Victoria's Isle Of Wight Weekend
Enjoy a fabulous stay on one of the UK's most popular holiday islands. In the 19th century, Queen Victoria brought her court and wealthy Victorians to the Isle of Wight. The Queen’s annual holidays transformed this quiet island into the much-visited destination it is today, and it's not hard to see why. More than half the Isle of Wight is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With spectacular scenery and a rich royal heritage, the island has plenty to offer all year round.
We'll whisk you away and over the water on the short crossing from the mainland to your charming hotel in its prime cliff top location overlooking pretty Sandown Bay. With fantastic facilities including a sprung dance floor, games room, indoor heated swimming pool and entertainment most evenings, you are also within easy reach of Shanklin town centre, old village and lovely seafront. Shanklin blends picture-postcard thatched cottages with traditional seaside charm. Stroll along the golden blue flag beaches or discover the beauty of Shanklin Chine, filled with rare plants, wildlife and enchanting waterfalls.
You can have plenty of time to explore on your own or join our included excursions to experience some of the best the island has to offer.
"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight, and you can discover why on our included visit. Then see it all on our scenic 'Round the Island Tour'. Just sit back, relax and let us look after you as you take in the picture-perfect sights...
This super weekend break is ideal for:
* Lovers of the Isle of Wight and its rich history
* Couples looking for a relaxing break that avoids the crowds
* Traditional seaside lovers looking for a relaxing break
* Picture perfect settings and scenery
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
After joining your coach this morning, head for the magical Isle of Wight with coffee/lunch stops along the way. We then take the short ferry ride across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, followed by a short drive to Shanklin. We expect to arrive at your hotel late afternoon, in time to settle in before your first dinner.
Days 2 & 3Enjoy a traditional English breakfast each day to set you up properly for your day ahead. Your centrally located hotel makes Shanklin easy to explore. You might like to browse the shops in the quaint old town or visit the lovely gardens of the Chine which lead down to the traditional sea front where an ice cream is good at any time of year!
You can spend all of your time in the resort and explore Shanklin from your hotel and maybe go even further? Having said that, if you don't want the hassle of organising everything yourself then make sure you join us on our fabulous excursion to see the island on our scenic 'around the island tour' and Queen Victoria's beloved Osborne House. Whatever you've been up to, you can always look forward to relaxing at the end of each day with plenty of great food plus entertainment provided by the hotel on some evenings. Or you may prefer a wander out to watch the twinkling lights on the sea.
Day 4After a final tasty breakfast, say farewell to the Isle of Wight and board your coach for the return crossing over the Solent and your onward journey home.
Osborne HouseINCLUDED Visitor Destination
Osborne House is the stunning seaside retreat of Queen Victoria. It was designed by Prince Albert, and loved so much by them both as they enjoyed a quieter life away from court in this perfect setting. Recognised as her favourite spot in the world, you can enjoy a glimpse of royal family life in this sumptuous ltalianate villa and its beautiful grounds, preserved as it was when the Queen died here in 1901. Step inside to explore the sumptuous ground floor state rooms that were used to entertain heads of states, princes and princesses. Admire the ornate architecture, furnishings and fine art collection and discover Victoria and Albert’s personal taste, style and passions. Relax in the open air as you wander rolling acres of the magnificent Osborne estate. Take in the riotous colours of the walled garden, or enjoy the peaceful shade of the woodland walk. Visit Victoria and Albert’s bathing beach and admire their children’s cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Stroll through the garden terraces and take in the same stunning views across the Solent that once reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples.For further information on what to see at Osborne House, please click here (opens in a new window)
Isle of Wight Round the Island Tour with stop in Dimbola LodgeINCLUDED Visitor Destination
Today, we board our coach for a circular tour of the island, which boasts 60 miles of spectacular coastline and stunning scenery. We will take in plenty of the magnificent views this fabulous isle has to offer, making various stops on the way.
Highlights include the Military Road scenic coastal road to Alum Bay and the famous Needles, the ancient port of Yarmouth which is home to the oldest architecture on the island, including a 16th century castle, and a grade 2 listed pier, and the pretty Georgian town of Cowes with its stunning sea views over the Solent.
On this tour, we will include entry to Dimbola, the home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. It is now a museum and galleries dedicated to her life and work, which also showcases contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe.
- 3 nights' hotel with English breakfast & evening meals
- Evening entertainment on most nights
- Time to explore Shanklin
- Entry into Osborne House *
- Around the island tour with entry to Dimbola
- Direct Coach Travel
- Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
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Ocean View Hotel ShanklinEnjoy the best location in Shanklin! The Ocean View Hotel offers guests spectacular views from a prime cliff top location overlooking Sandown Bay. Enjoy warm and friendly service with locally sourced produce, light and airy rooms and great in house facilities. The hotel boasts an indoor heated pool, full-size snooker table, coffee shop, bar, dance floor, games room, restaurant and of course, entertainment most evenings. There is a lift to all floors.
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