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Isle of Wight Cowes

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Tuesday - Light Rain
Minimum: 12C, Wind Direction: North North Easterly
Wind: Good 13mph, Pressure: 1021mb, Sunset: 18:10 BST
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Wednesday - Light Cloud
Maximum: 17C, Minimum: 14C
Wind: 7mph East South Easterly, Visibility: Moderate, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:32 BST, Sunset: 18:08 BST
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Thursday - Light Cloud
Maximum: 17C, Minimum: 12C
Wind: 12mph South South Westerly, Visibility: Good, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:34 BST, Sunset: 18:06 BST
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COWES - ISLE OF WIGHT

A world-renowned yachting centre with an internationally respected major sailing event named after it, Cowes, is one of the UK’s premier tourist destinations. The main port of the Isle of Wight, it is situated around a natural harbour at the mouth of the Medina River. Originally a busy fishing village constructed around two coastal forts built by Henry VIII, the town has a fine tradition for shipbuilding and is home to dozens of chandlers. As you would expect the marinas are world-class and play host to some of the finest cruisers and yachts money can buy.

The town with it’s colourful, narrow streets is famous for its vibrant thoroughly hospitable atmosphere and many lively drinking establishments; there are actually more pubs per square mile in Cowes than any other town in the UK. The High Street is a delight for shoppers, with its superb array of fashion outlets, gifts shops, and delicatessens. There is also a splendid choice of restaurants and cafes serving tasty local seafood and speciality dishes. For culture vultures there are plenty of historic places of interest to visit, the 19th century Northwood House & Park, St. Mary’s Church and East Cowes’ magnificent Osborne House, the former holiday home of Queen Victoria.

