"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot", Queen Victoria once said about Osborne House. A royal palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight, you can visit Victoria and Albert's private apartments, their bathing beach, and children's play-cottage for an exclusive glimpse of royal family life. Ornate furnishings and artefacts from the Royal Collection fill rooms and corridors where Victoria entertained princes, princesses, heads of state, inventors and ruled the British Empire.
Isle of Wight Pearl
Home to a collection of pearl jewellery, Isle of Wight Pearl works with established jewellery designers, as well as bright new talents to create theirn unmissable collections. Learn more about the fascinating world of pearls, discover how pearls are cultured, cultivated and turned into beautiful jewellery, with the free, fun and informative talks. You can even pick your own oyster and discover the gem within, their experts will value the pearl and recommend a choice of jewellery settings to best showcase the pearl. There are also spectacular cliff-top views over the English Channel, a butterfly meadow, and a café.
Ventnor Botanical Garden in Bloom
Founded in 1970 by Sir Harold Hillier, Ventnor Botanical Garden comprises worldwide temperate and sub-tropical trees organised by region. The remarkable 'Undercliff' where the gardens lie protects them from northern winds by chalk downs. In the spring Ventnor comes alive with blooms, colour and lizards boasting over 30,000 rare and sub-tropical plants and trees spread across 22 acres.
The I.O.W. Steam Railway
This heritage railway passes through 5.5 miles of countryside from Smallbrook Junction to Wooton Station, passing through the small village of Havenstreet. Stepping back in time on a steam train, settle back in Victorian and Edwardian carriages with gleaming brass handles and vintage droplight windows. Even the staff wear traditional uniforms! Passing through the ancient woodland and small villages of the Isle of Wight, savour the idyllic view of the unspoilt countryside.
Godshill & Ryde
Godshill and Ryde are two beautiful towns, ready to put a smile on your face. Godshill is home to the popular Godshill Model Village (entrance fee payable, unless a member of the RHS), set in two acres of beautifully landscapes gardens. Ryde is a coastal town with scenic coastal paths and sandy beaches, and is also the largest town on the Isle of Wight. It's the perfect destination for beach lovers.