All in a Day: Isle of Wight

Date Posted: 08/05/2013

Osborne House Isle of Wight |  Group Travel Trips

Pictured: Osborne House, Queen Victoria's seaside palace.

Plan a royal day out on the Isle of Wight, visiting Queen Victoria’s former haunt, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, and her seaside palace, Osborne House.

It’s the beautiful landscape that makes a group visit to the Isle of Wight so very special. And with 2013 marking 50 years since more than half of the island was first designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; there has never been a better time to sail away to the Isle of Wight.

From cool coastal weekends to a longer group holiday and sunny spring breaks to warm winter escapes, the Isle of Wight really does offer something for everyone.

It first became a popular holiday destination when Queen Victoria made Osborne her home, and it still plays host to a huge range of visitors - whether you’re looking for a traditional seaside holiday, an indulgent short break, or a few days of outdoor activities in the refreshing seaside air.

9am - Depart Portsmouth

Travel to the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth with Wight Link Ferries, which offers a number of benefits for group travel organisers.

The journey across to Fishbourne Terminal takes approximately 40 minutes, with an onward journey time to Osborne House of 35 minutes.

10.15am - Tour Queen Victoria’s Osborne House

“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” - such were the words of Queen Victoria after her first visit to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.

No group trip to the island would be complete without a visit to this royal seaside palace (now managed by English Heritage) where the Queen lived with her beloved Prince Albert and their nine children.

Take an intimate glimpse into Queen Victoria’s family life as you tour the nursery and private rooms of Victoria and Albert. 

Ventnor Seafront Isle of Wight | Group Travel Trips

Pictured: Groups can enjoy a stroll along Ventnor seafront.

Marvel at the magnificence of the Royal Apartments including the sumptuous drawing and dining rooms, and the richly decorated Indian-inspired Durbar Room.

Groups should also take time to admire the stunning view from the terraces across the Solent - said to remind Prince Albert of the bay of Naples; and stroll through Osborne’s extensive grounds. 

Don’t miss the miniature Swiss Cottage - built to teach the royal children the art of household management, and groups can now explore Queen Victoria’s private beach.

12.30pm - Lunch and souvenir hunting in Ryde

Settle back and enjoy the scenery, as a short coach trip takes you through the winding road along the seafront at Ryde. 

Group travel organisers can book lunch at the historic Yelfs Hotel, which can be followed up by a spot of souvenir hunting in Union Street.
 
2pm - Depart Ryde

Depart Ryde for the 45-minute journey to Ventnor Botanical Gardens.

2.45pm - Arrive Ventnor Botanical Gardens

The haunt of the young Queen Victoria, Ventnor still retains a strong atmosphere of its Victorian heyday.

Due to its position on the island with a sub-tropical climate, Ventnor has beautiful Botanical Gardens with many rare plants that fail to grow anywhere else in England plus 100-year-old palms, a medicinal herb garden and the Temperate House, containing many exotic plants.

Group organisers should allow at least an hour to explore the gardens.

3.45pm - Afternoon tea/ice creams on the seafront

Reputed to be have been one of the healthiest places to live in Britain, Ventnor soon gained a large population of people seeking the healthy properties of this pure air and tranquil resort. 

The rows of Victorian villas can still be seen on the Ventnor skyline, and it’s an ideal place for afternoon tea, an ice cream, or a simple stroll along the seafront.

4.15pm - Head back to the mainland

Depart Ventnor for Fishbourne Terminal where a short ferry journey will take you back to the mainland.

For further group travel information contact:

01983-813813
www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

 

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