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Isle of Wight: Discover a Unique and Exhilarating Island
Boasting stunning natural beauty, an assortment of attractions and close to 60 miles of coastline to explore, the Isle of Wight is a unique and charming destination choice for all manner of visitors. Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled family adventure, relaxing weekend away by the beach or just want to take in the world-renowned Isle of Wight Festival, the area has something for everyone. Not to mention that the island – the largest in England and positioned just off the South coast – has its fair share of history, including being a haven for dinosaur enthusiasts.
There’s a reason why the Isle of Wight has been dubbed ‘Dinosaur Island’, and it has nothing to do with the Jurassic Park movies! Known as one of the richest areas in all of Europe for discovered dinosaur remains, over 25 different species’ have been found on the Isle of Wight to date. And as the land continues to erode little by little each year, even more fossils and bones continue to be revealed. To learn more about this aspect of the island, you can visit the Dinosaur Isle museum or take part in one of the organised trips for fossil hunting. But its history doesn’t stop there, and this is evident via many remaining sites that are available to explore. This includes the highly regarded Osbourne House, which was the former retreat for Queen Victoria from 1845, and is now an English Heritage site that features many original features and possessions. Further historic points of interest include the Norman times-era Carisbrooke Castle, St. Catherine’s Lighthouse and Quarr Abbey.
Activities for All
Although it is also a tranquil setting ideal for a peaceful break, the Isle of Wight contains an extensive amount of attractions if you are seeking an exciting and fun-packed trip. To start with, a visit to the beach is essentially mandatory when travelling to the island – and with the largest number of award-winning beaches in all of England, there are plenty to choose from! If you are an animal lover, you’re in luck when residing on the island. Acclaimed attractions such as the Isle of Wight Zoo, Monkey Haven and The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary are all recommended places of interest, while local wildlife roams the island for all to enjoy. And for something a bit out of the ordinary, you could pay a visit to the family-friendly Robin Hill Adventure Park or Wight Karting.
An Island for Music
When it comes to annual events, music is one theme that is prevalent with the island – something that is best evidenced by June’s Isle of Wight Festival. Famously in 1970, the festival attracted approximately 600,000 visitors, which is in the history books as a record attendance figure in the UK for a music concert. While the Isle of Wight Festival doesn’t quite reach those lofty figures these days, it continues to bring over major artists like The Who, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pharrell Williams year after year. Music aficionados will also be pleased to note Acoustic Isle, a February event that features a wide range of local acts, while September’s Bestival is a unique four-day celebration that combines music with various eclectic activities. And music-related events are not all that the Isle of Wight has to offer. How about a scenic stroll via the popular Isle of Wight Walking Festival? Perhaps take part in nautical-themed proceedings at the Festival of the Sea? Or experience Cowes Week, which is the biggest worldwide sailing regatta and dates back to 1826? The Isle of Wight benefits from a large selection of yearly events, so before you book your hotel, make sure to check the calendar to see what is taking place during your planned travels!
A large choice of restaurants can be visited when on the island, although it should be noted that the Isle of Wight is more expansive than it may initially seem – so it is important to note the areas where these eateries are located! As Shanklin is one of the most popular towns on the island due to its numerous hotels and attractions, it is only natural that it also features a healthy selection of dining options. Regarded picks in Shanklin include Pendletons, The Steamer Inn Restaurant and The Happy Haddock. Although if you are a true foodie fanatic, heading on over to Newport is a must. Along with being spoilt for choice in terms of options offered, this town boasts some of the most celebrated restaurants on the Isle of Wight in the form of Thompson’s, Burr’s Restaurant and The Bargeman’s Rest.
