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Travel Guide to holidays in... Cowes, Isle Of Wight, England

Cowes is the most northern town on the Isle of Wight. Split into two by the mouth of the River Medina, the west side - “Cowes” - and the eastern side - “East Cowes” - are connected by a floating bridge. Both sides are soaked in maritime heritage, and offer large marinas which make them attractive for sailing all year round. The world’s largest sailing regatta, “Cowes Week”, is held here annually during the first week of August, and many other sailing events take place during the year. Sailing and fishing trips, diving and other water activities are all available for visitors to try out. Both sides of town have award-winning beaches, with wonderful views across the Solent.

Cowes is a vibrant place for shopping, with boutiques, gift shops and nautical stores. When it comes to eating out, there is a range of different cuisines on offer in the many restaurants, cafes and pubs, from ice-creams by the marina and Indian takeaways to fresh, locally-sourced produce.

Attractions in the area include: Cowes Maritime Museum; The Isle of Wight Military History Museum; Northwood House, an early-Victorian listed house; The Classic Boat Museum; and The East Cowes Heritage Centre. Just outside of East Cowes is one of the most popular attractions on the Isle of Wight: Queen Victoria’s former residence, Osborne House.

Cowes marks the start of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path, and the town is also seen as the gateway to the rest of the Isle of Wight. This means that many of the island’s visitor attractions are within reach.

Southampton and Cowes are connected by passenger and vehicle ferries, as well as by a high-speed catamaran, the “Red Jet”. Follow the links to find holiday cottages and lets available in this area on Go2, or view the surrounding area on the map below.

It may be just a short ferry ride from the mainland, but the journey to the Isle of Wight seems to carry you back to a calmer, more peaceful way of life. Discover the pleasures of this delightful island for yourself from one of our holiday cottages on the Isle of Wight. Over half of the Isle of Wight is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and with more than 500 miles of footpaths, it’s easy to make the most of the unspoilt countryside here. There are excellent beaches all round the island, with Alum Bay a particular favourite because of its highly unusual multicoloured cliffs. The main coastal resorts are Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor, Yarmouth and Ryde, all within easy reach of our holiday cottages in the Isle of Wight, and each offers everything you need for a traditional seaside holiday. Make sure you pay a visit to Osborne House, built as a holiday getaway for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, which is still very much as they left it. Carisbrooke Castle also has royal connections – it was used a prison for Charles 1 in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Read more about Cowes at Wikipedia, or... Find holiday cottages and lets in Cowes with Go2.

Map of Cowes

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Accommodation in Cowes

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What to Visit and Where to Eat in Cowes

Wondering what to do when you get there? Where to visit? How to keep the kids quiet? Have a browse of the great 'Days Out With The Kids' website to get some ideas.

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Hungry? For great restaurants and cafes in Cowes pay the following sites a visit...

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Find restaurants in Cowes at the Resturant Guide

Sugarvine - UK Restaurant Guide

For more great dining in Cowes visit Sugar Vine

If you like walking then be sure to visit the following site before heading off to Cowes...

Walks Around Britian

Walks Around Britain - Britain's only walking website with video walks. Walking routes, maps, information and more about walking in Britain - on DVD and Blu-ray too.

Finally, if you're packing your cycles and want to find some great routes in the Cowes area then... - should have all the information you'll need. As well as cycle routes this site is also packed with information, guides, a store and its own forums.

The Weather in Cowes

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How to Get There - Your Transport Travel Guide to Cowes

Transport tavel guide to Cowes

That's it - you've decided. You've read our travel guide to Cowes and you're convinced. Cowes is the place for you. So, how do you get there? Just follow the helpful links below...

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Travelling to or from Ireland? Don't forget the ferry! Not only does it give you the freedom of taking your own car but it provides a superb experience of travelling by sea and exploring the coastline. With convenient routes between Holyhead and Dublin, or Pembroke and Rosslare, we recommend Irish Ferries for great, low-cost, transport. They are the leading Irish ferry company and provide both an excellent service, and excellent prices.

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