summer and clubhouse.

Route: Walking distance

Shanklin Theatre Post Code: PO37 6AJ
Web: shanklintheatre.com      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.

Route: Walking distance

Around The Island

Amazon World Post Code: PO36 0LX
Web: amazonworld.co.uk      Tel: 01983 867122
Zoo with animals from around the world with cafe and also Monkey Madness soft play.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Lake Fairway (around 15 minutes) and then Route 8 to Amazon World (around 15 minutes)

Appuldurcombe House Post Code: PO38 3EW
Web: english-heritage.org.uk
The remains of a once great manor house, open for you to explore, including the grounds designed by Capability Brown.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 3 to Appuldurcombe (around 30 minutes) or walk via Red Squirrel Trail (around 1 hour)
Arreton Barns, Museum of Glass  + Shipwreck Centre Post Code: PO30 3AA
Web: arretonbarns.co.uk      Tel: 01983 528353
Selection of local craft shops, Farmer Jack’s farm shop, Dairyman’s Daughter pub, Isle of Wight Museum of Glass and Shipwreck Centre.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Lake Fairway (around 15 minutes) and then Route 8 to Arreton Barns (around 20 minutes)

Bembridge Windmill Post Code: PO35 5SQ
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk      Tel: 01983 873945
The island’s only surviving windmill.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Station Avenue (around 11 to 20 minutes) then Route 8 to Steyne Park (around 20 minutes) then a 10 minute walk

Blackgang Chine Post Code: PO38 2HN
Web: blackgangchine.com     Tel: 01983 730330
Theme park with rides and attractions.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 3 to Albert Road (around 15 minutes) then Route 6 to Blackgang Chine (around 30 minutes)

Brading Roman Villa Post Code: PO36 0EN
Web: bradingromanvilla.org.uk       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.

Route: Island Line to Brading (around 1o minutes) then 22 minutes walk or Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Devonia (around 30 minutes) and 7 minutes walk

Brading Station Post Code: PO36 0EB
Web: bradingtowncouncil.org      Tel: 01983 401222
Restored Victorian station buildings which include tea rooms, heritage centre and signal box.

Route: Island Line to Brading (around 1o minutes) or Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Brading Bull Ring (around 32 minutes) and 6 minutes walk

Brown’s Golf Post Code: PO36 8QA
Web: brownsfamilygolf.com    Tel: 01983 401011
A selection of traditional grass pitch and putt and putting courses and cafe

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Victoria Road (around 20 minutes) and 15 minutes walk or walk via coastal path or Red Squirrel Trail along revetment/esplanade (around 1 hour 10  minutes)

Butterfly World Post Code: PO33 4RW
Web: butterflyworldiow.com    Tel: 01983 883430
See a wide selection of butterflies flying freely.

Route:

  • Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes for Route 2 and 1 hour for Route 3) then Route 9 to Butterfly World (around 10 minutes)
  • Southern Vectis Route 3 to Ryde Bus Station (around 1 hour) then Route 9 to Butterfly World (around 16 minutes)
  • Island Line to Ryde Esplanade (around 2o minutes) then Southern Vectis Route 9 to Butterfly World (around 16 minutes)
Carisbrooke Castle Post Code: PO30 1XY
Web: english-heritage.org.uk    Tel: 01983 522107
Historic castle with rich history including an important role in the royal family

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 30 minutes for Route 2 and 1 hours for Route 3) and then either walk (around 26 minutes) or Route 6 to Cedar Hill Top or 7 to Cedar Hill (around 4 minutes) then walk (around 10 minutes)

Cowes Maritime Museum Post Code: PO31 7SG
Web: iow.gov.uk    Tel: 01983 823433
A museum celebrating Cowes’ maritime heritage.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes for 2 and 1 hour for 3) then Route 1 to Victoria Road (around 21 minutes)

Dimbola Post Code: PO40 9QE
Web: dimbola.co.uk    Tel: 01983 756814
Museum and gallery dedicated to Julia Margaret Cameron with additional contemporary exhibitions.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes for 2 or 1 hour for 3) then Route 12 to Freshwater Bay (around 40 minutes) then a short walk

Dino Islands Adventure Golf Post Code: PO36 8AT
Web: sandhamgardens.com    Tel: 01983 407802
Dinosaur themed adventure golf

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Victoria Road (around 20 minutes) and 15 minutes walk or walk via coastal path or Red Squirrel Trail along revetment/esplanade (around 1 hour 10  minutes)

Dinosaur Isle Post Code: PO36 8QA
Web: dinosaurisle.com    Tel: 01983 404344
Interactive dinosaur museum

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Victoria Road (around 20 minutes) and 15 minutes walk or walk via coastal path or Red Squirrel Trail along revetment/esplanade (around 1 hour 10  minutes)

