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The Cow Company - Tapnell Farm Park

The Cow Co Restaurant and Bar is one of the most highly recommended places to eat on the Isle of Wight; serving a delicious Beef & Dairy inspired menu, set against the backdrop of a stylishly converted Swiss barn at Tapnell Farm. Offering diners a wide choice of both meat and vegetarian options, for lunches and evening meals. The vibrant rustic restaurant, and fully-licensed bar, are a great place to meet for coffee, cake (and cocktails!)

The Cow Co is unique amongst Isle of Wight Restaurants; tucked away in the rural heart of the Island, surrounded by stunning views of Tennyson Down, The Solent and The New Forest – yet only a 15-minute drive from the Isle of Wight’s capital town of Newport. Add their dedication to freshly cooked food, locally sourced ingredients and sparkling service, and you’ll discover why they are regarded as one of the best places to eat on the Island!

The Llama Tree - West Wight Alpacas and Llamas, Wellow.

Open 7 days a week 10am - 5pm. Plus evenings Friday and Saturday until 8pm. Booking essential for evening service. Free parking & Free entry to the Café Bistro.

A perfect place to come and relax, enjoy some lunch, speciality drinks, browse the Yarn Barn or for a small entry fee take a walk around the farm to visit the Alpacas! The Llama Tree Café Bistro and Pizzeria has a wide range of coffees using beans from Peru and roasted on the Island, teas and cold drinks. Also serving light bites, Pizzas from a wood fired Pizza oven, paninis, mains and cakes, plus a children's menu.

Entry to the Café Bistro is free and does not require any farm entry fee to visit.

Horse and Groom - Ningwood

The Horse and Groom is an established family friendly pub on the West of the Isle of Wight, renowned for it’s family friendly welcome and home cooked meals for all the family.

Winners of best family pub in the South East of England twice in the last three years this pub has an extensive outside play area for the children with Crazy Golf, Bouncy Castle, Climbing frames and much much more.

New Inn - Shalfleet

The Sun Hulverstone

The Sun Calbourne

Isle of Wight Pearl - Pearl Cafe - Brightstone

The White Mouse - Chale

Further Afield

What to see

West Wight Alpacas and Llamas Main road, Wellow

West Wight Alpacas was set up by husband and wife duo, Neil and Michelle Payne in 2010. What started out as a hobby quickly morphed into an active family business and a high quality tourist attraction as we decided to focus on a niche market. Impressed by the rarity of Suri alpacas and their friendly inquisitive nature, they developed the idea for alpaca and llama trekking and breeding on the Isle of Wight.

The farm site in the village of Wellow, in West Wight, is now home to around 60 alpacas, 13 llamas and many other animals. High animal welfare standards are a major part of their ethos along with sustainable methods such as breeding alpacas for fibre and using their fleece, which is known to be some of the most luxurious in the world.

Tapnell Farm Park - Newport Road, Yarmouth

Tapnell Farm is a former dairy farm, turned all-weather attraction, surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the Isle of Wight. It is one of most popular things to do on the Isle of Wight, and a great family day out whatever the weather!

Meet the Animals in the Farmyard Barn, and get up close and personal with some of Tapnell’s cutest and smallest residents. Wander round the Wallaby Walkabout with a mob of tame wallabies, and admire the marvellous meerkats as they stand guard. Venture out into The Paddock and enjoy the views in the company of the friendly sheep and their other farmyard chums.

Run wild in the Straw Bale Adventure Zone, race round the pedal go-kart track, zoom along the zip-wires and scale the straw bale pyramid. Tackle the 3-storey soft play zone in the Play Barn, battle the climbing wall, and create a masterpiece on the giant chalkboards, or head outside for a bounce on an amazing Jumping Pillow!

Osborne House - York Avenue, East Cowes

"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. Visit Victoria and Albert's private apartments, their bathing beach and children's play-cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Then stroll through the garden terraces where the stunning views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples.

Now under the management of English Heritage, Osborne reflects Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's passions, tastes and style. Ornate furnishings and artefacts from The Royal Collection fill rooms and corridors where Victoria entertained heads of state, inventors, princess and princesses and ruled the vast British Empire.

Carisbrooke Castle - Castle Hill, Newport

The quintessential romantic castle, Carisbrooke has been an Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king's prison and a royal summer residence. Here you can meet the loveable donkeys and see them work, visit a fascinating museum and see the Castle’s Edwardian garden. Experience far reaching panoramic views from high castle walls and place yourself at the very heart of the Isle of Wight’s History.

Ventnor Botanic Garden - Undercliff Drive, Ventnor

Basking in the microclimate of The Undercliff, Ventnor Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight is one of the great gardens of Britain. Their subtropical and exotic plant collection is unrivalled; plants that should be found in protected glasshouses thrive and naturalise out of doors. The garden is an immersive landscape, transporting the visitor to experience Mediterranean regions from around the world. Their plants grow in association with each other as in the wild. Also, park your car at the Garden for Steephill Cove. Combine your visit with the Botanic Garden and park for free.

The Garlic Farm - Mersley Lane, Newchurch

A free to enter family attraction providing the full garlic experience and free access to our beautiful farmland in the Arreton Valley. Offering free tasters of all their garlic farm products. Indulge your senses in the taste experience room, there's something for everyone from the sweet chutneys and smooth mayonnaises to the hottest hot garlic sauce you'll never forget.

Take one of our farm walks and open your eyes and ears to the flora and fauna of this natural habitat for birds, animals, insects, wild flowers which co-exist with farmed crops. Tractor trailer tours run throughout the school holidays. Climb aboard for a guided tour through the fields and learn about garlic growing, the farm and surroundings.

