Isle of Wight

Carefree short breaks & holidays

A ship sailing past The Needles © IW Tourism

Where is the Island?

The Isle of Wight lies five miles off the south coast of England, about the same distance from London as Dover. From the air it resembles a diamond in shape, spanning 23 miles east to west and 13 miles north to south. The Island covers approximately 150sq miles and has a population of 140,000.

Both scenically and culturally, the Isle of Wight is a microcosm of southern England. It has a balanced diversity of town and country landscapes, of brashness and sophistication, and of modernity and tradition, enabling it to accommodate a broad range of tastes.

Whenever you visit the Island, you are sure to be impressed. Each season has its own special charm. The long, hot days of summer attract thousands of visitors to the coastal resorts to enjoy a traditional seaside holiday with miles of golden sand and safe bathing.

The Island's true beauty can also be discovered at other times of year, when you will be tempted to explore the countryside, following the many footpaths and trails that reveal the greens and golds of spring, the vibrant tints of autumn, or the frosted pastel hues of a winter's morn.