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Real Time Traffic information - www.keepmoving.co.uk

Wightlink - http://www.wightlink.co.uk
Portsmouth to Fishbourne &Yarmouth to Lymington routes. (Car Ferry).
Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head route. (Foot Passengers only). Catarmaran. The catamarans connect the railway stations at either end of the service in around 20 minutes. (No bookings necessary).

Red Funnel - http://www.redfunnel.co.uk
Southampton to East Cowes route (Car Ferry).
Southampton to West Cowes route. (Foot Passengers only). Red Jet Hi-Speed Service. (No bookings necessary).

Hovertravel - http://www.hovertravel.co.uk

Southsea to Ryde Esplanade. (Foot passengers only). (no booking necessary). Easy onward travel connections are available with our Hoverbus to Portsmouth, bus and train connections at Ryde plus large car parks at both terminals. Hovertravel - The 10 minute ferry link to the Isle Of Wight.

Train - http://www.thetrainline.com
Through train services from Waterloo and other main line stations via Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde to Shanklin Station.
Buses &Trains on the Isle of Wight - www.islandbuses.info

Move my bag - www.movemybag-isleofwight.com
If you are walking around the island this is an excellent service for moving bags from one hotel to the next.
Ryde Taxis - (01983) 811111

Jet Cars Taxis - (0800)123444/ (01983) 566566


Croquet is played regularly throughout the summer months (April to October) and visitors are welcome on a "Pay as you play”basis. www.rltcc.co.uk

Visit www.wightcycling.btinternet.co.uk for more local information on the best that cycling can offer the visitor.

Battersby Cycles Bike Hire in summer months only
2 Hill Street, (main shop), 106 High Street, (showroom) Ryde
Tel:+ 44 01983 562039 

TAV- Cycles Bike Hire www.tavcycles.co.uk
140 High Street,Ryde Tel:+44 01983 812989.


At Appley park , nine-hole open golf pitch 'n' putt course, with fabulous views over the Solent. This course is open all year round.
Tel:+44 01983 402447.

Puckpool Park has an 18-hole putting green and a 15-hole crazy golf course which is ideal for the family visits
Tel:+44 01983 562086

Ryde Golf Club - This 18-hole golf course is set in beautiful parkland split in two by a public footpath which joins Ryde and Binstead. The course is 5,772 yards / 5,280 metres in length and PAR 70. It is open from dawn to dusk all year. The course has a club shop and trolley hire. It is advisable to telephone and confirm if you are a group wishing to play. For more information contact : Ryde Golf Club, Park House, Binstead Road, Ryde. Secretary:Mr Richard Dean, Tel:+44 01983 614809

Westridge Golf Centre - is a family friendly facility and has a state of the art driving range with all the facilities you need to make practice rewarding and fun experience. For further information visit or contact
Westridge Golf Centre, Brading Rd, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1QS.
Tel:+44 01983 613131

Ice Skating

Ryde Arena, Ryde Ice Skating Rink - The Ice Rink has three Ice Hockey Teams, who regularly win games both here on the island and mainland. The Ice Rink has daily and after school ice skating sessions, ice disco's and special ice skating during the school holidays.

Ryde Arena, Quay Road, Esplanade, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2HH. Tel:01983 615155

Lawn Bowls & Ten Pin Bowling

Ryde Marina Bowls Club - Eastern Gardens, Esplanade, Ryde, PO33 1JA, Tel:+44 01983 564477
Isle of Wight Indoor Bowls Club - Ryde Airfield, Brading Road, Ryde, PO33 2QC, Tel:+44 01983 564336

LA Bowl - Ten Pin Bowling has 22 lanes of computerised tenpin bowling, Pacific fast food diner, fully licensed Pavilion Bar, Pavilion Cafe Bar, state of the art amusements and pool table. LA Bowl, The Pavilion, Esplanade, Ryde, PO33 2EL, Tel:+44 01983 617070


Trotters Riding School - Ashey Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2XE, Tel:+44 01983 568701

Upton Riding Stables - Newnham Road, Binstead, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 3TH, Tel:+44 01983 566801

Fairfields Farm Stables Yard - Stroud Wood Road, Haylands, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 4BY, Tel:+44 01983 568701

Brickfields Horse Country - Newnham Rd, Ryde, PO33 3TH
Tel:+44 01983 566801


The Waterside Pool - The Esplanade, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 1JA, Tel :+44 01983 563656


Westridge Squash - Brading Rd, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1QS.
Tel +44 01983 566243


Ryde Mead Tennis Club - www.rydemeadtennisclub.co.uk
Church Lane, Ryde, PO33 2NB, Tel:+44 01983 282692
Ryde Lawn Tennis &Croquet Club - www.rltcc.org
Playstreet Lane, Ryde, PO33 3BJ, Tel:+44 01983 562095

