Are you looking for something to do in Ryde? There are plenty of exciting things to do during your stay. Being referred to as ‘the gateway to the Island’, Ryde’s seaside location provides a large and interesting variety of attractions to visit all year round for every walks of life.
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Ryde Town Council is located in the heart of the town, opposite the stunning old Ryde Theatre. We are here to assist with any queries you may have, and we also have a large selection of attraction leaflets available from our reception. Our leaflet, Ryde Town Map, is on display across Ryde providing you with a comprehensive list of attractions in Ryde as well as where the car parks, toilets and beach facilities are located. Please visit us in the office if you require any assistance, or to collect some leaflets for throughout your stay.
Attractions and Entertainment
Ryde’s golden sandy beaches stretch far along the seafront, creating some of the most stunning views to witness on the Island. Perfect for swimming in the sea on a hot summers day, or a late evening walk along the coast, Ryde beach is perfect for all occasions. There are a number of cafes and restaurants located on the seafront, as well as being home to the iconic Ryde Pier. There is so much to see and do on Ryde’s beautiful beaches alone, it is not an opportunity you should miss!
Dogs are allowed on the majority of Ryde’s beautiful beaches, for details of the dog exclusion zones please click here
Visit Ryde Superbowl, located on the Esplanade, for a thrilling game of lazer tag and a competitive game of bowling. They offer delicious food and drinks for between games for all visitors to enjoy. Located right by the beach, they are at the perfect location for a fun-filled day out at Superbowl.
Telephone: 01983 617070
Peter Pan’s Playground
Take the family for a fun day out at Peter Pan’s where you can ride around on speedy bumper cars, or try out their water walkers. They also have a carousel, aqua boats, helter skelter, pirate themed mini golf and much more for the family to discover!
Waterside Pool is an all-year swimming pool providing activities and sessions for all ages and abilities. They offer anything from casual swims to water workouts. With a retractable roof, you wouldn’t want to do anything other than swim under the sun throughout the summer holidays.
Telephone: 01983 563656
Boating Lake and Children’s Pool Park
The Boating Lake is situated right on Ryde Seafront next to Waterside Pool. They offer graceful pedalos for everyone to use and to embrace the beautiful home of the swans on Ryde Seafront. Located next to this, there is a children’s water playpark with a paddling pool and water features for all of the kids to enjoy.
Appley Park and Appley Tower
Appley Park is a wonderful park for a family day out. The park offers a day full of fun, including play equipment such as long slides, play huts and swings, just to name a few. Whilst at the park, you are able to view the beautiful Appley Tower up close whilst taking in the views across the Solent in which you can see the Spinnaker Tower. Appley Park is located close to the sandy beaches of Ryde, enabling families to enjoy the park and a day out at the beach all in one!
Children’s Play Park and Trampolines on Eastern Gardens
The sandy play park and trampolines are located in between Superbowl and Waterside Pool. The park has lots of exciting play equipment and the trampolines are compelling for a great day out for the family. It is right next to the beach as well as a delicious ice cream stand and is also just a stone’s throw away from Peter Pan’s Playground, making it easily accessible after an exciting day at the play park.
The Museum of Ryde
The Museum of Ryde, incorporating the Donald McGill Postcard Museum, is located in the stunning Victorian Arcade on Union Street. This museum is an all-weather attraction, guaranteed to be thoroughly interesting as well as entertaining. After you’ve visited the museum, you can visit the shops in the arcade as well as get a delicious lunch.
Website for Donald McGill Postcard Museum: http://saucyseasidepostcards.com
Telephone: 01983 717435
Commodore Cinema and Leo Leisure Bingo
Ryde’s quirky Commodore Cinema is located towards the top of the High Street, and shows a large variety of the latest films at affordable prices with comfortable seating for you to relax in whilst you enjoy the film. Following your visit, Leo Leisure Bingo is directly next to the cinema.
Website for Commodore Cinema: https://leoleisurecommodore.co.uk/ryde/now/
Telephone for Commodore Cinema: 01983 564064
Website for Leo Leisure Bingo: http://www.leoleisure.com/ryde.html
Telephone for Leo Leisure Bingo: 01983 562616
Quarr Abbey and the Tea Rooms
Quarr Abbey is home to a group of Benedictine Monks. You can visit Quarr Abbey to see the glorious church and stroll around the beautifully kept grounds. The tea shop is a perfect stop for a delicious afternoon tea, after visiting the art gallery where local Isle of Wight artists display their incredible work.
There is a visitor centre onsite which ensures that on your trip you are inspired and educated of the work conducted at Quarr Abbey and about its history.
Telephone: 01983 882420
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
The award-winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway is the perfect and unique family day out. The powerful steam engines will take you on a ride through rural stations, engaging everyone for an interesting and exciting day, offering stops for you to stroll through the unspoilt countryside. The beautiful Victorian and Edwardian carriages will keep you comfy as you take in the stunning views.
Telephone: 01983 884515
Ryde Skate Park
Ryde Skate Park is located behind Superbowl, right by the seafront. It is a vibrant, spacious park with metal ramps for all skateboarders, bmx users, cyclists and others to enjoy. Head down to the skatepark for a day full of fun right on the seaside.
Telephone: 01983 811105
Please note the Skate Park is managed by Ryde Town Council. The telephone number stated above is for the office of Ryde Town Council in which any queries can be answered regarding the Skate Park.
