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Visit the spectacular beach and the former home of Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Freshwater's seafront

A large village on the western tip of the Isle of Wight, Freshwater is a lovely place to base yourself as you leisurely explore the rest of the island.

Popular with visitors and photographers alike, this pretty area with its own bay draws you in with its stunning coastline. Taking less than half an hour by car to get to any place on the Island, you will be able to visit Cowes, famous for its regattas, as well as other larger towns such as Ryde, Shanklin and Ventnor.

The pretty thatched St Agnes' Church

For beach lovers, make sure you spend at least one day at Freshwater Bay, a tiny but magnificent cove at the south of the village. With spectacular worn-away chalky cliffs, it is the perfect place to relax, just sitting on the beach listening to the sounds of the waves lapping on the shore. Help the children search for sea creatures in the rockpools to the east of the bay where you may also find a sandy spot to sit if you are lucky. If you prefer a little more action, you can’t miss the bay’s very special residents – two huge eroded rocks called the ‘Stag’ and the ‘Mermaid’ which jut out of the sea inviting you to photograph them.

The caves at the bottom of the cliffs were once the domain of smugglers who used them to store contraband - be careful not to get cut off when the tide comes in. One way to explore them is in kayaks - you could also head to Scratchells and Watcombe bays, equally as pretty. You can also book watersports tuition in the bay, or if you prefer, just watch the surfers while you put your feet up.

Of course a day at the beach would not be right without an ice cream and as the sun goes down, a lovely cream tea. Head to the Lifeboat Station shop - it also sells buckets and spades as well as other beachy things so if you have forgotten anything, this is the place for you! Or walk up the path to The Dandelion, another great little café with wonderful views of sea faring visitors laying down anchor then swimming into the bay for lunch.

“Discover the smugglers' secret caves by kayak...”

The Needles Landmark Attraction is great for a fun day out, and here you can enjoy a 4D cinema, zorbing and carousel rides. Hop on the chairlift and sweep down to the beach below for a lovely long walk where you can join the coastal path in both directions. There is a steep walk up to Tennyson Down, named after local poet Alfred Tennyson, which houses the granite cross of the Tennyson monument – rising above the water, it has the most spectacular views and you can then walk along to the famous Needles rocks and lighthouse right on the Western tip of the island. You can also walk in the other direction to the red cliffs of Compton Beach.

The village has two churches that you can visit – the medieval All Saints’ Church and the pretty thatched church of St Agnes in the bay. There are a couple of museums you won’t want to miss – Sunken Secrets is one, and the Dimbola Museum and Galleries is another. For provisions, head to Freshwater Village but if you would prefer a day out shopping, you can’t beat heading into Cowes on the north of the island.

We have some lovely properties in and around Freshwater Bay. Why not take a look at our collection of Freshwater Bay cottages to feel inspired?

While you’re there

Dimbola Museum

A photographic museum and gallery, home of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Cameron

The Needles Attraction

Lots of fun for all the family with a chairlift down to the beach below

Freshwater Bay

Wonderful for both beach lovers and photographers

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