Welcome to Isle of Wight Guided Tours. We specialise in exclusive tour planning and local tours of the Isle of Wight, providing your own Isle of Wight tour guide to take you on an entertaining, informative and educational tour around some of the Island’s best-loved (and secret) attractions.
Our local tour guides are able to conduct organised guided tours for individuals, couples or groups around a selection of historical attractions and areas of special interest, with the benefit of local insight and specialised knowledge, to enhance your understanding and experience.
We offer a selection of tried-and-tested and ever-popular standout tours, as well as creating unique tours around your own areas of specific interest.
Step-on coach guides also available.
The Isle of Wight is very different from any other UK holiday destination (as you appreciate from the moment it looms on the horizon on your magical ferry crossing).
It has so much to offer: quaint, picturesque villages, stunning coastal views, more sunshine than elsewhere in the UK, festivals galore (music, literary, walking etc.), sailing, surfing, a wealth of various quality attractions, a walking and cycling paradise and much more besides.
So you may be forgiven for feeling slightly overwhelmed and spoilt for choice! Which is where we come in – just tell us what your ultimate holiday experience is and let us do the rest! Starting with where you would like to stay – camp, glamp (e.g. in retro 60s American airstream caravans, yurts, log cabins etc.) B&B's and small hotels to suit every budget, imposing manor houses or luxurious hotels with spa facilities – you choose, we arrange.
Just tell us what you have in mind and allow us to plan and book on your behalf. We can recommend all the best sights, walks, cycle routes, sports facilities, beaches (we have 27 of them so a few tips can be useful!), places to eat and drink, tickets for festivals or other ‘must see’ events as well as arranging vehicle/bike hire. All this allowing you to remain stress-free and to devote all of your energy to the serious business of having fun and enjoying yourself.
Of course, we can go one do better than just recommending - we can personally guide you through your chosen itinerary. Simply regard us as a one-stop shop!
A selection of our more popular tours. These are just examples and can be modified to suit your individual requirements – e.g. routes and attractions can be substituted and the tours can be shortened or lengthened (perhaps to include an exhilarating walk?)
We always include time to eat and drink – whether delicious locally-sourced picnics – themed if desired (lovingly created individually for you by us) – or at well-loved local hostelries/ quirky establishments.
Round the Island : Panorama Tour
Tight for time but don’t want to miss a thing? Hear tales of King Charles I, Queen Victoria & Prince Albert, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Darwin, Julia Margaret Cameron, Charles Dickens, Garibaldi, Marconi, Winston Churchill, Ian Fleming, Jimi Hendrix, and many more on our signature day tour.
Enjoy a Victorian picnic in the grounds of Osborne House, see the 1970 IOW Pop Festival Site, wonder at Carisbrooke Castle, drive along the stunning south coastal route and across the Downs, see Brading, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor and its spectacular views, Niton, Blackgang, Newport and the hidden royal tomb, along with tucked away chocolate box villages, all before finishing at the Needles. Consider the Island conquered!
Royal Isle of Wight
Visit St. Mildred’s (Whippingham), Queen Victoria’s Church, designed by Prince Albert and burial place of 4 Royals.
On to Osborne House – guided tour of Victoria & Albert’s best-loved residence followed by a Victorian picnic. Take time to enjoy the private Royal beach and visit the Swiss Cottage.
Cross by floating bridge over to West Cowes, home of Cowes Week and sailing capital of the world. Stroll through its quaint narrow streets and along the Esplanade whilst learning about its connections to Royalty as well as to Winston Churchill.
Time for a Pimm’s or Pint or other refreshment of your choice, before leaving this vibrant area.
Island Churches & Monuments
We have selected some of the oldest, historic or most quirky and fascinating specimens to introduce you to – be they churches, monasteries, manor houses or monuments. (Of course, special requests can be accommodated!)
A must for all lovers of architecture, history and art, we will enthral you with a balanced mix of spell-binding history and folklore. Darting across the Island, you will also take in a lot of breath-taking scenery for good measure. You may be surprised by some of the names of characters and personalities who we will ‘introduce’ you to - some ancient, others modern, who will stick in your mind long after our tour is over.
