Things to do in Cowes

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Things to Do in Cowes

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  • zach
    West Sussex, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best place for children, teens and adults to learn. The staff were nice and very helpful and informative. It’s laid out well and outside there’s tanks and you can go in some of them.
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • Michael R
    Market Harborough, UK204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Having been visiting West Cowes for over 40 years I had promised myself a visit to the Sir Max. Aitken Museum. On a damp and windy day my wife and I decided that it was the time to look around.
    The majority of the exhibits are on the first floor and here is an extensive and interesting well laid out display of all the objects and paintings that the great man had collected during his life.
    Written 27 July 2023
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  • James M
    Cowes, UK16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for beach walks all the way to gurnard beach good for my siblings and great for any dog please note there are certain times and areas where dogs can’t go
    Written 14 January 2024
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  • Marianne C
    Burnham, UK971 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We got there by chartered rib from the Hamble but the ferries are the more standard means of transport.

    Friendly place, loads of small shops and yachting fare, clothing, fish and chips, ice cream you name it.

    Hire a cycle, go on subs rude, view the yachts at harbour and take in the sea breeze. Lovely!
    Written 4 August 2019
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  • James M
    Cowes, UK16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for commuting and quick and great when you use your saver card but I do agree that the floating bridge is sometimes out of service at short notice but it is great when running
    Written 14 January 2024
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  • dorsetspouse
    Bridport, UK30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smaller than expected, but very interesting and free.
    There was also a very large selection of good maritime books in the library.
    Written 9 October 2021
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  • redkite128
    Wolverhampton, UK76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a walk along the front at Cowes. It was a lovely area and full of history for the Royal Yacht Club. You could see the Red Funnel ferries coming and going to East Cowes across the river. The beachside was clean, with wonderful views across the Solent. Didn't do the shops, so cannot comment on them.
    Written 2 June 2022
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  • Quayline
    Cowes, UK151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is something here to suit all tastes and all budgets. Renowned originally for its maritime art, Kendalls now broadens its horizons to include sculpture, a small selection of antiques, silver and glass.
    The fine art is inspiring - from traditional to modern, maritime to abstract.
    Preview it all on the super website.
    Written 8 September 2016
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  • David M
    Taunton, UK3,381 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice marina with an efficient team working up to 2200 every evening. Lots of serious sailors based here and serious racing yachts. Facilities are tired and need a decent makeover. Bar staff great with a pop-up type bar. Kitchen closed really early on a Thursday so we had to go elsewhere
    Written 24 June 2021
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  • Simon P
    Southampton, UK23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    When you see old photos on display in Cowes, they are probably from here. Still run by the original photographers' family, this is an Aladdin's cave of historical photos, with yachting dominant but with quirky stuff dating back decades. Ask nicely and they'll let you look through boxes of ancient contact prints. Find one you like and they'll print you a copy from the original negative - for a price!
    Written 30 October 2019
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  • Nicholas H
    London, UK20,576 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This Gothic church is unusually positioned close to the sea, reflecting its close connections with the seafaring community on the Isle of Wight. It has links with the nearby Royal Yacht Squadron and has a memorial to the sailors who died in the tragic 1979 Fastnet Race in its gardens. There are beautiful views of the Solent from these gardens, where there are benches where visitors can watch ships passing by. The interior is wonderfully light and airy. Well worth seeing if you are in Cowes.
    Written 27 May 2019
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  • Bryan F
    Watford, UK87 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an OK marina with easy access to Cowes shops and restaurants. We visited on one of the hottest days of 2022. The bathroom and shower facilities were unusable. The building was like a greenhouse, very very hot. There is no individual temperature controls for the showers and the only temperature available was very hot. Came out even sweatier than I went in. Very poor.
    Written 22 August 2022
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  • Cherriesfan99
    Cheltenham, UK847 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite literally just around the corner from the Royal Yacht Squadron , and bounded by the Esplanade and Queen's Road, this simple grass lawn, 1/ 4 mile long has quite a history. The land was gifted to the Co0wes Borouh council by George Stephenson of Railway fame. This grassy well maintained area gently slopes down to the Solent shoreline, with its views of Calshot spit, Fawley oil refinery, and Southampton Water. It was a treat to sit here, and just enjoy all the seaborne action - but others were enjoying picnics, or canine action, charging into the cool waters. There was even some brave souls swimming there - but we turned down this opportunity to develop "goose bumps" with the cold.
    Apart from the highly recommended snack bar / ice creamery the " Cabin on the Green", there is a notable weeping Ash tree planted in 1790.
    There is a grade 11 listed structure (dating from 1890, - an ornamental cast iron drinking fountain (painted white), and is quite an extraordinary piece of public infrastrucure , at least for the Victorian era.
    For such a small publically owned pice of land this is somewhere that locals and visitors alike repreciate - well worth taking time out here.
    Written 26 September 2023
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