This diamond-shaped isle is famed as Queen Victoria’s holiday retreat.
Isle of Wight, England
ISLE OF WIGHT - AT A GLANCE
The Victorian monarch was so taken with the island that she built a holiday home here, Osborne House, which you can now visit.
Easily accessible by ferry from the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight rewards the adventurous with a unique slice of England - more than half of its landscape is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
There’s a slower pace of life here and exploring the country lanes, sandy beaches and tearooms at leisure is a real treat.
This laid-back isle sits 4 miles off the Hampshire mainland in the English Channel.
The Isle of Wight is a 3-hour journey south west of London by train and then ferry.