Ryde is a popular Victorian seaside resort on the Isle of Wight with a choice of some lovely holiday cottages within a short walk of the beach. It is known as the ‘Gateway to the Island’. It has been a popular holiday destination since the early 19th Century and can be reached by regular passenger ferry and hovercraft from the mainland. Ryde has six miles of sandy beaches, ideal for all. Kinds of beach activity from picnics to swimming. Other family-friendly seaside traditional attractions in the resort include putting greens, a boating lake, a children’s paddling pool and fairground rides, bowling greens and ten-pin bowling to name but a few ways to enjoy a self-catering holiday in Ryde. Inland from the beach, visitors will find an eclectic choice of tea room, cafes, bars and restaurants.