Things To Do

Seagrove Bay & The Surrounding Area

Discover the picturesque coastal area that surrounds The Sea House, promising golden sands, crystal-clear waters, and a plethora of activities for the whole family. Seagrove Bay offers a prime position to explore the very best attractions and landmarks the Isle of Wight has to offer.

Portsmouth Skyline
Seaview House Views

Seagrove Bay

Seagrove Bay is situated on the stunning north-east coast of the Isle of Wight, in the small village of Seaview. Promising a modest, sandy beach and panoramic views of the Solent, Seagrove Bay makes an idyllic place to relax and unwind before exploring further afield.

Ryde Town, Beach & Pier

The seaside town of Ryde is a 12-minute drive from Seaview and offers visitors a delightful assortment of shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs. Though Ryde is most famous for its iconic pier.

Standing tall above the golden sands of Ryde Beach, this structure dates back to 1814 and remains the second-longest pier in the country. It is still in use to this day, providing a valuable ferry service directly to Portsmouth Harbour and a hovercraft service to Southsea.

Cowes & The Northern Coastline

Cowes is a seaport town and the civil parish of the Isle of Wight. Cowes & East Cowes have gained a reputation around the globe for their links to yachting, hosting the Round The Island Yacht Race, and Cowes Week.

Cowes offers Red Funnel ferry access routes to Southampton, departing from East Cowes. A floating bridge provides a link between Cowes & East Cowes for cars and pedestrians, with a service running frequently throughout most days. In the town, you will be able to find a wonderful selection of shops and restaurants which have been largely inspired by the seafaring heritage of the town and the island.

On the outskirts of East Cowes you will also be able to find Osborne House, the home of Queen Victoria. Within Osborne House, there is an opportunity to see firsthand what royal life was like in the Victorian era, and also artworks from the Royal Collection

Sandown, Bembridge, & The East Coast

Take a trip towards the east of the island and shortly you will fall upon Bembridge, the easternmost village of the Isle of Wight. Though Bembridge is a relatively small village, there is plenty to see and do, including harbour walks, visiting the lifeboat station, and taking in the breathtaking sea views.

A little further along the coast sits Sandown & Shanklin, two of the larger villages on the island. Popular for families & couples, Sandown & Shanklin offer sandy beaches, a zoo, museums, crazy golf courses, and plenty of restaurants & food vendors. These two beautiful seaside villages are a must-see for anyone visiting the Isle of Wight.

Red Funnel
Cowes IOW
The Garlic Farm
The Sea House
Carisbrooke Castle

Island Attractions

The Isle of Wight offers visitors a wonderful selection of activities and attractions that are sure to suit any taste.

Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle is about 40 minutes drive from The Sea House and is open most days from 10am to 5pm.

The castle has been an artillery fortress, king’s prison and a royal summer residence. Today it’s the quintessential romantic castle, with plenty to see and enjoy in the fresh open air. Experience far reaching panoramic views from high castle walls, or wander the moat to discover King Charles I’s bowling green. Enjoy the tranquil Princess Beatrice Garden and stunning St Nicholas’ Chapel. You can also watch the famous Carisbrooke donkeys work the 16th-century tread in daily demonstrations, raising water from the castle well, and see the room where King Charles I was held prisoner, from which he tried and failed to daringly escape

The Garlic Farm

Explore The Garlic Farm in Newchurch (about 25 minutes drive from Sea House) in all of its natural beauty, with farm walks providing the full garlic experience across beautiful farmland in the Arreton Valley. Garlic is a seasonal crop and can be seen in the fields from February to July.

Visit the farm shop and restaurant to find a treasure trove of garlic flavours including all garlicky delights from fresh garlic, chutneys and sauces to garlic butter and even garlic beer.

Isle of Wight

Nestled between the Solent and the English Channel, the Isle of Wight sits just off the coast of the UK mainland. Access to the island is maintained through regular ferry services that connect East Cowes, Fishbourne, Yarmouth, and Ryde with the mainland with car ferries, passenger ferries, and hovercrafts.

Although the Isle of Wight only spans 23 miles by 13 miles, this pocket-sized paradise has plenty to offer. From rolling hills and dramatic cliffs, to pristine beaches, the Isle of Wight is not just a destination; it’s a journey through time, with historic castles, Victorian seaside resorts, and charming villages that echo the island’s diverse heritage.

Events & Festivals

The Isle of Wight is host to a range of events and festivals throughout the year, a lot of which draw crowds from around the globe. The “Round The Island” yacht race is one of the most popular events. First taking place in 1931 with only 25 entries, today it sees over 1200 yachts and 10,000 sailors battle it out for first place, making it the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK.

The Isle of Wight is also home to the “Isle of Wight Festival“, one of the biggest music festivals in the south of the UK. The Isle of Wight Festival attracts 150,000-250,000 people to see some of the greatest acts of the year.

IOW cliff walk
Isle of Wight regatta
The Needles IOW

Getting Around The Island

The Isle of Wight is easily accessible via train and bus services that run throughout the island. The small size of the island makes it easy to explore, even if you just have a few days.

Train and bus services run from all of the ferry ports to provide excellent island access for foot passengers.

Private hire vehicles are also available around the island:

TJ Taxi Services: 01983 520274 / Ryde Taxis: 01983 811111 / Musti’s Buses: 01983 559191