1. The Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is an English Channel gem, located just a stone’s throw from the coast of Hampshire. A popular holiday destination since Victorian times due to its mild climate, the Isle of Wight has been crowned a UNESCO Biosphere and offers a stunning array of contrasting landscapes as well as an extensive list of things to experience. It’s a top spot for both camping and glamping, and because it spans just 13 miles north to south and 27 miles east to west, the island is easy to navigate in a short space of time. Accessible by car ferries at Southampton, Portsmouth and Lymington, catamaran from Portsmouth to Ryde, and hovercraft from Southsea to Ryde, getting to and from the Isle of Wight is a breeze.
Top Isle of Wight attractions include The Needles, a natural phenomenon which consists of three chalk stacks that rise about 30 metres out of the sea; the Steam Railway; Brading Roman Villa; Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle.