The Island


Sandown is situated on the south-east side of the island with all the settings for a traditional seaside holiday. With the beach's safe golden sand gently sloping into the sheltered waters of Sandown bay, its seafront promenade and pier offers all the facilities needed for traditional holidays at the seaside, with trampolining, amusement arcades, fairground and watersports. Also within an easy stroll from the beach is the town centre with plenty of shops, pubs, restaurants and nightlife. All these attractions and more for all ages, it's no wonder that many people return year after year.

Once again, Sandown is among only 13 Beaches in the southeast that has reached the strict high standards needed to fly the international blue flag. Only 119 beaches in the country have achieved this status (passing tests on water quality, facilities and beach cleanliness) making Sandown beach the perfect place to swim in the sea, play on the beach or just to relax and unwind.

Getting Around

Getting around on the island is easy whether you have a car or not as there are excellent bus and train services available. The Island line railway runs from Ryde Pier head to Shanklin via Sandown (Sandown station is only 250 yards from The Fernside), and the bus network will take you anywhere on the island. There are also various open top bus routes operated during the high season, and the cost of these would be included should you choose to purchase one of the 'bus rover' tickets available. We would be happy to provide you with more information if required during your stay.

We are able to arrange car or bicycle hire for you and they can be delivered to The Fernside for your convenience.


Along the Esplanade and on the pier you will find restaurants and all-weather amusements. There are all kinds of watersports to enjoy, from pedaloes to jet skis. At the north end of the beach you can enjoy pitch & putt and there is also a children's playground. In Yaverland you will find sailing and wind surfing.

Walking and Cycling

The most accessible sections of the coastal path are in this area, with cliff top gardens providing you with a seat to relax and enjoy the beautiful views. Country walking and off-road cycling trails start near the railway station.

Local Attractions

Sandown itself contains many popular visitor attractions, such as the Tiger & Big Cat Sanctuary, home to Britain's largest collection of tigers, and the Dinosaur Isle, the first purpose built dinosaur museum in the country down on the sea front. Other places of interest are just a short drive away, including Amazon World, Blackgang Chine, Robin Hill, Brading Roman Villa & many, many more things to see and do. We will be only too pleased to help you in deciding what to see & do.

Other local interests
Visit Isle of Wight: the official site of Isle of Wight Tourism.  This page has lots of information about our town of Sandown.
Lots of information about the Isle of Wight for both visitors & locals.  This page has their quick tour of Sandown.
Another great information site about the island, with lots of information about Sandown here.
Links to lots of different attractions on the Isle of Wight.
Magical Theme Park in Niton.
Award winning zoo home to Britain's largest collection of tigers.
A large selection of tropical birds and animals/insects and some reptiles within this Amazon Rainforest attraction in Newchurch.
The Island's favourite countryside attraction with something for everyone. The biggest rides, loads of children’s play features and areas of space to run free.
Britain's first purpose built dinosaur museum and visitor attraction.

Local Festivals
Official site of the Isle of Wight Festival.
Largest sailing regatta in the world.
Details on the Isle of Wight walking festival.
Isle of Wight cycling festival

Other useful websites for travellers
Worldwide Accommodation.
Guest House, B&B and Self Catering Accommodation 365 Days...
B&B and hotel directory
Luggage Moving Service
UK Hotel Network