Appuldurcombe House - English Heritage

Isle of Wight PO38 3EW

The shell of Appuldurcombe, once the grandest house on the Isle of Wight and still an important example of English baroque architecture: the 1701 south front has now been restored. It stands in 'Capability' Brown-designed grounds.

Carisbrooke Castle Museum

Carisbrooke Castle
Newport PO30 1XY

The museum was founded by Princess Beatrice in 1898 in memory of her husband, Henry, as a museum of Isle of Wight history. It is an independent charitable trust which occupies the former great hall and Governor's residence at Carisbrooke Castle. Collections: Material on the history of Carisbrooke Castle, including excavated items, and objects and documents relating to King Charles I's imprisonment Local and social history material (now restricted to post-1500) Topographical pictures.

Classic Boat Museum, The

The Classic Boat Museum, The Quay, Newport Harbour
Newport PO30 2EF

This collection of classic boats started in 1976 with the purchase of the river launch Flying Spray., but really began to progress with the arrival of the first racing yacht, the Dragon, Mistress, in 1988. Displays include photographs, films, tools, artefacts, models, books and many other items associated with the history of boating and associated industry in the Solent, over the past century. The museum is spread over two sites - the boat collection can be found in Albany Road and other archives and photographic collections can be seen in the Gallery, on Colombine Road, East Cowes PO32 6AA.

Cowes Maritime Museum

Cowes Library, Beckford Road
Cowes PO31 7SG

The museum has a small exhibition area that introduces the rich maritime history of Cowes. The museum has an off site archive of photographs and plans depicting yachting and the shipbuilding industry in Cowes; please make an appointment to view. The museum is situated within Cowes Library, which also houses a collection of maritime related books.

Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Dimbola Lodge, Terrace Lane
Freshwater Bay PO40 9QE

Dimbola Museum and Galleries is housed within the former home of Julia Margaret Cameron, the noted Victorian portrait photographer. Dimbola is not only where Cameron began and carried out most of her acclaimed work, but was also a centre of Victorian culture.

Dinosaur Isle

Culver Parade
Sandown PO36 8QA

Discover, Experience and Encounter - Dinosaur Isle is the first purpose built dinosaur attraction in the country where a walk back through geological time takes you to the lost world of the dinosaurs a 120 million years ago. Discover the skeletal remains as they are found by fossil hunters, encounter our palaeontologists working on the latest finds, experience the sounds and smells the dinosaurs may have encountered.

Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum

Newport Quay
Newport PO30 2EF

The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum was established in 1997 and contains an impressive display of vintage buses and coaches, collected to show the Island's transport heritage. The buses are housed in a former grain storage warehouse, on Newport Quay. They range from a 1889 tram car and a 1927 Daimler, to more recent vehicles.

Isle of Wight Shipwreck Centre & Maritime Museum, The

Arreton Barns Craft Village,
Arreton PO30 3AA

The Shipwreck and Maritime Museum was founded in 1978, and had been an ambition of the owner, Martin Woodward, since he first started diving on shipwrecks in the 1960s. Martin, a professional diver by trade, has amassed a huge collection of artefacts personally recovered by him from under the sea, and he is still actively diving on wrecks and archaeological projects worldwide.

Museum of Island History

The Guildhall, High Street
Newport PO30 1TY

A museum presenting the story of the Isle of Wight from the time of the dinosaurs to the present day. Discover the island through interactive displays.

Newport Roman Villa

Cypress Road
Newport PO30 1HA

Amongst the houses of suburban Newports stands a Roman villa. Visitors can see the extensive remains of hot and cold baths amidst reconstructed rooms.

Sunken Secrets: Shipwrecks & Submerged Settlements

Fort Victoria
Nr Yarmouth PO41 0RR

Come to Sunken Secrets: Shipwrecks and Submerged Settlements at Fort Victoria to learn about our fascinating local maritime heritage. Hear about the unfortunate ships that have been claimed by the treacherous seas around the Island. Learn about the work of maritime archaeologists and the Lost Land that has been discovered beneath the Solent.

Ventnor Heritage Museum

11 Spring Hill
Ventnor PO38 1PE

In addition to the items on view in the Exhibition Hall, the museum houses an extensive archive of many thousands of items relating to Ventnor and the surrounding area.