The Belmont - Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Travelling Around

Nearly 500 miles of roads and more than 500 miles of footpaths and bridleways give easy access to most of the Isle of Wight. Explore by bus, train, car, bicycle, on foot or horseback.

Even if you come by car, sometimes the driver wants a day of no driving, or you need a taxi to get to your restaurant so you can relax and have a drink. On this page we will supply public transport options, private taxi options and cycle & car hire.

Tourist Parking Permit – Cars

From 1 April 2014, a new all-island tourist parking permit will become available, and will cover all* on- and off-street parking managed by the Isle of Wight Council.

*Please note that the tourist permit is not valid for the following car parks :

Co-op, Denmark Road, Cowes
Pier Square, Yarmouth
Yarmouth Harbour
Browns/Dinosaur Isle, Sandown

The permit can be purchased for the following time periods :

2 days £11.50
3 days £17.75
4 days £22.75
7 days £39.25
14 days £72.25

These new permits are only available through PayByPhone (, or by telephone (01983) 331331.  There is also an App to download for iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

Please note :

  • The tourist parking permit does not guarantee a parking space in any on-or off-street council parking area.
  • No refunds will be made whether the permit has been used, partially used or unused.
  • Failure to comply with the above may result in a penalty charge notice being issued

Public Transport:

Southern Vectis buses 08712002233
Our terrific double-deck open top tours are a grandstand way to see the beauty of our glorious island. Our Needles Breezer has been described as ‘one of the most spectacular bus rides in Britain’.

Island Line Train
Take the Island Line from Shanklin to Ryde on the old London underground stock, Change at Smallbrooke and board our Steam Train which takes you through Havenstreet and Wootten. See scenery you won’t see by car.

Islandexplorer. We are pleased to be able offer tours of the Island in our luxury air-conditioned 16 seat mini-coach. The coach will be operated under contract with Seaview Services Ltd who were one of many private Island operators who ran excursions for holiday makers from Ryde Esplanade in the early 1960’s right up to the early 1980’s.


Akar taxis 01983 401233
Akar Taxis is a family run Taxi & Minibus business based in the sunny resorts of Sandown & Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. We pride ourselves on being punctual, reliable and friendly. 1-8 seater minibuses available
Door to Door 01983 404554

Ace Taxis 01983 210559
Are you going on holiday? Need to make sure you get to the airport on time?
Then give Ace Taxi a call. With 29 years’ experience, you can relax without worrying about making your flight. And with our fully air conditioned vehicle, you’ll be travelling in the utmost comfort and safety.

Bike & Car Hire:

South Wight Rentals 01983 864263
South Wight Rentals was established in January 1982, some of the partners having been already involved in car hire since 1978.  So you can be assured that you are in safer hands dealing with people with over 31 years experience in the field of self-drive hire.

1st Call  01983 400055
Car & Bike Hire.
TAV Cycles, Ryde ………………………………………….
Tavcycles is a long established friendly local bike shop.

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