Tours to the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight, a magnificent diamond-shaped island located just off England’s south coast has a magic all of its own. With its mild climate, stunning scenery and timeless tranquillity, it is the perfect all-year-round holiday destination. Sandown with its long stretches of beach and Victorian pier and Shanklin famed for its beautiful beaches and sub-tropical gardens, are the islands most popular seaside resorts, offering a traditional ‘bucket and spade’ type of holiday.
The Isle of Wight is jam-packed with lovely beaches and towns all offering a unique charm of their own, but Cowes an historic town split by the River Medina and famed for its sailing events is the one place you really must visit.
About Isle of Wight Holidays
The island's beautiful coastal resorts like Shanklin and Sandown attracts hundreds of visitors during the long and hot summer days, however each season there has its own special charm. We have a great amount of Isle of Wight tour packagesavailable, from leading coach operators such as National Holidays, Just Go Holidays and more. Most Isle of Wight tour packages include day trips and guided excursions to popular places on the island. Below you can read more information about things you can do and see during your holiday.
The Isle of Wight is an English county surrounded by water. The largest and second-most populous island in England is minutes away from the mainland and so easy to reach - yet the Isle of Wight is a world apart. The island lies just off England's South Coast and is one of the UK's sunniest and warmest places to visit. No passport is needed for the short sea crossing - and once you've landed on the Island everything is within easy reach. The ideal location for a relaxing break and boasting a wealth of attractions and stunning coastal scenery.
More than half the Island is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with 500 miles of award-winning public footpaths and bridleways, while almost 30 miles of its seashore is Heritage Coast. Boasting award-winning beaches, unspoilt and spectacular scenery and rich historical heritage, there are attractions, activities and adventures to suit visitors of all ages. Discover picturesque villages, spectacular cliffs, downland, sandy beaches, river valleys, and rich diversity of wildlife, flora and fauna. Just a few reasons why a coach tour to the Isle of Wight would be a great choice for your next holiday this year.
Treasure Trove of Historic and Prehistoric Interest
Wherever you go on the Isle of Wight, you will see evidence of a fascinating past, going back to the time of the dinosaurs. Roman villas, medieval castles, historic houses and exhibitions reflect life in a bygone age. Children love to journey back to prehistoric times, looking at fossils and life-sized animated models at the Island's dinosaur museums. Maritime heritage can be discovered at a number of museums, with displays of pirate gold and silver, and countless artefacts recovered from shipwrecks. The island was once a frequent haunt of many eminent and historically important people, including Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, J M W Turner, Henry VIII and Queen Victoria. No holiday is complete without a visit to Queen Victoria's favourite seaside home, the magnificent Osborne House, given to the nation by King Edward VII.
Things to Do...
There is an amazing number of attractions on the Isle of Wight, over 60 places to visit with plenty of things to do come rain or shine! There are fun parks with thrilling rides, animal and bird sanctuaries, carnivals and festivals to delight visitors of all ages. For the energetic, there are plenty of sports facilities, including windsurfing, sailing and paragliding. And for those who prefer to unwind and explore, there's so much to discover. So whatever you are looking for from your coach holiday you are sure to find it on the Isle of Wight.
Set against a dramatic backdrop of sandstone cliffs, the charming Victorian town of Shanklin features a wide sandy beach lined with traditional beach huts. The traditional seaside part of town blends into the picturesque thatched cottages of Shanklin Old Town at the head of the impressive Shanklin Chine - a stunning gorge with rare plants and a delightful waterfall.
Sandown is the island’s principal resort and offers a wealth of entertainment. Sandown Bay is the largest on the island and offers a long, safe, sandy beach framed at either end by stunning white cliffs contrasting with the rich blue sea. Here you can enjoy a walk along the level promenade, explore its Victorian pier or head to the cliff-top path for a wonderful walk, with panoramic views of the bay.
Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s family home, is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Isle of Wight. The house was built between 1845 and 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and rural retreat. When Queen Victoria first visited Osborne House she could not imagine a prettier spot than this opulent seaside palace set amidst truly sumptuous gardens.
The Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Take a journey back in time on board beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages pulled by the oldest locomotive at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Enjoy an award-winning experience on the track as you travel through ancient woodland, coastal landscapes and some of the island’s unspoilt countryside.
Alum Bay and The Needles
Alum Bay is one of the most picturesque beaches on the Isle of Wight. which is famous for its multi-coloured sand cliffs and the stunning turquoise waters. Nearby is the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark - the Trinity Lighthouse and the iconic chalk cliffs known as The Needles, the remains of a ridge which once joined the island to the mainland.
Ventnor Botanic Garden
Ventnor Botanic Garden lies at the heart of a remarkable micro-climate on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Protected from the cold northerly winds by chalk downs it holds the warmth from its southerly aspect that boasts an impressive collection of rare, subtropical and exotic plants grown unprotected out of doors.