Ventnor PO38 1AF
With only a handful of cottages, brightly coloured canopied deckchairs, beach huts, lobster pots and an old donkey, you would be forgiven for thinking that you had stepped back in time. Some people liken it to the hidden coves in Cornwall, whilst others think of the palm-fringed bays of the Mediterranean. Welcome to Steephill Cove on the sunny south side of the Isle of Wight.
Arguably the prettiest place on the Island, situated just south of the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor, Steephill Cove is a traditional, unspoilt fishing cove with a safe, sandy beach, nestled between rocky cliffs and smugglers' coves.
This little bay has no road access, making it a unique noise and pollution free beach. Parking is five minutes away in the award winning Botanical Gardens, or the private car park(cheaper) above the Cove on the main road.
Seaview PO34 5AR
Puckpool Park is a favorite amongst visitors and residents alike. With an 18-hole putting green, 12-hole mini-golf, and two tennis courts, everyone can have a fun-filled afternoon. Puckpool Battery is located within the boundaries of the park; this is an old Palmerston Fort built in 1865 as Royal Defense for the United Kingdom against a perceived threat of French invasion! It's a fantastic place to explore.
3 Chine Hill, Shanklin PO37 6BW
Carved by Mother Nature’s own hands over thousands of years, the stunning tree lined gorge that is Shanklin Chine cuts its mark from Shanklin Old Village to the sandy beach and esplanade far below.
Attracting many millions of visitors to wander through and marvel at its beauty over a near double century of seasonal openings, Shanklin Chine can truly say it’s lasted the test of visitor time. There are few places on the Isle of Wight, let alone England, that can boast such a tranquil and picturesque location.
York Ave, East Cowes PO32 6JX
Step into Queen Victoria's summer palace, Osborne House, where the Queen of England entertained her important guests. Osborne was built specifically for Victoria and Albert, and its architecture and furnishings reflect their passions, taste and style.
Explore the gardens and grounds, take a stroll down to the Swiss Cottage that Prince Albert build for their nine children. Let you own kids run free in the royal playground!
Grab an ice cream at the cafe on Queen Victoria's private beach, and see one of her original bathing machines, which she used for privacy while enjoying the benefits of sea-bathing.
You can feel a real sense of history here. Heads of state, inventors, princes and princesses, all walked these opulent corridors, when Osborne was at the centre of a vast British Empire.
Osborne’s time-warp atmosphere makes it an excellent location for filming period pieces, and the house recently featured in the film, Victoria & Abdul.