Newport, County Town of the Isle of Wight

Situated almost in the centre of the Isle of Wight - it is farthest from the sea of the largest towns on the Isle of Wight.

It also has the largest concentration of shops on the Isle of Wight, and a weekly market. It's worth a visit for a shopping trip alone. Besides the normal nationwide chain shops. There are a few independent shops especially in St. Thomas Square.

There's not a great deal of accommodation compared to the seaside towns on the Isle of Wight, especially for those bringing their bikes, as parking is limited - most accommodation in the centre of the town has no parking facilities . The Premier Inn just on the outskirts, is the exception.

Being in the centre of the Isle of Wight,  there's quite a few opportunities for walking and riding in all directions. Because of the lack of parking, it is not ideal for the Mountain Biker.

If you're walking there's no reason why you should not  base yourself in Newport, as the town cannot be faulted on it's facilities. Also, there are two Cycle Shops, and several outdoor shops.

Things to Do

Museum of Isle of Wight History

Situated in the Guildhall in the High Street. Free entry.

Newport Roman Villa

Situated in Cypress Road in a residential area of Newport. Charges Apply.

Classic Bus Museum

Situated on Blackhouse Quay next to the River Medina. This unique museum is one of the best in the country for bus enthusiasts.

Carisbrooke Castle

Situated on the western outskirts of Newport. Charges Apply. This Castle is in the hands of English Heritage. It is a Norman Castle with an interesting history.

It was the final prison for Charles the first, who was sent for execution in London from here.

It's a thirty minute walk from the town centre.

Historical Connections

Besides Charles I being imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle. His daughter Princess Elizabeth is buried in St. Thomas Church.

There was also Valentine Gray, a chimney sweep who died, aged nine, at the hands of his employer. His death was the catalyst for the law on child employment being changed in this country. More can be read here.

Newport was the final home of John Milne, who invented the Seismograph, he is buried in St. Pauls Church in Newport.

Newport Info

Population: 23,957

Most buses on the Island serve Newport.


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