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Holidays in Ryde

The Isle of Wight’s largest town and a vibrant coastal resort

Appley Tower

Known as the ‘Gateway to the Island’ due to its ferry links with the mainland, Ryde is a thriving coastal town with a choice of sandy beaches as well as plenty of shops, museums and galleries to explore.

There’s much to enjoy in Ryde both on the land and in the water. If you fancy taking to the sea, the Wightlink catamaran service takes you down the town’s recently restored 19th century pier, while Hovertravel operates the last remaining hovercraft passenger service in all of the UK.

Ryde harbour

Exploring Ryde on foot, a great place to start is the town’s sprawling esplanade. Following the vast and sandy Ryde beach all the way along to neighbouring Appley beach, where the impressive lookout point of Appley Tower can also be found. The beach is perfect for a day at the seaside, and is popular with swimmers, sunbathers and those playing beach sports alike. Along the esplanade, you’ll find plenty of leisure facilities and attractions to keep all the family entertained even on a rainy day, from a bowling alley to an ice rink, amusement park for young children and a canoeing lake.

For something a little more adventurous, Ryde also offers a number of activities set to get the adrenaline flowing. At Wight Karting, race your family and friends around the track and see how fast you can zip around with the time trials. Meanwhile, at Appley Park, Goodleaf Tree Climbing offers a climbing experience with a difference for those aged 8 and up. A towering 70ft oak tree is used as the base of all of their climbing activities, and the views are well worth the effort.

One of the town’s most popular attractions and historical places is Quarr Abbey, which is a fully functioning Benedictine monastery even today. Visitors are able to explore the grounds and the building to discover the history of the monks and the monastery, enjoy some tea and cake at the on-site tearoom and even feed the pigs that live within the grounds.

In nearby Havenstreet, another heritage day out can be enjoyed on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Hop onboard a Victorian or an Edwardian train carriage and enjoy a trip back in time through the peaceful Isle of Wight countryside, passing through the other small villages of Wootton and Smallbrook.

"A thriving coastal town with a choice of sandy beaches..."

If it’s retail therapy you’re after, Ryde is one of the best places on the island to head to for a spot of shopping. You’ll find not only a number of high street favourites here but also an array of boutique shops lining Union Street. Ryde is also home to the flagship store of skincare brand Liz Earle, perfect for stocking up on beauty products.

Take a look at our collection of Ryde cottages for even more Isle of Wight holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Quarr Abbey

A fully functioning Benedictine abbey and an interesting heritage day out

Goodleaf Tree Climbing

Climb to the top of a 70m oak tree at this climbing school with a difference

Ryde beach

A stunning sandy beach perfect for all kinds of activities

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