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- On the day we went only the ground floor was open to the public, a escorted tour of the ground floor took 45 minutes the young man that gave our tour was very knowledgeable about Queen Victoria life and the history of the house and its contents.
The grounds are beautiful even on a wet and cold December Day.
The number 5 bus from Newport drops you off right by the entrance to the grounds entrance was £18 each.
Would definitely recommend 👍Written December 3, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Really interesting place. Very good talks, lots of interesting information tailored for family audience! Very cute animals and birds. The children loved it!Written October 25, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I went to the isle of wight donkey sanctuary as a day out with my family, we were on holiday on the isle of wight and as my youngest son adores animals i decided i will spend some money and let him see the donkeys. When we arrived it did have a funny smell but i assumed that it was just the donkeys, it was not!!! i found out later on that it was one off the lady's toilets and i was unhappy, the staff was lovely but one of them did give me a dirty look which hurt my feelings. I think that this is an amazing experience to bring your kids too and see the sad donkeys and lighten their mood!! will definitely go again n but may not be amusing to older ones, mainly the younger children (i had struggles with my two teenage daughters to try and get them to go here and they refused to!!)Written December 4, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We enjoyed our visit here very much.
The staff were friendly. It doesn't take long to get around but you can go around again and there's no one to rush you out.
It was fairly quiet as was the last day of the season (29th October)
We bought a guide book but there was no pressure to do so.
The model village is well maintained and is a delight to walk around. There's a 1 way system and most people kept to it.
The trains were lovely as was the majority of the models. The weather was absolutely dreadful but that did not spoil our visit overall.
There wasn't anywhere to get a hot drink etc but that's probably because it was the end of the season.
You will probably spend at least an hour here, more on a sunny day perhaps.
I would recommend this to all age groups.
Prices aren't bad all considered.
There is also a lovely gift shop to visit.
A must to see whilst visiting the Isle of Wight.Written November 8, 2023
- We didn't manage to get to the castle to visit but wanted to add a note that they accept Blue Peter badge entry so it's on our list to see next time we're on the Isle of Wight !Written November 3, 2023
- Visited on a couple of wet Oct days, kids enjoyed the educational Halloween trail & the staff’s talks about the tigers and lions & also seeing them roar and eating their food. The staff were also good in the education centre, explaining about the reptiles and in the Pluto section helping make Halloween models. Note - can revisit within the week for £1 each. The carpark is extra (£3 day rate- press the visiting sanctuary button on machine), the cafe is vegetarian- wondered why my “chicken, bacon” wrap tasted funny! Recommended.Written October 29, 2023
- An interesting but hardly exciting chalk formation jutting out of the sea, with a lighthouse on its end. Far more beautiful are the multicolored sand cliffs on the Pebble Beach nearby. They are truly stunning, best admired from the pier, where boats depart to get a closer look at the Needles. My grandson loved the 30 minute ride on the speedboat Summer Rose, felt safe, life jackets are a must. There is a chairlift repurposed from a ski resort bringing tourists down to the beach during two minute ride, or walkways and stairs down the cliff side can be used. The rides up in the amusement park section looked past their prime, and luckily were closed at the time we arrived, but the Sand Shop, where glass containers can be filled up with layers of colored sand was still open so my granddaughter could create her kitty cat souvenir. We did not stop to eat here.Written October 29, 2023
- Free parking and a stones throw from ferry. Ideal for a walk and snack after ferry or to kill time before boarding as it’s 5 min from terminal. Pleasant garden farm shop and cafe. Gets busy but staff efficient and food looks good.Written October 14, 2023
- The family at AtlasAdventured recommends visiting here!
Such a beautiful place! We were lucky enough to be here during their Halloween festivities. We showed up around 6:00 pm and the place was busy! We paid the entrance fee of 20 pounds, our 4 year old was free, and you can come back within the week for free. A little pricey but worth it if you’re able to come back. The place was filled with lights and spooky decorations. During the Halloween event they had the Sanderson Sisters roaming around and our daughter absolutely loved that! The entire trail is lit up (which I believe is all year round) and the waterfall and gorge are beautiful to see. There is a cute cafe which was so busy we weren’t able to find the time to eat there. Definitely next time! If you are looking for a peaceful place to stroll around, take in the breathtaking views, and have a cup of tea, this is the spot. A wonderful gem on the Isle of Wight!Written November 13, 2023
- I found the staff to be friendly and we enjoyed going on the biggest ride on the Isle of Wight - Extinction! It was quite scary as an adult, let alone a child! Evolution drop tower was also fun and gave a good view across the park and coastline. The water slides are great too. Walking through the vortex was such an experience I had to repeat it! All in all an enjoyable 5 hours.Written October 3, 2023
- I took my 11 year old son while we were on holiday. We went for the pumpkin festival which was free but my son really wanted to go into the farm. Knowing he’s too old for farms now I had my reservations especially as it was around £30 for the 2 of us but it was brilliant and worth every penny. There is so much to do and all included in the price, even for older kids. He spent most of his time bouncing on a huge inflatable. We ran out of time in the end and didn’t do it all. He wants to come back next time we’re hereWritten October 24, 2023
- Thank you Charlotte and Mike for our One Hour Falconry Experience. We learnt so much in a short space of time with all of your facts and knowledge. You both had a great sense of humour which made it even more memorable and we can’t wait to come back! Also we really appreciated you squeezing us in last minute, and loved watching the public displays before and after our private experience. Your birds are clearly well looked after, seeing each of them fly was just incredible. Thank you for a great day out 😊Written November 13, 2023
- A bit of a hike from the nearest car park at Alum Bay but well worth it. One of the many Victorian fortifications scattered around the coast of the Solent to protect Southampton and Portsmouth. Amazing Victorian engineering. Worth climbing to the top of the hill to take in the WWII New Battery which contains the control rooms of the 1950s Rocket Test Site. Lovely views from across the siteWritten October 24, 2023
- We went to see Beyond the West End and what an amazing show it was. It was the last night but Spotlight IOW are doing a pantomime this year, I'm sure it will be just amazing as well. Theatre is very clean, we had a good view and staff were so helpfulWritten October 13, 2023
- We had a great time at Robin Hill! Lots of interesting things to do - the particular highlights for the kids were Duck Down Village, the Treetop Trail and the Toboggan Run. We didn't spend much time on the Skynets, so the fact that it was included in the price was good (if you go somewhere like Sandham Gardens you'll pay through the nose for that, in return for a session that will last longer than your interest). It was also the only place on the Isle of Wight that we managed to spot red squirrels, and we enjoyed watching the peacocks too.
BUT - and this is a crucial point - our party was two adults, a 5 year old and twin 3 year olds. Our twins were old enough to get a lot out of the attractions, but still young enough that they entered for free. Having paid admission for 3 people, it was worth it. Will it still be worth it when the cost for us is 5 x admission? Sadly not.Written August 26, 2023
Frequently Asked Questions about Isle of Wight
- The best day trips from Isle of Wight according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Isle of Wight Guided Day Tour from London
- Isle of Wight - Day Tour from Brighton
- Osborne House-A driver guided tour of Victoria's Island Paradise
- Isle of Wight Full-Day Private Tour from London
- FullDay Private Shore Tour in Isle of Wight from Southampton Port
Isle of Wight Attractions Information
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