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One of the prettiest areas of the UK, the Isle of Wight is a popular destination for coach operators. Angela Youngman reports

With numerous historic houses, gardens, museums and attractions within its environs, the Isle of Wight is well served by regular ferries from Portsmouth, Southampton, and Lymington making access to the island easy.

Measuring just 23 miles by 13 miles, the Isle of Wight is a very compact and accessible destination. The main towns are Newport, Ryde, Brading, Ventnor, Yarmouth, Cowes, Shanklin and Sandown. Newport is the main shopping venue, and is also the site of the annual Isle of Wight festival. The other towns are all coastal locations with sandy beaches, while Cowes is the main sailing venue. Combining locations is possible; for example, Yarmouth Castle is just 8 miles from Carisbrooke, and 10 miles from Osborne House.

Inside Osborne House

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