East Cowes is a marina town located across from the main town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight separated by the river Medina, the floating bridge serves as crossing point from the two towns transporting foot and car passenger back and forth daily since 1849 when it was first constructed and originally powered by horses.

The town has an eclectic mixture of shops to explore as well as some small cafes, pubs and restaurants and is the main drop of point for the Red Funnel car ferry services located at the very front of the town.

In recent years the town has undergone some major developments bringing in a fresher look to the town and a brand new Waitrose store and other new businesses.

The towns most famous visitor and resident was Queen Victoria who built her summer home, Osborne House in East Cowes and was said to have quoted “It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” . The house is now looked after by English Heritage who open the house and stunning gardens to the public for tours and events such as the Summer Show and the annual Victorian Christmas along with other great events through out the year. Another famous building in East Cowes in Norris Castle which although no longer opened to the public can be seen  standing on the north-east point of East Cowes and was once visited by King George IV  in 1819, and the future Queen Victoria with her mother the Duchess of Kent in 1831.

East Cowes and a good selection of B&B as well as self catering accommodation for those looking at staying in the town holiday accommodation that can be viewed on our Where to Stay tab above, a popular choice is the Waverley Holiday Park which offers self catering caravan accommodation as well as camping and touring, the park is on gently sloping grounds leading down to the seafront which affords the park magnificent views of the Solent and the passing sail boats and cruise ships.

East Cowes is perfectly located close to the busy town of Cowes for an evening out and a short bus route from the main town of Newport which is great for a days shopping


East Cowes Tourist Information Point

Isle of Wight Tourist Information Centres

Valu 4 U
Castle Street
Isle of Wight
PO32 6RD

Tel: +44 (0)1983 280656

East Beach  A short walk from the town centre, you will discover a sand and shingle beach suitable for swimming and canoeing. The beach has fantastic views across West Cowes, its marina and out across the Solent. It is good for beach family swimming and as it is tucked away behind the town it a great beach to visit if you are looking for somewhere quite to relax.

Bus Routes: 

East Cowes – Ryde – via Osborne House – Whippingham – Wooton and Binstead (runs hourly)

East Cowes – Newport – via Osborne House and Whippingham



East Cowes, Isle of Wight

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