Isle of Wight

Carefree short breaks & holidays

Osborne House © IW Tourism

History and heritage

The Island's rich history and heritage are vividly brought to life through a treasure trove of well-preserved stately homes, Roman villas and notable buildings.

Osborne House (English Heritage) – East Cowes

Queen Victoria's seaside retreat, Osborne House, gives an intriguing glimpse into the home life of our former queen. View the bedroom she once shared with Prince Albert, the nursery, and take a look below stairs. New in 2012: visit Victoria's private beach... find out more

Adult tickets £16.20, children £9.70

Appuldurcombe House (English Heritage) – Wroxall

Ruins of 18th century Baroque House and 11 acres of well-maintained grounds. The park, landscaped by Capability Brown, is the perfect place for a picnic. Front of house re-roofed and windows re-glazed. The history of the house is shown over the new shop. Now home to the Isle of Wight Falconry Centre... find out more

Admission free

Nunwell House – Brading

Nunwell House is one of England's loveliest country houses. A family home since 1552, it is of great historic and architectural interest and the place where Charles I spent his last night of freedom.... find out more.

Adult tickets £8, children £2

Brading Roman Villa – Brading

Remains of a large 3rd century Roman villa with west wing under cover. Mosaic floors and display cabinets of well-preserved relics of Roman occupation. Cockerel-headed man mosaic has been restored... find out more.

Adult tickets £9.50, children £4.75

Newport Roman Villa – Newport

Extensive remains of a 3rd century farmhouse, including one of the best preserved domestic Roman bath suites in Britain. The site, discovered in 1926, includes reconstructed rooms, museum exhibits, gift shop and garden... find out more.

Bembridge Windmill (National Trust) – Bembridge

Built in 1700 and last used in 1913, the 30ft windmill is one of Britain's oldest. Still with its original wooden machinery, the windmill is the only one surviving on the Island. The National Trust has fully restored its wooden milling mechanism... find out more.

Adult tickets £5.80, children £2.90

Newtown Old Town Hall (National Trust) – Newtown

Small 17th-century enigmatic brick and stone building, featuring an exhibition about the anonymous 'Ferguson's Gang' and ancient documents from this once 'rotten' Borough. There are replicas of King William and Queen Mary's coat of arms and the borough mace... find out more.

Adult tickets £4.20, children £2.10