Discover the Isle of Wight by bus

1 month ago Wed 27th Mar 2024

hop on, hop off discover new places by bus

The Isle of Wight is a stunning place and we are lucky to have so much amazing scenery and things to do on a small island which packs a punch. 

We are challenging everyone to get out and Discover a new or forgotten location by bus this spring and summer.  We are all hoping for better weather, but just being out in the open air (even if the sun’s not shining) can do wonders for our health and well-being.  Plus travelling by bus means you are also doing your bit for the environment and helping to ease congestion in the area.

Don’t forget all single bus fares on our normal routes (including The Summer Links route) are just £2 until at least 30th June 2024 or there are savings to be made with a Rover or group Rover if travelling with friends and family.  Dogs are welcome on board (paws on the floor please and not on the seats) and up to two children under 5 can go for free with an adult.

Please note our Breezer routes are exempt from the £2 fare. 

Here are some of our top places to Discover by bus

Discover Royalty and History in East Cowes

Discover Queen Victoria's holiday home Osborne were she lived with her beloved Prince Albert and their nine children. Explore the extensive ground and private beach. See the newly renovated Swiss Cottage.

A must visit is the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Centre which supplies and maintains over half of the lifeboats for all of our lifeboat stations across the UK, as well as our lifeguard units. Tours are free and 2024 celebrates the 200 year anniversary of the RNLI. 

Learn more about the island maritime history of the Isle of Wight at the Classic Boat Museum Gallery. East Cowes also has a number of cute cafe's and pubs serving excellent food with views of the River Medina. East Cowes also is home to largest Union Jack in the world!

Route 4 and 5 will get you to East Cowes

Osborne House

Discover Unique Landscapes and Breathtaking Views at The Needles

The Needles Breezer is one of the most spectacular bus rides in all of England, an open-top ride with views that will simply take your breath away. Enjoy a cliff-hugging, dizzy climb from Alum Bay right up to the Needles Battery, high up where the vistas out to sea are intoxicating. The route also links Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay, Dimbola Museum and Galleries, Farringford Estate, Fort Victoria Country Park, as well as historic places of interest and areas of outstanding beauty.

Hop off at The Needles Landmark Attraction at Alum Bay, with its fairground rides, glass blowing, sweet manufactury and chairlift down to the beach.

The Needles Breezer, route 7 and 12 will get you there

Needles Breezer with views of Alum Bay

Discover Turquoise Seas in Freshwater

Freshwater Bay is one of the most picturesque beaches in West Wight. At low tide you can discover the Caves and it is great place for rock-pooling.  Freshwater is steeped in History and a must visit is to Farringford House and Gardens. A grade 1 Listed Building and was the main residence of the Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson from 1853 until his death in 1892. Farringford house and grounds have been restored to their Tennyson-era splendour. Nearby Dimbola Museum and Gallery was the home and workplace of the internationally acclaimed Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. St Agnes the only island Thatched Church is in Freshwater Bay too.

The Needles Breezer, Island Coaster and route 12 will get you there.

rockpooling at freshwater bay


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