Top Ten Family Attractions on the Isle of Wight
Our beautiful Garden Isle is the ideal place to entertain your family, whatever the weather and whatever their ages. Here at Luccombe Hall, we welcome families to our hotel all the time and are often asked to recommend places for them to visit. Here is our Top Ten places to visit with the kids:
1) Blackgang Chine Land of Imagination and Disappearing Village
A family day out for all ages from toddlers to teens. Overlooking the spectacular South West "Heritage Coast"TM of the Isle of Wight, Blackgang Chine is an eccentric mix of exciting rides, goblins and fairies, dinosaurs, nursery rhyme characters, cowboys and Indians all set within rambling Victorian gardens and designed to appeal to the child in us all!
Price: £9.95 per person (4-59) Seniors: £7.95 Saver Ticket for four £37
Our Tips: As much of the attraction is outside, it is best to go during fine weather. If you are thinking of visiting the sister attraction of Robin Hill, you can get a reduction on the entry price by purchasing a combined ticket. Ticket prices include free return visit within seven days.
2) Robin Hill Adventure Park and Gardens
A mixture of rides and play areas with relaxing woodland gardens. Something for everyone here. There are also falconry displays and the remains of a roman villa. A great spot for seeing the elusive red squirrel.
Price: £8.95 per person (4-59) Seniors: £6.95 Saver Ticket for four £33.50
Our Tips: As much of the attraction is outside, it is best to go during fine weather. On the 4th and 5th April there is an Easter Chocolate Eggstravaganza with a chocolate Marquee and Easter Egg Huint. If you are thinking of visiting the sister attraction of Blackgang Chine, you can get a reduction on the entry price by purchasing a combined ticket. Ticket prices include free return visit within seven days.
3) Isle of Wight Zoo and Tiger Sanctuary
A great place to spend a morning or afternoon. Animals on display include monkeys, lemurs, lions and tigers. There is also a reptile house with lizards and snakes and Zoolittle Farm with small farm animals. Presentations are held by the keepers throughout the day, allowing you to watch the animals being fed and learn more about these beautiful creatures.
Price: Adults:£7.45 Child:£6.45 Saver Ticket for two adults,2 children: £24.
Our tips: This is a fine weather attraction as it is mostly outside. Make sure you attend the scheduled presentations to make the most of your visit. The tiger feeding is particularly impressive.
4) Amazon World Zoo Park
The Isle of Wights largest collection of exotic animals. This exhibit is housed in a series of greenhouses to recreate the tropical climates of the animals natural environment. Tropical birds fly freely throughout and there are many unusual creatures on display from insects to Anteaters. As this is all on the flat, you can take a pushchair round and as much of Amazon World is undercover you can visit when the weather is inclement.
Price:Adults:£6.99 Children:£5.50 Saver Ticket for two adults,2 children: £24.
Our tips: try and coincide your visit with one of the presentations such as a falconry display or meet the animals talk. The take place every hour and a half from 11am to 3pm. Wear light clothing, it can get very hot walking round in the tropical environment.
•5) Havenstreet Steam Railway
A piece of living history that all generations will enjoy. Take a step back in time with a ride on one of the beautifully kept vintage steam trains. There is also a gift shop and museum and a café. Set in the middle of the coutryside, you can combine a trip on a train with a rural walk.
Price: Adults £9.50 Child £5 Saver Ticket for two adults, 2 children:£24.
Our tips: Special Easter activities take place on 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 5th of April As you will mostly be inside, you can enjoy the Steam Railway during inclement weather.
6) Colemans Farm Park
Now marketed as three attractions: play barn, petting farm and tractor driving experience. The play barn is the Islands biggest undercover play space, carefully designed to appeal to children of all ages. The Petting Farm is perfect for a more traditional farmyard fun experience with friendly animals and hands-on daily activities. The Tractor Driving experience is suitable for over 12s and gives participants the opportunity to drive a real tractor.
Price: £4.95 per person per attraction (Tractor Driving Experience from £6
Our tips: The indoor play barn is ideal for rainy days, being inside. If visiting the other attractions, don't forget your wellie boots as it is a proper farm with proper mud and muck! The hands on animal experiences are great for animal lovers of all ages.
7) Dinosaur Farm Museum
For all budding archaeologists, the Dinosaur Farm Museum offers an insight in to the huge beasts that used to inhabit our Island. The Isle of Wight is the best place in Europe to find dinosaur fossils. Whilst at the museum, you can make a booking to join an organised fossil hunt. Who knows what you might discover?
Price:Adults £3 Children £2.50 Family Pass £9
Our tips: The dinosaur farm offer a free fossil identification service so bring along your fossils to be looked at by one of the experts.
8) Carisbrooke Castle
Over 800 years of history to explore in this famous attraction. Little knights and princesses can explore the battlements then see the donkeys at work at the 16th centaury tread wheel. Education and fun, what a great combination
Price: adults: £ 7 Children £3.50 English Heritage Members: Free
Our tips: Much of Carisbrook Castle is quite exposed so dress warmly. Fine weather is best. Why not borrow a set of bowls from the admission point and play King Charles 1s favourite hobby on the same green where the king played during his incarceration.
9) Osborne House and Gardens
Queen Victoria could not imagine a prettier spot, and neither can we! Osborne House was the family home of Englands longest reigning monarch. Perhaps more suited to older members of the family who can appreciate the grandeur of the main house and the rich history. There are however acres of grounds for the kids to let off steam and a childrens play area. The swiss cottage, which was the purpose built chalet for the queens children is fascinating for all ages and even houses a museum of curious objects collected by the royal family.
Price: Adults £10.90 Children £5.50 Family Ticket £27.30
English Heritage Members: Free
Our tips: The best way to explore the grounds is on one of the horse and carriage rides. The grounds are one of the top locations on the Island for spotting a red squirrel.
10) Jungle Jims at The Summer Arcade
Great place to let the kids burn off some energy if the weather is less than sunny. There is also a traditional arcade with one armed bandits, tupenny nudgers and video games. The Jungle Adventure Golf is great for a bit of friendly family competition or why not try your hand at ten pin bowling. Situated along the Esplanade in Shanklin, the Summer Arcade is a pleasant stroll away from the hotel via the cliff steps down to the beach.
Price: Jungle Jims Adventure Play £2 per child
Our tips: This is a great place to escape to if your trip to the beach gets interrupted by a rain shower. Weekends can sometimes be quite busy as they specialise in birthday parties.
Don't forget that as well as a host of attractions, like the ones above, there is also plenty to do and see without it costing the earth. A traditional day at the beach costs next to nothing and we have some really beautiful beaches along our coastline. Walking is another great way to get out and about on the Island for free. We have over 500 miles of well maintained and signposted footpaths along with over 30 miles of Heritage Coastline. More than half the Island is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the best way to see it is on foot. With all that fresh air, you will be assured of a good nights rest