Places of Interest | The Royal Esplanade

Places of Interest

Osborne House. English Heritage

"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. Visit Victoria and Albert's private apartments, their bathing beach and children's play-cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Then stroll through the garden terraces where the stunning views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples.

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Carisbrooke Castle. English Heritage.

The quintessential romantic castle, Carisbrooke is at the very heart of the Isle of Wight's history. An Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king's prison and a royal summer residence, here you'll find loveable donkeys, a fascinating museum and an Edwardian garden. Experience hundreds of years of history with our entertaining events, and be a knight or princess for a day within the high castle walls.

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The Needles Landmark attraction

The Needles, at the South Western tip of the Isle of Wight is truly breath-taking and thousands of people visit each year to explore and discover this wonderful natural landscape, including the famous Needles Rocks& Trinity Lighthouse– the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark. You can also take the Needles chairlift and be transported from the cliff-top above Alum Bay down to the beach below in order to grab a bird’s eye view of the multi-coloured sand cliffs of Alum Bay.

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Ventnor Botanic Gardens

"Basking in the microclimate of The Undercliff, Ventnor Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight is one of the great gardens of Britain. The subtropical and exotic plant collection is unrivalled; plants that should be found in protected glasshouses thrive and naturalise out of doors. Our garden is an immersive landscape, transporting the visitor to experience Mediterranean regions from around the world. Our plants grow in association with each other as in the wild. We hope you enjoy this unique and wonderful garden”.

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The Isle of Wight Steam Railway

A visit to the award winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway will engage, inspire and excite you... The sight of powerful majestic steam engines, the charm of quiet rural stations, and the friendliness of traditionally uniformed staff, will leave you with some enduring memories of a special day out. Take a ride behind one of our vintage steam locomotives for a special journey back in time. Breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway, settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and enjoy a unique view of some of the Island’s unspoilt countryside.

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