Last Friday I had the day off and decided to join mum on a trip out to the Isle of Wight. I haven’t been to the Isle of Wight for years and it was only a fleeting visit but I definitely think I’d like to go back again one day!
Our trip started with a 5:30am wake up to leave home at 6am to catch the 8am boat from Southampton. We decided to pay the extra £10 each to go in the “Signature Lounge” on the crossing which was really relaxing and meant loads of free drinks and some croissants! 🙂
The crossing from Southampton to East Cowes takes only an hour and before long we had arrived.
During our day on the Isle of Wight we spent some time driving around the island before heading over to Alum Bay, home to the Needles.
For those of you who aren’t aware, the Needles is a rock formation on the western part of the island and is probably the most photographed place on the Isle of Wight, as well as being one of the wonders of Southern England.
We parked in the car park down the road and decided to get the bus down to the Needles Battery.
Once the bus dropped us off, we were treated to beautiful views of the Needles from the top.
The Needles Old Battery is owned by the National Trust, so since we are both NT members me and mum decided to go on in. From inside you get some learn a little about the uses of the place during the war, as well as getting some fantastic views of the rock formation and the surrounding coastline.
After we’d finished at the Needles Battery we took the bus back to the car park before continuing our drive along the coastal road 🙂
We then headed back to the ferry for our return crossing to Southampton, where we were treated to a beautiful sunset on arrival.