Restaurants in Ryde

Joe's Cafe Bar
Union Street, Ryde (01983) 567047

The Alamo
Steakhouse Bar &Grill
2 Castle Street, Ryde (01983) 562593 

Kevars Cafe
49 High Street, Ryde (01983) 615103
Opening times- Lunch times only

The Boat House
Springvale road, Seaview, (01983) 810616

Monsoon - Indian Restaurant
133-134 High Street, Ryde (01983) 562806
Opening times Monday-Sunday 12.00pm-2.30pm 6.00pm- Late

Alternative Restaurant
59 Union Street Ryde (01983) 568818

Cinnamon - contemporary indian restaurant
4 Union Street, Ryde (01983) 810944
Openng times 12.00-2.00pm/6.00pm-11.30pm

Michelangelo - Northern Italian Restaurant www.ristorantemichelangelo.co.uk
30 St Thomas Street, Ryde (01983) 811966

Blacksheep Bar and club lounge
53 Union street, Ryde (01983) 811006

Dos Amigos Restaurant - Mexican
Union Street, Ryde (01983) 568866

Ryde Tandori Restaurant
Union Street, Ryde (01983) 563165
Opening Times - 12 Midday - 2pm &6pm - midnight
(Seven days a week)

Fowlers (Wetherspoons)
Union Street, Ryde (01983) 812112
Food Serving Times
All day until 1 hour before closing.

Salvatore's Restaurant - Italian
21 Player Street, Ryde (01983) 565324
Food Serving Times
12 midday - 1.45pm &7pm - 9.30pm

Olivo Restaurant - Italian
33 Union Street, Ryde,PO33 2LE
Offering a range of tapas and Mediterranean dishes.
Telephone 01983 611118

Bombay Palace - Indian
Appley Rise, Ryde, PO33 1LE
Telephone 01983 811888


Adgestone Vineyard 
Upper Road, Adgestone, Sandown, PO36 0ES
Tel:01983 402503 Open all year. 10am-5.30pm. Free. Cafe on site.
One of the oldest vineyards in Britain, Adgestone is set on a south facing slope in ten acres of outstanding natural beauty overlooked by Brading Down, just half a mile from the Roman Villa

Amazon World Zoo Park - www.amazonworld.co.uk
A great day out for all of the family. Walk with the Lemurs. Cafe and gift shop on site.
Watery Lane, Nr Arreton IOW (01983) 867122 Open all year. 10.am-close.

Appuldurcombe House - www.appuldurcombe.co.uk

Home of the Isle of Wight Owl and Falconry Centre. Open from Sunday 16th April. 10.am -close.
Tel:01983 840188 / 852484
Situated on the South of the Island, just 2 miles from the coast at both Ventnor and Shanklin. Approach is along a half mile private drive from the road. It is a pleasant walk over the fields from Godshill.
Arreton Barns Craft Village - Arreton Village just look for the gypsy caravan.
Telephone 01983 539361

Bembridge Heritage Centre
A facinating exhibition housed in a forma Victorian school. Past and Present village life portrayed in photographs and artefacts
Bembridge Town (01983) 874218

Bembridge Windmill

The island only remaining windmill dating from around 1700 Free entry. National Trust Gift shop. Refreshment kiosk. NO W.C.
National Trust, Bembridge (01983) 873945

Blackgang Chine Fantasy Park - www.blackgangchine.com

A fantasy world for the child in all of us.Open 26th March -28th October. 10am -Close.£9.50 (4-60 years) Saver ticket £35 (family of 4)
Blackgang, Chale (01983) 730052

Brading Roman Villa
Morton Old Road Brading
Telephone (01983 406223)

New award winning exhibition and visitor centre at Brading Roman Villa. Experience for yourself what is was really like to be living in Roman times

Butterfly World and Fountain World

Landscaped indoor gardens with exoctic free flying butterflys .Open 1st April-31st October 10am-5.30pm.£5.50Adult £3.50 Child under 4 free.Gift &Coffee shops.

Medina Garden Centre Wotton (01983) 883430

Brickfields Horse Country

Everything equestrian, including riding school.

Newham Road, Binstead, IOW (01983) 566801

Carisbrooke Castle

Motte and Bailey castle where Charles 1 was imprisoned .Open all year round 10am-5pm summer &10am-4pm winter. Shop &Tea room. English Heritage

Telephone (01983) 522107 Newport

Chessell Pottery Barns

A working pottery where you can decorate your own pottery in the studio.

Chessell Near Calbourne Tel. (01983) 531248

Coastal Visitor Centre
Exhibition of all aspects of Isle of Wight Coastline including management of landslides.

