Instead of a holiday abroad this year, Toby and I decided to go for a staycation in my favourite childhood place of the Isle of Wight. I’ll be completely honest in saying it was a lot more exciting when I was younger but nevertheless we had a really lovely time.
Since I’m getting more into travel posts, I thought I’d give you an idea of my five favourite spots or things to do in the Isle of Wight for young adults. There are tonnes of websites that show you activities for kids but not a lot for young adults so it’s easy to get a bit stumped for what to do.
Scones at Vernon Cottage
We popped into here on a bit of a whim, we just needed to refuel and rest our legs but I noticed scones on the menu and before we knew it, we were tucking into them with strawberry jam and clotted cream. So this was an accidental find really but aren’t they the best kind of discoveries? If you’re near Shanklin and just want a cuppa and some delicious scones then you really must try out Vernon Cottage! I seem to remember it being really affordable as well – I think we had two scones each and drink for £12!
This is one of the biggest attractions in the Isle of Wight even though it can be a bit of a drive, depending on whereabouts you’re staying. Unfortunately when we got there it was windy to say the least and the sun was only just peeping out the top of the clouds! There’s quite a bit to do around there including mini golf, chairlifts, 4D cinema, sweet factory and the list goes on but I think it’s quite dependent on the weather as we experienced.
Godshill Model Village
If you go to the Isle of Wight and don’t check out the Model Village in Godshill then have you even gone to the Isle of Wight?! This is an absolutely classic for anyone of any age and you really have to admire the work that goes into each model! There are cute little coffee shops just down the road for you to enjoy a nice cuppa and scone after your walk around the Model Village.
Roast at the Yarbridge Inn
I always do my research before travelling somewhere so after a quick search on Tripadvisor, I found that the Yarbridge Inn in Sandown was the most popular place for a roast. I can see why! I didn’t manage to get any snaps as I was too interested in my food but the roast beef was truly delicious and if I could, I’d go back! The restaurant itself was lit with fairy lights and had a really homely feel and the staff were really lovely. I tell you what else was lovely… The caramel cheesecake! On a side note, it’s not very expensive – we got two roasts, two pints of lemonade, a dessert and a coffee for only £36!
Trip to Cowes
Cowes is one of my favourite places in the Isle of Wight not only for the cute shops but also the incredible boats docked in the harbour. It’s also conveniently where the Red Funnel ferry port is located so you can make a day out of it on your arrival or departure. For anyone interested in sailing like myself, you should look into Cowes week which is the biggest annual sailing regatta in the world and you can even hop on a spectator boat to watch all the action out at sea, pretty cool huh?
If sailing isn’t your thing then there are loads of shops, restaurants and other things to do around the streets of West Cowes and you can get a ferry between their and East Cowes although I prefer the west side.
Have you ever been to the Isle of Wight? I’d love to know what you get up to over there!