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Ryde is the largest town on the Isle of Wight, and with its prominent position along the seafront and hovercraft and passenger ferry links it is little wonder it is often referred to as “The Gateway to the Island”

At low tide the sands at Ryde stretch far out into the Solent and are the reason that Ryde has one of the longest piers in the country. The sands reach from Ryde, through Appley to Puckpool. 

A childrens’ playground, amusements and a bowling alley sit on Ryde seafront, along with pubs and cafés including the iconic Ryde Castle. Towards Appley is a large boating lake with swan pedalos. 

The town was developed in the Victorian era with large villas and mansions overlooking the sea. The town’s royal heritage is reflected in the Royal Victoria Arcade which houses the town’s heritage centre.  The town has boutique and independent shops and cafes.  Just south of Ryde is the village of Brading, known for its Roman Villa.