Situated just a few miles off the South Coast of the country, across from the New Forest, the Isle of Wight offers holidaymakers a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. In addition to a wealth of stunning countryside and dramatic coastlines, the island boasts some impressive landmarks. The All Saints' Church in Ryde is one such attraction. With plenty of hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs in the area, Ryde's a popular spot for travellers.
The All Saints' Church in Ryde
Ryde's All Saints' Church is a well-known building, with its reaching spire visible from various places around the island, and on a clear day it can even be seen from the mainland. Such an imposing and special place, the church is often called the 'Cathedral of the island'.
The original building was erected between 1868 and 1872, and designed by architect George Gilbert Scott. The colossal spire was a slightly later addition. The building boasts some impressive stone work, and a number of stained glass windows. The church hosts regular services, as well as being home to numerous community groups and a choir.
The Town at Ryde
A lively seaside resort, Ryde is one of the best known tourist destinations on the Isle of Wight. The most populous urban area on the island, the town boasts a variety of attractions and facilities. Visitors can choose from strolling along the recently restored 19th century pier, chilling out on the sandy beach or trying some water sports. There are also plenty of independent shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy.
Hotels in the Area
With so many people travelling to and passing through the northeast town of Ryde, it's hardly surprising that it's home to some of the best hotels on the Isle of Wight.
Accommodation in Ryde ranges from the intimate boutique guesthouse Kasbah, to the impressive Ryde Castle Hotel, housed in a Victorian manor, which is - unsurprisingly - styled after a castle.
From the affordable Travelodge to the exquisite blue walls of The Boat House, most of the accommodation in Ryde is within walking distance of the seafront, as well as all the town's bars and restaurants.