Ryde, facing the English mainland near the eastern end of the island, is the second largest town on the Isle of Wight. It’s often called the Gateway to the Island, as there are frequent high-speed Fastcat links from Portsmouth, and hovercraft links from Southsea.
Ryde’s coast boasts 6 miles of golden sands and shallow coastal waters - ideal for swimmers. Walk along the level promenade to Appley, where you’ll discover a great park with plenty to keep young family members occupied. There are kiddies’ amusements, ten-pin bowling, an ice rink, a boating lake as well as children’s play areas.
The town centre is a only a short walk away from the bus station with Union Street and the High Street having all your favoutite high street names, plus a wealth of charming and unique little shops in the Victorian Arcades. In fact, Ryde has plenty of Victorian charm with interesting buildings around every corner.
Need a refreshment stop? Ryde has excellent cafés, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, whether it’s a quick cappuccino or a slap-up meal. And if it’s nightlife you’re after, Ryde’s pubs have great atmosphere, and if you really want to make a night of it, the club scene is hot.