Towns and Villages on the Isle of Wight
Why choose the Isle of Wight?
Many people are attracted to the Isle of Wight to get away from the hustle and bustle of mainland life. With a population of only 138,500 people, even our larger towns keep the charm and friendly nature which can be found across the island.
Newport is the county town, centrally located and the hub for many businesses and shops. However, Ryde is the largest town, with a population of 30,000. Cowes is well known for it's world wide 'Cowes Week' sailing regatta, Ventnor for being the 'sunniest spot in the UK', Shanklin for Shanklin Chine and the Old Village, not forgetting Sandown for it's sea-side attractions and the Isle of Wight Zoo.
Most people who remember coming here as a child think of family attractions Blackgang Chine theme park, and almost everyone has visited Alum Bay to create their own jar of multi-coloured sand. What a lot of people don't realise is... there is so much more to our island!
Here are most of the villages and towns on the Isle of Wight. Click on each one to find out more...
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