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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“Well worth going to Osborne House if you want to learn about queen Victoria.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Island
“Hiking, wild beaches and breath taking cliffs. You can take a ferry from Southampton pier to Isle of Wight and organize a day trip.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Park
“England's first ever 'theme' park. All about fantasy, with Pirates, Fairies and Dinosaurs. A great day out with kids.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“A historic pub with a fabulous menu and locally caught crab dishes - a firm favourite with locals. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Osbourne House - a palace in the Italian style, built by Queen Victoria and her husband Albert as a summer seaside residence in the town of East Cowes on the north coast of the Isle of Wight in 1845-51 Since 1921 is a public museum.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Well worth a visit, especially if you are an English Heritage member. You can walk along the spit to the castle. Alternatively there is a little ferry operating (not year round).”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
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“This is a great place to eat. Booking essential in peak season and weekends.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Park
“Lovely activity park for children with plenty to keep adults busy too. No horrendous queues.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Entertainment
“English Heritage castle near Newport. Fun activities like jousting in the Summer”
  • 17 locals recommend
Lodging
“Farm park with lots of animals, go karts, climbing, soft play and a great restaurant. Much more besides.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
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“Floor to ceiling windows and heated outdoor terrace put you in prime position to enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views of the marina, Lymington, the Solent and the Isle of Wight. From breakfast to sandwiches, lunches and dinners – homemade cakes and pastries, fresh seafood, popular sharing platters and old favourites alongside an ever-changing specials menu.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Look out for drop in yoga classes or just visit the gardens for a relaxing look around. Good cafe and a selection of island favourite plants to buy”
  • 22 locals recommend
Nature
“No visit to the Island is complete without a visit to the iconic Needles. The cable car ride and boat trip is well worth doing if the weather permits. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We love this place because David serves the most amazing fish dishes with care and flair!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The Island's most hip restaurant on the west side of the Island. Go there for the amazing sunsets and seafood. The restaurant has a boat to collect sailors coming from Lymington and a shuttle to collect Londoners arriving in Yarmouth! It is expensive and so popular you need to book well in advance in the peak season.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“Right in the middle of the harbour with good views out towards the Isle of Wight”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“This is a great place to eat. Booking essential in peak season and weekends.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Café
“Floor to ceiling windows and heated outdoor terrace put you in prime position to enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views of the marina, Lymington, the Solent and the Isle of Wight. From breakfast to sandwiches, lunches and dinners – homemade cakes and pastries, fresh seafood, popular sharing platters and old favourites alongside an ever-changing specials menu.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We love this place because David serves the most amazing fish dishes with care and flair!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Island's most hip restaurant on the west side of the Island. Go there for the amazing sunsets and seafood. The restaurant has a boat to collect sailors coming from Lymington and a shuttle to collect Londoners arriving in Yarmouth! It is expensive and so popular you need to book well in advance in the peak season.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“Formal dining - good food in a beautiful Old Mill - lovely outdoor seating on a warm evening”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our friends Ben and Holly have just won the Good Food guide's best local restaurant and for good reason! Stunning location overlooking the Solent with the best sunset views on the Island. Wonderful and inspired cuisine.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“You can take the ferry from Lymington to Isle of Wight and walk to the Red Lion, it makes a good lunch stop, and then you can walk off lunch getting back to the ferry. Very pretty waterside walk”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good for breakfast and lunch, morning coffee. Interesting and varied menu. They also sell their own sour-dough bread which is the best in Ventnor.”
  • 21 locals recommend

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