You may choose either a rustic-style picnic prepared by us or to eat in a traditional hostelry that we pass on our route.
Luxury Isle of Wight Tour
For the very best the Island has to offer, both in terms of hidden gems and culinary delights, this tour includes a leisurely lunch stop at one of the Island’s top eating establishments.
We have very loosely divided the Island into North, South, East and West for this one, by working out 4 routes for you to choose from. Each tour includes a spectacular scenic ride and at least one exciting, somewhat off-the-beaten-track visit, always avoiding the more densely-populated parts of the Island completely.
To make this even more indulgent, an afternoon tea stop may also be included.
To add further luxury, why not let us charter you a private boat or hire you a classic car and driver for a few hours, to enable you to view our wonderful Island in greater style and comfort?
Tennyson Tour : West Wight Walk
Take a thrilling chairlift ride over the coloured cliffs of Alum Bay (optional), followed by an exhilarating boat trip around the Needles (with commentary).
Climb onto Tennyson Down with its landmark Memorial to Queen Victoria’s poet laureate. Walk in the great man’s footsteps with glorious sea views to either side of you – destination Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater Bay.
Relax in Julia’s Tearoom (former home of Julia Margaret Cameron, Tennyson’s friend and pioneer photographer), taking in the fascinating little museum. Visit nearby St. Agnes’ Church – one of only a handful of thatched churches in the UK before walking a few steps further to look at Farringford – home to Tennyson for 40 years. We may well share a few secrets as to who once lived/stayed where along the way!Finish at the Piano Café – once home to Queen Victoria’s piano tuner.
Full-Day Gastronomic Extravaganza
One example of this tour: morning coffee and pastry stop at Briddlesford Farm (or maybe a Minghella ice-cream?) Spectacular ride over the Downs for wine-tasting and an audio walking tour at Adgestone Vineyard. Light lunch and product sampling at the Garlic Farm after tractor tour (with commentary) through the garlic fields.
Continue our drive eastwards to try some tasty Bembridge crab, then a surprise attraction visit before enjoying a wonderful mini cream tea at an amazing and luxurious secret location (where you can sample something a little stronger – Island-produced of course - if you wish!)
Stroll along a private beach to reach nearby exclusive Seaview. All-in-price per person available on request (dependent on group numbers and transport).
Gastronomic Local History Walks
Get a taste of both the history and culinary specialties of individual areas (currently including Ventnor, Bonchurch, Cowes, Shanklln, Ryde, Godshill, Newport, Yarmouth and Freshwater)
These leisurely and fascinating walks generally last around 2 – 3 hours.
Whilst providing you with a wealth of information pertaining to the specific area, we also give you ideas of where to visit (and eateries to try) during the remainder of your stay.
You can either purchase food & drink en-route (where applicable) or we can cost samples in for you as an all-in-price. Either way is fine by us.
(This tour works best with groups of 6+)
We can also provide you with a completely individual local tour created around your specific areas of interests.
Length of Tours - We can guide you for a morning, an afternoon, a full day or over several days – we are entirely flexible.
All our tours are also available in German
Whatever your reason for visiting the Island, be it for business or pleasure, we hope that you will have at least a little free time at your disposal to let us show you something/somewhere that you have not seen before and that you would not have known or thought about without us.
Whether you only need us for a few short hours or to help you plan and guide a short (or long) break, we are extremely happy to help.Nothing is too much trouble for us, in fact - the greater the challenge and the more unusual and demanding the request - the happier we are!
We have a passion for the Island which we believe to be infectious, and we know a lot of Island secrets which we are more than willing to share with you!
Whatever the length of time you can spend in our company on this occasion, we feel sure that you will leave us feeling that you have truly conquered the Island – at least until your next visit!
Guided Tours (including coaches)
We charge £30 per hour per tour, regardless of the number of tour participants (as opposed to per head). This price includes us pre-planning your tour for you.
Tour Planning only
Should you require us to plan a self-guided tour for you, this will be costed per individual tour, according to the time and work involved.
Food & drink, entrance fees and transport hire (all as and where applicable). Should you require us to transport you in our own vehicle(s), we charge a £5 per hour supplement per vehicle. We also charge an additional £5 per hour for guiding in German.