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Archaeology Discovery Centre

Handle the artefacts left behind by ancient boatbuilders at Bouldnor some 8000 years ago. Indoor learning around archaeological evidence, science and techniques of marine exploration. Outdoor learning activities to understand the hunter gatherer lifestyle include recreating prehistoric technologies in our country park by foraging for the raw materials to produce cave paintings.

Bonchurch (Town)

  • 9 resources

Set on a stable section of former landslip, Bonchurch features a landscaped village pond fed by a spring. A former Stone Age and Roman settlement, a church has existed here since the 9th Century.

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Carisbrooke Castle

Experience what life was like at Carisbrooke Castle for the people who lived there. The castle has experienced sieges, imprisoned kings, seen off the Spanish Armada and spans over 1000 years of history. What better way to bring the curriculum to life and cover multiple topics than to stand at the spot where history happened. Book a free self-led visit and find out more about how the changing role of Carisbrooke Castle, or choose from one of our two interactive Discovery Visits that will inspire your pupils.

Hurst Spit

  • 3 resources

Home to Hurst Castle (1544), a scheduled monument and popular destination for visitors, Hurst Spit and its defences, salt marshes and beaches make great learning resources.

Although not technically part of the Isle of Wight, Hurst Spit is reachable by ferry or charter from Yarmouth throughout the summer months.

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Isle of Wight Reptilarium

Step inside the Reptilarium and explore the different biomes as we tell the story of Reptiles, Amphibians and Invertebrates. Our Desert Room, Rainforest Room, Nocturnal room (where night is day and day is night) and our Turtle Temple with 18,000 litre pond. Houses an array of naturalistic enclosures with Geckos, Chameleons, Snakes, Frogs, Scorpions and more!

P.L.U.T.O.

  • 4 resources

One of the greatest feats of military engineering - a 70 mile pipeline under the ocean from the Isle of Wight to France, supplying over 5 million litres of fuel per day to support the Normandy invasion and instrumental in the Allied defeat of Germany in World War 2.

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Ryde (Town)

  • 4 resources

Noted for its expansive sands which are revealed at low tide, and its listed pier, the fourth longest in the UK, which houses a ferry terminal, car park and railway terminus.

Ryde is home to Europe's only commercial hovercraft service.

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Seaview (Town)

  • 1 resources

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Shanklin (Town)

  • 5 resources

The sandy beach of Sandown Bay, the Old Village and a wooded ravine Shanklin Chine with nearby Rylstone Gardens are the main attractions in this small town at the end of the Island Line railway from Ryde Pier Head.

Shanklin was the departure point for the PLUTO (Pipeline Under The Ocean) fuel supply project during World War II and evidence of this still exists.

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St Helens & Bembridge

  • 4 resources

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Wightlink Ferries

  • 16 resources

Every year, we carry over 4.8 million passengers, making us one of the UK's largest domestic ferry operators. We provide Island residents with an easy and frequent service to the mainland, as well as giving millions of holidaymakers a taste of Island life.

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Yarmouth Castle

Bring history to life at Yarmouth Castle. Discover more about one of the last coastal forts built by Henry VIII, the people who lived there and how it has evolved. The castle provides many cross-curricular links, so not only will a visit help to improve your pupils' understanding of history, but many other subjects. Book a free self-led visit and create your own day to suit your own needs.

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