The Isle of Wight has long since been noted as The Garden Isle. Located just off the main southern coastline of England, it is accessed by ferries which leave from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington, as well as the Hovercraft which leaves from Southsea.
For many years, the Island was the home for our country's greatest Monarch. Queen Victoria lived at Osborne House, which is located at East Cowes, and is now owned by English Heritage. Queen Victoria's influence made it fashionable for many people to visit the Island, who came for the stunning scenery and warmer climate. Much of the Island's most imposing buildings and architecture bears the stamp of The Victorian era.
The Island is once more beginning to thrive, attracting people from all over the world, who enjoy the quieter way of life, low crime levels and superb views and scenery. The season, which no longer stops at just the 6 week summer holidays, attracts people year round to see the change in seasons. There are countless tracks, paths and bridleways, which take people both on foot and bike, to parts of the Island which cannot be seen from the road.
The beaches are all different and there is something for everyone, from the miles of golden sands at Ryde and Puckpool to tiny little coves, such as Steephill and Castlehaven. Principal Island beaches are cleaned daily so that they maintain their coveted Blue Flag for cleanliness.
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