Farringford Post Code: PO40 9PE
Web: farringford.co.uk    Tel: 01983 752500
Grade I listed former residence of Alfred Lord Tennyson

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes for 2 or 1 hour for 3) then Route 12 to St Agnes Church (around 41 minutes) then a short walk

Fort Victoria Post Code: PO41 0RR
Web: fortvictoria.co.uk    Tel: 01983 823893
Country park with planetarium, reptilarium, Archaeology Discovery Centre and more.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 35  minutes for 2 and 1 hour for 3) and then Route 7 to Norton Grange (around 35 minutes)

Godshill Model Village Post Code: PO38 3HH
Web: modelvillagegodshill.co.uk    Tel: 01983 840270
The famous model village featuring Godshill and Shanklin and RHS partner garden

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Godshill Griffin (around 11 minutes for Route 2 and 28 minutes for Route 3) and then a few minutes walk

Haven Falconry Post Code: PO33 4RE
Web: haven-falconry.co.uk    Tel: 01983 716556
Falconry centre with flying displays and over 50 birds to see

Route: No direct public transport access available but as based at Havenstreet station, can access via public transport if travelling on Isle of Wight Steam Railway on steam operating days – see their listing for details.

Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum Post Code: PO33 2BE
Web: iwbusmuseum.org.uk    Tel: 01983 567796
A selection of buses and coaches dating back to the 1920s.

Route: Island Line to Ryde St Johns Road (around 17 minutes) then a short walk or Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to St Johns Road (around 40 to 45 minutes) then a short walk

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Post Code: PO38 3AA
Web: iowdonkeysanctuary.org    Tel: 01983 852693
Home to over 90 donkeys and more in the sanctuary

Route: Southern Vectis Route 3 to Donkey Sanctuary (around 35 minutes) or walk via Red Squirrel Trail (around 50 minutes)

Isle of Wight Steam Railway Post Code: PO33 4RE
Web: iwsteamrailway.co.uk    Tel: 01983 882204
Historic steam railway line with train rides, museum and Train Story.

Route: 

  • Island Line to Smallbrook Junction (around 15 minutes)
  • Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes for Route 2 and 1 hour for Route 3) then Route 9 to Wootton Station (around 12 minutes)
  • Southern Vectis Route 3 to Ryde Bus Station (around 1 hour) then Route 9 to Wootton Station (around 18 minutes)
  • Island Line to Ryde Esplanade (around 2o minutes) then Southern Vectis Route 9 to Wootton Station (around 18 minutes)
Isle of Wight Zoo Post Code: PO36 8QB
Web: isleofwightzoo.com    Tel: 01983 403883
Zoo with plenty of big cats, monkeys and much more

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Victoria Road (around 20 minutes) and 15 minutes walk or walk via coastal path or Red Squirrel Trail along revetment/esplanade (around 1 hour 10  minutes)

Lilliput Doll and Toy Museum Post Code: PO36 0DJ
Web: lilliputmuseum.co.uk    Tel: 01983 407231
Doll and toy museum home to 0ver 2000 items

Route: Island Line to Brading (around 1o minutes) and 8 minutes walk or Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Brading Bull Ring (around 32 minutes) and 3 minutes walk

Monkey Haven Post Code: PO30 2NB
Web: monkeyhaven.org    Tel: 01983 530885
Rescue haven for monkeys, owls and more

Route:

  • Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes for Route 2 and 1 hour for Route 3) then Route 9 to Monkey Haven (around 7 minutes)
  • Southern Vectis Route 3 to Ryde Bus Station (around 1 hour) then Route 9 to Monkey Haven (around 20 minutes)
  • Island Line to Ryde Esplanade (around 2o minutes) then Southern Vectis Route 9 to Monkey Haven (around 20 minutes)
Mottistone Gardens Post Code: PO30 4ED
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk    Tel:
Expansive gardens set in the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes for 2 or 1 hour for 3) then Route 12 to Mottistone Manor (around 26 minutes)

Museum of Island History Post Code: PO30 1TY
Web: iow.gov.uk    Tel: 01983 823433
Located in Newport Guildhall, museum charting the history of the island from the dinosaurs to present day

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes for Route 2 and 1 hour for Route 3) then a short walk (around 5 minutes)

Newport Roman Villa Post Code: PO30 1HA
Web: iow.gov.uk    Tel: 01983 823433
Explore the remains of a former roman villa.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes for Route 2 and 1 hour for Route 3) then a short walk (around 10 minutes)

Osborne House Post Code: PO32 6JT
Web: english-heritage.org.uk    Tel: 01983 200022
Former royal residence of Queen Victoria

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes for Route 2 and 1 hour for Route 3) and then Route 5 to Osborne House (around 12 minutes)

