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Whether it’s for a day trip or for your summer holiday, the Isle of Wight is a great place to go.

Measuring 23 by 13 miles, it may seem pocket sized but the Isle of Wight, lying two miles off the coast of southeast England, is big on history, nature, unspoilt beaches, quaint villages and there are two adventure parks and two zoos for the kids too.

Claimed to be Queen Victoria's favourite resort island, you can visit Osborne House, her seaside retreat, with its stunning gardens and impressive interiors. Carisbrooke Castle, the royal fortress in which King Charles I was imprisoned, is well worth a visit too, with its beautiful Princess Beatrice garden.

The island has 60 miles of award winning beaches and half the island has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Visit Needles Park and take the chairlift for a great view of the sand cliffs at Alum Bay and take the kids to Robin Hill Adventure Park or the Amazon World Zoo Park. They’ll also enjoy a ride on the Victorian steam railway and the ‘Magic in the Skies’ firework finale on a Thursday evening during the summer months.

The Isle of Wight is well served by ferries. There are regular ferry services from Southampton to East Cowes, from Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Ryde, and from Lymington to Yarmouth. There’s also a hovercraft from Southsea to Ryde. So step aboard for a great island experience!

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