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Pocket Guide: Ryde Butterfly and Fountain World Hotels

The Isle of Wight sits just a few miles off the south coast of England, looking out across the English Channel. Home to vast stretches of undeveloped cliffs and rolling hills, the island is one of the country's most desirable holiday destinations. With so many visitors heading to the Isle of Wight each year, it's no surprise that there are plenty of exciting attractions. Surrounded by fine hotels, The Butterfly and Fountain World is among the most popular.

A Remarkable Butterfly Collection

The Butterfly and Fountain World first opened in 1983, as part of the Medina Garden Centre. With the collection now having grown over some thirty-odd years, the variety of species is truly remarkable. The centre is home to a sub-tropical garden, where butterflies can fly freely.

A Feast of Exciting Water Fountains

Adjoined to the astounding butterfly farm is an exciting collection of water fountains and gardens. Featuring reproductions of Italian and Japanese garden environments, there's plenty for visitors to explore.

The 'Small World' exhibit is great for kids - featuring a clown band and Arctic pirate scene. Meanwhile, the two koi ponds can be enjoyed by the whole family, with hand feeding sessions and regular informative talks.

Hotels near Newport

The Butterfly and Fountain World is attached to the Medina Garden Centre, which is just a short way to the east of Newport, near the centre of the island. Located near the mouth of the River Medina, many visitors to Newport actually arrive by boat.

Newport itself is home to some of the friendliest hotels on the Isle of Wight. Newport Quay Bed and Breakfast offers guests easy access to the pretty quay. There's also free WiFi and an included breakfast each morning.

Nearby Towns

Near the centre of the island, visitors who are staying near the Butterfly and Fountain World are ideally located for exploring the island. The town of Cowes is close by, where visitors can explore a number of independent shops and cafés. With a strong nautical identity, the town is particularly popular with visiting yachting enthusiasts. Heading to the east, visitors can take their pick from Fishbourne, Ryde and Bembridge.