Quarr Abbey Post Code: PO33 4ES
Web: quarrabbey.org    Tel: 01983 882420
Monastery home to a small group of Benedictine monks

Route:

  • Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes for Route 2 and 1 hour for Route 3) then Route 9 to Quarr Abbey (around 10 minutes)
  • Southern Vectis Route 3 to Ryde Bus Station (around 1 hour) then Route 4 or 9 to Quarr Abbey (around 8 to 12 minutes)
  • Island Line to Ryde Esplanade (around 2o minutes) then Southern Vectis Route 4 or 9 to Quarr Abbey (around 8 to 12 minutes)
Robin Hill Post Code: PO30 2NU
Web: robin-hill.com    Tel: 01983 527352
Country park with walks, rides and outdoor attractions

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Lake Fairway (around 15 minutes) and then Route 8 to Robin Hill (around 23 minutes)

Ryde Superbowl + LaserQuest Post Code: PO33 2EL
Web: rydesuperbowl.com    Tel: 01983 617070
Ten pin bowling and laser quest

Route: Island Line to Ryde Esplanade (about 20 minutes) or Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Ryde Bus Station (around 1 hour) and 3 minutes walk

Sandham Karts Post Code: PO36 8AT
Web: sandhamgardens.com    Tel: 01983 407802
Electric go karts for ages 4+.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Victoria Road (around 20 minutes) and 15 minutes walk or walk via coastal path or Red Squirrel Trail along revetment/esplanade (around 1 hour 10  minutes)

Sandham Sky Nets Post Code: PO36 8AT
Web: sandhamgardens.com    Tel: 01983 407802
Sky nets with open air bounce park.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Victoria Road (around 20 minutes) and 15 minutes walk or walk via coastal path or Red Squirrel Trail along revetment/esplanade (around 1 hour 10  minutes)

Sandown Pier Post Code: PO36 8JT
Web: sandownpier.co.uk    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.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Pier Street (around 20 minutes) or walk via coastal path or Red Squirrel Trail along revetment/esplanade (around 50 minutes)

St Catherine’s Oratory Post Code: PO38 2JB
Web: english-heritage.org.uk
Medieval octagonal tower that is the remains of the oratory

Route: Southern Vectis Route 3 to Albert Road (around 15 minutes) then Route 6 to St Catherine’s Down (around 21 minutes)

Tapnell Farm Post Code: PO41 OYJ
Web: tapnellfarm.com    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.

Route: Summer Only – Southern Vectis Route 2 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes) then Route 27 special service to Tapnell Farm (final details to be confirmed for summer 2020)

The Donald McGill Museum Post Code: PO33 2LQ
Web: saucyseasidepostcards.com    Tel: 01983 717435
Home to the famous comic postcard collection.

Route: Island Line to Ryde Esplanade (around 2o minutes) then a short walk or Southern Vectis Route 3 to Ryde Bus Station (around 1 hour) then a short walk

The Needles Landmark Attraction Post Code: PO39 0JD
Web: theneedles.co.uk    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.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes) then Route 7 or 12 to Needles Landmark Attraction (around 1 hour)

Ventnor Botanic Gardens Post Code: PO38 1UL
Web: botanic.co.uk    Tel: 01983 855397
Explore the gardens from around the world that thrive in our microclimate, visit the hot house and take a break in the cafes.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 3 to Ventnor Boots (around 25 minutes) then walk (around 25 minutes) or walk via coastal path (around 1 hour 30 minutes)

West Wight Alpacas Post Code: PO41 0SZ
Web: westwightalpacas.co.uk    Tel: 01983 760900
Enjoy a walk with the alpacas and llamas, explore the farm and meet all of the other animals.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes) then Route 7 to West Wight Alpacas (around 25 minutes)

Wight Karting Post Code: PO33 1QS
Web: wightkarting.co.uk     Tel: 01983 565366
All weather 520m floodlit go kart track for ages 8+.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Ryde Tesco (around 40 minutes) then a short walk

Wight Military and Heritage Museum Post Code: PO31 8QU
Web: wmahm.org.uk     Tel: 01983 632039
Military museum with wide range of tanks, vehicles, war heritage and more.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 or 3 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes for 2 and 1 hour for 3) then Route 1 to County Showground (around 10 minutes)

Yarmouth Castle Post Code: PO41 0PB
Web: english-heritage.org.uk      Tel: 01983 760678
Coastal castle that was built for King Henry VIII.

Route: Southern Vectis Route 2 to Newport Bus Station (around 35 minutes) then Route 7 to Yarmouth Bus Station (around 30 minutes)

Interactive Map

Please click on blue pins for post code and route/options

 

Last Updated: 25/04/2020