Places to Visit

Osborne House

“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” – such were the words of Queen Victoria after her first visit to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. No trip to the island would be complete without a visit to this royal seaside palace where Queen Victoria lived with her beloved Prince Albert and their nine children.

Take an intimate glimpse into Queen Victoria’s family life as you tour the nursery and private rooms of Victoria and Albert. Marvel at the magnificence of the Royal Apartments including the sumptuous drawing and dining rooms and the richly decorated Indian-inspired Durbar Room. Admire the stunning view from the terraces across the Solent – said to remind Prince Albert of the bay of Naples and stroll through Osborne’s extensive grounds.

Explore Queen Victoria’s private beach, now open to the public for the first time. “We have quite a charming beach to ourselves,” Victoria wrote in 1845 and it was here that the Queen regularly bathed and where her children learned to swim.

The beach is a pleasant 20 minute stroll from the house down the Valley Path – stout footwear is recommended in the winter. Enjoy views across the Solent from Queen Victoria’s alcove, and spot seabirds from the shore.

Carisbrooke Castle

One of the main tourist attractions in the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke Castle is best known as the place where King Charles I was imprisoned. You can still play bowls on the very green Charles used. For a castle that has lived through more than 800 years of service, including resisting a siege by the French and seeing off the Spanish Armada, it’s also wonderfully well preserved.

There are all the ingredients here for a great value family day out in the Isle of Wight. Children will love dressing up as Norman soldiers or Civil War troopers, and meeting the castle’s famous donkeys, while for the grown-ups, the new Edwardian style Princess Beatrice Garden is a joy to explore.

Not to be missed…

  • The New Princess Beatrice Garden, designed by TV presenter and award winning garden designer, Chris Beardshaw.
  • The tranquil castle chapel and Carisbrooke Castle Museum with its fascinating Charles I and Princess Beatrice memorabilia.
  • Feeding and grooming demonstrations at the donkey centre.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Your visit to The Award-Winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway will engage, inspire and excite you. The sight of powerful majestic steam engines, the charm of quiet rural stations, and the friendliness of traditionally uniformed staff, will leave you with some enduring memories of a special day out. Special events run throughout the year for all ages.

Ventnor Botanic Garden

“Nestling in the microclimate of The Undercliff, Ventnor Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight has a subtropical and exotic plant collection unrivalled elsewhere in the UK.  Plants which would normally be found in protected glasshouses thrive and naturalise in geographical plantings based on the Mediterranean zones of the world.

Chris Kidd, Curator.

Mottistone Gardens

Set in a sheltered valley this magical garden is full of surprises, with shrub-filled banks, hidden pathways and colourful herbaceous borders.  Surrounding an attractive Elizabethan manor house this 20th-century garden is experimenting with a Mediterranean-style planting scheme to take advantage of its southerly location.  Other surprises include a young olive grove, a small organic kitchen garden and a traditional tea garden set alongside The Shack, a unique cabin retreat designed as their summer drawing office by architects John Seely (2nd Lord Mottistone) and Paul Paget.


Fort Victoria combines country park natural trail with some local attractions in the old Fort. There is a cafe, planetarium, reptilarium, model railway and local art shop. Parking is free. There are fantastic views across the solent and you can climb on top of the fort roof to get some real panoramic views. You can easily walk to this attraction from Linstone Chine Holiday site via the public footpath at the top of the site. Its about a 15 minutes walk.

Local Supermarkets Sainsburys & Tesco open 7 days a week

Sainsbury’s  the local supermarket is five minutes drive from Brambles site with easy parking nearby.

On 24 March 2022, a new Tesco Supermarket store is opening in Freshwater which is only  five minute drive from Brambles site and free parking.


Meet the animals in our Animal Barn, and get up close and personal with some of Tapnell’s cutest and smallest residents. Wander round the Wallaby Walkabout with our mob of tame wallabies, and admire the marvellous meerkats as they stand guard. Venture into The Paddock and enjoy the views in the company of our friendly goats, alpacas and their other animal chums.

They also have a great on site family friendly restaurant and bar, The Cow, serving home-grown and locally sourced produce and is renowned for its award winning burgers.

West Wight Sports & Community Centre

Moa Place, Freshwater PO40 9XH  Tel No: 01983 752168   Email Address:

West Wight Sports and Community Centre. Health and Fitness at the heart of the Community

The Pier at Totland

Totland Pier Cafe/Restaurant, Madeira Road, Totland, Isle of Wight PO39 OJP  Tel No: 01983 685100  Email:

Fabulous location, situated right on the pier over looking beautiful  sunsets. Lovely friendly staff. It takes approx a 15- 20  minute stroll along the beach, from Brambles site, 10 Minutes in the car.


1 School Green Road, Freshwater PO40 9AJ

In the heart of Freshwater All Sorts supplies all of your holiday essentials such as gifts, souvenirs, beach items, toys, postcards, jewellery and much more.