discover the Isle of Wight
Explore a beautiful island; find hidden beaches, secret histories and countryside trails. All this and more is waiting for you, here at Woodside Coastal Retreat.
Visit breathtaking landmarks, stunning Royal residences and fun family attractions. Relax on sandy beaches, or explore magical woodlands, when you stay with Darwin Escapes on the Isle of Wight.
Spend your days discovering all that the island has to offer, from golden sandy beaches to fascinating local attractions and royal history. Explore the endless coastline and retreat to your peaceful holiday home accommodation at Woodside Coastal Retreat. Your holiday is here to enjoy, your way with Darwin Escapes.
our list of top things to do in the Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight zoo
A fantastic day out for the whole family is waiting for you here, at this picturesque island zoo. Meet all the friendly residents on your trip, from the larger-than-life gorillas, to the cheeky little meerkats- we guarantee that everyone’s favourite animals are here! The zoo also provides a home to rescued big cats, from other zoos or circuses, where they can live out their retirement in comfort. This conservation is extremely important and has been a passion of the zoo for decades. You might even learn about the zoo’s history on the Isle of Wight, including the famous ‘tiger-walks’ which took place on the beach opposite the zoo (we bet that gave the local dogs a fright!). Learn more about the fascinating zoo and its marvellous animals on your visit.
Discover the heart of the Isle of Wight, where Carisbrooke Castle is waiting to be discovered. With such a long history, the castle has been a huge part of many historical moments: having served as a king’s prison, an artillery fortress and a royal summer home (though not at the same time!). You can learn all about the castle, enjoy the extraordinary panoramic views and meet the super-friendly, and famous, Carisbrooke donkeys!
Visit this spectacular house, which was Queen Victoria’s summer home. Explore the immaculately-kept estate, wander the woodland walk, and take in the patchwork of colours of the lush walled garden. Walk the Grand Corridor which is home to priceless artwork, tour the state rooms and the Queen’s bedroom with a knowledgeable guide, to see what Royal life was really like.
godshill model village
A fabulous family run business that has been open since the 1960’s, Godshill Model Village has been passed down the generations and is truly a must-visit attraction on the island. Enjoy a taste of nostalgia as you wander the miniature sets, with a replica of the village’s chapel and a replica of Shanklin itself! Keep an eye out for the humorous scenes around the village and make sure to check out their calendar of events, with Halloween a popular time for night tours and new spooky scenes!