Which Isle of Wight town is best? Realistically it’s Ryde.

Robin Crossley, IW County Press. Ryde Beach

Move over Cowes and Ventnor, the real contender is here… Ryde.

Remember to like our Facebook post to see Ryde crowned best town on the Isle of Wight.

But why is Ryde so great? Well…

The events

The Bestival Ryde Slide saw hundreds turn out for the chance to whizz down Union Street last summer.


Ryde Bestival Ryde Slide 2015 Cllr Wayne Whittle sliding
Cllr Wayne Whittle on the Ryde Slide. County Press staff pic


And let’s not forget the Pearl Izumi, which saw Olympic cyclists zoom around Ryde town centre.

pearl izumi Viki Taylor
pic by Viki Taylor


Then there is not one, but two scooter rallies

scooter Viki Taylor
pic by Viki Taylor


The Ice Rink

Home to the Wightlink Raiders and more, most Islanders have a deep affinity with this special building.

Ryde Challenge Cup 2014. WightLink Raiders vs Milton Keynes Lightning. Corey Watkins.

Ryde Prince Edward visit Ryde Arena and Hovertravel Wight Jewels perform
Wight Jewels. County Press staff pic

The Hovercraft

A marvellous feat of engineering, the hovercraft has been the fastest way to get to and from the Island since the 60s.

hover Viki Taylor
Picture by Viki Taylor

Now Hovertravel are preparing their latest craft.

Ryde Prince Edward visit Ryde Arena and Hovertravel Prince Edward with diginitaries and school children with the Solent Flyer hovercraft.
Prince Edward inspecting the new Solent Flyer. County Press staff pic


Ryde Pier

As one of the longest piers in the country, Ryde Pier is a well-known Isle of Wight landmark.

Ryde. Giles Brandreth at Ryde Pier to launch the book British Seaside Piers.
Giles Brandreth on Ryde Pier. County Press staff pic

Appley Tower

Standing with the beach on one side and a luscious green park on the other, Appley is another iconic building.

Ryde Feature May 2007 - Appley Tower and Beach
County Press staff pic

Ryde Carnival

Thought to be one of the oldest carnivals in the country, Ryde folk know how to do a parade.

Ryde Carnival. Ryde Community float. Back from left, Tilly Graham, Corrin White, Molly Graham, Cerys Flynn, middle, Gabby Atkins, front, Jessica Moulds and Evie Gallagher.
Ryde Carnival Community float. County Press staff pics
Ryde Carnival. The Wight Strollers Birds of a Feather.
Wight Strollers. County Press staff pic

Of course there is also the annual Mardi Gras.

The infamous swan pedalos

Swan pedalos

Yup. That’s all we’re saying on this.


Night life

Ryde is one of the busiest spots on the Island for night life, with bars like Coburgs, Blacksheep Bar and more packed to the rafters.

Of course one of the most popular venues is The King Lud:

Ryde King Lud
County Press staff pic


Ryde Holiday News / Weather Pictures 2013. Apply Beach on Saturday 13th July at 4pm.

Just look at it!

sunset Tiff Cooke
Picture by Tiff Cooke
pier Viki Taylor
pic by Viki Taylor

The Shops

With plenty of independent and interesting shops, Union Street and the surrounding area is the perfect place for a look around.

Ryde GV of Union Street.
County Press staff pic


Speedway is back on the Isle of Wight and the only place to watch it is Ryde.

Smallbrook Wightlink Warriors Speedway team 2016. Lee Smart.
County Press staff pic

So that’s why Ryde is the best. Remember to give our Facebook post a like if your agree.

Click to find out why Cowes is the best or here to find out why Ventnor is.

Shanklin, Sandown, Newport and Yarmouth all to come.