Holidays in Ryde are know for their Victorian holiday atmosphere and its miles of golden sands. A stroll along the Esplanade will take you past the ice rink, ten-pin bowling, bowling green and children’s fairground. Keep walking and you will pass the imposing Victorian folly of Appley Tower, with nearby Puckpool Park providing a great place for the children to play and the adults to relax. Beachside cafes serve much needed refreshment, and you can always take a stroll back to town. The Pier, built at the height of the Victorian era, still welcomes visitors from across the Solent. The town is known as the gateway to the Eastern Isle, with its Wightlink foot passenger fast ferry and Hovercraft links, and car ferry which comes into nearby Fishbourne From here you can catch a bus to all of the Island’s principal towns or take the train through to Brading, Lake, Sandown and Shanklin. The largest town on the Isle of Wight and its shops are some of the most varied, with plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from when you finish your long day’s shopping.
There are a number of great hotels to choose from as well as some smaller friendly bed and breakfasts andboutique guest accommodation, along the front and in the main town you will find a number of apartments and town houses for those looking for a self catering holiday in Ryde.
Situated just outside of Ryde is Quarr Abbey which is home to a small group of Benedictine monks who strive to dedicate their lives to the glory of God, the abbey is open to visitors and has a lovely cafe with picturesque gardens to enjoy as well as a gallery showing local artistry.
Appley beach is one of the Island’s most popular sandy beaches. Its wide expanse of fine golden sand is backed by small cafes, beach shops, play areas and a 9-hole pitch and putt course. A road train takes visitors from the Esplanade to Puckpool park, passing Appley Tower, a 19th Century folly and one of the most famous landmarks. In recent years Appley beach has become a popular venue for the sport of beach football.
Ryde Fact File
Ryde Pier is a listed structure which is the fourth longest pier in the United Kingdom, and also the oldest • The church of St. Mary’s was built in 1846 and was designed by Joseph Hansom, inventor of the hansom cab • Ryde is noted for its carnivals, and its main procession is the oldest in England. There are five throughout the year – an Arts Parade in June; Children’s, Main and Illuminated processions at the end of August and a Lantern Parade in December • Ryde Carnival remains the Island’s largest, with local crowds and mainland visitors totalling in excess of 50,000 spectators • The movie director Anthony Minghella was born in Ryde in 1954. The Island’s Minghella Film Festival is named in his honour.
Part of the 8 Wonders of the Isle of Wight originally found on a series of postcards ‘Ryde where you walk..’
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