Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom

Isle Of Wight

One of the most popular resorts in England is Isle of Wight – the largest island of the United Kingdom.
Initially Isle of Wight was part of Hampshire. In 1980 it became independent administrative county. The Island is very rich in history, many famous people chose it as their summer residence.

Isle of Wight, United Kigdom The motto of the Island is “All this beauty is of God” – the words refer to John Keats poem “Endymion”, written after he visited the Island.
Some visitors describe Isle of Wight as the English Madeira because almost half of its 147 square meters has been designated as An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Island Harbor offers well-appointed facilities, which makes it attractive for annual moorings and yachting. Island Harbor - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

One of the main tourist attractions on the island is Carisbrooke Castle, best known as the place where King Charles was imprisoned for over a year. The Castle, set high on a hill, has Norman structure based on a Saxon fort that occupied the site in the 8th Century.

Carisbrooke Castle - Isle of Wight, United Kigdom During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I a large-scale refortification program was undertaken, including the vast earthworks surrounding Carisbrooke Castle, and the landscaped gardens.

Carisbrooke Castle Chapel, St Nicholas in Castro
St Nicholas in Castro - Carisbrooke Castle Chapel, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Carisbrooke Castle Courtyard and Governors House - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom Carisbrooke Castle Courtyard and Governors House
For hundreds of years donkeys have drawn up water in the Well-house. They still give demonstrations today of how this fascinating piece of early engineering. Well-house in Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Donkey in the Well-house - Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight, UK Nowadays drawing water is purely ceremonial and is the highlight of the Carisbrooke Castle’s visit. It takes the donkey six minutes to bring up one bucket of water holding about ten gallons and while in the wheel it walks about 300 meters. The working week is no more than three hours a day.

All the donkeys’ names begin with the letter ‘J’. This tradition started from Charles I when he wrote letters and was planning to escape the prison at Carisbrooke he always he always signed his letters with a ‘J’. So for 150 years all the donkeys at the castle have had a name beginning with ‘J’.

Another attraction in Isle of Wight is Osborne House – an Italianate mansion designed by Prince Albert in 1846. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert loved their home and spent many happy family days there. After Albert’s premature death in 1861, Queen Victoria often returned to Osborne. Today, Osborne House is under the care of English Heritage and is open to the public.

Osborne House - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom Osborne House - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Shanklin is very popular seaside resort. There is a charming little complex of thatched houses standing at the head of the Shanklin Chine, which is a spectacular ravine 300 feet deep. Shanklin is a town of great character and charm with many interesting small shops and a variety of hotels and apartments in former Victorian country houses.

Shanklin - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom Shanklin - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

The ancient village of Arreton, settled over 1000 years ago, is set in the traditional and geographical heart of the island.
People enjoy watching local skilled artisans at work in the craft centre, browse local shops, and take in the numerous displays of rural life of times gone by.
The village regularly holds exhibitions, demonstrations, real ale tasting, harvest festival, auctions and celebrations linked to village life.

Arreton - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom Arreton - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

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