UK Short Break – Isle of Wight

Posted on September 5, 2013

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I hadn’t been back to the Isle of Wight since I was a child. So close to London and the South coast of England, it’s a great place to get away and enjoy the island air! We took a winter trip there and found it to be a wonderful break away.

1. Getting around

The ferry over to the Isle of Wight is so quick – about 45 minutes from Portsmouth to Ryde, Fishbourne or Yarmouth or you can go from Southampton to Cowes. There are a number of faster boats to get there and you can also take the Hovercraft. Either way it’s a very straightforward journey and we loved watching the Isle of Wight gradually come into view.

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2. Where to stay

We found a wonderful little house, right on the marina at Cowes. It was so central and had everything we needed for a weekend away. It does have very steep steps but really this adds to its character as a really lovely fisherman’s cottage and served us so well during our stay. You can see our accommodation HERE.

Some of my favourite times were getting up early to see the sun coming up over Cowes Harbour. Beautiful.

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3. Things to do

We were lucky with our time on the island as it was the most beautiful sunny winter weather. This meant it was perfect for a walk to the Needles in Alum Bay – the little sticks of white rock poking out of the sea!

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We also took at trip to the absolutely wonderful Osborne House – Queen Victoria’s House on the Isle of Wight.

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Apparently it was her favourite place to get away from the hustle and bustle of London and I can see why she loved it. We didn’t go into the house this time as it was all through guided tours, instead we headed straight to the recently opened private beach.

Queen Victoria’s children were taught to swim here and there’s something special about this place. I loved it here and we spent ages on the peaceful beach, looking for shells, drawing in the sand and relaxing – I cannot wait to return here.

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We just loved walking around the grounds of Osborne House and it would be the perfect place for a picnic.

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4. Top Tips with Children

The Isle of Wight is a great place to get away and spend time as a family. It’s also the site of some big dinosaur finds in recent years which certainly got my children’s imaginations going!

The beaches are absolutely gorgeous and we spent ages here in the winter sunshine, searching through the pebbles for possible fossils!!

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This was a very simple trip to the Isle of Wight. I know there are lots of more organised activities and events you can take part in but we wanted to spend time relaxing, walking and just enjoying the great outdoors and that’s exactly what we did. It was a perfect trip for blowing off the cobwebs and spending time together as a family.

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