Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a British island and county in the English Channel between three and 8 km from the south coast of the English mainland. It is situated south of the county of Hampshire and is separated from mainland Britain by the Solent. Regular ferry services operate across the Solent of various lengths, Southampton to Cowes is 9.9 miles, Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier is 5.07 miles, Portsmouth Gunwharf to Fishbourne is 7.1 miles, and Lymington to Yarmouth is 4 miles. Popular since Victorian times as a holiday resort, the Isle of Wight is known for its outstanding natural beauty and for its world-famous sailing based in Cowes.

The island has a rich history including its own brief status as a nominally independent kingdom in the fifteenth century. It was home to the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Queen Victoria built her much loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes. The island's maritime and industrial history encompasses boat building, sail making, the manufacture of flying boats, the world's first hovercraft and the testing and development of Britain's space rockets. It is home to the Isle of Wight International Jazz Festival, Bestival and the recently-revived Isle of Wight Festival, which, in 1970, was one of the largest rock music events ever held. The island has some exceptional wildlife and is also one of the richest fossil locations for dinosaurs in Europe.

 

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