Isle of Wight Guided Tours

ISLE OF WIGHT GUIDED TOURS
PRIVATE GUIDE AND TOUR PLANNER
phone: +44 (0)1983 754444 or +44 (0)7932 157326 | e-mail: jane@isleofwightguidedtours.co.uk


Day Tours

Half or Full Day

  • Isle of Wight Guided Tours offer personalised tours tailored totally to your individual requirements. We offer the real Island experience: a range of entertaining, informative and educational tours which explore the best loved (and secret) sights and sounds of the Island.

  • Dedicated Island specialists: we offer itinerary planning and guided tours for individuals, couples and groups of all sizes – all delivered to meet your needs in either English or German.

  • Tried and tested standout tours: let us show you the classics, the hidden treasures, or fancy something totally unique?

  • We can create a bespoke tour catered to your every need.

  • From planning an itinerary before you travel, helping you book the best accommodation on the Island, through to our trademark guided tours, we personally make sure you get the very best that the Island has to offer (we should know, we live here!). Simply regard us as your Isle of Wight one-stop shop.

Our Ethos: Private & Personal

We do not sign you up to mass group tours. Waiting around, struggling to see and hear the guide from the back? Not with us. All our tours are just for you, with your own expert guide.

 

Our Tours Become Your Tours

If you opt for a classic rather than constructing your own, choose from a host of our favourite tours including our signature 'Round the Island: Panorama Tour', 'Victorian Wight', 'Tennyson Tour', 'Roman Wight', 'Shipwrecks & Dinosaurs' or one of our 'History Walking Tours' (see below). We have more - these are just our most popular ones.

 

Round the Island: Panorama Tour

Tight for time but don’t want to miss a thing? Hear tales of King Charles I, Queen Victoria & Prince Albert, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Darwin, Julia Margaret Cameron, Charles Dickens, Garibaldi, Marconi, Winston Churchill, Ian Fleming, Jimi Hendrix and many more on our best-loved day tour.

Visit Queen Victoria’s 'dear Osborne', see the 1970 IOW (Pop) Festival Site, wonder at the exterior of Carisbrooke Castle, drive along the stunning south coastal route with its tales of smuggling, shipwrecks and dinosaurs and across the Island’s central downs, see Shanklin and Ventnor with their spectacular views, Blackgang, through Newport with its hidden royal tomb, Tennyson’s Farringford and neighbouring Dimbola, along with tucked away 'chocolate box' villages, all before finishing at The Needles. Consider the Island conquered!

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Victorian Wight – Cowes (North)

Visit St. Mildred’s (Whippingham), Queen Victoria’s Church, designed by Prince Albert and burial place of 4 Royals.

On to Osborne. Guided tour of Victoria & Albert’s best-loved residence followed by lunch stop of your choice. Take time to enjoy the private Royal beach and visit the Swiss Cottage.

Cross by floating bridge over to Cowes (West), home of Cowes Week and sailing capital of the world.

'Royalty, Racing and Rigging' walk, providing a fascinating insight into the history of Cowes, home of sailing and its connections to Winston Churchill etc. Alternative provided for non-walkers! Pimm’s, pint or other liquid refreshment in a typical hostelry, if desired.

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Tennyson Tour – (West Wight)

Including fossil/dinosaur footprint hunt on Compton Beach, Dimbola Lodge (former home of Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron), St. Agnes Church (rare example of a thatched church), Farringford, home of former poet-laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson. Take an audio-guided tour through this magnificent and newly-restored house. On to The Needles and the amazing coloured cliffs of Alum Bay.

Weather permitting, take a stunning chairlift ride down to the beach, sweeping over the cliffs. Option of a boat ride (with commentary) round The Needles.

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Roman Wight - (Central)

Brading Roman Villa. A prime example of a really significant European site – hear the fascinating history of the 400 years of the Romans on the Island which they named Vectis. Followed by an audio guided tour and wine tasting at neighbouring Adgestone Vineyard – started by the Romans and still following the same methods today. On to The Garlic Farm, also on Roman soil. Take a tractor ride (with seats) across the fields, listening to an enlightening live commentary (seasonal.) Product tasting and lunch stop. End the day slightly more up-to-date with a fantastic ride on our Victorian Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Wonderful experience and superb countryside to be enjoyed.

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Dinosaurs and Shipwrecks (South)

A stunning drive along The Military Road, the southern coastal road from Blackgang Chine to The Needles, the Island’s most spectacular route. Brook has a sombre tale to tell. Visit The Dinosaur Farm and participate in a guided fossil/dinosaur footprint hunt on Compton Beach. Drive through ‘The Back of the Wight’ to visit the beautiful gardens of Mottistone Manor as well as Mottistone Church (St. Peter & St. Paul) – learning the history of the Island’s famous WW1 'Warhorse' Warrior and his master, Galloping Jack Seely. Lunch stop. Take a stroll up to The Longstone (megalithic). Conclude the day with a guided visit up to the top of St. Catherine’s Lighthouse, Niton, to hear our final tales of shipwrecks and disasters.

 

Local History Walks (approx. 2 hours)

  • Entertaining, highly informative, moderately-paced walking tours.
  • Cowes: 'Royalty, Racing & Rigging' – our most popular walk
  • Ventnor & Bonchurch
  • Ryde
  • Freshwater
  • Yarmouth
  • Newport

 

 

 

Covering North, South, East, West and Central Wight. All also available as 'gastro walks' – just ask us.

 

 

 

Price

£30 per hour is our basic rate. This includes a certain amount of planning ahead of your tour. If the planning goes beyond the norm, this will be charged at an additional £30 per hour.

 

Payment Methods

There are various possibilities - e.g. credit card, bank transfer, cash. Please discuss this with us and we will work out the best option for you.

 

Optional extras:

  • Specialists available for hiking, wildlife or archaeology.
  • Any other kind of special interest tour – just ask us!
  • Transport required? We can help, we have lots of good local contacts.
  • Hire a bike, arrange a boat trip, golf or sailing? No problem!
  • A locally-sourced picnic? We can arrange that too.
  • A photographer along for the day to capture your memories? We can arrange.
  • Island ancestry tracing service – always our pleasure.
  • After-dinner style talks may be offered.
  • Gift packages created for friends or family.

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