Godshill & Shanklin
Godshill is the quintessential English Village, and boasts some of the oldest architecture on the Isle of Wight. With its delightful medieval church, charming thatched-roofed cottages and a winding main street lined with traditional tearooms, Godshill is as picturesque as it is popular. By contrast, Shanklin really is the most charming of traditional seaside resorts with its glorious long wide sandy beach set against a backdrop of dramatic sandstone cliffs. It’s “old town” features thatched roofs and atmospheric bars & tearooms and the “Chine” takes you on a journey down to the sea.
Ryde & Cowes
The largest town on the Island, Ryde has fine Georgian and Victorian buildings, shops, tea-rooms, pubs, restaurants, and a marina. The sea-wall promenade provides a popular walk, passing the Victorian watchtower on the way to Puckpool Park. Cowes, famed for its professional sailing, stunning Victorian architecture and vibrant festival atmosphere is one of the most popular towns on the Isle of Wight to visit year round. Alternatively, take a short trip from West Cowes to East via the floating bridge (chain ferry) and make your way up through the town to witness Prince Albert’s stunning garden design and architecture that influenced the rest of Cowes’ designers and builders.
“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. Visit Victoria and Albert’s private apartments, their bathing beach and children’s play-cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Then stroll through the garden terraces where the stunning views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples. The Royal Collection fills rooms and corridors where Victoria entertained heads of state, inventors, princes and princesses all whilst ruling the vast British Empire.