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Isle of Wight on a Budget: 8 Free Things to Do

Isle of Wight on a Budget: 8 Free Things to Do

Are you in the mood for a unique and fascinating holiday destination? Then why not consider the striking Isle of Wight, located off the southern coast of England? This magical island offers captivating scenery, intriguing history, incredible culture and so much more - perfect for those looking to explore somewhere truly special. Whether it's an action-packed family outing or a romantic getaway with your loved one, there is something here to capture everyone's heart. From spectacular cliff walks and amazing beach days to picturesque villages steeped in heritage and exciting events happening year-round - make sure that you don't miss out on this beautiful experience! Let us take a closer look at some of the best free things to do that the Isle has to offer.

In this blog post we list:

  • The best places to visit for no charge at all
  • Show all places on an interactive map to help you locate each place easily.

The Isle of Wight has many options for places to visit for free on your trip to the island. You could learn about the RNLI at the Bembridge Lifeboat Station, go back in time at the Quarr Abbey or explore the hidden gem of a beach at Steephill Cove. Click on each name to be taken straight to the blog post for that place.

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    Museums and Galleries

    bembridge lifeboat museum

    Bembridge Lifeboat Station

    On the Isle of Wight lies a unique Lifeboat Station called the Bembridge, tucked away at the end of an exciting pier walk that leads to its own RNLI Shop and Onshore Station. It's also packed with inspiring stories about brave rescues by local lifeboats, as well as intriguing memorabilia on display! Plus don't miss out on their precious Beach Safety Display - it's essential knowledge for kids looking to have fun while staying safe in waterside environments.

    Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum

    Dive into the world of transport history at The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum! Established in 1997 by a group of enthusiasts, visitors have access to view over 20 amazing historic vehicles from vintage buses and coaches, tow trucks, and delivery bicycles. While there is also plenty more to explore with mock-up displays showcasing old 'Round the Island' companies, plus photo galleries honouring former Island drivers and conductors, this unique museum will meet all your transport nostalgia needs!

    History and Culture

    Quarr Abbey

    Quarr Abbey

    Quarr Abbey Visitors Centre provides a unique opportunity to delve into the fascinating history of this historic estate. Explore centuries-old ruins and discover more about life as it once was in an authentic medieval abbey. Witness one monk's day unfold through interactive displays such as 'The Cloister Clock', and young ones will be kept entertained with the wonderfully creative stained glass window game, designed for all ages to create stunning designs like those crafted by local architects many years ago.

    St Boniface Old Church

    Visit the Old St Boniface Church in Bonchurch, a parish church that is part of the Church of England. It is said that intrepid monks from Normandy’s Abbey Lyra crossed over to the Isle-of-Wight and landed on Monks' Bay before erecting this captivating edifice dedicated to Saint Boniface. Many visitors travel huge distances to just soak up its historical ambiance which has remained unchanged for centuries!

    Appuldurcombe House

    Appuldurcombe is an awe-inspiring 18th century Baroque house nestled on the Isle of Wight and set against stunning 11 acres of landscaped gardens designed by Capability Brown. Though much of the grand building remains a shell, its original elegance still resounds throughout with magnificent views across the landscape. Stroll through this tranquil haven for local wildlife or take a picnic to relax and take in the history of the estate.

    Walks and Nature Trails

    Steephill Cove Beach

    Steephill Cove by Andrew under license CC BY 4.0

    Steephill Cove Beach

    Escape from the world and explore one of Isle Of Wight’s hidden gems - Steephill Cove! A tranquil spot situated near the seaside town of Ventnor, this cove is perfect for those wanting to experience a mix of breath taking views and crystal-clear waters. Take in lush greenery on coastal walks or uncover some rock pools when you dive into its depths; whatever your fancy may be, there's something here for everyone at one of the prettiest places on the island.

    Shanklin to Ventnor Coastal Walk

    Unearth a gem of a walk on the Isle of Wight Coast Path with this delightful 3.5 mile trail! Follow the coastal route as you explore natural woodlands, tackle moderate hill climbs and soak in breathtaking views along your journey between two beautiful seaside resorts. Get ready for some invigorating exercise – if you're feeling up to it, that is!

    Yaverland Beach

    Yaverland Beach is an ideal playground for adventurous families looking to make a splash! Boasting long stretches of sand and crystal-clear waters perfect for swimming, this area also offers exciting ways to explore for the more adventurous with jet skiing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. With its yacht club nearby as well - families will have endless fun exploring at one of the best beaches on the island.


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    Please note...

    All outdoor activities including walking involve a degree of risk. The walks are recommended due to the features of each forest but this may change over time and further research is required before undertaking any activity. The weather can also impact the surface and general conditions of each path so please keep yourself updated with the weather forecast before setting off to enjoy your walk!

    Other Blog Posts from the Isle of Wight

    We write lots of blog posts from each area of free activities to do. Have a look at our blog posts from the island of the Isle of Wight by clicking the links below:


    Isle of Wight Blogs


    Cycling Routes on the Isle of Wight


    Forest Walks on the Isle of Wight


    Local Delicacies from the Isle of Wight

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