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Ideas for a rainy day part 2

 The Isle of Wight is usually known for its sunshine, but what to do when it does decide to rain? Let the Clifton give you a few suggestions.

1.       Farringford Historic House and Estate

As you walk around this lovingly restored period house you get a real feel of the history that makes this place so special. Set in a secluded spot on the Isle of Wight, it becomes obvious why Alfred Lord Tennyson chose this place for a family retreat from the clamour of London life. A wonderful fusion of Georgian and Gothic design this house was once a locus of intellectual and artistic activity, visited by Tennyson’s friends many of whom were renowned poets and artists themselves.

“A wealth of history exists with famous visitors and poetry but the house itself also has a tale to tell.”

A break in the rain may give you the chance to explore the beautifully maintained formal gardens and grounds, or a quick ramble up to the Tennyson Monument the highest point on the downs with stunning views of this heritage coast. Farringford is open from April 3rd 2019 throughout the summer season with four tours a day from Wednesday to Saturday. Pre-booking online is advisable.


Visit Farringford Website

2.       Wight Karting

Zoom around the Islands only all-weather floodlit track, release your inner Lewis Hamilton and take that chequered flag in one of their zippy 4-Stroke Karts. Wight Karting has become a firm family favourite on the Island and it’s easy to see why, with a great range of quality karts, super helpful assistants and a 520-meter floodlit track. You only have to read their TripAdvisor reviews to see why we really rate Wight Karting as a great place to visit if you’re looking for unrivalled fun and excitement for people of all ages.

Visit Wight Karting Website

3.       Isle of Wight Bus Museum

We know not everyone will get super excited about a museum full of buses, but on arrival, you’ll soon agree that the Bus Museum is more than just a collection of old vehicles, but a real celebration of the Island’s transport heritage. As a working museum run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers you always get a warm welcome, they will happily talk you through their current restoration projects and provide background stories for some of the wonderful exhibits. Hot & cold drinks and snacks can be enjoyed aboard their Shanklin Steamer bus, Ideal for a rainy day.

Visit Isle of Wight Bus Museum Website

4.       Museum of Island History

For a small island, we sure have a lot of interesting history, so much so we needed a museum to house it, situated within the historic Guildhall on Newport High Street the Museum of Island History provides a fascinating exploration of Island history from the prehistoric past to the present day.

“You can get hands on with many of the exciting displays”

Visiting this Isle of Wight gem is a must for anyone with an interest in history, greeted by friendly and welcoming staff who are always happy to help, you’ll love the interactive exhibits, a wealth of fossils and interesting artefacts.

You can also pop in and visit the Islands visitors information centre, which is located in the same building for more ideas of things to do on a rainy day.

5.       Lilliput Antique Doll & Toy Museum

Toys, Teddies, Trains and Dolls of all descriptions fill this wonderful museum, once you arrive you’ll soon be taken back to bygone days of simpler times, relive your childhood with the original “Muffin the Mule” or reminisce over the collection of Hornby models.

“This is one of the best private collections of antique dolls and toys we have seen” – BBC Antiques Roadshow


You’ll find many of the toys have their own special stories like the remarkable “Rags the Dog” or the tragic “Wax Doll”. Why not bring your grandchildren and show them what toys used to be like before computer games and mobile phones.

Visit the lilliput Doll & Toy museum Website

Read Part 1 of rainy day guide here Hotel Blog