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About Ryde

Located on the north east coast of The Island, enjoying views across The Solent towards Portsmouth and the shipping lanes, Ryde has miles of golden sands. The town is the gateway to the eastern isle, with the Fast Ferry Link, Hovercraft and car ferry which comes into Fishbourne, just to the west of Ryde. From Ryde you can catch a bus to the Islands principal towns or take the train through to Brading, Lake, Sandown and Shanklin.

A level walk along the esplanade will take you past the ice rink, ten-pin bowling, pitch and putt and a children’s fairground. There is also a tidal harbour and fantastic views. Keep walking and you will pass Appley Tower and Puckpool Park, a great place for the children to play and the adults to chill out. Keep walking and if you make it past the cafes you can take the road train back – after all, you are on holiday.

Ryde is the second largest town on The Island. The shops are located in The High Street and Union Street and here you will find most of the High Street chains as well as local, more unique shopping. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants offering a wide variety of types and styles of eating. As you walk Down The High Street and Union Street, there is usually a large ship passing up The Solent on its way to Portsmouth or Southampton, always reminding you that on this beautiful Island you are never far away from fantastic views or the sea.

The pier at Ryde is where many visitors access The Island. Built in the height of the Victorian era, the pier still welcomes visitors from across the Country. With Ryde sloping up from the sea, it is easy to pick out the large Victorian properties, which were originally built for the gentry.

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