The Isle Of Wight Is A Popular Holiday Destination For The English
Almost any reference to the Isle of Wight includes the iconic Needles and the famous chairlift taking you up to view the Needles Rocks and the colored sands in the cliffs behind the beach. The famous landmark has much more than just beautiful views. The areas attractions include that great chairlift ride, going from that overlook above the Needles past those colored sand cliffs to the beach. The beach includes concessions and paddle board rentals and if you want to get closer to the Needles take one of many boat trips. One option is onboard the High Speed “Summer Rose” or “Wild Rose” offering 15 minute high speed trips under the 400 foot chalk cliffs in Alum Bay with views of the gun slots, smugglers caves, Needles Rocks and the Lighthouse. These boats operate from Easter until fall, running every 20-30 minutes starting daily from 10:30 am at £15 per person
There is also the sand shop where visitors make their own colored sand souvenir jars using sand collected from the cliffs at The Needles. A 3D Cinema adding surround sound and an added feeling of motion.
There are a number of options for getting to the Isle Of Wight. You have choices of car ferries at Southampton, Portsmouth and Lymington with frequent service. Available fares include cars, individual passengers allowing you to bring your bike with you. For faster service there’s the Red Jet from Southampton into Cowes, the Wightlink catamaran from Portsmouth to Ryde or the Hovertravel hovercraft from Southsea to Ryde. All island arrival locations connect to public bus service.
If you’re traveling without a car the visit to the Needles can take some time. By ferry from Southampton to Cowes costs about £25 per person round trip. The biggest problem with going without a car on the 20 minute ferry is that once you arrive at Cowes it will require a bus trip of over an hour and a half to get to the Needles.
It’s much easier to travel as a passenger traveling from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight because there’s a train station at both ends. You’ll arrive at a sandy beach in Ryde and you can travel down to Sandown or Shanklin by train in about 20 minutes.