The Downs Breezer
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THE DOWNS BREEZER
Daily: 25th May to 28th September
From sandy beaches and rolling hills, to steam trains and tigers, the Downs Breezer has it all!
Cruise miles of rural countryside, connecting you with the Island’s best beaches and attractions for all the family to enjoy.
A circular route along the east coast of the Isle of Wight, the Downs Breezer offers unrivalled views from the top deck. Marvel at the Island’s green unspoiled landscape and look out across the glistening sea from all sides of the bus.
Hop off and on along the way and explore the Island in comfort and at your own pace.
Take a peaceful walk through the gardens of Quarr Abbey, take a step back in time at Brading Roman Villa, enjoy a nostalgic afternoon at the Isle of Wight Steam railway – you can even feed the tigers at the Isle of Wight Zoo!
Discover some of the Island’s best beauty spots and walks, like Culver Down,St Helen’s Duver, Ashey and Brading Downs and Bembridge Windmill - perfect for ramblers or for a family picnic.
There is something for everyone along the Downs Breezer route.
Ryde is a boutique seaside town on the Isle of Wight, connecting the mainland via ferries and a hovercraft. In Ryde you will find a range of exciting bars and restaurants, as well as historic churches and buildings and miles of stunning sandy beach – not forgetting the famous Appley Tower. QUARR ABBEY There was a monastery on this site from 1132 until its dissolution by Henry VIII in 1536. The new Quarr Abbey is now open to the public and also hosts a tea garden, working farm yard, art gallery and book shop.
ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY
Take a nostalgic trip back in time to the romantic age of steam. The Isle of Wight Steam Railway line travels through 5 ½ miles of stunning unspoiled countryside, from Smallbrook through to Wootton via the main Havenstreet Station. Havenstreet also offers exhibitions, regular themed days and events throughout the summer.
Robin Hill Adventure Park is a great place to go for a family day out. Here you can wander around the 80 acres of woodland walks; enjoy the exciting rides which include a 4D motion simulator, a swinging galleon and the Cows Express train ride.
BRADING ROMAN VILLA
With an award-winning Visitor Centre and Museum this has to be one of the finest Roman sites around. Located in rolling countryside you can take time to marvel at the mosaic floors and Roman archaeology collection, browse the garden, then visit the shop and café.
If you’re looking for an authentic British seaside experience, make sure you stop off at Sandown. Offering miles of sandy beach perfect for sun bathing, digging and paddling, it’s a great place for families.
ISLE OF WIGHT ZOO
Meet the tigers at Isle of Wight Zoo! With animal feeding and ‘keeper for a day’ experiences available, the zoo is a fun and educational day out for all the family. From big cats to bugs, the zoo plays home to a range of exotic animals waiting to meet you.
BROWNS GOLF COURSE – SANDOWN
Open since 1932, Browns Golf Course is an Isle of Wight institution. Offering Putting and Pitch & Putt courses to suit all abilities, Browns is a great day out for family and friends. Their sausage rolls served in the Clubhouse Café are pretty tasty too!
A former military zone, Culver Down offers spectacular views across the Isle of Wight. From the top you can look out over Ryde, Bembridge, Sandown, Lake and Shanklin – your very own bird’s eye view from the ground. On top of the hill sits The Culver Haven, the perfect place to relax and refresh after a stroll to the top.
Situated in Bembridge, the Grade 1 listed Bembridge Windmill is the last of its kind on the Isle of Wight, dating back to the 17th century. Although no longer in service, the Windmill is a charming place to visit, with information on its mechanics and history.
Bembridge Harbour is the perfect place for a peaceful stroll, just a short walk away from St Helen’s Duver.
ST. HELENS DUVER
Owned by The National Trust, St. Helens Duver is a peaceful area to spend time relaxing or discovering the coastal woods, sand dunes and rock pools. Previously a Victorian Golf Course, the Duver is a unique mix of seaside and country, with sweeping sandy dunes, rock pools and four miles of flora and fauna to explore. There is a beach close by with an old church that’s been partially dismantled and has been used as a seamark since 1719.
Once a Victorian Battery, Puckpool Park is a great place to take the family. Close to the sandy beaches at Appley, Puckpool is home to a children’s play park, Pitch & Putt Golf, tennis courts and a café. On the other side of Puckpool is Seaview, a delightful seaside and sailing town. A great spot for crabbing!
We recommend a single or group Rover for really making the most of our seasonal routes.