The Belmont - Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Attractions on the Isle of Wight

Popular Places to visit whilst your here:

There is a vast amount of places to visit on the island, hopefully this page will help you plan before you arrive here or give you a good idea before hand. Because of Covid we no longer have Brochures in the Hotel, we have entered them here for your most updated information from each attraction.

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  •   Isle of Wight Steam Railway

    The sight of powerful majestic steam engines, the  charm of quiet rural stations, and the friendliness of  traditionally uniformed staff, will leave you with some enduring memories of a special day out.

  •  Osbourne House

    Osborne House is a former royal residence in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK. The house was built between 1845 and 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and rural retreat.

  •   Carisbrook Castle (10 miles)

    One of the main tourist attractions in the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke Castle is best known as the place where King Charles I was imprisoned.

  • Wildheart Animal Sanctuary (3.4 Miles)

    The Isle of Wight Wildheart Animal Sanctuary is a family-run zoo with a special interest in tigers and
    lemurs. The zoo was built within the ruins of a Victorian Fort built to guard Sandown’s coast

  •   The Needles (20 miles)

    Our world famous coloured sand cliffs overlook the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark – The Needles Rocks and Lighthouse.

    Black Rock Charters & Fishing

    Black Rock Charters welcomes you, your friends and your whole family.  Why not experience one of our Fishing Trips, Needles Cruises or why not come and visit us at our friendly Booking Office & Tackle Shop.  We have rods for hire, baits and tackle for fishing.  We also have a Crab Shack with our famous crab bait and crabbing equipment for the whole family.

    Dimbola Museum & Galleries

    Dimbola Lodge was the Isle of Wight home of the Victorian pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron from 1860 to 1875. It is now owned by the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust, which runs the Dimbola Museum and Galleries.

  •   Isle of Wight Pearl

    Isle of Wight Pearl houses the largest collection of pearl jewellery in the UK.

  •   Owl and Monkey Haven

    The Isle of Wight’s multi-award winning animal attraction with full charitable status! Home to a diverse collection of rescued primates and birds of prey

    Donkey Santuary

    The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary has 97 donkeys and 26 ponies, all of whom are either rescued or abandoned.
    They are given a ‘forever home’ in 55 acres of countryside in the Wroxall valley where they get first class care and welfare. Over 50 volunteers support the staff at the Sanctuary to ensure that the donkeys ‘want for nothing’.

  •   Amazon World

    Amazon World Zoo Park has a huge range of unusual rare and exotic animals, spanning the entire animal kingdom.

  •   Haven Falconry

    Tucked away in Havenstreet in our special corner of the Isle of Wight we have
    a wonderful collection of owls, hawks, falcons and doves

  •   Butterfly World & Fountain World

    A visit provides the opportunity to see hundreds of butterflies flying freely in a natural environment. The tropical gardens are authentic reproductions of Italian and Japanese gardens with a delightful range of water features.

  •   Brading Roman Villa

    Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Roman sites in the UK.

  •   Newport Roman Villa

    Fine example of a Romano-British farmhouse built in 280 AD. Well preserved bath suite with hypocaust central heating.

  •   Rosemary Vineyard

    Rosemary Vineyard, one of the largest producers of English Wine, covering 30 acres, Rosemary Vineyard is ideally placed to make the most of the mild Island

    Isle of Wight Distillery

    Rooted in the natural landscape of this unique island, we’re the Isle of Wight’s first and only distillery. Our founders Xavier and Conrad and our small team distil spirits shaped by our stunning surroundings, and the unique character of our island. Doing things differently, minimising waste, using ethically sourced and often local ingredients to craft a range of smooth, complex spirits.

    Adgestone Vineyard

    Adgestone, the place of beauty where you can relax with the whole family. Take an audio tour and go underground into one of the oldest commercial wine cellars in England. Impress your friends with your new wine tasting skills. Enjoy something to eat in our modern café with a light lunch, cream tea or delicious sharing platter. Unwind for the afternoon with a glass of English Wine.

    Fort Victoria

    Built on the north shore of the Isle of Wight to guard the Solent the remains of Fort Victoria now house a Archaeology Discovery Centre, Planetarium, Model Railway, Reptilarium and Cafe.
    The surrounding Country Park offers Seashore and Woodland walks and the site is one of the best vantage points for watching the Solents boats and shipping.

  •   Garlic Farm

    They’ve been growing garlic on the Isle of Wight for over 50 years now and are the UK’s largest specialist garlic grower. 

  •   The House of Chilli

    The House of Chilli is a hothouse of chilli inspired creativity based on the holiday hotspot of the Isle of Wight.

  •   Bembridge Fort

    In a commanding position on top of Bembridge Down, Isle of Wight, this derelict Victorian fort is now open for volunteer-run guided tours.

  •   Quarr Abbey

    The old abbey, founded in 1132, was the centre of life
    on the Island until its dissolution by Henry V111.

  •   Classic Boat Museum

    We are able to offer a fascinating collection of sailing and power boats of local and national interest to both family visitors and maritime enthusiasts alike.

  •   Isle of Wight Bus  and CoachMuseum

    The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum was established in 1997 and contains an impressive display of vintage buses and coaches, collected to show the Island’s transport heritage.

