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Cowes, Isle of Wight

Cowes, Isle of Wight

Cowes is a fantastic holiday town located on the very northern tip of the Isle of Wight, perfect for couples and group holidays, along the towns pedestrianized High Street you will find a wealth of specialty shops, art galleries, and boutiques. The seafront is never more than a moment away, and a short walk will take you to the Esplanade and along to the famous Royal Yacht Squadron, where you can look out to see and appreciate what makes the town such a popular sailing destination for sailors and enthusiasts from around the world.

Cowes town is a popular destination for an evening out as many of its bars have entertainment nightly throughout the year. If you are looking for a festive break a New Year in Cowes is a must with its array of bars and restaurants a real party feel comes to the town over this period with many of its residents and visitors donning fancy dress for the night.

The area also has some superb fishing and you will normally find fisherman along the beach, esplanade and round to Egypt point all year round and there is a great variety of fish to be caught from these waters such as bass, mackerel, sole, gurnard & plaice on the Summer months and cod, bass, dabs, and whiting in the Winter

The town is most famous for Cowes Week, which takes place in early August and sees the whole town transformed into an international venue for competition on sea, and entertainment on land, the town is not only the yachting center of the Isle of Wight but arguably the world.

A visit to Cowes Week is a must for any visitor to the Island, not only to appreciate the riot of excitement and colour out at sea, but also to enjoy the electric atmosphere ashore. During the week the Yacht Haven buzzes with live entertainment and events, and in the evenings crew members relax and discuss the day’s results in one of the towns many restaurants and pubs (reputedly having more per square mile than any other town in the UK).

Cowes week is not the only event to be held here as it is host to a number of fantastic events throughout the year including the classic power boat race, the famous ‘Round the Island Race’ starts and finishes here, Little Britain challenge, Food shows, Isle of Wight Literary Festival and many more. It is also home to some great attractions and historical buildings such as Sir Max Aitken Museum and Northwood House.

Located between Cowes and Newport you will find picturesque Thorness Bay a lovely little bay accessible from the coastal path and backed on to by Thorness Bay holiday park offering a fantastic range of self catering accommodation as well as camping and touring, this park is a all action park with entertainment, kids club, bar, restaurant and pool.

See the ‘Where to Stay ‘page for a list of Cowes holiday accommodation

 Part of the 8 Wonders of the Isle of Wight originally found on a series of postcards ‘Cowes you cannot milk.’ 

Travel Information:

Cowes is home to the Red Jet the foot passenger ferry service from Southampton which drops off at the Terminal in the Centre of Cowes, from here you can catch a bus into Newport (no 1 passing either the the Park & Ride or Round house )and the stop is located directly outside the Red Jet terminal, this service runs every 7-8 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes in the evening. For those looking to catch a taxi there are two ranks available one is opposite the terminal outside the Fountain Inn and the other is a short walk away at the Co-op super market where another bus stop is also located.



There as a small laundry located at the bottom of Mill Hill Road close to town – this is a coin-operated laundry.

Post Office

There is a post office inside the Co-op store which is open most days

Doctors & Dentists

Cowes Medical Centre – 200 Newport Road, Cowes, Isle Of Wight – 01983 295251

Amery House Dental Practice – 4 Terminus Road, Cowes, Isle Of Wight – 01983 291863

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Cowes, Isle of Wight


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