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Holidays in Yarmouth

A historic port town and the gateway to the Isle of Wight

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Yarmouth pier

Sitting at the mouth of the River Yar on the north-west coast of the Isle of Wight, Yarmouth is a historic port town and home to some of the main ferry services connecting the Isle of Wight to the mainland.

With far-reaching views across the Solent, the harbour sits at the heart of the town, and is always thriving not only with ferries but with smaller boats and yachts too. Across the river from the harbour you’ll find the pier, the only one remaining in the UK to be made completely from wood. Lined with a few shops, this is a pretty place to take in the sea views and is a popular fishing spot too. It also hosts the annual Old Gaffers Festival, which attracts vintage barges and steam boats from far and wide.

The Yar estuary

Yarmouth is also home to its own small beach, a mixture of sand and shingle. Nearby you’ll also find Freshwater Bay, a popular beach set between chalky cliffs, with views over to The Needles. The Isle of Wight Coastal Path also passes through Yarmouth, and stretches for 65 miles around the island’s entire coastline. For more scenic walks, there are two Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Yarmouth both rich in wildlife: the Yar estuary, and Bouldnor and Hamstead.

For a fun-filled family day out, Tapnell Farm Park is sure to keep the children entertained. Decorated with colourful plastic cows in various designs, there’s also meerkats, alpacas and wallabies to meet alongside the usual farm favourites, while little ones will love the play barn, giant bouncy pillow, and the straw bale adventure area, with zip slides and go-karts.

In the heart of the town, close to the harbour, you’ll find Yarmouth’s main historic attraction, Yarmouth Castle. Now cared for by English Heritage, this was the last castle built under the reign of Henry VIII before his death in 1547. It acted as one of his many coastal defences, and features the first ‘arrowhead’ artillery bastion built in England. Inside, you can still see how the castle would have looked during the 16th century, and there is also an interesting exhibition on shipwrecks that happened locally.

“This historic port town has far-reaching views across the Solent…”

Yarmouth also has a choice of restaurants and places to eat, should you not feel like preparing your own meals. One of the most popular is the Blue Crab Restaurant, found on the High Street. Specialising in fish and shellfish, which is caught locally wherever possible, the restaurant also tries to ensure its meat is sourced locally too. Off the Rails is another recommended place to eat, set in a refurbished former railway station, and you can even take a walk along the old track bed afterwards.

If you’ve been inspired to make plans for your next holiday in Yarmouth, take a look at our collection of Yarmouth cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Tapnell Farm Park

Meet the friendly farm animals plus alpacas, meerkats and wallabies at this family-friendly attraction

Yarmouth Harbour and Pier

A pretty waterfront decorated with boats and a selection of shops, with great views out over the Solent

Yarmouth Castle

A historic coastal defence and the last castle constructed under the reign of Henry VIII

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