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The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight

6 day tour taking in Carisbrooke Castle, the Needles and Osborne House


6 day tour taking in Carisbrooke Castle, the Needles and Osborne House

The Isle of Wight is a British island and county in the English Channel between three and 8 km 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.

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.

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. The longest reigning english monarch (1837 to 1901). Since her death little has changed at Osborne and many of the royal couple's possessions, photographs and paintings are still at Osborne.

Carisbrook Castle

The quintessential romantic castle, Carisbrooke is at the very heart of the Isle of Wight's history. An Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king's prison and a royal summer residence, here you'll find loveable donkeys, a fascinating museum and an Edwardian garden. Experience hundreds of years of history with our entertaining events, and be a knight or princess for a day within the high castle walls.


Best known as the world's premier yachting centre, Cowes is the Island's main port with a natural harbour at the mouth of the Medina river. Yachtsmen from all over the world participate in the season's prestigious sailing events, of which the best known is Cowes Week held annually at the beginning of August.

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, in the afternoon there will be a visit to Osborne House former home of Queen Victoria set in beautiful grounds. We return to Shanklin for dinner.

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Day 3

Today we 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

Morning visit to Ventnor, described by Charles Dickens as 'the prettiest place I ever saw in my life'. In the afternoon we have an included visit to Carisbrook Castle the key to the Isle of Wight’s security for over 900 years. We return to the Queensmead for dinner.

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Day 5

Morning visit to the picture postcard village of Godshill with its quaint thatched cottages. 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 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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