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Views from Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight

11 Beautiful Places To Visit On The Isle of Wight

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From golden sandy beaches and pretty seaside towns to magnificent estates and gardens, we think these 11 beautiful places to visit on the Isle of Wight belong on every visitor’s itinerary

We hope you’ll feel inspired ahead of your trip. Don’t forget to let us know which place you’re most excited to visit first!

11 Beautiful Places To Visit On The Isle of Wight

1. The Needles

The Needles, Isle of Wight
The Needles landmark as seen from the free viewpoint

Of all the beautiful places to visit on the Isle of Wight, The Needles might be the most famous. 

But – just in case you haven’t heard of it – The Needles is a natural landmark. It consists of three chalk stacks off the coast of the western tip of the island. 

For the best views of The Needles, head to The Needles Viewpoint overlooking Scratchell’s Bay. It’s free to visit and offers superb views.

You can even walk to this viewpoint following part of the Isle of Wight coastal path.

You can also get a great view of The Needles from the “batteries” found here. National Trust members can visit for free, or you can pay on the door. Find out more here.

2. Isle of Wight Coastal Path

Isle of Wight Coastal Path
Walking the Isle of Wight Coastal Path

The Isle of Wight Coastal Path is a circular 70-mile trail around the island. 

There are so many incredible coastal views to see and ample wildlife. You might even see red squirrels, which are a rare sight in the UK.

When Scott and I visited, we followed part of the Tennyson Trail along the south coast. This trail links Freshwater Bay to The Needles. It’s a fabulous walk with stunning views.

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3. Alum Bay

Alum Bay, Isle of Wight
Picturesque views of Alum Bay from the Isle of Wight Coastal Path

You can find Alum Bay close to The Needles. 

If you follow the walking trail towards The Needles Landmark Attraction “theme park”, then you’ll see stunning views across The Solent en route. 

You’ll also glimpse a fabulous view of Alum Bay’s infamous multi-coloured sand cliffs. They look so bright and colourful and contrast perfectly with the calming blues and greens of the bay and surrounding landscape.

Alum Bay Multi-Coloured Sand Cliffs, Isle of Wight
You simply can’t miss seeing the bright colours of Alum Bay’s infamous sand cliffs

4. Osborne

Osborne House on the Isle of Wight
Osborne in East Cowes wouldn’t look out of place in continental Europe, don’t you think?!

Osborne, a Royal residence in East Cowes, is one of the Isle of Wight’s most infamous attractions – and it’s every bit as beautiful as you might imagine. 

It was once owned by Queen Victoria who used the estate as her summer palace. If you happen to visit on a sunny day, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into continental Europe such as Spain or Italy. 

Every inch of this palace is stunning and the estate is just as fabulous to explore if you love flora and fauna. It’s well worth a visit!

Psst! You can visit Osborne for free as an English Heritage member. Find out more >>

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5. Compton Beach

Compton Beach, Isle of Wight
Seaviews and golden sands await you at Compton Beach

The Isle of Wight boasts many beautiful beaches and coastal areas; one of which is Compton Beach along the southwestern coast. 

You can wander along two miles of golden sand on this beach. And the best bit? It’s usually a quieter beach than many on the Isle of Wight… at least for now.

6. Shanklin

Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Shanklin is another charming coastal town to visit

On the island’s southeastern side is Shanklin, a charming seaside resort town. 

While the town itself boasts beautiful buildings and shops worthy of a mooch, the beach is also charming and the town has a special surprise on offer to visitors. 

Shanklin is home to Shanklin Chine, which is a natural coastal ravine complete with waterfalls. On summer evenings, your path is lit up along the way with coloured lights. It looks so magical!

7. Ventnor

Ventnor, Isle of Wight
Beautiful views of Ventnor

Ventnor, close to Shanklin, is another lovely coastal town worth visiting. 

The beach is small but charming, the pier and esplanade areas are well looked after and they have gorgeous views across the English Channel. The town also has a special surprise for visitors.

Ventnor is home to The Ventnorian aka Crave, a locally-made ice cream parlour, which changes its inventive flavours regularly. There’s often a queue, but it’s well worth it. 

8. Ventnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor Botanic Garden, Isle of Wight
Ventnor Botanic Garden is well worth a visit

Also in Ventnor is the Ventnor Botanic Garden, which is so stunning that it warranted its own section on this list of beautiful places to visit on the Isle of Wight. 

Home to hundreds of exotic and rare plants, as well as plenty of sub-tropical plants, you can even see some of the largest Giant Amazonian Waterlilies in the world within the garden’s ‘Tropical House’. 

If you love plants and gardens then you’ll love a visit here.

9. Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight
Stunning Freshwater Bay as seen from the Isle of Wight Coastal Path

Freshwater Bay, on the south coast, is another of the island’s most picturesque beaches. 

While this one is mostly pebbles and rocks, it’s a fabulous place for rock pooling and offers fantastic views of the island’s chalky white cliffs.

10. Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
Charming Carisbrooke Castle in the late afternoon sunshine

Carisbrooke Castle, managed by the English Heritage, is a historic motte-and-bailey castle, which once housed Charles I as a prisoner. 

While the castle itself is interesting to visit, we’ve included it on this list of beautiful places to visit on the Isle of Wight because you can enjoy stunning panoramic views from the top of the castle’s walls.

Views from Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight
Views for miles from the top of Carisbrooke Castle

The tranquil Princess Beatrice Garden is also a pleasure to wander through.

Psst! You can visit Carisbrooke Castle for free as an English Heritage member. Find out more >>

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11. Ryde

Appley Tower in Ryde, Isle of Wight
Sea views, golden sands and history await you in Ryde

Yet another pretty seaside town worth visiting is Ryde on the northeastern side of the island.

Home to golden sandy beaches, quintessential coastal shops and houses and tranquil gardens, Ryde is a gorgeous place to visit on the Isle of Wight. 

And if you follow the coastline along the Esplanade and toward Garden Walk, you’ll come across Appley Tower. 

Appley Tower in Ryde, Isle of Wight
Appley Tower in Ryde up close

The tower dates back to 1875 and is in such a good condition for its age. The tower looks stunning overlooking the coastline and will make your beach photos look so much more unique than normal.


And there you have it! We hope you enjoy visiting these 11 beautiful places on your next trip to the Isle of Wight. Where are you most excited to visit first?

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