Freshwater - ISLE OF WIGHT

What's around Freshwater?


the chalky cliffs of compton bay

Freshwater is a large village on the Isle of Wight west coast, not far from 'The Needles' and is a popular place for tourists to visit. The village is known for its proximity to the striking chalk cliffs that overlook the seas and lovely coastline. With miles of beautiful hillside, lots of charming cottages and individual shops, it makes a great place to either rent a self-catering cottage in, or just to visit for the day.

Stunning scenery is not all that Freshwater has to offer, as the village is home to a couple of beautiful and historically important churches. The first of these is all Saints’ Church, which happens to be one of the oldest churches on the Isle of Wight. There is also St. Agnes’ Church which is the only thatched church on the entire island and was constructed in 1908. Those interested in photography may also want to visit Dimbola Lodge, which was home to photographer Julia Margaret Cameron from 1860 until 1875. Cameron was a real pioneer in the field of photography and today, her former home is a photographic museum and is highly worth the visit.

Places to visit near Freshwater


Cowes on the isle of Wight - yachting centreThe main attraction near Freshwater is the chalky outcrop of rock and red and white lighthouse of 'The Needles'. The Needles Park has developed into a sizeable tourist attraction and offers a complete day of places to visit and activities.

Afton Park is located in Freshwater and is a stunning English Country Garden that is serene and quaint, and perfect for nature lovers. The garden is home to apple orchards and the charming café serves tea and cake, making it ideal for an afternoon outing.

Compton Bay is an area close by to Freshwater that is great for dinosaur lovers, as fossilised footprints of these giant prehistoric creatures can be seen in the low tide. The bay is also great for kite surfers due to its south westerly winds and sandy beaches.

Farringford House is another popular place to visit in Freshwater. This large manor house was the home of poet Alfred Lord Tennyson and is incredible to visit, with lovely gardens, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a golf course and a restaurant featuring live bands.

Freshwater is packed with things to do yet it still retains a friendly village feel about it. It is perfect for those looking for a coastal cottage holiday away from the hustle and bustle, yet still not being lost for things to do, as you will be spoilt for choice. Even if you just choose to take a walk along the coastal path, Freshwater will not disappoint.

The town and port of Yarmouth is under 3 miles north east of Freshwater, another interesting place to visit for a day out on holiday.

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near Freshwater


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