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The Isle of Wight is The Island Classroom! We have dozens of visitor attractions perfect for learning as well as fun, supported by 704 expertly prepared curriculum-relevant resources!

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Alum Bay

Alum Bay is the location of a classic sequence of upper Paleocene and Eocene beds of soft sands and clays. The strata in the main section of the bay are near vertical and the sands are coloured due to oxidised iron compounds formed under different conditions.

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1-2 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Totland

Chale & Blackgang

A large coastal ravine historically linked to smuggling. Most of Blackgang's development has been obliterated by landslides and coastal erosion during the 20th Century.

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FREE

Daytime

1-2 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Chale

Chines of the IW

A chine is a steep-sided river valley through soft eroding coastal cliffs of sandstone or clay. Fascinating folklore is attached to chines which have been linked to smuggling and shipwrecks. The Island is home to 20 chines, many accessible, offering great opportunities for study.

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Daytime

2-16 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Island wide

Compton Bay & Downs

A sandy bay running from the stunning white cliffs of Freshwater along to soft red and orange Cretaceous rocks which are rapidly eroding. One of the best places in Europe for fossil hunting, and definitely the best place on the Island to see dinosaur footprints!

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2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Brighstone

Cowes & East Cowes

Seaport towns located on the estuary of the River Medina joined by a "floating bridge" chain ferry service.

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Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Cowes

Freshwater Bay / Tennyson Down

Named after poet Alfred Lord Tennyson who lived nearby, Tennyson Down is a 3 mile chalk ridge extending from the Needles in the west to Freshwater Bay in the east.

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2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Freshwater

Hurst Spit

Home to Hurst Castle (1544), a scheduled monument and popular destination for visitors, Hurst Spit and its defences, salt marshes and beaches make great learning resources.

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4-8 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: Summer monthsLocation: Yarmouth

Newtown Nature Reserve

An area with a busy medieval past and now bursting with wildlife and study opportunities through its history, ancient woodlands, meadows, mudflats and salt marshes. Home to rare butterflies, red squirrels, wetland wildlife and abundant bird life.

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Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Newport

Ryde

Noted for its expansive sands which are revealed at low tide, and its listed pier, the fourth longest in the UK, which houses a ferry terminal, car park and railway terminus.

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Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Ryde

Seaview

Small Edwardian resort with significant sea defences

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1-2 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Ryde

Shanklin

The sandy beach of Sandown Bay, the Old Village and a wooded ravine Shanklin Chine with nearby Rylstone Gardens are the main attractions in this small town at the end of the Island Line railway from Ryde Pier Head.

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Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Shanklin

St Helens Duver & Bembridge

A large natural harbour

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2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Bembridge

St Lawrence Undercliff

The largest urban landslide complex in northern Europe, The Undercliff stretches from Niton to Bonchurch and its sheltered south facing location gives rise to a microclimate considerably warmer than elsewhere on the Island.

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Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Ventnor

Ventnor

Lying underneath St Boniface Down (241m) and built on steep slopes leading down to the sea, Ventnor's sheltered location results in more sunny days and fewer frosts than most of the UK.

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2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Ventnor


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