enfound Project
Getting Around
The Isle of Wight

The Island

The island itself is diamond shaped and, although quite small, it has two distinct halves: The East and the West.

A pdf of the free car parking available on the island

The main towns of interest are:-

  • Newport - the main shopping centre
  • Cowes - plenty of yatching shops
  • Ryde - home of the hovercraft
  • Sandown - some good shops
  • Shanklin - many gift type shops but parking difficult
  • Ventnor - typical seaside town built into hillside
  • Freshwater - the nearest town to the Needles
  • Yarmouth - ferryport to Lymington

The East

is where the ferries from Southampton come in to the island. It is generally more commercial with plenty of businesses and night-life. If travelling around by car be aware of the different type of speed cameras on the island; they take photos as well :)

The West

is very different and therefore, very rural. It's exposed to the sea and will generally be much windier than the east with good scenic viewpoints.

Places of Interest

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Just a few ideas for those of you wishing to walk dogs, or just see a little more of the island.


Fort Victoria

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was built to provide defences across the waterway leading to Southampton and Portsmouth. There is a large model railway exhibition, a cafe, and various other small musems etc. It is just outside Yarmouth and has good views across to Lymington and the Dorset coast.

Yarmouth to Freshwater Walk

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this is a great walk for dogs taking about one and a half hours altogether. Head for Yarmouth and near the ferry terminal you will find a large pay and dispaly car park. This car park is beside the river estuary the path can be accessed through a gate to the side of the car park. Followig the path you will eventually come into the town of Freshwater. The should still be a cafe near the end of the path for refreshments before making the trip back to Yarmouth.

Robin Hill

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Address: Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens,
Downend, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2NU. Tel 01983 527352

We are centrally located just 4 miles to the east of Newport and easily accessible from the main ferry ports. There is ample free car parking at Robin Hill waiting for you. You will find us at:
The southern end of Briddlesford Road (at the mini roundabout near the Hare & Hounds Pub) Downend Nr Arreton Newport Isle of Wight. Our Post Code For sat nav's: PO30 2NU

Blackgang Chine

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Address: Blackgang Chine ,
Nr. Ventnor, Isle of Wight,PO38 2HN. Tel: 01983 730 330

The Needles

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Address: The Needles Park ,
Alum Bay, New Road, Alum Bay. PO39 0JD Tel: 0871 720 0022

One of the most iconic world landmarks which can be viewed from many places alnog the Military Road. To get an up close and personal look and possilby a boat trip round them you will need to visit the Needles Park which is near Totland and Freshwater.

For those of you using satellite navigation, our postcode is PO39 0JD and The Needles Park is signposted from all major routes including the A3054 via Yarmouth, the B3401 and B3399 via Freshwater and the A3055 via Freshwater Bay.

Osborne House

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Address: Osborne House ,
York Avenue, East Cowes PO32 6JX Tel: 01983 200 022

It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" - such were the words of Queen Victoria after her first visit to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. No trip to the island would be complete without a visit to this royal seaside palace where Queen Victoria lived with her beloved Prince Albert and their nine children.

Take an intimate glimpse into Queen Victoria’s family life as you tour the nursery and private rooms of Victoria and Albert. Marvel at the magnificence of the Royal Apartments including the sumptuous drawing and dining rooms and the richly decorated Indian-inspired Durbar Room.

Admire the stunning view from the terraces across the Solent - said to remind Prince Albert of the bay of Naples - and stroll through Osborne’s extensive grounds

The Dinosaur Farm Museum

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Address: Dinosaur Farm Museum ,
Military Road, Brighstone. Tel: 01983 740844

The Dinosaur Farm Museum has a variety of different fossils with many being on display to the public for the first time. Activities here include 3D dinosaur jigsaws, a fossil sandpit and dinosaur rubbing's, a free fossil identification service and guided fossil hunts.