Ryde offers a fantastic variety of things to do to keep the whole family entertained. Home to a variety of sea life, the beach offers the essential rock pooling and dog lovers will be pleased to hear that the beaches are pet-friendly. The Esplanade has many attractions, including a children’s theme park, a boating lake and a bowling alley with laser tag. Union Street in the centre of the town is ideal for browsing the boutiques and shops or sampling the cafes and independent restaurants.
Ryde’s history includes the Victorian Fort at Puckpool Park and the impressive Appley Tower; both are worth a visit to spend time discovering their past.
A trip to the award-winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway is where you can take a leisurely ride across the island on a steam locomotive – one for the rail enthusiasts.
Inland from Ryde is Wootton. Gems to explore include the woodland trails and Firestore Copse, a conservation area to see some of the Island’s wildlife: the elusive red squirrel, herons and kingfishers. A visit to Quarr Abbey offers an alternative view of modern-day life; this scenic monastery and Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to French Benedictine monks and includes an art gallery, café, farm and shop. Quarr Abbey is steeped in history and intrigue and a tour is highly recommended.
Attractions & Activities
Ryde Super Bowl,
The Pavilion, The Esplanade, Ryde, Isle of Wight,
PO33 2EL. Tel: 01983 617070
Here you can enjoy Ten Pin bowling as well as the recent addition of Laser Quest. Set in a beautiful Victorian Pavilion on the Esplanade, it is fully equipped with a café, bar and sun terrace.
Peter Pan Funfair,
23 Esplanade, Ryde, Isle of Wight,
PO33 2DZ. Tel: 01983 566339
Located on the seafront, Peter Pan’s Funfair offers fairground rides for young children. There is a small roller coaster, slides, water walkers, amusements and activities, all with great views across The Solent.
Westridge Centre, Brading Rd, Ryde, Isle of Wight,
PO33 1QS. Tel: 01983 565366
An outdoor Go-Karting circuit for the whole family and all abilities. The Centre is open whatever the weather and has a bar and café on site for that all-important pit stop.
IOW Steam Railway,
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight,
PO33 4DS. Tel: 01983 882284
This award-winning attraction offers a unique experience, where you can take a ride on a restored steam locomotive. The steam railway runs for five miles from Wootton to Smallbrook Junction through small rural stations. It also connects with the local train provider, Island line, at Smallbrook Junction station. Many regular events are organised and hosted here, so be sure to check the upcoming events before your visit.
Ryde Golf Club,
Binstead Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight,
PO33 3NF. Tel: 01983 614809
Located on the outskirts of Ryde, this lovely course enjoys sea views and an excellent clubhouse. The challenging two, nine-hole, par 70 parkland course, attracts seasoned golfers and the Club also welcomes new players as well.
Westridge Golf Centre,
Brading Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight,
PO33 1QS. Tel: 01983 613131
Westridge Golf Centre offers a friendly and relaxed welcome with an exceptional driving range, shop and a nine-hole, par 31 course.
Esplanade, Ryde, Isle of Wight,
PO33 1JA. Tel: 01983 563656
Located on Ryde seafront, Waterside is a 25m indoor pool near the boating lake and beach. During warmer summer months, the roof is retracted to create an outdoor pool so that everyone can enjoy the sunshine.
Pubs & Restaurants:
The Fishbourne Inn: An “Inn of Distinction” with quality dining and Solent views.
The White Hart Inn, Havenstreet: A traditional, family run village pub.
Ristorante Michelangelo, Ryde: An authentic Italian dining experience.
The Alamo Steakhouse, Ryde: A steakhouse and grill with a themed menu and quirky interior.
The Duck, Ryde: Enjoy sea views alongside honest and exceptional contemporary food.