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Is there something you would like to see put in? Have you visited the I.O.W. before? Please send me your comments in this public guest book so we can share your thoughts with other visitors.

Comments sent via email only will be put here, sorry this is due to a minority of people and automated scripts who posted a large amount of advertisements and unwanted links here on a daily basis in the past. Many thanks in advance for any comments sent to me.

Email me at, isle-of-wightattractions@ntlworld.com

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Date: 24th April 2012

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I wanted to say that I have found your site lovely and interesting, and the many times that I have visited the Isle of Wight I have never been to some of the places that you have pointed out. My grandparents who both recently passed away, loved the isle of wight, and I only wish they were here to share the journey with me. It is lovely because it is so personal, very well done. Michelle Parker.

Date: 3rd April 2012

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I wanted to drop you an email just to compliment you on your site. Good structure, good information and a nice resource for users, I also noticed you have great content for people looking to visit Isle of Wight. Thanks for your time and keep up the good work! Regards, Mary Ruthrina Ofalla

Date: 12th July 2010

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Dear Sir/Madam, I’d like to thank you for your really informative website that helped my partner and I have a really lovely weekend in the Isle of Wight this weekend. I didn’t need to look anywhere else to plan a great time; we saw a number of attractions and suggestions that were just as you described. Kind regards, A Holloway

Date: 25 August 2009

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First, can I compliment you on a fantastically useful site. I've spent the last three hours looking through all the different pages when I should have been working! Thank you again for the really helpful reply. All the best with your great web-site. If only there were more sites like this on the web without hidden agenda's, just simply helping people share the best things in our community. Very best wishes, Alex Coombes

Date: 23 April 2009 14:54

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Just wanted to thank you for your advice as the day on the IOW was perfect in every way...(as you know the weather on Tuesday was incredible for April!). Your website must represent many hours of work and is far superior to the official tourist and municipal sites, so congratulations, it has been really helpful in planning what to do! Best wishes, Heather

Date: 17 November 2008 00:49

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Dear Sir or Madam I have just had an enjoyable browse of your site. I’m going to be trying one of your recommended public houses for lunch soon and may I recommend the Red Lion in Freshwater for lunch in return..Oliver Vass

Date: 25 June 2008 12:10

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Many thanks for your excellent pages of photos and memories. My first visit to the Island was when I was about 9 I think, way back in 1953 and we came over on the paddle steamer ferry. Since then with fiancee, who became my7 wife and later our three children, we have returned to the Island every year at least once, sometimes four times! and have fantastic memories. Also brought our church choir and Guides a few times. Are these memories of any interest ? Would be pleased to write more if you think they are. Best wishes, Dennis Moor

Date: 7 December 2007 22:17

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I have just been browsing your site today and came across the "Memories from the Island" section which has spurred me to think of writing a section as I grew up there. Keep up the good work John Miller Melbourne, Australia

Date: 20 November 2007 10:30

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Hi, I found your web site while searching for St. Catherines, In like yourself, was sent "abroard" when I was eight because of my asthma. It was in 1949 and I have some photos that were taken there. I have recently written about my time there which has renewed my interest, Yours, Ron Jones

Date: 12 September 2007

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Just stumbled across this site whilst looking for something different to do at the weekend. I've almost exhausted weekend entertainment options for my 3-year old little boy. Anyway, I don't think I've ever seen such a comprehensive and well put together site about the Island. Gary

Date: 16 July 2007

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HI, JUST TO SAY, EXCELLENT SITE, AND SOME GREAT PICTURES. I DON'T GET TO IOW AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE. MY FIR!ST VISIT WAS AS A CHILD WITH MY MUM AND DAD, SO IT WILL ALWAYS HOLD SPECIAL MEMORIES. AND NOW THAT I HAVE A FAMILY OF MY OWN, IT'S WONDERFUL TO SEE THAT THEY LOVE IT TOO. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. Martin Hickmott, Surrey

Date: 9 July 2007

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Great website. Loads of useful info. So glad I looked at it! My only comment is it would be useful to have a printable version of the "things to do / attractions" section, rather than have to print off page by page. Thanks

Date: 27th June 2007

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Hi, I too was at St Catherines, during the years of 1956-58. Whilst it all seems a long time ago, the experience has never really left me, and I find myself thinking about those times quite often. Children had no rights then, as they do now. I always thought I was there because my family didn’t want me. Nobody told me I was there because of my health, or that I would, one day, be going home. We only had visitors twice a year and never ever went home. Today, things are so changed. For all that, I had a happy time up there on the hill with the nuns. They were so caring, as were all the staff. I enjoyed school there too. With a view from the classroom of the sea, how could we not enjoy our lessons! Too many years have passed now, but I so wish that I or someone else had initiated a kind of re—union back in the 60’s or 70’s. I remember most of the girls in St Joseph’s House, and a good many of the boys. I did come back to Ventnor in the early 90’s. Many changes at St Catherines!! Not an ‘open air’ school any more. I remember waking with dew on the top blacket, the windows were always open. From my bed, at night, I could see the flash from the Lighthouse. I’ll stop rambling.  Norma Doohan

Date: 29 January 2007

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The IOW Tourist Board should pay you for this splendid site ! Very inspiring and useful. Paul Brain, Salisbury.

