The Isle of Wight is a small Island located around four miles off the coast of Hampshire and separated by a stretch of water called the Solent.

The Island is a UK County, and has holiday resorts that have been visitor destinations since Victorian times. It is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland and chines.
The Island has been home to the poets Swinburne, Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home, Osborne House at East Cowes. It has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat building, sail making, the manufacture of flying boats, hovercraft, and Britain’s space rockets.

Living and working on the Isle of Wight.

The Isle of Wight is host to an annual music festival which, in 1970, was the largest rock music event ever held. It has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe.
The island has played an important part in the defence of the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, and been near the front-line of conflicts through the ages, including the Spanish Armada and the Battle of Britain. Rural for most of its history, its Victorian fashionability and the growing affordability of holidays led to significant urban development during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
Apart from a shared police force, there are few administrative links with Hampshire. The fastest public transport link to the mainland is the hovercraft from Ryde to Southsea, while three ferry and two catamaran services cross the Solent to Southampton, Lymington and Portsmouth.


The Isle of Wight — 7 Comments

    • I worked on the Island for several years and I will always take it as one of the most beautiful places on earth. With so many and precious memories-friendly people and a gorgeous landscape-I so appreciate and love your site that I visit it almost on daily basis and thus virtually visiting the Isle of Wight again and again from Slovakia.

  1. My family in Perth W. Australia regularly check your webcams (as I do) They are most impressed that they can feel closer to home through your views.
    Have you thought of approaching Wightlink and Red Funnel to see if they would finance and place a webcam at their terminals? With so many ferries back and forth it would make good viewing and cover other new parts of the Island.
    Just a thought! Best wishes

  2. We have been going over to you lovely Island for our holidays for the past 30 years, Our plan is to move over but until then we will continue watching your lovely Webcams, See you all in a few weeks

  3. My grandma was from the Isle of Wight and I visit regularly with husband and daughters who fell head over heels for this beautiful and unique island. It’s nice to keep in touch with your webcams… especially in these troubled times. Hope to be able to come over soon… we miss you !!

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