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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.
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
Bathing Area
“Fantastic open-air pool. Huge pool with big area of inflatable obstacles, paddle boards and splash pool. Changing facilities (basic) and small cafe. Great value on a sunny day, we love it! ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Food
“Great for all things garlicky! There's a lovely cafe, farm walks and tours and different seasonal events.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Right in the middle of the harbour with good views out towards the Isle of Wight”
  • 18 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
Natural Feature
“From Southampton catch the ferry to this island of castles, gardens, beaches and beautiful coastal walks. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Perfect for lazy beach days, rock pooling or simply eating crab and lobster with a glass of cold white wine.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“Nearest pub to Wight Cottage. Good beer, not bad food, great atmosphere. Lots of live music nights.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Lodging
“Upmarket hotel, with an old fashioned elegance. Located just up the hill in a beautiful garden. We recommend lunch outside in the summer or their Royal afternoon tea. It is delicious! ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Dramatic scenery. Chair lift, boat trips and lots of activities for children and adults alike.”
  • 14 locals recommend
History Museum
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“Amazing views of these spectacular rocks, lovely walk. Park in big car park at other end, with touristy amusement area, and chair lift to Alum beach with coloured sands ! Something for everyone !”
  • 10 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Beautiful headland to walk. Park at the free National Trust car park at the end of Highdown Lane and its a 10 minute walk up to the monument and the amazing headland, cliffs and scenery.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Beautiful anytime at night it is illuminated and magical, recommend walking up from beach and down at night towards the beach.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Formal dining - good food in a beautiful Old Mill - lovely outdoor seating on a warm evening”
  • 13 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Great for a morning coffee or evening cocktail. Amazing selection of specialist drinks and ideas for gifts.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cinema
“Multiplex cinema chain showing the latest international blockbusters in 2D and 3D formats.”
  • 4 locals recommend