Date: 21 January 2007

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Very much enjoyed your site and agree with you that the Mill Bay should remain. John Whipp. (billericay essex)

Date: 28 December 2006

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Hi, have just come accross your website and also your comments about the demolishion of the Mill Bay. I aggree with you totally. Now as a matter of interest are you aware that there is a continueing attempt by the owner of Cheeta Marine to build a Boat Factory on the Eastern Esplanade below the Winter gardens,in front of the Cascade waterfall arch and directly alongside the 'Island' paddling pool. I and many other's are totally against both of thes proposals and have registered our objections to the planning authority. You still have time to do the same should you be so inclined. Yours Sincerely Richard Julian.

Date: 06 December 2006

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I used to live in Ventnor for a considerable amount of years.I now live in Godshill.I used to work in the Mill-Bay when a guy called Jim Sladden used to own it.I am absolutely horrified at the thought of what they have got planned for this lovely old pub.Ventnor in my oppinion is gradually going down hill,and this will just add to it.As you rightfully say it does a roaring trade in the summer.It is not if so the building is in a bad state either so why the hell can't they leave things alone.

Regards. Berni Nigh.

HI, I WAS AT ST CATHERINES OPEN AIR SCHOOL FOR 12 MONTHS OR SO AROUND 1947 FOR HEALTH REASONS.. ANY INFO OR PICTURES OF THAT SUBJECT ...THANKS JOHN .

Date: 30 November 2006

Date: 21 September 2006

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I do not think the Mill Bay should be demolished, or that anyone should have the right to demolish it. We have lost many good buildings in Portsmouth with deep regret. Once gone they can never be replaced, I say no. The main beauty of the island is that it has been unspoilt for so long and I put this down to a caring council. Something, we unfortunately lack in Portsmouth. Andrea

Date: 04 August 2006

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Looking for some info about the Isle of Wight before visiting there next week and stumbled across this website - very glad I did!! Lovely to have a visitors view of the island, also great photos and enough info to whet my appetite!

Date: 05 July 2006

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Hi, What a fantastic site! There is so much useful information,whether you're a 'new to the Isle of Wight' a holidaymaker, or like myself 'a seasoned Fan'. I am totally obsessed with the Island. As a teenager I holidayed there with my parents and have been 'Utterly Captivated' by it's Beauty ever since. I have returned as often as possible since then with my own family('tho not nearly as often as I'd like). I have just spent the most enjoyable hour on your site getting thoroughly excited about our next visit in August. Thank You so much, Keep up the good work. Jeanette Mann

Date: 22 May 2006

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Thanks to all the useful information provided on ur great site, I was able to organise a memorable birthday for my mother in law. Your suggestions and recommendations proved to be very helpful. I hope there are such sites for all tourist places in Europe. Keep up the good work :-) Honey Jain

Remote User: Date: 22 Apr 2006 Time: 00:07:19

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Very nice and informative site! Thank you for creating it!

Remote User: Date: 10 Mar 2006 Time: 01:39:28

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One of the best websites I have had the pleasure of looking at. Excellent quality photographs and lots of useful information. The Isle of Wight is one of my favourite places to visit. If I can't get back to visit, I know that I will be able to come to this site to enjoy it. Keep up the great work. Suzanne

Remote User: Date: 10 Mar 2006 Time: 13:19:53

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Simon, this is a wonderful tribute to such a beautiful Isle. Thank you for "putting" it all together for everyone to enjoy. It's been many years since my last visit to the IOW, but it won't be long before my return this summer. I flew over the IOW on my return to the States, it appeared as lovely even from 10K feet up. LOL Once again, thank you for your website of the Isle of Wight. Sincerely: Mr. Lin Thompson, South Dakota, USA

Comments Have made notes and printed reams of ideas off your website...My friend and I are visiting with all our children during October Half term 05 on a budget!!! ... and we are going to test out your suggestions and let you know how we get on. Thank you.

Date: 10 Sep 2005 Time: 00:03:02 Remote User: Comments Searched and Surfed your page great work.

Date: 09 Sep 2005 Time: 11:39:11

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Nice web site I enjoyed reading. I wish you and your family the best of luck.

Date: 09 Sep 2005 Time: 03:58:25 Remote User:

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Very nice work. I wish you the best for the future.

Date: 08 Sep 2005 Time: 14:22:40 Remote User:

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Wow, your site looks really really fab since the last time I visited it! =)

Date: 07 Sep 2005 Time: 14:38:12 Remote User:

Comments Searched and Surfed your page great work

Date: 24 Aug 2005 Time: 14:54:53 Remote User:

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Hi Simon, great website, especially like the homepage, very professional, and also fantastic photos, very clear. Please also visit www.jbonline.org.uk/blackgangchine for exclusive video and audio clips from the family themepark.

Date: 17 Aug 2005 Time: 12:00:54 Remote User:

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You have very good site!

