There is so much to see and do in Sandown; the pier is packed full of amusements, children's play areas, 10-pin bowling and fairground rides. There's an 18-hole course and pitch & putt at Browns Golf Course, the Isle of Wight Zoo and Dinosaur Isle at the northern end of the esplanade towards Yaverland and Culver cliff. If you're looking for water sports, try Wight Waters at Lake or give windsurfing or kayaking a go at Yaverland. At the southern end of town sits The Heights Leisure Centre with two indoor pools, squash courts, dance studios and fully equipt gym. All this, as well as the trampolines, crazy golf, play areas, tennis courts, Sandown Bowles Club and amusement arcades ensure there's never a dull day in Sandown. The annual carnival is one of the oldest on record, with events dating back to 1889!
The miles of coastline and surrounding countryside make Sandown a poular destination for walkers and cyclists, with the elevation of Culver Cliff providing stunning views over the bay and the pier.
As one of the highest concentrations of dinosaur fossils in the world, the Isle of Wight has been dubbed 'Dinosaur Island' and the bay and cliffs at Sandown and Yaverland are ideal for fossill hunting. Sandown is home to the UK's first purpose built dinosaur attraction, Dinosaur Isle is located just opposite the beach at Yaverland. Visit our dedicated dinosoaur page for more information about Walking With Dinosaurs.
Whatever you like to see and do, we are sure you will enjoy your time in Sandown and look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful seaside town.
Getting to Sandown
Getting to the Isle of Wight is easy and it's amazing how the short sea crossing can transport you to another world. Once you have travelled to Portsmouth, Southampton or Lymington in the New Forest, your holiday on the Isle of Wight has practically started. Journey times by car from London have been dramatically reduced by the opening of the Hindhead tunnel on the A3. Regular express train and coach services operate from London Waterloo and London Victoria, as well as many other city centres across the UK.
When crossing the Solent, there are three options to take. Red Funnel run vehicle and passenger services from Southampton, Wightlink run vehicle and passenger services from Portsmouth and Lymington and Hovertravel offers a passenger service from Southsea to the Isle of Wight.
Once you've arrived on the Isle of Wight, there are regular bus services operated by Southern Vectis that run across the whole Island with many passing through Sandown. The Island Line train service also runs from Ryde through Sandown and on to Shanklin so it really couldn't be any easier to get to Sandown.
A map of Sandown
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