Local area guide

Living in the Isle of Wight - PO30

With beautiful beaches and stunning walks, over half of the Isle of Wight is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Plus, house prices are cheaper here than on the mainland. What's not to love?

Your guide to moving to the Isle of Wight

Why the Isle of Wight is a good place to live

'It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot,' said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her beloved home on the Isle of Wight, where she brought up her family.

This charming island, located off the south coast of England, offers a unique blend of natural beauty and history - and is a haven for those who love sailing. 

And the beaches are incredible. Pretty beach towns like Ventnor and Shanklin are well worth a visit for a day in the sea and fish and chips at sunset.

What's the Isle of Wight famous for?

With its stunning coastline (featuring dinosaur footprint casts - yes really), rolling hills and lush countryside - including miles of public footpaths, it's the place to enjoy the great outdoors.

Life here has a slower pace compared to mainland cities, making it perfect for those seeking a peaceful lifestyle. Plus, you can drive anywhere within 25 minutes of the centre.

Things to do in the Isle of Wight

For fun times, there are loads - and we mean loads - of festivals, carnivals and events taking place on the island throughout the year, from skateboarding, cycling & race driving festivals, to music events featuring jazz, folk, house - you name it.

For sports enthusiasts, it's a sailing paradise, with 14 marinas filled with boats bobbing on the water.

Walkers can enjoy no less than 500 miles of public footpaths, incredible for an island that's 22.5 miles from east to west and 13.5 miles from north to south.

And of course, you simply must visit Queen Victoria's Osbourne House. English Heritage manage no less than seven historical gems to visit on the island, while there are seven National Trust spots to soak up the glorious countryside.

Average asking prices in the Isle of Wight today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£217,500

34 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£425,000

63 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£260,000

33 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£133,500

30 properties for sale

Properties currently for sale in the Isle of Wight

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Local pubs in the Isle of Wight

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  • Eight Bells

    Carisbrooke, Newport, PO30

    The Eight Bells is a family-run, family orientated pub in the heart of the village of Carisbrooke.

  • Castle Inn

    Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30

    A friendly traditional public house.

  • George Inn

    Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30

    The George Inn is an authentic early 19th Century town centre Public House in Newport.

  • Man In The Moon

    Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30

    The pub was formerly a Congregational church, with adjoining ‘modern glazed structure’.

  • Wheatsheaf Hotel

    Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30

    A Room with a View. Relax after a day of adventure on the Isle of Wight. Our hotel contains a number of rooms that allow you to rest in comfort.

Transport in Isle of Wight

Trains

IslandLine operates from Ryde Pier Head, serving Ryde town, Brading, Sandown, Lake and Shanklin. Trains connect with Wightlink’s passenger ferries to Portsmouth Harbour from Ryde Pier Head, and Ryde’s bus station is a brief stroll from the Hovercraft terminal. The line is operated by South Western Railway and you can buy a through-ticket from London Waterloo to any station along the Island Line network.

Buses

The Isle of Wight has regular, frequent routes operating daily connecting most parts of the Island. Services run until late at night to most towns and resorts, with buses to rural areas finishing earlier each day. The Island’s main bus station is in Newport, with foot passenger ferry routes in Ryde and Cowes well served.

Roads

It takes less than two hours to drive around the whole of the Isle of Wight and the entire coastline stretches around 57 miles.

Traffic isn't really a major problem on the island thanks to its low population (just under 142,000) and it's easy to get around by car. Plus there are some wonderful views to enjoy en route.

Ferries

Ferries to the Isle of Wight sail from Portsmouth, Lymington and Southampton.

Wightlink and Red Funnel are popular ferry operators and sail to the island at least 15 times a day.

Airports

Sadly for those who don't own a private jet, the Isle of Wight airport is exclusively for those with access to their own aircraft.

Transport connections

East Cowes Floating Bridge
Ferry Port
4.4 miles / 7.1 km
West Cowes Floating Bridge
Ferry Port
4.5 miles / 7.2 km
East Cowes Ferry Terminal
Ferry Port
4.6 miles / 7.4 km
Smallbrook Junction
National Rail
6.7 miles / 10.8 km
Sandown
National Rail
6.7 miles / 10.8 km
Ryde St Johns Road
National Rail
6.8 miles / 10.9 km

Schools in Isle of Wight

There are plenty of good primary schools to choose from on the Isle of Wight.

Carisbrooke Church of England School, Nine Acres Primary School, St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, Newport Church of England Aided Primary School, Hunnyhill Primary School, Barton Primary School and Summerfields Primary School are all rated Good by Ofsted.

For secondary schools, there are currently three state secondary schools on the island but each has been given a rating of 'Requires Improvement' by Ofsted. They are: Carisbrooke College, Medina College, Christ the King College and the Isle of Wight College.

For further education, The Isle of Wight College and HTP Apprenticeship College have both been rated Good by Ofsted.

Schools in the Isle of Wight

Carisbrooke Church of England Controlled Primary School
Ages: 5 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Christ The King College
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2021)
Nine Acres Primary School
Ages: 5 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
Ages: 5 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Newport Church of England Aided Primary School
Ages: 5 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Carisbrooke College
Ages: 11 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2023)