Destination guide

Delight in the waterfront landscape of Isle of Wight

Come and experience Isle of Wight and its monuments, history and culture. This welcoming and walkable city is well known for its island views, beaches and seaside. Spinnaker Tower and Gunwharf Quays are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or trip with friends, holiday rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.


Activities and attractions in Isle of Wight

Are you hoping to discover attractions to see in the city? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that Isle of Wight has to offer. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Robin Hill (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • Owl and Monkey Haven (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Butterfly and Fountain World (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Garlic Farm (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Amazon World Zoo Park (3.7 mi / 5.9 km)
  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway (4.2 mi / 6.7 km)

Seasonal weather in Isle of Wight

If you're planning a holiday around warm-weather activities, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 21°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Isle of Wight

Travellers enjoy Isle of Wight for its island views and seaside. Whether you're an active traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Isle of Wight is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Bournemouth Beach (25.4 mi / 40.8 km)
  • Seaclose Park (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Thorness bay (5.6 mi / 9.1 km)
  • Gurnard Beach (6.1 mi / 9.9 km)
  • Shanklin Chine (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • Small Hope Beach (6.3 mi / 10.1 km)

Transport options to and around Isle of Wight

Fly into Southampton (SOU), the closest airport, located 19.3 mi (31.1 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), which is 24.5 mi (39.4 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Shanklin Station, Sandown Station and Sandown Lake Station are the main stations in the area.

Where to stay near Isle of Wight?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,341 holiday rentals near Isle of Wight. From 515 Cottages to 465 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Isle of Wight for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Isle of Wight?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Isle of Wight. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cowes: 1,340 holiday rentals
  • Ventnor: 1,338 holiday rentals
  • Ryde: 1,238 holiday rentals
  • Seaview: 1,016 holiday rentals
  • Seaview Wildlife Encounter: 2,075 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Isle of Wight! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Isle of Wight?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Isle of Wight with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Cowes: 1,340 holiday homes
  • Ventnor: 1,338 holiday homes
  • Ryde: 1,238 holiday homes
  • Seaview: 1,016 holiday homes
  • Newport: 1,601 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Isle of Wight?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Isle of Wight are:

  • Bembridge Airport (BBP): 1,850 holiday houses
  • Ringwood (RNW-Ringwood Bus Station): 1,752 holiday houses
  • Southampton Airport (SOU): 1,335 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Isle of Wight?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Isle of Wight. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Seaview Wildlife Encounter: 2,075 holiday rentals
  • Tennyson Down: 2,347 holiday rentals
  • Ryde Beach: 2,110 holiday rentals
  • Ventnor Downs: 1,623 holiday rentals
  • Ryde St John's Road Station: 2,123 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Isle of Wight listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.