Staying in Seaview and along the coast at Ryde
The ‘working’ Benedictine monastery, Quarr Abbey and its grounds are worth exploring. Watch out for piglets running around waiting to be fed! The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is always a popular attraction, while the large Ryde beach, worth its wonderful sands remains one of the main visitor draws. The world-famous Goodleaf Climbing Tree can be found in Appley Park; you can even get tree-climbing lessons! Worth mentioning as a great day out is the Rdye Carnival held at the end of the summer. Ryde, again because of its larger size in comparison with other towns on the Isle, offers the younger cottage holidaymaker late night-life bars and clubs to enjoy.
Seaview owes its legacy to the wonderful sandy beaches and the stunning sea views across the Solent. There are also great rock pools (at low tide) and safe swimming and sailing throughout. On the outer edge of the village is the Seaview Wildlife Encounter, the Isle’s oldest and still consummately popular animal attractions. If you’re seeking a break from self-catering, there are some lovely intimate restaurants and ‘gastro’ pubs, as the area is well known for its variety of good food. Visitors often take the “foodie walk” between Seaview and Ryde enjoying the gastronomy as they go.