Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

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Isle of Wight
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Covering 380km², the Isle of Wight has been a holiday destination since Queen Victoria made Osborne her country retreat. Visitors continue to flock here, attracted by the mild climate, varied scenery and fine castles such as Carisbrooke and that of Henry VIII at Yarmouth. To the west, the landscape is hilly, while its eastern shores boast lovely beaches including Sandown and Shanklin. To the north is Cowes, Britain's premier yachting town which hosts major regattas.