Isle of Wight

Lying in the English channel and separated by the Solent, the Isle of Wight is the largest island of England. Known as an area of outstanding natural beauty, the island has some beautiful bays sand and shingle beaches, and picturesque villages and towns. Don't forget the iconic Needles, a dramatic outcrop of three chalk stacks to the west of the island.

Places to visit


The Needles, Osbourne House (Queen Victoria's residence), Carisbrooke castle, Amazon World zoo park, Isle of Wight zoo, Tennyson Down, Shanklin Chine.


Books based in this county:

Authors associated with this county 

Authors who are associated with this county (born or lived here) or who have based their books here.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Edward Lear, Alan Titchmarsh

Neville Shute

Jane Austen (stayed on the island in 1813)

John Keats

Lewis Carroll (wrote The Hunting of the Snark while staying on the island)

Map  by Nilfanion [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons. Not affiliated with The Travelling Reader.

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