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Hotel The Belmont Hotel & Restaurant Shanklin
Receiving guests since 1800s, The Belmont Hotel & Restaurant is a 4-star, family run, adult-only accommodation with Victorian charm. Located on the Queen’s Road, the hotel features restaurant, bar, sauna and free Wi-Fi. The well-furnished rooms exuberate old world charm with sash windows and feature en-suite facilities, heated towel rails, flat screen TV, tea/coffee maker and safe. The four-poster room offers beautiful sea views. Guests may relax in the rear garden by the solar heated pool or rejuvenate at Dr Detox Cabin. The Belmont Hotel & Restaurant also features lounge and free parking facility. Savour British breakfast, which is cooked to order at the breakfast room. The well-stocked bar offer interesting drinks and meals to the guests. Bowood House is 3.7 miles and Lacock Abbey is 7.5 miles from the hotel. Shanklin Chine and Shanklin Theatre are at ten minute walking distance. more
Hotel The Havelock Shanklin
A number of the suites and en-suite rooms at The Havelock Hotel in Shanklin enjoy Isle of Wight coast and sea views. Stylishly appointed bedrooms at The Havelock feature colour television and beverage making facilities. Free Wi-Fi in communal areas extends to some guest rooms. There is a Mediterranean style swimming pool and sea view sun terrace; in addition to free parking for guests’ vehicles. Breakfast choices, including vegetarian, are served in the dining room. Hot beverages and snacks are available during the day in the licensed bar which is a popular place to eventually unwind. The hotel is only a few minutes’ walk from the sea front, Shanklin Old Village and restaurants that include Pendleton’s, Happy Haddock and Fisherman’s Cottage. The rare plants of Shanklin Chine, the peaceful Rylstone Gardens and Shanklin’s thatched restaurants and shops; secure the resort’s ongoing popularity. more
Hotel Shanklin Shanklin
The 3-star Shanklin Hotel, overlooking Sandown Bay, can be found at Clarendon Road. From Shanklin Rail Station you can reach the hotel in around 5 minutes on foot. In less than 10 minutes of walking, you can reach the seaside esplanade and Shanklin Chine. Shanklin Theatre can be reached on foot in just over 5 minutes. You will be accommodated in one of Shanklin’s 87 rooms. Each room of the 2-floored establishment features a TV, a hairdryer and a tea/coffee maker. Each morning you will be offered a complimentary breakfast. A Safe Deposit Box at the reception can be used to store your valuables when you are away. The Shanklin is a smoke-free property and offers wireless internet connectivity throughout its premises. more
Hotel Gracellie Shanklin
Right near Small Hope Beach, Gracellie is a dog friendly bed and breakfast that is a half a mile walk from the Shanklin Train Station. The ensuite rooms have tea/coffee, TV with DVD, and free Wi-Fi. A room with hypo-allergenic linens, and rooms with disability accommodations are available. There is free onsite parking for Gracellie. Free Wi-Fi is through the common areas, and there is a picnic area and outdoor pool for recreational use. A cooked breakfast is included. Dinner is available at the onsite restaurant. There is also Charlies Bar, which includes darts and billiards, and occasionally offers live entertainment. Shanklin Sailing Club is a three minute walk. Shanklin & Sandown Golf Club is slightly more than a two mile drive. more
Hotel Hotel Melbourne Ardenlea Shanklin
Located at the heart of Shanklin in the Isle of Wight, the family-run Hotel Melbourne Ardenlea offers a homey accommodation with personalised service. This three-star hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool fit for all ages. All of the rooms are individually designed. Each is equipped with an en suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries, and tea and coffee making facilities. Moreover, most rooms have lovely views of the sea. The hotel features a sauna and a hot tub for ultimate relaxation. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in all areas of the establishment. In addition, free parking is offered on-site. Restaurant Hotel Melbourne Ardenlea serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It specialises in homemade desserts. Furthermore, the on-site bar serves refreshing drinks coupled with evening entertainment from time to time. Hotel Melbourne Ardenlea is just 18 kilometres from the famous Osborne House. Sandown Zoo can be reached through a ten-minute drive. more
Hotel The Waterfront Inn Shanklin
The Bar, Bistro, B&B, is set on the idyllic Shanklin/Sandown bay. The Bar is well fitted, family and dog friendly, then The 'Darwin' restaurant is quieter and a little more formal. The B&B has 8 comfy letting rooms, all with en suites, tea & coffee facilities and free view TV most with sea views. The Top terrace is heated, with see through awnings(when necessary) providing a great way to enjoy the views all year round and then the lower terrace is perfect for soaking up the sun but with giant parasols with heat and light for the summer evenings! Enjoy! more
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