Cowes - ISLE OF WIGHT

What's around Cowes?

 

Cowes is a seaport town of just under 10,000 people in the central northern part of the Isle of Wight and for many visitors, is the gateway to the island. The town is situated on the banks of the River Medina, facing the smaller nearby town of East Cowes, and it greets travellers from Southampton as they arrive from a high speed catamaran passenger ferry. As the start of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path which follows the stunning coast of the island, mostly along small, winding lanes, Cowes is a town of beauty with a wonderful marina.

Cowes boat raceCowes is a thriving town and has lots of things to do and visit. One exciting event which occurs annually during the first week of August is the world’s oldest regular regatta, Cowes Week. With 1,000 boats and 8,500 competitors racing and competing with each other in 40 races a day, this historical regatta dates back to 1826 and is great to watch if visiting or staying in Cow

es during the summer.

 

 

Any golfers could play a couple of rounds at Cowes Golf Course during their stay. the 9 hole course has lovely views across the Solent.

Places to visit Cowes

 

Cowes on the isle of Wight - yachting centreThe Cowes Maritime Museum which also houses the Cowes Library is worth a visit if in the area. This free of charge museum has an exhibition with model boats, photographic and paper archives and information about the yacht and shipbuilding industry in Cowes. The museum is wonderful for those interested in nautical history, or those who just have a curiosity about this stunning area of the Isle of Wight, which is the first place that many people see on the island when arriving from mainland England.

Another great place to visit in Cowes is Osborne House, which is located in the nearby town of East Cowes. A former retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in approximately 1845, Osborne House is a fascinating look into this former royal residence, with displays of the couple’s art work and other possessions, as well as photographs dotted around the house. Set in a gorgeous, tree-lined garden with a charming café and a Swiss Cottage in the grounds, it is a must-see on a visit to the Isle of Wight.

Cowes has a fascinating history, beautiful backdrop and lots of places of interest to visit. If renting a cottage in this lovely town, you will be close by to some of the greatest attractions of the Isle of Wight, as well as being located near to the striking sea.

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