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Ranked #1 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Owner description: THIS IS YOUR INVITATION TO A WILDLIFE PARK LESS ORDINARY! Seaview Wildlife really stands out from the crowd! Tucked away on... more » Owner description: THIS IS YOUR INVITATION TO A WILDLIFE PARK LESS ORDINARY! Seaview Wildlife really stands out from the crowd! Tucked away on the N.E. Coast of the Island, situated on the outskirts of the pretty yachting village of Seaview, you will discover this hidden gem, the Isle of Wight's leader in hands-on wildlife experiences and ranked Number 1 out of 98 Isle of Wight Attractions on Trip Advisor! Getting mobbed by Wallabies and Meerkats might send some people running but animal enthusiasts will be in seventh heaven - in absolute style - at this multi-award winning attraction that is set in stunning open parklands with a backdrop of fabulous sea views. The main focus is on involvement where guests are encouraged to join in with the nine daily wildlife events that are led by a dynamic animal care team who deliver fun hands-on presentations and will introduce you to the most amazing characters and a vast array of unbelievably tame feathered and furry friends! Our licensed ' Seaview Bay ' cafe serves locally sourced ingredients such as fresh Bembridge crab sandwiches accompanied with a chilled glass of wine or relax on our outdoor patio areas with stunning views. Home made light lunches and delicious strawberry cream teas feature on the menu together with an extensively stocked gift shop with a ' new refurbished look ' for 2014! Personal, bespoke V.I.P. Packages include one-on-one encounters with penguins where meeting ' Dippy' the famous Isle of Wight penguin has to be top of your bucket list! Have a private meeting with the 'maddest mischievous meerkat mob' or book a behind the scenes Keeper For A Day or Junior Wildlife Experience - the ultimate wildlife treat! You can never be too spoilt! Offering excellent value for money this is a magical day out for all the family and a wildlife extravaganza not to be missed so, don't leave the best until last and definitely don't leave the Island without visiting this exclusive Wildlife Getaway! « less
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Ranked #2 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Zoos
Owner description: Visit the monkey haven for a doorway to the wild and wonderful realm of our closest relatives in the natural world. Whooping... more » Owner description: Visit the monkey haven for a doorway to the wild and wonderful realm of our closest relatives in the natural world. Whooping gibbons, mischievous macaques and cheeky capuchins are just a small selection of the animals we care for at our primate and bird of prey rescue centre. « less
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Ranked #3 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Children's Museums; Gardens
Owner description: Authentic retro attraction that will take you on a trip down memory lane. Beautifully recreated models of Godshill and... more » Owner description: Authentic retro attraction that will take you on a trip down memory lane. Beautifully recreated models of Godshill and Shanklin Old Villages as they were in the 1920's and 30's. Passionate about details, the models are true representations of the houses, cottages and pubs you can still see in the 'real world'. The gardens are packed with conifers and shrubs that will make you want to dash home and start gardening...our customers tell us we inspire them or that they would like to take one of our gardeners home with them! « less
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Ranked #4 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Ranchs; Landmarks
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Ranked #5 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
Owner description: A light to warn shipping was first established on the Southerly tip of the Isle of Wight in 1323. Today the distinctive... more » Owner description: A light to warn shipping was first established on the Southerly tip of the Isle of Wight in 1323. Today the distinctive octagonal tower of St.Catherine's Lighthouse provides a waymark for vessels navigating in the English Channel and a guide to vessels approaching the Solent. Each tour is approximately 40 minutes. Tours of St Catherine's Lighthouse are operated by Andrew Booth, under licence from The Corporation of Trinity House. « less
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Ranked #6 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Other
Bembridge RNLI Lifeboat Station which is situated at the eastern end of the Isle of Wight.
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Ranked #7 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #8 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Educational Sites; Tours
Owner description: Dinosaur Expeditions C.I.C. is a Community Interest Company created by local fossil enthusiasts. We promote responsible... more » Owner description: Dinosaur Expeditions C.I.C. is a Community Interest Company created by local fossil enthusiasts. We promote responsible fossil discovery and conservation in addition to helping the public understanding of fossils and the palaeo-environment through Palaeoart. To do this we have established the 'Dinosaur Expeditions, Conservation and Palaeoart Centre' at the site of the Dinosaur Farm Museum. It houses displays of fossils, locally produced palaeoart, childrens' activities and a fossil & mineral giftshop.We also organise popular fossil hunting trips throughout the year at a variety of locations on the Isle of Wight, led by our experienced professional guides. Dinosaur Expeditions CIC pools the local knowledge, talents and experience of our Fossil Hunt leaders. This helps to ensure that we can provide a professional quality experience for all our customers. Are you mad about Dinosaurs and other fossils? We are, so why not join us on an amazing Fossil Hunting Adventure! Discover your own fossils and keep all your finds. « less
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Osborne House (East Cowes)
Ranked #9 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Former retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (circa 1845) still retains many of the royal couple's possessions, art... more » Owner description: Former retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (circa 1845) still retains many of the royal couple's possessions, art work and photographs. « less
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Ranked #10 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Military Museums; Museums
Owner description: This is a museum of the history of conflict and its remembrance . It brings together items of historical value and is largely... more » Owner description: This is a museum of the history of conflict and its remembrance . It brings together items of historical value and is largely staffed by volunteers who are ex service men who regularly give guided tours and talks which only people of their experience can do . It has a 1940s cafe and a fully licensed mess bar in a former barracks building . The museum is not just a store of artifacts, it aims to be a hub for ex-service personnel to meet and access services tailored to their needs. Plans are still being finalised, but the aims is to provide monthly outreach meetings, along with help for mental health & PTSD, citizens advice and advocacy services. Ex-service associations should be involved too. The museum also provides volunteer posts for the long term unemployed. Revenue and donations from the museum go towards furthering these aims. « less
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Rylstone Gardens (Shanklin)
Ranked #11 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #12 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Art Museums; Museums
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Ranked #13 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Bringing to life the fascinating history of railways on the Isle of Wight, this Visit England accredited, award winning... more » Owner description: Bringing to life the fascinating history of railways on the Isle of Wight, this Visit England accredited, award winning attraction is a true journey into nostalgia. Beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages provide a view of the Island's unspoilt countryside. Your ticket includes unlimited day travel and access the NEW Train Story Discovery Centre. With the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund this £1.2 Million project opened in April 2014. Packed with interactive activities and fascinating displays, journey through the Island's very own Train Story. For details of the days trains run and timetable you can save money by booking online in advance. « less
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Ranked #14 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Landmarks
Historic Norman castle where Charles I was imprisoned.
