Facts about the
Isle of Wight

How long does the Isle of Wight ferry take? What is the circumference of the Isle of Wight? Does the Isle of Wight have dinosaur fossils? All great questions about my home the Isle of Wight.

Drawing of the Needles Lighthouse on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is an island off the south coast of England. It is connected to the mainland by a ferry from Portsmouth and by a train from London. The Isle of Wight is one of the most popular tourist destinations in England. 

Although historically the Isle of Wight has been part of Hampshire, Wight is a county in its own right. The county is divided into two parts: the larger, more populous part in the east, with a land area of about 1,030 square kilometres (398 sq mi), and the smaller but more densely populated west.

It has been inhabited since before Roman times, and was important in both World War II and the Napoleonic Wars.

The IOW is perfect for those who want to enjoy a relaxing holiday, with beautiful beaches and stunning views. 


Most car transits between the Isle of Wight and the mainland take between 40 - 45 minutes. The ferry companies generally request you arrive 1 hour to 30 minutes before your scheduled departure.
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Yes, you can travel to the Isle of Wight from the UK mainland by ferry or hovercraft. The journey time changes from 10 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the mode of travel. 
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The famous sands of Alum Bay in the far west of the Isle of Wight are coloured by oxides of iron which have formed in different environments.
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The Isle of Wight has an area of 384 km2 (148 sq mi) making the Island one of the smallest countries in the United Kingdom. 
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The Isle of Wight has an impressive 70 mile coastal path that will take you a 2 to 3 days to walk depending on fitness and pace.
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