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Ferries, wallabies and a 16th-century castle in Yarmouth

Being in such a prominent spot on the north-west coast of the Isle of Wight, Yarmouth is one of the island's main ferry hubs. This historic port is home to some of the oldest buildings on the island, including 16th-century Yarmouth Castle - a lovely spot to enjoy picnics and views over The Solent in summer. Just outside the town is Tapnell Farm Park, which offers a great day out for families. It's got a wallaby walkabout, mischievous meerkats, cute farmyard animals, play barn and jumping pillows.

Discover sunken secrets and terrapins at Fort Victoria

Heading out of Yarmouth across a road bridge over the river estuary, you'll come to Fort Victoria Country Park. It's a former gun battery that now houses several hands-on attractions. Investigate the island's shipwrecks at Sunken Secrets, journey through space and time at the Island Planetarium, and meet lizards and terrapins at the new Reptilarium. Surrounding the fort is a lovely country park, with a spectacular coastline, rocky beach and woodlands to explore.

Be awe-inspired by The Needles

The Isle of Wight's iconic natural wonder is a short drive from Yarmouth. The famous stacks of white chalk rise from the sea at the westernmost point of the island. Take the chairlift down to the bright sands of Alum Bay for amazing views of The Needles, or walk to the Old Battery, where secret rocket tests were carried out in the 1950s. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Yarmouth? Travelodge Isle of Wight Newport Hotel is around a 15-minute drive away. If you want to stay on the mainland, try Travelodge Christchurch Hotel.