RYDE is located on the northern coast and was one of the UK’s original seaside destinations, much loved by Queen Victoria. It has many historic buildings, a distinctive skyline and one of the best beaches on the island. The town is a quirky mix of traditional seaside fun, Victorian architecture and unexpected hidden gems.
OSBORNE HOUSE is the palatial, former holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Step inside to explore the sumptuous ground floor State Rooms including the exquisite Dunbar Room used for ceremonial dinners. Peek into the private world of Victoria and Albert and their nine children; the Queen’s bedroom, nursery rooms and royal bathrooms. Outside, the garden terraces have stunning views across the Solent that once reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples.
At the heart of the island is NEWPORT, the principal town and main shopping centre. It’s an historic town with two elegant squares surrounded by Georgian and Victorian architecture, not far away on the River Medina is the town’s quay.
Experience the golden age of travel as you step back to a bygone era on the ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY. Enjoy idyllic views of the island’s unspoilt countryside as you steam along on board a beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages with gleaming brass handles and vintage droplight windows.