Useful links to other sites

Over the next three pages are listings of recommended sites in a few categories with a brief description.

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General/Travel:  Welcome aboard the Pleasure 'Steamers' Waverley & Balmoral. Sail back in time aboard the wonderful Historic Passenger ships on a day, afternoon or evening cruise. Sailing from over 100 ports & piers around the UK, enjoy this unique chance to relax aboard Waverley - the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world!    Official site from Isle of Wight Tourist Information Centre with weather forecasts, where to stay, what to do, forthcoming events, and more including brochure requests.  The Isle of Wight Tourist Guide wishes to cater for all the requirements of the visitor to this unique island. A wide scope of information can be found here including accommodation, attractions, sports and pubs.    This site is constructed by Wightlink Isle Of Wight Ferries and it's main function is obviously booking and sailing times but it also has a wealth of information for visitors contained within as well.    This site is also constructed by Redfunnel Isle of Wight Ferries and it's main function is also booking and sailing times and also has similar information for visitors as it's competitor Wightlink Ferries.    All about The Isle of Wight Steam Railway that runs from Wooton to Smallbrook Junction and is a real treat.  Details of train times, fares, special events can be found here.     Dave Parkers Isle of Wight Nostalgia site is an extensive web site dedicated to many subjects to do with the island and is very interesting and comes highly recommended.  Also a favourite are the photo galleries of past and present and lots of interesting information and facts.  The Royal Hotel has 55 bedrooms and is the only AA 4 Star Isle of Wight Hotel. It is set in the coastal town of Ventnor with outstanding views of the Isle of Wight’s breathtaking coastline. The Isle of Wight is a national stronghold for red squirrels as there is no fixed link to the Island. The squirrels are in most woods, at some tousrist attractions, parks in Cowes and Shanklin and many people have them in their gardens. The population fluctuates between approximately 2000 and 3500. Tapnell Farm is a diversified farm situated on the site of the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight festival. Spend the day here with indoor and outdoor animal activities, cycle hire, restaurant and bar, adventure activities, clay and rifle shooting range all amongst fine countryside. Good index site for basic information about the Island with many good links.  Some accommodation possibilities for visitors, and some picture galleries as well amongst other things. I was surprised and pleased that was chosen as a featured site in April 2004! The Islands small ex-London underground trains are a unique feature and the line starts at Ryde Esplanade finishes at Shanklin Town. Train times and information are featured here.   The Official Webpage of the Isle of Wight branch of CAMRA and its all about pubs, beer and breweries on The Isle of Wight and some interesting links on the contacts page. Useful web site for those wishing to use bus services around The Island.  Bus timetables, day trips and tours as well as town maps can be found here.    Another large site constructed by The Isle of Wight Council and covers a range of subjects including weather, health, local news and some tourism information.

Isle of Wight weather

All about Isle of Wight weather!  View the weather in real time or past data from a handful of weather stations on the Island, a live web cam has recently been added. Lots of information and places to stay for the Island visitor within this site. The Isle of Wight is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. Over half of this Wight Isle is a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty.

Around the Island in 80 stops is a whistle stop tour of the Island and it's places of interest and pleasant scenery along the way. The website is no more but the link is to the 45min video on YouTube.