Home to top family attractions like Blackgang Chine and popular UK beaches such as Sandown, it’s easy to see why Isle of Wight holidays are so popular. Visit historic sites like Carisbrooke Castle and Osbourne, explore the island with a ride on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and enjoy days out with the kids at the Isle of Wight Zoo. Plus, with central locations and great on-site offerings like Meal Deals and free Wi-Fi, our Premier Inn hotels in Isle of Wight are ideal for getting the most out of UK short breaks.
Hotels in Isle of Wight
Places like Isle of Wight
Take a look at our hotels in Bournemouth and our hotels in Brighton.
If you’re looking for UK coastal breaks, why not explore other places to visit near the Isle of Wight? Our hotels in Bournemouth are also on the south coast and perfect for UK family holidays, and you’ll love our family friendly Brighton hotels, too, as they’re ideal for summer getaways.
Things to do on the Isle of Wight
Discover family attractions
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to family activities on Isle of Wight. Enjoy days out with the kids at Blackgang Chine, a family theme park home to exciting rides and amusements. Robin Hill Country Park is a popular Isle of Wight attraction, thanks to its 88 acres of woodland to explore and rides to enjoy. Plus, whatever the weather in the Isle of Wight, families will love visiting Sandown Pier and the Isle of Wight Zoo.
Visit the best beaches on the Isle of Wight
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy some sun, sea and sand during summer holidays in the Isle of Wight. Compton Bay next to Freshwater Cliff is a popular spot with surfers, while scenery lovers visiting Isle of Wight can head to Colwell Bay or pebbly Bembridge Beach. If you’re looking for the best beach for families though, head for the sandy beaches in Ryde or the popular Sandown Bay and pier.
Enjoy Isle of Wight events
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a half term break in the Isle of Wight, this scenic island hosts exciting events all year round. The world-famous Isle of Wight Festival and The Wight Proms four-day festival are ideal for music-lovers looking for live music events this summer. Don’t miss out on Cowes Week – one of the top sailing events in the world – and there’s no better way to soak up the scenery than by joining the Isle of Wight Waking Festival.
Sightseeing on the Isle of Wight
Our IOW hotels are close to some of the island’s must-see attractions. As well as an incredible chairlift ride over the chalk cliffs, The Needles Landmark Attraction offers exciting boat trips, a sweet factory and a 4D cinema. Other fun activities in Isle of Wight include visiting Osbourne in East Cowes – Queen Victoria’s former holiday home – and exploring Carisbrooke Castle.
What are the nearest train stations in Isle of Wight?
You’ll find Sandown station and Shanklin station less than a 10-minute drive away from Sandown town centre, and other train stations on the Isle of Wight like Lake station and Brading station nearby, too. Further north there’s Haven Street station in Ryde, and regular buses in Cowes, meaning getting around the Isle of Wight during your stay couldn’t be easier.
What are the nearest beaches in Isle of Wight?
There’s plenty of beaches to choose from during your summer holiday in Isle of Wight. Sandown Bay is one of the best beaches for families – and just a five-minute walk from your room if you’re staying at our Premier Inn Isle of Wight Sandown (Seafront) hotel. You’ll find other family-friendly beaches in Ryde, but thrill-seekers will love surfing at Compton Beach in Newport. Other popular Isle of Wight beaches include Ventnor Beach, Shanklin Beach and Alum Bay Beach.
What type of beaches does Isle of Wight have?
As an island, you’ll find that some beaches in Isle of Wight are pebbly, but this popular holiday destination is home to plenty of sandy beaches, too. The family-friendly beaches at Sandown and Ryde are sandy, as is Compton Bay, while certain spots like Bembridge Beach and Cowes Beach on the other side of the island are shingly.
How many beaches are there on the Isle of Wight?
There are around 14 beaches in Isle of Wight to choose from, so it’s easy to see why going to the beach is one of the top Isle of Wight family activities. Sandown Beach is always a hit with families, Ventnor Beach is one of the more accessible beaches in Isle of Wight thanks to its slopes, and scenery-lovers and surfers alike love Compton Bay.
What are the best places to eat at in Isle of Wight?
This island is well-known for its fresh seafood – especially crab – but there’s much more on the menu when it comes to eating on the Isle of Wight. After treating yourself to a cream tea in an Isle of Wight café, you can look forward to tasty, family meals at our Sandown Cliffs Cookhouse + Pub, or our Medina Quay Beefeater.
What are the best things to do in Isle of Wight at night?
From open-mic nights to live music performances, you’ll find plenty of things to do on the Isle of Wight at night. There’s no shortage of traditional pubs on the island if you’re looking for a laid-back evening, as well as clubs and entertainment venues like Shanklin Theatre if you’re looking for some livelier Isle of Wight nightlife.
What family friendly activities can you do in Isle of Wight?
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to family activities near our IOW hotels. Enjoy the exciting rides and amusements at Blackgang Chine – or its sister park Robin Hill – before taking the kids to The Needles Landmark Attraction. Plus, Isle of Wight holidays wouldn’t be complete without enjoying some family days out at popular beaches like Sandown.
What outdoor activities can you do in Isle of Wight?
From live music events like Isle of Wight Festival to chairlift rides at The Needles Landmark attraction, there’s more than enough outdoor activities in Isle of Wight to keep the family entertained. Sunbathe on some of the best beaches on the Isle of Wight, enjoy exciting boat trips around the island, and meet the animals at the Isle of Wight Zoo.
What indoor activities can you do in Isle of Wight?
Whatever the weather in Isle of Wight, there’s always plenty of fun things to do. History-lovers and kids alike will love exploring Carisbrooke Castle and Osbourne, before visiting top Isle of Wight attractions like Dinosaur Isle and the amusements on Sandown Pier. Plus, if you fancy a spa weekend in Isle of Wight, the island has several relaxing spas and pools to choose from near our IOW hotels.