Newport is the county town (administrative centre) of the Isle of Wight. It is in the centre of the island on the River Medina. It is the second largest town on the island, with a population of 24,000, slightly fewer than Ryde.
Newport is the hub for Southern Vectis bus services throughout the island, so is easily reached from the other towns, including those where ferry services arrive from the mainland.
- 1 Carisbrooke Castle, Castle Hill, Carisbrooke, PO30 1XY (a mile and a half south west of Newport), ☏ . 10AM-4PM. In the 1640s King Charles I was imprisoned in this castle whose construction began in the 12th century. Visitors planning to visit both Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle should consider becoming members of English Heritage; it can work out cheaper than buying individual tickets for family groups and allows free access to all other English Heritage properties for the rest of the year. Adults £11.60, children £6.90, concessions £10.40.
- 2 Museum of Island History, High St, PO30 1TY, ☏ . M 10:30AM-3:30PM, Tu-F 9:30AM-3:30PM, Sa Su closed. Museum dedicated to the history of the Isle of Wight. Last entry 3PM. Adult £2, child £1.20, family £5.
- 1 Apollo Theatre, Pyle Street, Newport, ☏ , email@example.com. The Apollo Theatre presents 7 shows a year produced by its in-house company, The Apollo Players. In addition, it also hosts a range of events from external companies featuring a mix of drama, live music, meetings and lectures. £8.50.
- 2 Isle of Wight Festival (Southern Vectis provides buses to and from the festival site). A pop music event held at Seaclose Park in June. £175 (weekend).
- Tennyson Trail. 15 mi (24 km) walk from Carisbrooke Castle to the Needles.
|Routes through Newport|
|Cowes ← Northwood ←||N SE||→ Blackwater → Shanklin|
|Freshwater ← Yarmouth ← Bouldnor ←||W E||→ East Cowes → Wootton Bridge → Ryde|