Visit the Isle of Wight from a Bournemouth Family Hotel
February 21, 2023IN BLOG POSTS BY MARSHAM COURT HOTEL
There’s plenty to do during a holiday at a Bournemouth family hotel. What with the stunning beaches and innumerable attractions in the town, you don’t even need to leave the Bournemouth and Poole area, though you might want to explore nearby locations like the New Forest or the Jurassic Coast.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, though, you could go further afield. How about spending a day visiting the Isle of Wight?
The Isle of Wight
The largest island in the British Isles after Great Britain and Ireland, the Isle of Wight has been inhabited since the Stone Age. A number of Roman villas were built on the island, and later it became part of the Saxon Kingdom of Wessex.
Today, the Isle of Wight is best known as a holiday destination. Its mild climate, mix of landscapes such as fields and downland, as well as stunning coastal scenery, and wildlife like the rare red squirrel all combine to make it a magnet for holidaymakers and day visitors alike.
Getting from Bournemouth to the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight can be reached by ferry from various locations, including Southampton and Lymington, which are accessible from Bournemouth by car, rail or bus.
Probably the most convenient route is to drive to Lymington and take the car ferry to Yarmouth. Alternatively, you can reach Lymington by train or bus from Bournemouth, or else take the train to Southampton for the more frequent ferry to Cowes. However, all these options mean you’d have to either hire a car or travel around the island by bus.
What to Do on the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight’s biggest assets are its beautiful countryside and its wildlife. The whole island has been designated both an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Ramblers and nature lovers can enjoy both the scenery and the island’s various unusual flora and fauna. Most iconically, it’s one of the few places in the UK where red squirrels can still be seen.
Beautiful as the countryside is, though, there’s far more to visiting the Isle of Wight. If history is your thing, for instance, there’s everything from Roman villas to mediaeval castles to see, not to mention Queen Victoria’s holiday home, Osborne House.
The whole family can enjoy the Isle of Wight Zoo and Seaview Wildlife Encounter, while Dinosaur Isle is a museum dedicated to every child’s favourite prehistoric creatures. And adults and children alike will love a trip on the 9 km Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
A Bournemouth Family Friendly Hotel
A visit to the Isle of Wight from Bournemouth will be one of the highlights of your holiday, but you’ll also need a comfortable, friendly base in Bournemouth itself. Marsham Court Hotel is a hotel on the Bournemouth seafront that will meet all your needs.
Marsham Court is within a short walk not only from the beach but also from the town centre, with all its many attractions. We cater for everyone — several rooms are fully accessible, with accessible facilities throughout the hotel. We’re also a dog friendly hotel, if you want to share your holiday with four-footed members of your family.
Give us a call to find out more about including a visit to the Isle of Wight in your Bournemouth holiday.