  •   Shanklin Chine

    Enjoy the unique tranquillity of Shanklin Chine, the Isle of Wight’s oldest tourist attraction, which first opened in 1817.

  •   Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

    The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary was first established in 1987 to provide any donkey in distress or otherwise in need of care and attention, a safe and permanant home.

  •   Oasis

    The Oasis is unique shop based on the Isle of Wight selling Teak furniture,
    Cushions, Candles, flowers, homeware and much more.

  •   Glory Art Glass

    A family run glassblowing studio and gallery

  •   Godshill Model Village

    Visit over 3000 carefully tended varieties of trees and shrubs set in nearly two acres of the most intricate landscaped gardens on the Island. Lovingly reproduced 1/10th scale models of Godshill, Shanklin, miniature railway and much more!

    The Old Smithy & Gardens

    Come and stroll through our beautiful gardens and browse the shops. Choose from a wide range of gifts from cards to collectables, books, pictures, candles, pens, pottery, glassware and much more. The ideal place for that unusual gift.

  •    Arreton Barns

    Enjoy watching local skilled artisans at work in the craft centres, browse local shops and take in the numerous displays of rural life of times gone by.

  • Shipwreck Centre

    There is something of interest for everyone in this attraction, bursting at the seams with Spanish gold and silver, thousands of treasures recovered from under the sea, antique and present day diving equipment, ship models, the strange Merman, and a multitude of other intriguing relics from the past.

  •   Calbourne Mill

    Set in 35 acres of stunning rural landscape,Calbourne Water Mill contains one of the oldest working water mills in the country, dating back to the Domesday Book.

  •   Botanical Gardens

    “Nestling in the microclimate of The Undercliff, Ventnor Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight has a subtropical and exotic plant collection unrivalled elsewhere in the UK.

  •   Bembridge Windmill

    This little gem is a Grade 1 listed building and one of the island’s most iconic images. Built around 1700, it last operated in 1913 but still has most of its original machinery intact.

  •   The Needles old and New Battery (20 miles)

    Perched high above the Needles at the extreme tip of the Island, with unrivalled views of the Solent and unspoilt countryside, is the Needles Old Battery a Victorian fort built in 1862 and used throughout both World Wars.

  •   Paddle Steamer Waverley

    Waverley is one of the world’s greatest historic ships – the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world – magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks and gleaming varnish and brass.

  •   Nunwell House and Gardens

    A family home since 1522, of great historic and architectural interest

    Isle of wight Glass Museum

    There are over 1200 pieces on show, including many unique and never before seen pieces, in two galleries.

     Lilliput Doll Museum.

    This cottage museum was established in Brading, Isle of Wight in 1974, and was formed from the private doll collection started by the Munday family in 1960. It is acknowledged as being one of the finest and most important collections in Great Britain with over 2000 exhibits on display dating circa 2000 BC to approximately 1950 AD.

     Island Planetarium.

    The Island Planetarium offers a fascinating journey through time & space; stimulating your imagination & mind, in our astrodome theatre & exhibition.

     West Wight Alpacas.

    West Wight Alpacas is a trekking and alpaca stud farm set within 23-acres of picturesque countryside in the village of Wellow on the Isle of Wight and is home to a wonderful herd of unique Suri alpacas. We’ve opened our doors so you can come trekking with these adorable animals and get to know your cushing from your pronking or you can just as easily drop into our farm café and shop, while you watch the alpacas roam around.

    The Wight Military and Heritage Museum

    The museum holds an interesting mix of tanks , artifacts , other vehicles , small arms and a range of uniforms from the 1940’s to the present day. Learn about life in wartime and  about  those who contributed so much to the war effort as you investigate the replica street scene and other exhibits

    St Catherines Lighthouse.

    The lighthouse is situated at Niton Undercliffe, five miles from Ventnor on the Isle of Wight and comprises a white octagonal tower with 94 steps up to the lantern. A fixed red subsidiary light displayed from a window seven metres below the main light and marks the Atherfield Ledge; it is visible for 17 miles in clear weather and was first exhibited in 1904.

    Robin Hill Country Park

    With some incredible day and night time experiences to be found throughout the season, Robin Hill, set in 88 acres of beautiful countryside really is the destination for visitors of all ages looking for outdoor fun, adventure and great family experiences.

     Blackgang Chine.

    With over 17o years of Magic Blackgang Chine is the UK’s oldest theme park.
    It was founded by a young entrepreneur named Alexander Dabell in 1843, when all that stood at Blackgang was the Chine itself. A spectacular gorge that cut some 500 foot deep into the cliff face, the Victorians travelled from far and wide to Blackgang Chine to experience its breathtaking views.

I stayed in Room 20 and it was lovely. The hotel is beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay (3 x nights). The breakfast was delicious with a good choice. Linda & Des were really welcoming and friendly. There were lots of lovely little touches around in the room and throughout the hotel (little shop with snacks, essentials you may have forgotten etc) There are lots of accommodation choices in the area, but I would thoroughly recommend The Belmont Hotel. An absolute gem!
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Date of stay: April 2022
Room Tip: There are lots of photos of each room, which helps when choosing.
- Londongirl050