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Gurnard - ISLE OF WIGHT

What's around Gurnard?

 

The village of Gurnard is located in the central northern part of the Isle of Wight, just under two miles from the seaport town of Cowes. With a lovely pub, an assortment of shops and some pretty little houses and cottages, it is a lovely area to visit or stay in if on a trip to this beautiful island. Gurnard Bay is located very close by to the village, with a shingle beach that overlooks the Solent and the ships arriving from the mainland. Entrance to the bay is from the green in Gurnard and so if you are visiting or staying here, you can blend easy beach access and stunning sea views with a small township atmosphere.

Prince's Esplanade runs along the sea front front Gurnard, round the coast to Cowes although the name changes along the route to Egypt Esplanade and Queen's Road. Anyone enjoying a break in Gurnard could have pleasant walks along the seafront. The Cowes Golf Course is within walking distance for a round of golf during the holiday.

Gurnard is home to the Gurnard Fort which dates all the way back to the year 1600. In 1864 traces of the fort were found as well as the remains of a Roman Villa, and today these remains can be seen just to the west of the Gurnard Marsh, which makes an interesting visit for those who are curious about history on the island.

Places to visit near Gurnard

 

As Gurnard is so closely located to both villages of Cowes and East Cowes, they can easily be visited and enjoyed for a day trip, if you are staying nearby. Cowes is the start of the Isle of Wight coastal path and is wonderful for those wishing to participate on a nature trek cottage holiday. With winding country lanes that go through dense forestry and overlook beautiful seas, it is a haven for landscape lovers and is definitely worth taking a walk through.

In East Cowes, Osborne House is a must-see for history lovers. The house used to be a holiday home and retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1845, and today exhibits the couple’s art collection and lots of photographs from their time at their summer sanctuary. With a lovely café to have a bite to eat in or just a cup of tea, and set in beautiful grounds with gardens and soaring trees, a trip to Osborne House makes a wonderful day out on the island.

Gurnard is close by to many attractions in the northern part of the Isle of Wight and a lot can be explored. For history and lovers of nature it makes a wonderful holiday destination, so follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and choose this area of the island for your break!

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