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Book a Best Western hotel on the Isle of Wight, the largest island in England. No other place will give you such a coherent mix of countryside and beach rolled into one. The island has a rich history and was the last place in the United Kingdom to be touched by Christianity. It was also used as an important defensive platform during the many years of warfare with France and Spain. Much of the island's past is still visible today. Best Western has one hotel on the Isle of Wight, based in Egypt Point on the edge of Cowes, so book today and come and see this historic island.

Town and city breaks on the Isle of Wight

The county town of the island is called Newport and is the hub of all island life. An arts centre nestles on the quay and, nearby, the Isle of Wight Music Festival is hosted each June. In the north, the historic yachting resort of Cowes dates back to Tudor times and boasts Cowes Castle, built on the orders of Henry VIII. Now this cosmopolitan hub is packed with modern cafes, boutiques and bars, becoming livelier during the annual Cowes Week in August, a great time to take a short break in our Isle of Wight hotel. Ryde and Ventnor join Sandown and Shanklin in drawing the beach crowd on the east and are easy to get to from our hotel on the Isle of Wight.

Holidays in the Isle of Wight countryside

From your Isle of Wight hotel, head out to enjoy the view from the famous Carisbrooke Castle, before exploring the island's 147 square miles. The castle acted as a gaol for King Charles after the Civil War, who, fleeing from the victorious Roundheads, chose the Isle of Wight as his hiding place, only to be imprisoned by the unsympathetic governor, Richard Hammond, in this foreboding structure for 14 months. You can let the train take the strain from Smallbrook Junction to Wootton on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Beach holidays on the Isle of Wight

Being (relatively) small, a large part of the island's makeup is coastline and looking for a beach hotel on the Isle of Wight will have you spoilt for choice, whether it is just for a short break or a longer stay. On an island full of clean, safe beaches, it may be hard to choose just one, so many locations are truly stunning and not to be missed. Sandown on the east coast of the island has a traditional pleasure pier, with plenty of entertainment for the whole family. The beach forms part of a delightful bay, with golden sands and blue seas.  Ryde, in the north and Ventnor in the south, along with Shanklin and Bembridge also all succeed in drawing sun-seeking crowds to enjoy the crystal-blue sea and luxuriously long beaches.

 Freshwater Bay is on the western tip of the island, a wonderful place to stay in a hotel in the Isle of Wight. The white cliffs give a dramatic beauty to the cove, while below the calm, clear waters of the bay are perfect for a summer swim. The area is steeped in history, previously being the home of the poet Lord Tennyson. For nature lovers the nearby Afton Marsh is an area of Special Scientific Interest. The picturesque shaded river plays home to many rare species of bird, animal and plant life.

Attractions on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight benefits from unique attractions, which both kids and adults will love. Try watching the wonderful Waltzing Waters show, which blends light, sound and water to astounding effect. At the Needles, take the chair lift down the cliff, enjoying the varying colours of sand as you slowly descend to the beach. The Dinosaur Isle exhibit at Blackgang Chine in Sandown allows visitors to meet with palaeontologists and chat with them whilst they work. Don't forget to bring your finds from the fossil rich beaches, as the museum staff will be happy to identify them for you.
  The Isle of Wight combines the quiet beauty of a rural resort, with the entertainment venues and history of more developed areas. An Isle of Wight hotel, perfect for short breaks, serves you inland areas just as well as they do coastal regions.
Book a hotel on the Isle of Wight with Best Western for a really memorable short UK break.

Attractions in Isle of Wight:

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Opening times:
Please check website for timetable as dates and times vary substantially throughout the year Mar - Dec 2011 (annual)

The Exbury Gardens steam railway, Exbury Gardens. Courtesy of Exbury Gardens
Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm Mar - Nov 2013 (annual)

The Bournemouth Chines © The Dorset Cruise Company
Dorset Cruises

Opening times:
Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

Westgate Museum

Opening times:
Feb-Mar: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 12pm-4pm
Apr-Oct: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm Feb - Mar 2013; not Mon (various dates)

The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum, Salisbury. Courtesy of The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum
The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum

Opening times:
Feb & Nov: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Mar-Oct: daily 10am-5pm Feb 2013; not Mon or Sun (various dates)

What's on in Isle of Wight:

Artists' Market

Dates Open:
21/03/2015 to 21/03/2015
03/10/2015 to 03/10/2015
04/07/2015 to 04/07/2015
02/05/2015 to 02/05/2015
16/05/2015 to 16/05/2015
20/06/2015 to 20/06/2015
01/11/2014 to 01/11/2014
04/04/2015 to 04/04/2015
15/08/2015 to 15/08/2015
07/02/2015 to 07/02/2015
06/12/2014 to 06/12/2014
20/12/2014 to 20/12/2014
18/07/2015 to 18/07/2015
01/08/2015 to 01/08/2015
05/09/2015 to 05/09/2015
19/09/2015 to 19/09/2015
17/01/2015 to 17/01/2015
18/04/2015 to 18/04/2015
03/01/2015 to 03/01/2015
15/11/2014 to 15/11/2014
06/06/2015 to 06/06/2015
21/02/2015 to 21/02/2015
07/03/2015 to 07/03/2015

Dominic Cooke's colourful WNO production of Mozart's Magic Flute
Welsh National Opera Autumn Tour

Dates Open:
29/11/2014 to 03/12/2014

Fireworks. Photo by Barbara Realini, © Whatsonwhen
Bournemouth Firework Display

Dates Open:
05/11/2014 to 05/11/2014

Bournemouth Christmas Market. Courtesy of Bournemouth Tourism
Bournemouth Christmas Market

Dates Open:
17/11/2014 to 03/01/2015

Christmas Lights Switch On

Dates Open:
27/11/2014 to 27/11/2014

Winchester Round Table Bonfire & Fireworks Display

Dates Open:
05/11/2014 to 05/11/2014

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