If the Isle of Wight were to have a capital then it would be Newport. Slap bang in the centre of the island and packed with historic landmarks, Newport is very much where it all happens, and it hosts the Isle of Wight Festival every year.

Stand in one of the town’s historic squares and look up to see the architecture that tells of their Georgian and Edwardian heydays, or make your way down to the quay and watch life on the Solent for awhile before you carry on browsing the quirky little shops that line the streets. There’s a market every Tuesday and a farmers’ market every Friday – and we’ll have you know that Her Majesty always visits when she’s on the island so it must be pretty impressive…

There’s plenty to discover as a family too, including Carisbrooke Castle (the former holding place of the unfortunate Charles I) and the Newport Roman Villa just a short walk from the centre of town.

Thompson's Restaurant

One of the rising stars on the Isle of Wight foodie scene, Thompson’s Restaurant has managed to achieve a brilliant reputation in a short space of time. With a setting in sunny Newport, Thompson’s showcases the very best of the Wight’s yummy local produce, and the restaurant’s menu reflects the seasons. Run by the island’s only Michelin chef – Robert...

Classic Boat Museum

The Classic Boat Museum is home to a huge collection of sailing and power boats, and it’s a must for anyone with an interest in sailing. With a selection of awards to its name, the museum is one of the island’s best-loved family attractions and it’s great fun for families looking for something different as well as keen mariners. The...

Olivo

You’ll find Olivio in the historic area of St Thomas’ Square, right in the heart of Newport. A Mediterranean restaurant...
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