The seaside town of Seaview Isle of Wight is a wonderful holiday destination on the East Coast of the Isle of Wight and many come to enjoy the beach and the rural surroundings. Here is our list of the top 10 things to see and do in Seaview which was compiled with the help of, and contributions from, our holiday guests.
1. Choice of Sandy Beaches – Seaview is at the centre of a row of three beaches. The main beach at Seaview, slightly to the south of the town centre, is long and sandy and popular with holidaymakers and locals alike. Continuing South there is a second cove of Priory Bay which also has a gently sloping sandy beach but, for some reason, has remained undiscovered by many visitors. For more information on Isle of Wight Beaches visit our Isle of Wight Beach Guide.
2. Boutique Shops – The town centre of Seaview has a number of excellent boutique shops which sell wonderful locally made gifts, art and food. The art galleries and boating shop are also well worth a visit.
3. Coastal Walk to Ryde – For a moderate seaside walk on even and solid ground there is none better than the coastal path to Ryde. The path takes you along the beach edge to the North of Seaview till it meets up with Ryde beach.
4. Pubs and Restaurants – Seaview has a number of good pubs and restaurants and many think that two of the best restaurants on the Island are in, or within walking distance of, Seaview. The Seaview Hotel has a menu of delicious local food as well as a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
5. Seaview Wildlife Encounter – With a fantastic range of animals in an open and inviting atmosphere it is no wonder that this park is a popular holiday destination. For more information visit www.seaviewwildlife.com
6. Cycle Route 8 – This cycle route is one of many signposted cycle tracks around the Isle of Wight. Route 8 passes through Seaview and visits Ryde, Upton, Brading, Bembridge and St Helens. For more information visit Isle of Wight Cycle Route 8
7. Look out to St Helen’s Sea Fort – A number of forts can be spied out in the sea. These sea forts are very unusual and their round squat shapes are very distinct on the horizon. Although it is not permitted to visit them they really add to the view along this stretch of the coast. The nearest one to Seaview is St Helen’s Sea Fort but others can be spotted towards Ryde.
8. Local Wine from Rosemary Vineyard- This local vineyard is just inland from Seaview and is a chance to try a locally made wine from the Isle of Wight as well as learn about the process of wine making. There is also an excellent shop selling local specialities along with wines and ciders. For more information visit www.rosemaryvineyard.co.uk
9. Nearby St Helens Beach and Wetland Reserve – The neighbouring village of St Helens to the South of Seaview is within a pleasant walk and here you will find a sandy beach to the North of the village and a Wetland RSPB Reserve to the South. Both are well worth a visit but the beach at St Helens is especially popular.
10. Puckpool Mortar Battery – On the North end of Seaview (towards Ryde) where is a historic fort called Puckpool Mortar Battery. Here you get to walk around on the battery and learn about the role it played in WWII. There is a good pub and a cafe selling ice creams. For more information visit Puckpool Mortar Battery Isle of Wight