Salisbury Gardens, Dudley Road , Ventnor
Telephone (01983) 855400

Colemans Animal Farm
Lots of animals to feed and cuddle, daily activities and demonstrations.March-Oct. 10am-5pm.Closed Mon except school holidays.

Colemans Lane Porchfield Telephone (01983) 522831

Dimbola Lodge Museum

Museum and photographic galleries in former house of Victorian photgrapher Julia Margaret Cameron.
Terrace Lane Freshwater Bay
Telephone (01983) 755578

Dinosaur Farm Museum

Talk to the experts working on the recently discovered dinosaur bones

Near Brightstone
Telephone (01983) 740844

Dinosaur Isle
Dinosaur Isle is Britain's first purpose built dinosaur museum. The building displays many fossils and life size constructions of the island dinosaurs

Culver Parade Sandown (01983) 404344

Donald McGill Museum &Archive

This museum is dedicated to the life of Donald McGill who was known as the 'King of the Seaside Postcard' of the 'King of the Saucy Seaside Postcard'.

This museum is situated on Union Street, Ryde. 
Telephone 01983 568555

The garlic farm shop

For the rather different souvenir
Mersley farm, mersley lane, newchurch, isle of wight, po36 0nr
open 9.00-5.00 monday to saturday 10-4 sunday

The garlic farm is situated on the isle of wight 6km from the towns of ryde, newport and sandown in the fertile arreton valley.
Telephone 01983865378

Godshill Model Village

See parts of the Island in miniature
10am-3.30pm(5-6pm April-Oct)

High Street, Godshill
Telephone (01983) 840270

Island Speedway Ltd
Smallbrook Stadium, Ashey Road, Ryde, PO31 www.islandspeedway.co.uk
Telephone 01983 811180

Premier League 500cc Motorcycle Speedway Racing. Enjoy a great evening out - bars, snacks, covered seating and free car park.

Open:Every Tuesday April to October &every Tuesday &Thursday in August. Gates open - 18:00, racing - 19:30 - 21:30.

Isle of wight pearl  

Chilton chine, military road, brighstone,
Telephone 01983 740352
open monday to saturday from 10am and sunday 10.30am to 4.30pmwww.isle-of-wight-pearl.com

Isle of Wight Zoo
Home to the finest collection of Tigers in Europe  www.isleofwightzoo.com
Yaverland Seafront Sandown
Telephone 01983 403883
Mottistone Manor Gardens

A magical garden set alongside an Elizabethan manor house (tenanted) www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-mottistone
Telephone 01983 741302
Oasis Shop 
Carpenters Road Brading Isle of Wight PO36 0QA
Telephone (01983) 613760

The Oasis is one of the most talked about shopping attractions in southern UK. With over 12,000 sq foot of unusual and dramatic products ranging from Hand carved Teak Furniture directly imported from the small Indonesian island of Bali. Home ware gifts including candles, glassware, giftware and table ornaments.

Osborne House
Discover Queen Victoria's Island residence and wonderful gardens.Open all year,closed Mondays &Tuesdays Nov-March
Telephone (01983) 200022

Owl and Monkey Haven, 5 Acres Farm, Staplers Road, Newport
Telephone 01983 530885
Open all year round, Adopt an animal for your loved one. Gift shop, Birthday parties, Tea rooms. 
Visit www.owlandmonkeyhaven.co.uk for more information

Quarr Abbey

Monastry of Benedictine Monks

On the main road betweed Ryde and Newport
Telephone (01983) 882420

Robin Hill Country Adventure Park

Woodland walks and adventure play areas make this a great place for all of the family.Open17th March-2ndNovember 10am-5pm August 10a.m-6pm.
Telephone (01983) 730052

Rosemary Vineyard
One of the UKs largest vineyards, free wine tasting, guided walks.
Smallbrook Lane, Ryde
Telephone (01983) 811084

Seaview Wildlife Encounter
Award winning wildlife park with a unique hands-on programme. Cafe and gift shop on site. Open April 1st-28th October.
Springvale, Seaview, Nr Ryde
Telephone (01983) 612261
Shanklin Chine
A scenic gorge of sandstone cliffs with waterfalls and stream leading to the beach.
Telephone (01983) 866432

The Quay Arts Centre

Live events, Cinema and visual arts centre
Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport
Telephone (01983) 822490

The Needles Park

See the Islands most famous views, watch glass blowing
and sweet making demonstrations and see
the remarkable coloured sands. Open March-Oct.
Alum Bay
Telephone (0870) 4580022

Ventnor Botanic Garden 

Well maintained gardens in the heart of Ventnor, Garden walks
and coffee shop
Telephone (01983) 855397

Telephone 0871 200 2000

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