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Yarmouth area guide - Staying on the Isle of Wight

Yarmouth lies in the north-west corner of the Isle of Wight and is one of its few gateways – you can reach the historic town by catching a ferry from Lymington. Yarmouth is home to some of the oldest architecture on the Island, including a 16th century castle and Grade II-listed pier, both of which offer fantastic views of the Solent.

This picturesque port has plenty to do and see; here’s what you should get up to the next time you visit the island.

Things to do in Yarmouth

Whether you’re heading to the island for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, there’s lots to keep you entertained. We take a look at the most popular attractions.

Tapnell Farm

Formally a dairy farm and now a fun family attraction, Tapnell Farm has much to offer children of all ages. As well as indoor and outdoor play areas, children and adults can participate in adventure activities, such as zorbing and archery. There’s also a chance to get up close to a range of farm animals.

Once your kids are tired out from all of the bouncing around, check out the on-site restaurant – The Cow Co. Serving a variety of beef dishes, from succulent burgers and steaks to traditional pies and stews, it’s one of the best-loved eateries on the Island. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop on the way out; you’ll want to pick up a tub of ice cream to take back with you!

Yarmouth Castle

This 16th century castle may be small, but it’s a fascinating place to visit. When you step inside, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time, as the rooms have all been reconstructed to represent what they would have looked like in the 1500s. One of them is a children’s room, full of Tudor games and toys for the little ones.

We recommend bringing a packed lunch with you, as the castle makes an amazing picnic spot. The views of the harbour are a wonderful accompaniment to a cheese sandwich or two. Dogs on leads are welcome, so feel free to take them for a walk around the castle grounds.

Fort Victoria Model Railway

There are a number of great attractions at Fort Victoria, but the Model Railway often receives rave reviews. Kids and adults who love trains will feel at home here – there are several clever layouts and various scenes full of detail and humour. The friendly staff are very knowledgeable too.

It doesn’t cost much to get into the Model Railway, so if you’re holidaying on a budget it’s a great place to take the whole family. Should you get the inspiration to build your own miniature railway, you can pick something up from the shop on the way out.

Where to eat in Yarmouth

Eating out is one of the best parts of any holiday, so finding some fantastic restaurants to try is probably quite a high priority! Luckily, you’re spoilt for choice in Yarmouth. Below, we take a look at three of the best.

Off the Rails

The former Yarmouth Railway Station has been transformed into a brilliant themed restaurant, which is a big hit with train fans. Open all day, you can sit down for a Sunday roast, enjoy a juicy burger or steak, or just pop in for tea and cake.

Why not bring the pooch with you? Off the Rails sells dog food too! It’s the perfect place to eat and drink after a long walk.

On the Rocks

It may sport a similar name, but On the Rocks offers a completely different dining experience. Specialising in meat and seafood, each dish is served on hot volcanic rocks, so you can cook it to your liking. The rock gives the food a unique flavour, and the informal atmosphere makes it perfect for sharing meals with your friends.

Choose from a variety of meat and fish, from huge steaks and sumptuous lamb to scallops and tiger prawns. If you have room, the puddings are amazing too.

The Wheatsheaf

If you’re looking for a family and dog-friendly pub, look no further than The Wheatsheaf. The varied menu is sure to satisfy all parties, as it serves some great pub classics including ham, egg and chips; pizza and curry. It’s the incredible burgers that shouldn’t be missed, though!

Due to its wonderful food, this pub is popular, so be sure to book a table in advance if you can.

Unmissable events in Yarmouth

Since Yarmouth is a historic port, there isn’t an awful lot of huge events that take place here, but the bi-annual Old Gaffers Festival is well worth planning your next stay around. The family-friendly event features boat races, the chance to see the vessels up close, street entertainment, live music, a craft fair and so much more. The whole town comes alive for it!

How to get to Yarmouth

You shouldn’t have much trouble getting to Yarmouth from each of our holiday parks, but these guides will no doubt prove to be useful if you don’t have a sat nav.

From Rookley Country Park

Rookley Country Park is just a 30-minute drive away from Yarmouth. Start by driving toward the Main Road/A3020, then take Highwood Lane and Whitcombe Road to Priory Road in Newport. From here, take Gunville Road to Forest Road/A3054. Continue on the A road for about eight miles until you reach the town.

From Colwell Bay

Colwell Bay is the closest of our three parks to Yarmouth – the drive to the town should only take eight minutes! Simply take Monks Lane to Colwell Road/A3054 and continue to down the A road until you see signs for Yarmouth. Easy.

From St Helens Holiday Park

It may be the furthest away, but the drive to Yarmouth from St Helens is only 40 minutes or so in length. Begin by following Field Lane to Upper Green Road/B3330 and continue on the B road to Brading. Next, take West Lane and E Ashey Lane to Ashey Road. Turn right onto Downend Road and at the roundabout, take the first exit onto Long Lane.

Next, turn left onto Staplers Road, followed by another left onto Fairlee Road/A3054. At the first roundabout, take the fifth exit onto Medina Way/A3020 and at the second take the first exit onto A3054. Then just follow the A road until you arrive at Yarmouth.

Where to park in Yarmouth

Since it’s rather a small town, there are just two car parks in Yarmouth – River Road and Pier Square. However, you’ll find that some of the attractions, such as Fort Victoria, have their own free car parks.

There you have it – that’s all you need to know about Yarmouth! If you’re planning to travel all across the Isle of Wight during your next holiday, feel free to check out our other area guides. Want to find out more about our holiday parks? Get in touch with us – we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.