Isle of Wight Guided Tours

ISLE OF WIGHT GUIDED TOURS
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Newport

Newport

Newport, the Island’s county town, was purpose-built on the banks of the River Medina and still retains its medieval grid street pattern. The earliest written reference to it is in a charter of 1180 stating that it was founded by Richard De Redvers (who accompanied William the Conqueror, later establishing himself in nearby Carisbrooke Castle).

Take a tour around historic St. Thomas’s Church (Newport Minster). The name St. Thomas derives from two, not just one saint of that name! Prince Albert, partially resident on the Island, had a hand in its design. During its rebuild in 1854, a coffin in the basement proved to contain the remains of a long-forgotten Royal – now reburied under a beautiful memorial with its own story to tell! See atmospheric St. Thomas’ Square and The Guildhall (designed by John Nash). And God’s Providence House holds an interest beyond its delicious cakes!

Stroll through bewitching Watchbell Lane – feeling as if you are stepping onto a Harry Potter film set!

The romantic quayside warehouse buildings equally seem to conjure up former times. One is converted into the town’s thriving Quay Arts centre. Why not pop in for a coffee or snap up some local products in its attractive shop!

As we pass a commemorative wall plaque, learn about seismologist John Milne, who became a local resident after 20 years of study in Japan. He subsequently developed equipment which revolutionised the study of earthquakes (find out more inside Carisbrooke Castle Museum).

Hear the tragic tale of the little chimney sweep Valentine Gray which led to Parliamentary reform. We round your tour off with yet more stories spanning Medieval, Victorian, Wartime, and Modern eras.

Newport

Newport

Newport