Cowes Isle of Wight

Cowes, Isle of Wight is best known for the spectacular and popular yacht race and maritime event which occurs once a year. However, Cowes is gaining a reputation as a destination of merit at other times of the year.

The centre of town has a Cornish seaside town feel with cafes and restaurants serving traditional favourites. There are also a wealth of maritime themed shops which sell fashionable coastal fashion through to advanced marine technology.

The coastal stretch to the West of the town is a shingle beach which has a promenade running alongside. This takes you out to a selection of restaurants and hotels and eventually into the adjoining town of Gurnard. Here you will find beachside cafes and stretches suitable for swimming. As part of the coastal path this is the area to spot seabirds which seem to flock around this coast.

To the East Cowes if joined to the town by a small chain linked ferry which provides a free service to foot passengers. From the ferry there is a walk uphill to Osborne House which was the former holiday home of Queen Victoria and a marvellous building now open to the public.

  • Cowes Week - Isle of Wight

    Cowes Week Isle of Wight

    One of the longest running and successful maritime sporting events in the world.

    The annual Cowes Week festival takes place in late July & early August and pits the expertise of sailors from around the world against one another. The week takes in numerous races of many different classes of sailing craft and is enjoyed by those on the water as well as those on dry land.

    The town of Cowes hosts the event in style and there are numerous social events and festivities. Shops and cafes provide local produce and specilaist sailing equipement and visitors often return home with unexpected treasures.

    Special Cowes Week self catering accommodation which is situated so as to take full advantage of the event is found here.

  • Haven Falconry

    Haven Falconry

    A beautiful collection of wonderfully well looked after and well trained birds of prey which display the art of falconry. The Haven Falconry offers and chance to see the birds in action but also get up close to the animals and learn about their remarkable skills.

    There are also falconry experiences, special events, educational days, birthday parties and much more on offer.

    Find out more at

  • Owl & Monkey Haven

    Owl & Monkey Haven

    The Owl and Monkey Haven was set up to look after rescued Owls and Monkeys and is also a great day out for the family. The sanctuary has a wonderful range of birds of prey, not just owls, and there are chances to meet them up close and see them being fed.

    There is lots of space for all the animals to play in and children can burn off a little energy too with two climbing areas and play grounds. There is also a tea shop, a gift shop and a learning centre.

    Each day there are a list of events including feeding and getting close to the friendly animals.

  • The Glass House - Cowes

    Glass House Self Catering Isle of Wight

    This wonderful detached property stands in a superb position beside the sea, close to the centre of Cowes. It enjoys panoramic sea views from almost every room. The glass walls, balconies and large open terraces of the house enable visitors to relax, enjoy meals and awake to the sight of the sea. A large number of yachts sail in this part of the Solent and are lovely to watch as are the ocean liners which pass by in the distance looking particularly wonderful when illuminated at night. The Glass House is literally a stones throw from the sea and the centre of the small town of Cowes is within a 5 minute walk.

  • UKSA - Cowes, Isle of Wight


    Isle of Wight Sailing School with more than 20 years of experience.

    sailingThe school is a charitable organisation and has a mandate to "Enriching leisure time activity by opening opportunity to take part in motivational experiences afloat". They provide a range of training for every aspect of marine activity and have leisure courses to start you off or improve your leisure craft skills.