Date: 29 Jul 2005 Time: 15:28:06 Remote User:

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We are about to visit the Isle of Wight with our 4 year old son and 3 month old daugher and have found your site really useful and user friendly. We will take up some of your recommendations and let you know!

Date: 24 Jul 2005 Time: 13:16:51 Remote User:

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What a wonderful place ! I will be back often. Alex Bowden.

Date: 16 Jul 2005 Time: 21:05:06 Remote User:

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You have built a good website.

Date: 15 Jul 2005 Time: 12:34:53 Remote User:

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Thanks for the useful site. Keep up the good work. - John

Date: 14 Jul 2005 Time: 11:58:46 Remote User:

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What a wonderful place ! I will be back often. Rod Willaman .

Date: 11 Jul 2005 Time: 21:18:42 Remote User:

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Very nice work. I wish you the best for the future.

Date: 19 Jun 2005 Time: 16:01:29 Remote User:

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goooood pictures 2

Date: 19 Jun 2005 Time: 09:17:37 Remote User:

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Great site!

Date: 17 Jun 2005 Time: 18:51:57 Remote User:

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I think your web site is very professional...Please also visit my site at: www.skynet365.com - Isle of Wight Internet Radio

Date: 19 May 2005 Time: 12:21:54 Remote User:

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Thanks for your great site! Keep going!

Date: 29 Apr 2005 Time: 13:18:12 Remote User:

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Very impressive. I went to the IOW as a child on school journey. that was some 27 years ago when I was 10. (wow!!) and I will be going with my partner and daughter this bank holiday weekend. Your website brought back memories. I remember places like Shanklin and Sandown. Your pictures are brilliant too. Well done and all the best Jennifer, South London, UK.

Date: 21 Apr 2005 Time: 19:04:12 Remote User:

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Thanks for the useful site. Keep up the good work. God bless you and keep you. -John-

Date: 23 Jan 2005 Time: 05:37:08 Remote User:

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Planning our first visit to the island in May. Found youre website very informative and easy to navigate Mike Lannon and Family - Gloucester.

Date: 07 Jan 2005 Time: 22:29:22 Remote User:

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Like your New layout been reading how the transformation took place( Broadband &Internet Advisor) "JUST GREAT". My wife and i payed our first visit Oct2003 WE hope to return in may this year(2005) JUST LOVE IOW.Will be putting this address in my favourite place's. best regards Ray and Irene Jones . Porth. Rhondda. South Wales.

Date: 14 Dec 2004 Time: 22:01:09 Remote User:

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My husband and I are planning our first trip to the Isle in March 2005. Your website has been most helpful and was by far my favorite to visit. Thanks for all the great suggestions!! Clara Sharp

Date: 12 Nov 2004 Time: 17:42:49 Remote User:

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This website is truly memorable. I was there for a week back in 1988 and had such a wonderful time that only sweet memory lingers forever. I would very much love to be back again this lifetime

Date: 01 Oct 2004 Time: 20:32:35 Remote User:

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Very intrested in these shots i remember walking down to the old cowboy towm last lime i did was 1989 and i miss thee walk and burgers down the bottom i think at the end of that old path were step around the burger bar can you remember. I went back this year and tried to see and remember the old paths a the bottom of the dinosaur part

Date: 20 Aug 2004 Time: 07:35:14 Remote User:

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A very informative site. I'm going to IOW 4th October for 5 days and this site answered a lot of my questions. I've now got a long list of places to visit-top of the list the animal attractions and 2 excursions. I'm wondering if I'll be able to visit all of them!! The bus routes and maps are a very good idea too.

Date: 08 Aug 2004 Time: 13:47:33 Remote User:

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An exellant site i found it very helpful i last visited the i.o.w with my nan and grandad when i was 12yrs old i'm now 26 and me and my partner are going over for a week with our son in a few weeks time he is 9yrs old and your site has given me a few more tips on places to go where children are welcome!

Date: 30 Jul 2004 Time: 21:59:23 Remote User:

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Quite a good site but no information on places where dogs are welcome. Regards Chris Brown

Date: 02 Jul 2004 Time: 12:22:54 Remote User:

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Excellent web site , liked your photo gallery and thought your guide to attractions and pubs was superb. Mel &family

Date: 17 Jun 2004 Time: 09:35:14 Remote User:

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EXCELLENT SITE - BUT NO MENTION OF BURTS ALES ! SUGGEST YOU RECOMMEND ST MAUR HOTEL ALSO ! REGARDS PAUL &CHRIS

Date: 29 May 2004 Time: 19:40:12 Remote User:

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Thank you for your wealth of information. My husband and I have spent two vacation on the Isle of Wight in the last few years. This fall I will be coming with my daughter and her family. We will only have one day to visit. By using this website I can give them some ideas of what they might like to see. Crys Wilson

Date: 06 May 2004 Time: 23:25:07 Remote User:

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Wow! The Clifton Hotel in Shanklin was amazing! Great Service and more, a real English charm and a home away from home. Best regards, California, USA

Date: 03 May 2004 Time: 11:18:45 Remote User:

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very good !!

Date: 19 Apr 2004 Time: 16:39:26 Remote User:

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Excellent web site especially as it is your first, lots of information with high quality pictures

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