Yarmouth is an attractive little town at the western tip of the Isle of Wight, just offshore of the South East of England.
Everything in Yarmouth seems to be on a small scale; small narrow streets nestle against a small castle and harbour, and the ferry terminal is actually built against the castle walls.
Yarmouth is the chief town of 'West Wight', the western part of the Isle of Wight, and forms a very good base for exploring this part of the island.
From a mainland location, the best approach is to use the Wightlink car and passenger ferry which runs every half-hour direct to Yarmouth. This ferry operates from Lymington on the mainland and has good rail and road connections (as described in the Lymington article). Note that taking a car on the ferry can be quite expensive; for short visits it may be better to park in the car park at Lymington Pier and board the ferry as a foot passenger.
Yarmouth is connected to the rest of the Isle of Wight by Southern Vectis service 7. There is also an open top bus that runs from Yarmouth to Alum Bay and The Needles Battery, offering spectacular views.
The town of Yarmouth itself is easily walkable. For nearby areas of West Wight, the Island Explorer (services 7/7A/7B; see 'Get in' above) provides good service. Southern Vectis also operates open-top bus service 42 throughout the summer, which serves Freshwater Bay, Alum Bay and the Needles on a half-hourly basis.
- Alum Bay is famous for the many different colours of sand which appear naturally on the beach. A traditional souvenir of the Isle of Wight is a picture or glass paperweight filled with the different colours - there are many stalls where you can get the wherewithal to make your own if you are so inclined. Accessible via either the normal 7 bus service or open-top bus service "The Needles Tour" (see 'Get around' above).
- The Needles, a very famous headland and offshore rocks at the extreme western end of the island. Here you will find early sea defences such as the Needles Old Battery, now preserved by the National Trust, and Tennyson Down, the national memorial to Alfred Lord Tennyson, and the sight of spectacular sea and land views. Accessible via Southern Vectis's open-top bus service "The Needles Tour" (see 'Get around' above).
- On The Rocks, Bridge Road, ☎ +44 1983 760505. Popular Stone Grill restaurant where you cook your food at the table on a slab of heated volcanic rock. Owner has a farming background, and puts effort into sourcing meat and fish. £30/head. edit
- Saltys Restaurant, Quay Street, ☎ +44 1983 761550 ([email protected].co.uk), . Often boisterous seafood restaurant above a bar frequented by a yachty crowd from the harbour nearby. Lobster and crab is sourced locally from the family business. £30/head. edit
- The George Hotel, Quay Street, ☎ +44 1983 760331 ([email protected]), . A 17th Century townhouse next to Yarmouth Castle and backing onto the seafront, the George is the premium hotel in Yarmouth, with a price to match. £137.50-267.50/night. edit
- Fort Victoria Cottages, Westhill Lane, ☎ +44 7734 951080 ([email protected]), . A Grade II listed former officer’s cottage overlooking the beach on one side and a woodland conservation area on the other. £325-850/week. edit