Monday, July 16, 2012

Isle of Wight - Guidance note to plan your trip

What days?
I suggest you go over the weekend (Fri-Sun) But it's always best to check weather conditions and plan the trip, the winds can get very gusty!

How to go?
Go to Southampton from Victoria Coach Station. Take South West Train at 5:30am (£8 for 5 tickets).
Click here for more information.

What next?
- Reach Southampton train station at 7am. Take the free city link bus service to go from station to Town quay.

- Take a 7:45am Red Jet Ferry to West Cowes on the Isle of Wight (£15 per adult and £7 per child).
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Is it that Easy?
Yes! Hurray! Your Isle of Wight Holiday begins now. Remove your cameras! ;D

What to do on the island?

- Reach West Cowes at 8:20am. Walk to the Floating Chain Bridge and go to East Cowes. Go to Wells Road and take bus no. 4 to Ryde bus station at 8:50 am.
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- Reach Ryde Bus station and go to Ryde Esplanade train station. Take a train from Ryde Esplanade at 9:52am to Shanklin, reaches at 10:13am.
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- Get out of Shanklin station and take left towards Keats Green where you will find Bayhouse Hotel. Have not been here but I know a friend who has been here since she was a child and highly recommends it.
Click here to book.

- Spend the day in Shanklin - visit the Chines, the beach, the old village.

Overnight stay at hotel. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Put camera battery to charge.

Next day?
Lots to do - Visit the Isle of Wight website an plan.

Last day?

 - Checkout. Inquire about a car hire with driver OR take public transport and go to Needles,  Adgestone vineyard, Butterfly park, Alum bay glass (very very close to Needles). 

ALSO NOTE: The island is round so it will be better if you plan a route you want to take on this day and tour the island, just make sure you reach West Cowes by 7pm by public transport and take the red jet ferry at 7:15pm back to Southampton Town quay at 7:40pm.
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Head home :C
- Take the city link from Town quay to the train station.

- Take the train to London Waterloo leaving Southampton at 8:55pm reaching London Waterloo at 10:40pm.
Look here for more details.

Please note the timetables may have changed so it is always recommended to pre-check.

Let me know how your trip was!