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Mini guide to Cowes


Originally a shipbuilding town, Cowes is situated on the north coast of the Isle of Wight and is a major yachting centre and tourist resort. Cowes is famed for its annual 'Round the Island' yacht race and excellent leisure facilities, while the historical attractions here are superb.

The main draw to Cowes is its yachting calendar and apart from the 'Round the Island' yacht race there is the historical 'Skandia Life Cowes Week Regatta', among many others. A major landmark in the town is the 16th century Cowes Castle, home of the Royal Yacht Squadron and boasting 22 brass cannons.

The town centre of Cowes is one of pretty streets and several historical buildings and museums. Cowes Castle is one of two early 18th century castles in the town made from local stone; the other castle lies across the river in East Cowes and overlooks the Solent.

All categories of boating can be enjoyed on the Solent and Medina rivers in Cowes and there are quality leisure facilities in Northwood Park. Fishing, golf and tennis are also available, while bathers should head for the beach near Prince's Green. There is accommodation to suit all budgets in Cowes and the nightlife is vibrant.

Cowes makes the perfect base for exploring the rest of the island and one of the island's top attractions is the one-time home of Queen Victoria, Osborne House, situated on the outskirts of East Cowes. Boat trips up the Medina River and along the coast are very popular, while the resorts of Shanklin and Sandown are also worth a look.

Ferries run from three sites on the mainland: Southampton to Cowes, Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Lymington to Yarmouth. Trains run from Waterloo Station in London to Southampton Central, from where you can take a bus taxi to Royal Pier where ferries run to Pontoon in Cowes, a one-hour journey. Southampton International Airport is the closest air terminal to the Isle of Wight.

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