The education centre is free to enter and includes the history of the farm, amazing archaeological finds, how garlic came to the Isle of Wight, how to grow garlic, garlic folklore and facts. Outside, the wild flower meadow is home to garlic trial beds where you can learn about all the different varieties the farm are trialling this year, their provenance and characteristics

Take something home from the farm shop; a treasure trove of garlicky goodness and local delights.

Robin Hill Country Park - Downend, Newport

With some incredible day and night time experiences to be found throughout the season, Robin Hill, set in 88 acres of beautiful countryside really is the destination for visitors of all ages looking for outdoor fun, adventure and great family experiences.

The park offers a fantastic blend of rides, falconry and adventure play for fun loving families and children, and relaxing woodland gardens, ponds and walks for discerning adults to enjoy.

Blackgang Chine - Near Ventnor

An enchanting experience like no other…The very word “Blackgang” has a legendary ring about it, summoning up visions of smugglers, shipwrecks and wild storm lashed shores.

Let your imagination run wild as you venture on a journey of discovery… Fighting pirates on-board your own ship, discovering life size moving dinosaurs and escaping from danger, being sheriff of your own cowboy town, rounding up the outlaws and locking ’em up – or experiencing the magic of being fairy princess in your own castle!

Filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides, you’ll find adventures around every corner – something for all the family at Blackgang Chine.

Isle of Wight Zoo - Yaverland Seafront, Sandown

The Isle of Wight Zoo is a well-established, popular wildlife centre based on the east coast of the Island.  Family owned for 40 years, it has recently become part of The Wildheart Trust, a charity which was founded to secure a long-term future for the zoo and enable it to fulfil its global ambitions to make a really meaningful impact on the health of the natural world while improving the well-being of animals in human care.

The zoo is dedicated to engaging, involving and empowering people from both the heart and the head – one of its most important tasks is to convert 'care’ into 'action’. It is also committed to providing a life-long, loving home to rescued big cats and other animal residents and the team work holistically to ensure each individual has an enriched and meaningful life.

The zoo was built within the ruins of a Victorian Fort built to guard Sandown's coast, which means they face one of the Isle of Wight's nicest beaches. Once upon a time the zoo owners used to walk tiger cubs on the beach, and are still famous locally for it. Nowadays the zoo focuses on looking after older tigers and giving them a happy retirement.

Amazon World - Watery Lane, near Arreton

Amazon World Zoo Park is a special kind of attraction. Here you can learn about conservation and rainforests and come face to face with some of the worlds most unusual, beautiful and endangered creatures. Some you won't be able to see anywhere else in the UK or even Europe!

Try to spot the many species of tropical bird flying freely through the rainforest above your head or count the crocodiles in the pond. Enjoy the displays and talks or just sit and watch the lemurs as they sunbathe and play.

Awarded Top Attraction by I.of.W Tourism, the large collection of South American animals is second to none. Amazon World have a huge range of animals from the commonly seen and loved marmosets to the more unusual and rare Tamandua , Giant Anteaters and Armadillo.

With a daily Meet the Animal sessions, an on site cafe, a gift shop and a large Jurassic themed adventure playground; there is plenty to keep everybody occupied.

Goodleaf Tree Climbing - Garden Walk, Ryde

The UK’s original recreational tree climbing company. Their two hour discover tree climbing experience is a unique and offbeat adventure perfect for ages 8 to 80. Discover the magical thrill of tree climbing is brilliant fun for all the family. Go tree climbing with them and create memories in historic Appley Park, Ryde. A beautiful mature oak tree sits in the centre of this stunning park, with panoramic views over the Solent and beyond.

Experienced and enthusiastic Goodleaf staff will show you the ropes so that you can safely scale the heights of the 70 foot oak tree. Once you’re in the canopy, you can enjoy beautiful sea views, relax in special tree top hammocks or challenge yourself to climb as much as you want to.

When you’re back on the ground, relax on the picnic blanket, enjoy a cup of tea and a home made Tree Climber’s Flapjack. If that’s not enough to tide you over, bring a picnic to enjoy in the green surroundings of the park or eat out at one of the local foodie destinations nearby.

Brading Roman Villa - Morton Old Road, Brading

Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Roman sites in the UK. The award winning Visitor Centre and Museum offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of Roman archaeology.

Groups booking a visit to Brading Roman Villa can have a guided tour led by a trained learning guide. It takes between 45 and 60 minutes. The accompanying talk is tailored by the age and needs of the group as well as what they ask as they walk around the villa.

Dinosaur Isle - Culver Parade, Sandown

Dinosaur Isle is an all-year-round facility, combining entertainment, education and enjoyment.  Displays use clever lighting, artwork, sound, smells and animatronic technology to create an exciting experience.  As well as the displays, there is a working laboratory on view, and a room set aside for learning sessions.  Full disabled access is available, and the facility has a large shop. Browns cafeteria is immediately next door to the site.  Located next to the sandy beach at Sandown, within a short distance of the excellent geological exposures at Yaverland.

The purpose built interactive museum opened in 2001 was designed by local architects Rainey Petrie Johns in the shape of a giant pterodactyl.  The interior was designed by Leicester based Haley Sharpe Design, who employed an array of sub-contractors to make everything from showcases to rock re-constructions to full sized fleshed dinosaurs!

There is so much to see and do here on the island, we have picked some of our favourite destinations from further afield below. More information can be found in the links or more detail about all aspects of the island can be found at Visit Isle of Wight.

The Bay Boutique Bed and Breakfast, Holme, Guyers Road, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, PO40 9QA