Ryde Marina Bowls Club
The Ryde Marina Bowls Club is situated on Ryde Seafront with a modern clubhouse and stunning views for all to see as you play an enjoyable game of bowls. The well-kept green is the best place to perfect your skills or play friendly matches out in the sunshine.
Telephone: 01983 568505
Rosemary Vineyard and Tearooms
Take a trip to the Rosemary Vineyard and Tearooms to enjoy an informative tour with a selection of wines to taste or apple juice for the children. The passionate staff highlight the experience, ensuring you leave well-educated. Following the interesting tour, you can walk through the stunning field of vines and visit the winery to see how the wine is made. The tearoom offers a delicious selection of cakes and sandwiches to enjoy following your tour.
Telephone: 01983 811084
St. Cecilia’s Abbey
St. Cecilia’s Abbey is located along Appley Rise, a short walk from the seafront. Belonging to the Benedictine Order, the nuns live a traditional monastic life of prayer, work and study in accordance with the ancient Rule of St. Benedict. Visitors are encouraged to attend Mass and share the services which provide the structure of the Benedictine day. They offer a small gift shop for visitors to view following the interesting and informative visit.
Puckpool Park and Tea Gardens
Puckpool Park is a large play area situated on the far end of Ryde Seafront. It is built around an old fort, making it an interesting place to visit. The park offers a variety of equipment to keep the family entertained for the day; next to the park there is also a mini golf course as well as tennis courts for all to enjoy on a hot summers day. After enjoying time in the park and taking in its beautiful scenery, Puckpool Tea Gardens offers a large menu of enticing food, including wide selection of ice cream made on the Isle of Wight.
Website for Puckpool Tea Gardens: http://theoldbarracks.co.uk
Wight Karting is the perfect place to visit for thrill seekers who are looking for an exhilarating day out. The karting track is located near Tesco Extra on Brading Road, and boasts a fun experience. The all-weather outdoor track provides the equipment for you, all you have to do is arrive and enjoy!
Telephone: 01983 565366
Isle of Wight Distillery – The Mermaid
The Isle of Wight Distillery creates a range of high-quality spirits with exceptional flavour. It is the only distillery on the Isle of Wight and is committed to environmentally friendly production. They offer interesting and informative tours whilst explaining the process of coming to the final product. This is the perfect day out for those wanting to explore the unique businesses on the Island.
Telephone: 01983 613653
Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum
The Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum is based in a former Southern Vectis depot on Park Road. It is home to around 20 historic vehicles, with transport artefacts, displays and photographs. There is also a café on one of the beautiful busses and a shop available for refreshments and souvenirs for visitors to enjoy. The volunteer led museum is the perfect place to visit to share a passion about vintage transport with visitors of all ages.
Telephone: 01983 567796
Isle of Wight Speedway
The Isle of Wight Speedway is located at Smallbrook Stadium, just on the outskirts of Ryde. It offers a thrilling experience for spectators to view their spectacular challenges and matches. With some of the best up and coming riders, it’s not an experience you would want to miss.
Ryde Library is a 5-10 minute walk from the bus station. They offer a comprehensive selection of books, something suited to all. The library offers a safe and welcoming environment in the heart of Ryde, with resources available such as computers and also a large children’s area which offers story time sessions. There is also an interesting and colourful gallery upstairs for visitors to view. They hold many events all year round, offering something for everyone!
Telephone: 01983 823825
Goodleaf Tree Climbing
Goodleaf Tree Climbing offers an exhilarating two hour tree climbing experience, making it a unique adventure for anyone aged 8 to 80. This is a fantastic activity for the whole family to enjoy, whilst absorbing the views from the historic Appley Park. This attraction is only a 20 minute stroll along the stunning beach side, finding it once you enter the scenic small woodland area.
Telephone: 0333 800 1188
Network Ryde is the friendly youth project from Ryde Town Council, in place to support young people and give them a safe and comfortable environment to hang out in. The youth café can be found near the top of Ryde High Street, opposite Iceland. They offer a large amount of sessions for young people aged 11-19 and disabled adults to 25 years. With a range of resources including PCs, iPads, Xbox and much more, Network Ryde runs all year round after school times offering a place for young people to chill out and relax in or catch up with their friends. Offering a wide range of activities and sessions in partnership with local organisations at the café and other various venues, it’s an opportunity for young people not to miss!
Telephone: 01983 300128
Ryde Rowing Club
Ryde Rowing Club is one of the Isle of Wight’s oldest sports clubs, providing facilities for competitive and recreational rowing, as well as social facilities. The clubhouse is located in Appley Park right on the seafront, and has a variety of facilities available including a training area and a licensed bar. The club holds a number of events throughout the year including a Rowing Regatta in the summer which is a fun event for the family to watch!]
Telephone: 01983 562127
Aspire Ryde is based in a stunning church on Dover Street, with impressive architecture and incredible stained glass windows. Ran by volunteers, Aspire offers regular groups and activities for all to attend. It is a project driven by the communities wants and needs who are always welcoming new attendees to their groups and activities. Working with a number of partner organisations, they aim to bring people and services together to help transform lives and provide people with the best chance in life. Take a look at their groups and activities, there is sure to be something for all of the family.
Telephone: 01983 716020
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Updated April 2019