Set a few miles south of the mainland, the Isle of Wight offers a unique holiday retreat for tourists in the United Kingdom. From tip to tip, the island boasts some of the most dramatic scenery, spanning unspoiled rural landscapes to first-class beaches. One of the island's most popular spots lies at its very heart, in the county town of Newport. Blessed with plenty of fine B&Bs and hotels, Newport acts as a great base from which to explore the island.
On the River Medina
Despite not being far from the centre of the Isle of Wight, Newport actually sits on the River Medina, which splits the island at its most northerly point. Visitors to Newport can take a gentle boat ride down the river, to check out Cowes at the mouth, or even venture out into the Solent. Alternatively, the quayside in Newport is a pleasant spot to sit and enjoy an evening drink.
Hotels in Newport
As the county town, it's hardly surprising that Newport is home to some of the most popular B&Bs and hotels on the Isle of Wight. From the Newport Quay Bed and Breakfast to Snowdrop Cottage, there's no shortage of intimate places, ideal for a quiet stay in this busy little town.
Explore the Island
Located almost exactly in the centre of the Isle of Wight, Newport is the obvious choice for visitors keen to explore every corner of the island.
The west of the island is particularly popular with walkers. Here, visitors will find the iconic Needles, Tennyson Down and the famous multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay.
The east of the island is more popular with families. In addition to a number of lively towns, there are also plenty of beaches in the east which offer safe swimming, suitable for kids. Between Newport and the east are also some of the island's foremost attractions, such as Dinosaur Isle and the Brading Roman Villa.