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Island life on East Cowes

If you're looking for a great day out on the Isle of Wight, you need to make sure that East Cowes is on your list. From the simple beauty of its island setting, to the awe-inspiring looks of Norris Castle and Osborne House, there's plenty to fill your time with.

A town of two riverbanks

While East Cowes sits to the north of the River Medina, on the west bank is its neighbour, Cowes. The two towns are connected by the Cowes Floating Bridge, a chain ferry that you should make sure you experience. If you want to immerse yourself in royal history, take a trip to Osborne House, the former retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the 1940s. As well as being home to plenty of the couple's personal possessions, the house has its own private beach and bathing machine.

A bit of boating history

To really get under the skin of East Cowes, visit the Classic Boat Museum. Each display relates to boatbuilding, sailing, yachting, cruising, racing, and more, giving you a real flavour of the island's past. For affordable, comfortable accommodation Near East Cowes, our Travelodge Newport Isle of Wight is under four miles away. Alternatively, if you're visiting the Isle of Wight on a day trip from mainland England, the Travelodge Portsmouth is only a nine mile drive away.