Newport Hotels - Dotted with grand Georgian buildings and home to a pretty porticoed Town Hall, Newport's got oodles of charm. The quaint quayside is always a hive of activity with year-round events, buzzing bars, and bustling brassieres where you can savor freshly netted seafood. Its myriad museums give insight into the Isle of Wight's past and present, while galleries showcase the work of international artists. And there's wonderful walks to be had along the flower-packed banks of the River Medina.
Things to see
For a fun-filled family day out while in Newport, Robin Hill adventure park's got adrenaline-inducing rides, extensive play areas for kids of all ages, tranquil wooded gardens, and nature trails. Calbourne Water Mill, one of the UK's oldest working mills, is set in 35 ruggedly rural acres with museums and wind, solar and water power displays. Peacocks, ducks, and doves potter around the pretty grounds, and as well as exploring the mill you can wrap your hands around a golf club and putt on the green or try and conquer croquet on the lush lawn. Seaclose Park plays host to the annual Isle of Wight festival which sees top musical acts perform high-energy sets to excitable festival goers, and its grounds turn into a riot of colors with tents pitched in every pocket of the park. You can visit all year round, and with cricket pitch, tennis courts, bowling green, five-a-side pitches, and netball courts, there's plenty of active fun to be had here as well as scenic walks by the River Medina. Just outside of Newport is Carisbrooke Castle, famed for being the place King Charles I was once imprisoned. After entering over its bridge and under the bulky stone arch, you can see its impressive Norman stone walls, keep and chapel close up and watch the castle's donkeys work the 16th Century tread wheel.
Hotels in Newport
Newport's got a selection of hotels to choose from with budget chains offering comfortable rooms and catering well to family stays and mid-range guesthouses providing convenient amenities like flat-screen televisions and tea and coffee making facilities as well as breakfast each morning. If you're looking for a slice of luxury, there are a couple of plusher hotels on the coast, a few miles from Newport, where you can expect indulgent niceties like DVD players and bathtubs, plus stunning sea views of the Solent.
Where to stay
If you want to enjoy everything Newport has to offer during your trip to the Isle of Wight, a stay in the town center will ensure you're a mere stroll away from its restaurants, bars, and independent shops as well as sites such as St Thomas Church, Seaclose Park, and Robin Hill adventure park. You'll also find hotels in Newport outside the town center in Cowes and Ryde which are convenient for those arriving by ferry, and both are just a short bus or car trip away from Newport itself.
How to get to
Southampton Airport receives domestic flights from within the UK as well as flights from Europe and is about 20 minutes from Southampton Ferry Terminal. If you're arriving from a more far flung destination both London Heathrow and Gatwick are roughly an hour and a half away from Southampton by road. Ferry services, catering to both foot passengers and those traveling with cars, regularly depart Southampton Ferry Terminal connecting the mainland with both East and West Cowes. Alternatively, you can cross the scenic Solent from Portsmouth to Ryde with both ferry and hovercraft services frequently departing to the Isle of Wight. Newport is short bus trip from both Cowes and Ryde, and once you arrive you'll finding exploring the town center is easily done on foot.