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Destination guide

A welcome to the Isle of Wight in Ryde

It's likely that Ryde will be your first taste of the Isle of Wight, if you're heading in from Portsmouth, which is great news if you're a fan of down-to-earth seaside towns with pretty promenades, Victorian terraces and local boutiques. The action is centred on two main drags – the bustling High Street, with its cafes, tandooris and restaurants, and the Esplanade, home to the family attractions that spill out onto the Solent. Aside from swimming pools and beaches, the latter also has some of the most attractive and convenient Ryde holiday rentals of all.

Things to do

Families assemble in Ryde

Ryde has rides… just head to the Robin Hill Country Park, a little to the south-west. It's one of the Isle of Wight's premier family attractions, where swinging pirate ships converge on zigzagging toboggans. Not only will the adrenaline flow, but there are chances to learn all about falconry and to hit the nature trails – past babbling rivers and woodlands teeming with squirrels – which adds a whole extra dimension. The Amazon World Zoo Park is another hotspot, especially if you're into glimpses of long-snouted anteaters and South American sloths.

Activities

Ryde – a base for explorations

Ryde is a fantastic place to settle in and plan your adventures across the island. Once the bags are dropped and you're cosy in a Ryde holiday rental, you can head out to stroll the town's salt-washed Esplanade with its skating rinks and bowling alleys. Alternatively, hop in the car and the grand Italian Renaissance opulence of Osborne House – once the summer home of Queen Victoria – awaits. A ride on the old London Underground trains that buzz up and down the tracks of the electric railway can also bring you to the arcade piers of Shanklin, a town of enticing beaches and thatched-roof pubs.

Weather

Ryde gets rainy and warm

Surrounded by seas and set on the far southern side of England, Ryde – and the Isle of Wight generally – gets warm summers and wet and rainy winters. That's why most people seek out Ryde holiday rentals for the spring or summer seasons. They start in April and May, when the days are getting dry enough to hit the coastal walks and the country parks. Then comes the summer – running from June to August. That's high time for Ryde holiday rentals on the Esplanade, offering beach-worthy temperatures in the 20s and the driest days of all.

Natural features

A Ryde to the beaches

Facing across the Solent, directly opposite the city of Portsmouth, Ryde is the natural place for ferries to alight. Its Victorian-era pier pokes into the waters of the English Channel, marking the start of a long beachfront – sometimes dotted with rocks, but mostly sandy – that runs all the way down the Esplanade. A big tidal difference means it's better for walking than sunbathing, but the more famous resort town of Sandown isn't too far away, with its yellow stretches of sand and clear seas. Inland, the Robin Hill Country Park has wooded valleys, green fields and local wildlife aplenty.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Ryde

The nearest airport is in Southampton (SOU), located 17.5 mi (28.2 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), which is 29.5 mi (47.4 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Ryde Esplanade Station, Ryde St John's Road Station and Ryde Pier Head Station are the main stations in the area.

How many holiday rentals are available around Ryde?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,191 holiday lettings around Ryde. From 258 houses to 274 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Ryde?

Perhaps it's the dreamy ocean views, or maybe it's the chance to chill out all day, every day. There's just something about a beach escape that calls to all of us. There are 365 beachside rental homes to choose from. Of course, that might not suit everyone. Fortunately, HomeAway has loads more options, including:

  • 281 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 198 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 175 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Ryde?

If you want to have an authentic local experience and love having lots of space to spread out, renting an entire house is the way to go. There are 468 options currently available on HomeAway. Prices begin at £30 per night. If that doesn't fit with your group's style, we have a range of other self-catering accommodation options available, such as:

  • Cottage: 375 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £59 per night.
  • Apartment: 255 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £40 per night.
  • Hotel: 59 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.

Can I stay in Ryde in a large group?

There's nothing more memorable than staying somewhere new with your friends and loved ones. The great news is HomeAway has places to suit large groups. Currently, house holiday rentals are the latest thing for large groups of travellers here, and you'll find 102 available on our database. If you are hoping to stay in a larger group, the rental options that are suitable for you include:

  • On the lookout for properties that can hold 6 guests? We have 524 that will be ideal. The prices start from £58 per night.
  • Need a rental property for 8 guests? We have 215 that will be ideal. The starting price is £59 a night.
  • On a trip away with 5 guests? We offer 177 holiday rentals that will be ideal. Prices begin at just £60 per night.

So don't worry! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your mom, your grandma and all your besties to Ryde.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Ryde?

Reduce your accommodation costs by organising your stay with HomeAway. You'll find plenty of excellent holiday rentals and save loads of cash! When it comes to discovering a fantastic deal, your first port of call ought to be Newport East. Here, HomeAway has 7 holiday rentals at an average price of £75 a night. Buckland is another place to consider. We have 4 and the average price is around £99 per night.