Welcome to the Isle of Wight
From truly stunning coastlines to unique experiences.
Situated just off England's South coast and less than 2 hours from London via the Isle of Wight Ferry, the UK's Holiday Island and Dinosaur Capital of Great Britain, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination at any time of year.
Ryde is the largest town on the Isle of Wight, and with its prominent position along the seafront and hovercraft and passenger ferry links it is little wonder it is often referred to as “The Gateway to the Island”.
In addition to an expanse of sandy beaches which stretch right along the town, Ryde has a great selection of boutique shops, museums and galleries for you to visit along with lots of other things to see and do along its esplanade.
Ryde offers a great variety of things to do which will interest all ages, not least of which are the hovercraft and catamaran ferry from which you can travel to and from the mainland.
Hovertravel are the world’s oldest hovercraft operator and operate the last remaining hovercraft passenger service in Britain, whereas a trip on the Wightlink catamaran service will take you down Ryde’s recently restored early 19th century pier, which carries both vehicle traffic and train services.
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Head along Ryde esplanade and you will encounter a number of great places for family entertainment, including the ice rink and superbowl.
Further along there is a fun fair for young children and a very popular canoe lake which leads on to Ryde’s sandy beaches.
At low tide the sea goes out a long way making it a popular place for sports and outdoor activities, and a regular venue for beach soccer tournaments.
Continue along the seafront and you will discover the imposing Appley Tower, which is situated at the back of Appley beach, and even further along this walk you will reach the Victorian Fortification Battery at Puckpool Park.
Tucked away on the south-west side of Ryde you will find the Play Lane Millenium Green, a tranquil beauty spot, perfect for relaxing with a picnic.
Isle of Wight Pride provides the perfect excuse to visit the Island for a long weekend and explore some of our great beaches, lazy summer days, fresh food and live music down by the sea, countryside and outdoor activities, when you're here.
RydeTown Council serves a population of approximately 26,000 residents and up to 100,000 visitors every year.
History of the Town
Ryde developed throughout the latter half of the 18th century, the19th century and the first half of the 20th century as a popular seaside resort and important gateway to the Isle of Wight.
The town boasts many Regency and Victorian buildings and the townscape is of considerable historic interest with fine buildings such as All Saints Church, designed by the eminent Gilbert Scott, and the Town Hall, which was built in 1829 and is considered to be one of the finest buildings of its type on the south coast.
Up until the pier was opened in 1814 ferry passengers landing at low tide were brought almost half a mile into the shore by horse and cart. Today the fast catamaran service to Portsmouth takes around 20 minutes and can be reached by train along the pier. There is also a hovercraft service to Southsea, which takes 9 minutes.
Open spaces include Western Gardens, Eastern Gardens,the Boating Lake and Vernon Square Garden, which has been restored to its original Georgian design. The town also has a cinema, ice rink and bowling alley. a thriving Arts Festival and Carnival and miles of beautiful sandy beaches.