Here’s our guide to the top museums on England’s Isle of Wight.
Founded in the 1990s, this volunteer-run museum has a wonderful little collection of vintage buses dating from 1934. There’s something truly heartwarming about seeing these lovely old vehicles collected in one place, which really paint a picture of the evolution of motor engineering, as well as the island’s history. The museum is open between Easter and Autumn and makes for a pleasant morning spent gazing at this gorgeous old vehicles.
The beautifully romantic Carisbrooke Castle offers an exhilarating glimpse into England’s history. Once an Elizabethan artillery fortress, the castle was also a summer residence for royalty, as well as a prison to Charles I. Watch the gentle donkeys at work on the land, wander the castle’s fragrant Edwardian-style garden and learn about the building’s incredible history at its smart and informative museum.
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.
This place has some superb displays spanning from the pre-historic to the present. Located inside the proud Guildhall building which was built in 1816 and designed by John Nash, the museum is an ideal way to occupy youngsters but can capture the imagination of adults too. With hands-on exhibits including microscopes, touch-screen displays, quizzes and games, you’ll be transported through the most intriguing eras in the island’s history.