Attractions

Here are Top Ten family attractions you’ll find on the Isle of Wight

1) Blackgang Chine Land of Imagination and Disappearing Village

Whole family will find this attraction perfect. Blackgang Chine offers spectacular vistas of South West “Heritage Coast”TM of the Isle of Wight. You’ll come across a mix of exciting rides, dinosaurs, goblins and fairies, cowboys and nursery rhyme characters. All these are set within rambling Victorian gardens. This is something all visitors are going to enjoy.

2) Robin Hill Adventure Park and Gardens

It is a kind of place that has something for everyone. Find a gamut of rides and play areas with relaxing woodland gardens. You’ll also witness falconry displays, elusive red squirrel and a roman villa.

3) Isle of Wight Zoo and Tiger Sanctuary

You’ll love to spend a morning or afternoon in Isle of Wight Zoo and Tiger Sanctuary. Find animals such as lions, tigers, monkeys and lemurs among others. There is a reptile house as well populated by lizards and snakes. In Zoolittle Farm, you’ll find small farm animals. If you want to see the animals being fed, you can join the presentations held by the keepers.

4) Amazon World Zoo Park

This is the Isle of Wight’s largest collection of exotic animals. This exhibit is housed in a series of greenhouses to recreate the tropical climates of the animals’ natural environment. Tropical birds fly freely throughout and there are many unusual creatures on display from insects to Anteaters. As this is all on the flat, you can take a pushchair round and as much of Amazon World is undercover you can visit when the weather is inclement.

5) Havenstreet Steam Railway

Havenstreet Steam Railway is a piece of history. If you’re a sort of person who likes to take a step or two back in time, have a ride on a beautifully kept vintage steam train. You can also visit a gift shop, museum and a café. As it is located in the middle of the countryside, a rural walk can be combined with a train trip.

6) Colemans Farm Park

Colemans Farm Park is three attractions blended in one – petting farm, play barn and tractor driving experience. The Petting Farm suits a conventional farmyard fun experience with animals and hands-on daily activities. You get to drive a real tractor in a farm. Play barn, the largest undercover play space in the Islands, will impress children of all ages.

7) Dinosaur Farm Museum

Curious to know more about the dinosaurs? Dinosaur Farm Museum is the perfect visit for all budding archaeologists, offering an insight into these colossal beasts that once wandered island. For dinosaur fossils, you won’t better place in all of Europe. You can also join an organised fossil hunt.

8) Carisbrooke Castle

The castle has been a witness of history for more than 800 years. You can see the donkeys work at a 16th century tread wheel, while watching little knights and princesses explore the battlements.

9) Osborne House and Gardens

Osborne House is the place Queen Victoria loved. It was the family home of the longest reigning monarch in England. Older members of the family will surely appreciate the grandeur of the main house and its rich history. Kids can let off steam in acres of grounds. Swiss cottage here was a purpose built chalet for the queens. Visit the museum to see the curious objects assembled by the royals.

10) Jungle Jims at The Summer Arcade

Kids are going to love this place. You will also find here a traditional arcade with armed bandits and video games. For friendly family competition, The Jungle Adventure Golf is great. You can also try your hand at ten pin bowling. Located along the Esplanade in Shanklin, the Summer Arcade is just an amble away from the Mayfair.

These attractions are not all and the place has plenty more to do. You’ll love to spend a day at the beach and it is going to cost you next to nothing. You’ll find several good beaches along the coastline. Walking is an activity you will love to do in the Isle of Wight. Along with the miles of Heritage Coastline, you’ll find a line of well-maintained and signposted footpaths. Quite a part of the island is designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you’ll love to explore it on foot.