Every year since 2002, the island has revived the 1968 original rock festival. Thousands of people from the UK and all over head to this island for this crazy rock festival. You can check out the tickets and details for the festival here. It starts on the 21st of June in 2018.
The best food on this island is seafood – grilled fish to be particular. The island has a lot of old pubs. Fish and chips are a really good option here as well. Newport Ale house or the Bargemans Rest in Newport are some good places to get food with live music. Other than that, basic English pub food is also okay here.
A UK visa is required to enter this island. Legally a part of England, if you’ve entered the UK, you can just hop on a ferry to come here. You can apply for a UK visa here. It costs about INR 8000 and usually you are issued with a multiple entry six month visa.
When to go
Usually, the most of the UK is rainy all year round, so the best time to visit the island is from May to September, in the summer. Unless you really like windy and rainy weather, stick to visiting in summer.
By Air: There’s a direct flight from New Delhi/Mumbai to London.
Once you’ve reached London, take a train to Southampton (costs about £20 or 1800 INR) from where you can get a ferry to get to the island. It takes less than an hour to reach the harbor on the island and the ticket will cost you around £10 or INR 850.
Since the island is fairly small, you can cover the whole island by its public bus system. Most buses start or end in Newport and they are very convenient. So unless you’ve brought your own car in the ferry, the bus is the way to go. A whole day ticket is available for just £10.
Flights – Return from INR 45000
Train to Southampton – INR 1800
Local Bus Ticket (day long) – INR 850
Hotel – Stay in an old country house – The Grange for INR 10000
Meals – INR 800
A pint of beer – INR 300
Anywhere in the island is a good place to stay, but if you’re looking to stay in town, then Newport is a good choice. Having a lot of options from townhouses to business hotels, Newport is a safe bet for day one. Yarmouth and Shanklin are small villages on the coast and have great country cottages and guesthouses, ranging from budget ones like Jireh Guest house in Yarmouth (about £15 a night ) to swanky ones like The Grange in Shanklin.
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