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Sandown Pier, Isle of Wight |  © Simon Harrod/Flickr
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The Most Unique Experiences in England's Isle of Wight

Picture of Annie Hopkins
Updated: 14 January 2018
Though the glorious Isle of Wight has all the traditional cream teas and clifftop walks you could possibly dream of, sometimes it’s fun to fill the itinerary with trips and activities that are a little further off the beaten track. As an island with a culture and vibe all its own, this pretty place is the perfect spot to find eccentric shops and less than obvious ways to while away an afternoon in the south coast sunshine. Read our guide to the most unique experiences in England’s Isle of Wight.

Take a ghost tour of the island

Though postcards from the Isle of Wight often show candy-striped beach huts and sparkling sands, there’s actually a darker side to the island’s history. With myths and legends surrounding many of the buildings and monuments on the Isle of Wight, there’s plenty of places to explore which are on the thrilling side of spooky. For maximum chills, book a ghost walk with Ghost Island.

Ghost house
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Walk with dinosaurs

Inside the futuristic white building of Dinosaur Isle, be transported millions of years back in time to the days of the dinosaurs. A terrific day out for children and adults alike, there are detailed displays, lively activities and larger-than-life model dinosaurs. Whether or not you’re a fan of these prehistoric reptiles, there’s plenty to learn and some mysteries to unravel at this interactive museum, which is also home to a world-famous fossil collection.

Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8QA, Isle of Wight, +44 1983 404344