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The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight

6 day tour taking in Ventnor Botanic Gardens and Osborne House


6 day tour taking in Ventnor Botanic Gardens and Osborne House

The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is situated in the English Channel between 2 and 5 miles from the south coast of the English mainland. It is situated south of the county of Hampshire and is separated from mainland Britain by the Solent.



Newport is the principal town of the Isle of Wight, which is located in the centre of the Island and often referred to as its capital. This historic town centres on two elegant squares with Georgian and Victorian architecture surrounding them, with the town’s quay a short distance away. There are a lot of places to grab a bite to eat and some refreshment, with cafes and sandwich bars located in and around the main squares.

Osborne House

In 1845 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House and its 1000 acres. Osborne House was a retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. They greatly enjoyed the Isle of Wight, far from the pressures court life at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Queen Victoria, after Albert died, spent most of her time at Osborne House and she died there in 1901. Victoria was the longest reigning British monarch (1837 to 1901) until surpassed by our present queen, Queen Elizabeth ll. 

Since Victoria's death little has changed at Osborne and many of the royal couple's possessions, photographs and paintings are still in situ.


Ventnor Botancial Gardens

These famous 22 acre gardens have Mediterranean, alpine and medicinal herb plantings, herbaceous borders, shrubs and trees. A modern visitor centre is accessible to all and there is a passenger lift to the gardens below. There is also a splendid Temperate House containing many exotic plants.

The Needles

The Needles are the western most point of the Isle of Wight and are a series of chalk stacks which protrude into the see at the end of which is a lighthouse. Nearby is Alum Bay renowned for its multi coloured sand cliffs.

Alum Bay

Alum Bay is well known for its multi-coloured sand cliffs and the area is also renowned for its stunning views across the Solent. Many homes around the world have a glass object filled with sand as a memento of a visit to Alum Bay and The Needles. The sands are made of three minerals - quartz, felspar and mica, and in their pure state are white, with other colours being produced through contamination by other minerals.


Isle of Wight Steam Railway

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is a heritage railway, passing through 5½ miles (9 km) of countryside from Smallbrook Junction to Wootton station, passing through the small village of Havenstreet, where the line has a station, headquarters and a depot. You will feel as if you have stepped back into a bygone era when steam power was the order of the day. Thrill to the sight and sound of powerful majestic steam engines and breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway. Soak-up the rhythm of quiet rural stations while enjoying the friendliness of traditionally uniformed staff. Experience the golden age of travel as you settle back in one of the beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages with their gleaming brass handles and vintage droplight windows. Discover an idyllic view of the Island’s unspoilt countryside and keep an eye out for a red squirrel or deer darting away from the train as you pass through ancient woodland.



Godshill is the quintessential English Village, and boasts some of the oldest architecture on the Isle of Wight. With its delightful medieval church, charming thatched-roofed cottages and a winding main-street lined with traditional tearooms, Godshill is as picturesque as it is popular. It is also known for being the site of the first ever Isle of Wight Festival, which took place at Ford Farm in 1968.

Day 1

We leave Penrith early morning for the journey south to Portsmouth, we will arrive in time to join the late afternoon ferry to Fishbourne. After the short crossing we only have a 20 minute drive to Shanklin and our hotel, the Queensmead. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

Morning visit to Newport, the island capital, we then make our way to what was once Queen Victoria’s much-loved palatial seaside home, Osborne House. View the private apartments and state rooms as well as the beautiful gardens and Queen Victoria’s beach, where there is a bathing machine which the Queen used to get undressed in! Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 3

Morning visit to Ventnor and the Botanic Gardens, here basking in the microclimate of The Undercliff, is one of the great gardens of Britain. Subtropical and exotic plants that should be found in protective glasshouses thrive out of doors thanks to the mild climate and sheltered setting. We then have a scenic drive to Alum Bay, famous for its coloured sands and views of the famous Needles. We return to Shanklin via the pretty resort of Yarmouth. Dinner at the Queensmead.

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Day 4

Following breakfast we head to Havenstreet and a ride on the award-winning Isle of Wight Steam railway, settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and enjoy a unique view of some of the Island’s unspoilt countryside. We then head to Ryde with its pier, sandy beaches and Victorian houses. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 5

Morning visit to the picture postcard village of Godshill a quintessential English Village that boasts some of the oldest architecture on the Isle of Wight, with its delightful medieval church, charming thatched-roofed cottages and a winding mainstreet lined with traditional tearooms. Afternoon at leisure in Shanklin with a chance to visit the Chine and Old Village. Evening meal served in the hotel.

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Day 6

Today after an early breakfast we leave the Queensmead Hotel and travel to Fishbourne for the morning ferry to Portsmouth. From Portsmouth we head north to Cumbria, lunch stop en-route and arriving home early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Queensmead Hotel - Shanklin, Isle of Wight


The Queensmead, built as a Victorian summer residence, is beautifully positioned in one of Shanklin's most favourable locations for a holiday or a break. Visitors to Shanklin always stop to admire the pretty, colourful gardens and the hotel's charming situation in the popular, but quiet, Queens Road. From here you can easily stroll to the High Street, Seafront or the famous Keats Green and cliff path. Many pleasant gardens, parks and the picturesque Shanklin Old Village are only a few minutes walk away.


The Audley family provide a well maintained and comfortably furnished hotel with modern facilities, complemented by a personal and friendly service.


All 32 rooms are en-suite, centrally heated and tastefully decorated to make your stay enjoyable. Colour TV, tea and coffee making facilities add to the comfort.


The enclosed outdoor heated swimming pool creates a lovely sheltered sunbathing area and the rose arbour is a pleasant area for morning coffee and afternoon tea.


Tea, coffee and drinks are served all day, every day at your leisure.


After a day of discovering the delights of the Island, relax in the comfortably furnished lounge overlooking the garden. Play board games, make new friends or just sit at the well stocked bar and talk of the day's discoveries.


The Queensmead's talented chef offers a varied and fine choice of menu each evening catering for all tastes. The period style dining room provides a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy home cooked and carefully prepared meals.



Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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