The Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is located in the English Channel, about 4 miles off the coast of Hampshire, separated from the mainland by the Solent. It spans 25 miles, east to west and 13 miles, north to south.
The island has several resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times including Ventnor. Home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson, Queen Victoria also had a home here, her much-loved summer residence and final home, Osborne House at East Cowes.
The island has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat building, sail making, the manufacture of flying boats, the world’s first hovercraft, and the testing and development of Britain’s space rockets.
The Isle of Wight hosts annual festivals including the Bestival and the Isle of Wight Festival. It has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe.
Travelling to the Isle of Wight
There is no fixed link to the Isle of Wight from the mainland but Red Funnel, Wightlink and Hovertravel are the ferry providers to the Island, running regular services from the mainland Ports at Portsmouth, Southsea, Southampton and Lymington to ports on the north side of the Island. Links to Trains, Buses and Taxis are available from the ferry terminals.
Red Funnel Operate a Car Ferry and Catamaran service
Wightlink operate a Car Ferry and Catamaran service
Hovertravel operate a hovercraft service
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