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Ranked #15 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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The Garlic Farm (Newchurch)
Ranked #16 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Farms; Landmarks
Owner description: The Garlic Farm is all about garlic...We've been growing garlic on the Isle of Wight for over 30 years now and are the UK's... more » Owner description: The Garlic Farm is all about garlic...We've been growing garlic on the Isle of Wight for over 30 years now and are the UK's largest specialist garlic grower. We are proud of our exceptional quality garlic which is renowned for its flavour, keeping quality and beauty. You only have to try our latest crop to see what we mean. We sell our garlic through our farm shop, farmers' markets, our website and through specialist food retailers across the UK including farm shops and delicatessens. Our garlic is not available in supermarkets. We welcome visitors to our farm shop and cafe on the Isle of Wight. « less
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St Mildred's Church (Whippingham)
Ranked #17 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Quarr Abbey (Ryde)
Ranked #18 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Blackgang Chine (Ventnor)
Ranked #19 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Blackgang Chine is a park and gardens themed with a wide range of fantasy attractions as well as heritage exhibitions and... more » Owner description: Blackgang Chine is a park and gardens themed with a wide range of fantasy attractions as well as heritage exhibitions and adventure play. Children can enjoy playing in Cowboy Town, Pirate Cove, Fairyland or Dinosaurland - fantasy play areas to encourage imaginative play, parents can relax or join in the fun! Opened in 1843 Blackgang Chine is still owned and run by the family of the founder and now also run a sister park, Robin Hill, near Newport on the Isle of Wight. « less
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Shanklin Chine (Shanklin)
Ranked #20 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Collwell Bay (Freshwater)
Ranked #21 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
Ranked #22 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Zoos
Owner description: The Isle of Wight Zoo is home to one of Britain's largest collection of tigers, many of whom are rescue animals. With several... more » Owner description: The Isle of Wight Zoo is home to one of Britain's largest collection of tigers, many of whom are rescue animals. With several superb new enclosures modeled on natural tiger habitats in India, the zoo is a fantastic place to see these wonderful animals relaxing. A number of other animals also live there, including lemurs, jaguars and lions. Family friendly with disabled access throughout. « less
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Ranked #23 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #24 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Museum houses a unique collection of historic small craft and memorabilia that have been brought together to form a... more » Owner description: The Museum houses a unique collection of historic small craft and memorabilia that have been brought together to form a fascinating exhibition. Covering many aspects of maritime heritage over the past century or so, our displays relate to boatbuilding, sailing, yachting, cruising, racing, and much more. All exhibits are under cover and on one ground floor level. Free adjacent parking. Refreshments. Shop. « less
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Ranked #25 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
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Ranked #26 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Other zoos & aquariums; Zoos/Aquariums
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Ranked #27 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #28 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
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Ranked #29 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: Chessell Pottery Barns is a family owned working pottery in the heart of the West Wight countryside - this complex of... more » Owner description: Chessell Pottery Barns is a family owned working pottery in the heart of the West Wight countryside - this complex of converted barns consists of a Studio where all ages can paint their own pottery, a beautiful Gift Barn selling Chessell Ware(our own pottery made onsite) as well as the largest range of Emma Bridgewater Pottery on the Island, plus a great selection of toys, gifts and home made preserves. There is also a Cafe , where chef Bridget Wells prepares simple, light lunches from fresh local ingredients, as well as an array of home baked cakes and an award winning Cream Tea featuring our own home made strawberry jam, and served on the pottery's own pretty Strawberry Ware pottery in the relaxing courtyard garden. The Chessell Cafe also serves light lunches, full Afternoon Teas on a 3-tier stand, and is now licensed to sell wines and local Ales. There is a spacious four star holiday cottage onsite which sleeps 7, so why not stay at the pottery, enjoy a cream tea on arrival and have a go at painting your own pottery during your stay! « less
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Ranked #30 of 106 attractions in Isle of Wight
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
Owner description: Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Visit for: - Year round exhibits celebrating... more » Owner description: Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Visit for: - Year round exhibits celebrating Julia's life and work - Vintage cameras - Programme of changing exhibitions - Victorian dressing-up room - Isle of Wight Festival displays - FREE entry to the award-winning Tea Room and Museum Gift Shop Lively programme of talks and events, check website for further information. Coach parties and large groups welcome, please book in advance. Group and tour rates available. « less
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