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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”.

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”.

In addition to an expanse of sandy beaches which stretch right along the town, Ryde has a great selection of boutique shops, museums and galleries for you to visit along with lots of other things to see and do along its esplanade.

Continue along the seafront and you will discover the imposing Appley Tower, which is situated at the back of Appley beach, and even further along this walk you will reach the Victorian Fortification Battery at Puckpool Park.

Tucked away on the south-west side of Ryde you will find the Play Lane Millenium Green, a tranquil beauty spot, perfect for relaxing with a picnic.

At low tide the sea goes out a long way making it a popular place for sports and outdoor activities, and a regular venue for beach soccer tournaments.

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Things To Do in Ryde
Ryde offers a great variety of things to do which will interest all ages, not least of which are the hovercraft and catamaran ferry from which you can travel to and from the mainland.

Hovertravel are the world’s oldest hovercraft operator and operate the last remaining hovercraft passenger service in Britain, whereas a trip on the Wightlink catamaran service will take you down Ryde’s recently restored early 19th century pier, which carries both vehicle traffic and train services.

Head along Ryde esplanade and you will encounter a number of great places for family entertainment, including the ice rink and superbowl.

Further along there is a fun fair for young children and a very popular canoe lake which leads on to Ryde’s sandy beaches

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Places To Eat in Ryde
With a number of cafes and restaurants located along both the seafront and into the town itself there is plenty of choice on offer for places to eat in Ryde.

Both Union Street and Ryde High Street offer various cuisines from around the globe as well as a good range of bars and pubs for more traditional “pub grub”.

One of the most popular eateries is the famous Orrery Café whose walls makeup an incredible planetarium, and also forms part of the Donald McGill museum.

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