Heritage and History in Isle Of Wight

From Queen Victoria’s royal palace and seaside home at Osborne House to Carisbrooke Castle, which is famous for being the home of King Charles I during his confinement, the Isle of Wight has a rich and wonderful history with a wealth of fascinating attractions to enjoy and explore all year round.
Hilltop monuments such as the Yarborough Monument on Culver Down and the Tennyson Monument on Tennyson Down await discovery by the walker.
Upon St Catherine's Down, you will find the imposing Russian-style Hoy Monument and St Catherines Oratory, the original 14th century lighthouse known locally as the "Pepperpot".
Other significant island landmarks include Appuldurcombe House, the Bembridge Windmill, Carisbrooke Castle, Nunwell House and Yarmouth Castle. Built around 280 AD, the Newport Roman Villa is of great historical importance on the island and was actually discovered when a nearby house-owner began digging for the foundations of his new garage. This ancient villa has been faithfully reconstructed and now draws around 5,000 visitors each year.

 Osborne House
Address: East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
Tel: +44 (0)1983 200022

This is a fascinating house steeped in history, providing tourists with a real insight into the Victorian era and Royal family life at that time.
"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. Visit Victoria and Albert's private apartments, their bathing beach and children's play-cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Then stroll through the garden terraces where the stunning views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples.
Osborne reflects Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's passions, tastes and style. Ornate furnishings and artefacts from The Royal Collection fill rooms and corridors where Victoria entertained heads of state, inventors, princess and princesses and ruled the vast British Empire.
Osborne House was actually designed by Queen Victoria's beloved husband Prince Albert and after her death in 1901, the Royal family chose to donate the entire estate to the nation. The interior is both opulent and extravagant, while the spectacular gardens come with a number of grand statues, terraces, fountains and topiary.
Open hours: daily, April to October - 10:00 to 17:00
Website: OsborneHouse

 

Osborne House

Nunwell House
Address: Coach Lane, Brading, Isle of Wight, England
Tel: +44 (0)1983 407240
Nunwell House is situated on the outskirts of Brading, close to Kelly's Copse.
One of the Isle of Wight’s beautiful historic houses, set in five acres of tranquil gardens with a stunning historic view overlooking Natural Parkland, Brading Haven, Bembridge Harbour and across the Solent. The House and Garden are open to visitors for part of the year with groups being welcome throughout the year. Part of the house and garden is available for exclusive weddings or functions
This traditional Jacobean and Georgian building dates back to the 12th century and is now a Grade-II listed structure.
Opening Times 2017
May 8th to July 11th
Mon, Tues Only
(Closed Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun)
September 11th to 26th
Mon, Tues Only
(Closed Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun)
Opening hours 1pm to 4.30pm.
The interior of the house is only visited by guided tours at 1.30pm and 3.00pm
Website: www.nunwellhouse.co.uk

nunwell house

Yarmouth Castle
Address: Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England
Tel: +44 (0)1983 760678
Yarmouth Castle is situated in Yarmouth, on the island's western coastline, where it was built in the middle of the 16th century to guard the harbour.
Yarmouth Castle, Isle of Wight provides a magnificent picnic spot, with views over the Solent for a lovely relaxing family day by the sea. Step inside and discover the atmospheric recreation of how the rooms were used in the 16th century, and see the exhibition about the many wrecks which occurred in the treacherous stretch of sea which the castle overlooks.
This was the last and most sophisticated addition to Henry VIII's coastal defences; it was completed after his death in 1547, with the first new-style 'arrowhead' artillery bastion built in England.
An onsite exhibition tells the story of these treacherous waters, where many ships have been wrecked over the years.
Open hours: April to October, daily - 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for children, free to members of the English Heritage
Website: YarmouthCastle

Yarmouth Castle