The Isle of Wight

There’s plenty to see and do in The Isle of Wight, from castles to theme parks and woodland walks in our guide

A motorhome holiday to the Isle of Wight is the perfect way to soak in a surplus of diverse scenery, explore a maze of attractions and indulge in a rich and varied culture. It is the second largest county in England and sits in the English Channel, just 4 miles away from the coast of Hampshire.

The island has been a popular holiday destination for centuries and was a well-known favourite getaway of Queen Victoria’s, her presence still evidenced today by the opulent interiors and walled gardens of her family home, Osborne House. She once notably said of the island: ‘It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot’.

As well as beauty, the isle is also known as the ‘Dinosaur Capital’ with its wealthy supply of fossil-filled beaches and the new ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ experience at Dinosaur Island.

Things To Do In Isle Of Wight

Interesting history aside, the of the Isle of Wight is also a favourite with many outdoor pursuits lovers; so if the thought of tree climbing, go-karting, surfing or mountain biking floats your motorhome holiday ‘boat’ then this isle is the ideal for you.

  • Compton’s White Cliffs are a site to behold on the island’s west coast. Surfers love the high white waves, geologists love the historical presence of dinosaurs with their scattered fossils and for the romantics, there is a range of beautiful vistas created by the pools of water left on the beaches when the tide has gone out.
  • The Breezer Open Top Bus ride along the coastline of the island is popular if you want to enjoy the freedom of viewing the coastline while hopping on and off at places such as Freshwater Bay, Robin Hill Adventure Park and Quarr Abbey and the zoo
  • Blackgang Chine offers visitors a range of different attractions. In 2014, the park underwent a large scale revamp and there are now animatronics, life-size moving dinosaurs and shaking floors to really capture the dinosaur theme; some of the original 1970s models are still part of the attraction. There are lots of pirate and fairy- themed rides as well as picnic areas, water slides and a HD cinema experience.
  • Ventnor Botanic Gardens is situated on the south coast where visitors can enjoy the exotic and subtropical plants in all the different gardens, including the Mediterranean Gardens, the New Zealand Gardens and the South African terraces. There is also a restaurant and café where you can choose from light lunches and afternoon tea.
  • Not to be missed are the chairlift rides at Needle Rocks where visitors are also able to see the Alum Bar Glass and the Victorian Carousel

Taking Your Motorhome To The Isle of Wight

There are a number of different ways in which you can book your ferry to the Isle of Wight with some ferry companies offering discounts for motorhomes when travelling from the mainland. When you are booking your ferry check the details of any offers and restrictions on the length of your vehicle.

Nodes Point Holiday Park, St Helens, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1YA

This site is situated near the beautiful beaches of the island and promenade. Here, you will benefit from electrical hook ups, showers, toilets, a games room, evening entertainment, an onsite shop, bar and restaurant. There are also horse riding activities and an indoor swimming pool with water slides. Boating and golfing activities are located around one mile away.

If you want to have a look further afield from the campsite there are a number of different attractions on offer in the area. Amazon World features animals including crocodiles and snakes. There is also Chessell Pottery Barns where you can decorate your own pottery and visit the art gallery.

Roebeck Country Park, Gatehouse Road, Upton Cross, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 4BP

This site is positioned in 14 acres of farmland with a lake and wooded area. There are; electric hook ups, fully serviced pitches, showers, toilets, laundry services and wi-fi. You can reach shops, bars, restaurants and a beach if you travel just one mile away from the site. There are also golfing, swimming, horse riding and cycling activities close by.

The closest town to the site is Ryde, the second largest town on the island and other areas of interest, such as Sandown and Rosemary’s Vineyard are around one mile away.

Ninham Country Holidays, Ninham, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 7PL

This site, which is situated in rural Ninham, is a great getaway for families and couples. It has facilities which include seasonal pitches, fully serviced pitches, electric hook ups, laundry services, a children’s play area, a games room, fishing, and swimming. Not far from the site you will find local shops, bars, restaurants and beaches, as well as golfing horse riding and boating activities.