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The Clifton shows you the 7 wonders of the Wight

Monday 16th May 2016

 Wondering what draws so many tourists to the Island every year? Here at The Clifton, we know that it’s more than just the fabulous weather, the interesting food and the fun things to do – it’s the Seven Wonders of the Wight too.

We often talk about them here on the Island, and there are plenty of souvenirs available containing these Seven Wonders for visitors wanting to take them back home with them. From postcards to mugs, tea towels and thimbles. These wonders are spread over all of the Island, and for many visitors a trip to see them all is really what makes a trip to the Island so special.

Are you wanting to take part in these? Here are the Seven Wonders of the Isle of Wight: 

Needles you can’t thread
Perhaps one of the most outstanding feats of natural beauty on the Island, the iconic Needles rock formation near Alum Bay is a firm favourite of visitors here. The Needles, called this way because they used to be pointed before they eroded away, is also the home to the Needles Park which is a collection of small family attractions and shops.

Ryde where you walk
Ryde is a vibrant seaside town on the Island, perhaps one of the liveliest towns all year round and host to some brilliant events throughout the year – such as the Ryde carnival. It’s also home to some more adrenaline fuelled visitor attractions such as the Isle of Wight’s largest go kart track – Wight Karting. For those looking for something a little more relaxing, Ryde is also home to one of the most loved sandy beaches on the Island.

Newport you can’t bottle
Aptly considered to be the real heart of the Isle of Wight, Newport is located directly in the centre of the Island on the Medina River. Here, you’ll find all of the shops that you could need – from local independent eateries through to high street stores and boutiques. It’s also home to a series of pubs where visitors can catch live music played almost every night of the week.

Freshwater you can’t drink
Freshwater is the largest West Wight town, home to stunning scenery and the high chalk cliffs of the Tennyson Downs. A great place to sit and watch the world go by, enjoy an ice cream by the sea or even watch the sunset from one of the viewpoints overlooking Freshwater Bay.

Cowes you can’t milk
When people from the Island think of Cowes, they immediately think of watersports and primarily yachting. Cowes is home every year to the world famous Cowes Week which ensures that the small town becomes a hive of activity in the summer when thousands of boats from all over the world come to take part in the races, partake in the sport or simply enjoy the spectacle. With events, food stall pop ups, live shows and a series of bars and clubs that exist only for Cowes Week – it’s certainly worth a visit. This year’s Cowes Week is 6th – 13th August 2016.

Lake where there’s no water
Nestled in between Sandown and Shanklin is one of the Islands best water sports beaches, which is usually very quiet too as the beach is only reachable by foot. For a place to get to grips with the surf, learn a new hobby, or simply take a pew and watch the world go by with only the sound of the sea in the background, Lake is without doubt one of the best places to visit on the Island.

Newchurch that’s old
Despite its name, Newchurch isn’t new at all. It’s actually home to an ancient church that dates back over a thousand years and back to the Norman times. This means that Newchurch is actually one of the oldest settlements on the Isle of Wight and used to be the capital of the Island and the most thriving harbour. Settled down now, the village of Newchurch is quiet now apart from residents and tourists which come to enjoy the beautiful countryside and take in the smells and sights of the Garlic Farm.

Interested in visiting any of the wonders of the Wight and need a place to stay? With The Clifton’s perfect location, our modern rooms and beautiful Bistro, there can be no better place as a base for Island exploration. Get in touch with us if you want to find out more.