Cowes predominant attraction is of course the sailing and the main calendar event is Cowes Week, which is considered by many to be the premier event of the maritime year. But for those who are looking for a truly fascinating short break or daytrip the town has an awful lot to offer. It may well even tempt you back for more.
Comments (24)
05/08/2014 @ 1:54 pm
Rupert
The Food Hamper: Great shop for provisions, everything delicious.
Also handy for Marina.
17/12/2013 @ 5:51 pm
Greg and Ben
RAWLINGS HOTEL Would just like to echo the Jackson Crew members comments on Rawlings Hotel. They really are both crew and guest friendly. We didnt have the best results in our race last time we stayed there, but it wont stop us staying there again next year..Looking forward to it already!
17/12/2013 @ 7:44 am
Bill and Brenda
Been using Hamilton's butchers for years for meat and général sailing provisions, thanks to all the staff and a merry xmas to all.
15/12/2013 @ 6:07 pm
Jackson Crew member
RAWLINGS HOTEL Great to see you have Rawlings on here. Extremely crew friendly, great value for money, and a lovely pool too. Will be back!
10/12/2013 @ 8:46 am
Frequent visitor
Stay at Duke of York, great location and food.
08/12/2013 @ 12:29 pm
Paul
Could not be bothered going out to eat the other night, and purchased a pre-cooked meal of pork in dijon mustard from The Food Hamper. All i had to do was reheat it for a couple of minutes.
Very impressed and was delicious.
Apparently it was made on the premises earlier that day.
06/12/2013 @ 8:45 am
Passing through Joe
Very comfortable beds at the Union,stayed there last week and slept like a log .
02/12/2013 @ 9:21 pm
Paul H.Guides
Amabi , try it especially if you are local or visiting friends and family, or SAILING to town. Fairly new to Island, but worth keeping an eye on and supporting.
Beautiful Tapas and relaxing atmosphere and will not be disappointed that you have walked all the way from town ( at least 3 minutes even if you dawdle )
I would imagine that booking is essential once the season rolls around again.
First time for me, but thoroughly enjoyed it.
To simplify matters, inbetween East Cowes and Cowes on main road if arriving or leaving by chain ferry.
26/11/2013 @ 1:27 pm
Joe {East Cowes}
Found your charts very useful last weekend, keep up good work.
26/11/2013 @ 8:39 am
Joe {East Cowes}
Found your charts very useful last weekend, keep up good work.
22/11/2013 @ 8:48 am
BOB
Had some work done at Lallows recently and was very satisfied, and would use them again.
01/08/2013 @ 6:05 am
Mark Knowles
Massive thanks and respect to Clare Lallows for the excellent work carried out on our beloved Dufour. Thanks guys we are now back in Plymouth, no probs en route.
Cheers
Mark
29/07/2013 @ 10:44 am
Harbourguides Crew
Hi J and Crew
We were planning to update it before this Summer 2013, but just couldnt make it in time, so we have it penned in for the end of this Summer. We will be updating the whole of the Island so we expect our crew members to be there for some time.
Sorry if its a little late this time, but due to the popularity of our harbour guides we struggle to get round all every two years, but we are working on it.
Thanks
H G Crew
29/07/2013 @ 10:40 am
Jezza and Crew
Hi guys, we love using your guides on our travels, and are coming over to the Isle of Wight later this Summer. We cant help but notice that its due to be updated..Can you let us know when.
Thanks
J & Crew
26/04/2013 @ 12:12 pm
Greg and family
Stayed at the New Holmwood Hotel..cant fault it! The food also excellent.
Greg
29/10/2012 @ 8:01 pm
Jake and crew
We also frequented Mojacs restaurant.Great food and hospitality provided by Mark and Helen.
loved it!!
29/10/2012 @ 7:57 pm
Jake and crew
Had great repair work carried out Clare Lallows. Good professional advice and prompt service . Thanks.
27/10/2012 @ 7:39 am
Night off boat family
We are yacht owners and use Harbourguides quite often. But as we stay on our boat we wondered why there was a designated page for accommodation? We have a Contessa 32 and consider her a very comfortable boat to sleep on.However our family and friend visits have become less and less regular in the past few years. but thanks to your accommodation section on your site we are now getting our children and grand children visiting us for long weekend breaks and next year a promised summer holiday.
Apparently they don't like staying on our beautiful yacht?
As much as we would like them to be staying with us, the next best thing is to have them staying near by, dont you think?
Your accommodation section is a great idea..Ta
25/10/2012 @ 12:19 pm
Ben and crew
Came across Aquatogs on your website as we needed a few bits, we ended up getting a LOT of bits!!. Great shop with loads of great lines..Glad its not near to our marina though as I would be spending all my money in it!!
01/10/2012 @ 6:08 pm
Garry and Nicola
Found the Red Duster restaurant on your website and thought we would give it a go..WOW! We were very impressed. Will be trying out some more of your recommendations.
17/09/2011 @ 3:58 am
Lars Svenson and crew
Do Top Gear Rentals deliver bikes for hire to Cowes Marina,if not where is the pick-up point?
19/08/2011 @ 12:09 pm
HG Crew
Well done to ALL the competitors in this years Cowes week.
22/03/2011 @ 9:16 am
HG
Hi JAs
I have sent you an email with a link to the restaurants we have in that area.
22/03/2011 @ 9:04 am
JAs
Dear Harbour Guides
We are looking for a restaurant to cater for 100 people in near Shepard's Wharf Marina in Cowes in July. Do you have any suggestions of places that could cater for a sit down meal please
JAs
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Business Reviews (6)
26/03/2016 @ 2:20 pm
Cowes Dry Sailing by Paul
I have my 6.5m RIB dry sailed with Tristan and he always goes the extra mile and his engine servicing is one of the best and most thoroughly detailed I have had on any of my boats. Highly recommended
14/09/2014 @ 11:18 pm
The Yacht Catering Company by Albert Luescher
Do not touch them with a barge pole. My elderly parents booked them for an event catering to all the guys who built their annex. All agreed. Time and all. They never showed up. We ended having a good night at the Jolly Farmer. Their response after? We emailed and never heard back. Sorry, spoke on phone and asked if we needed to pay a deposit.
05/08/2014 @ 1:43 pm
The Food Hamper by Rupert
Great shop for provisions, everything delicious.
Also handy for Marina.
12/06/2014 @ 8:05 am
MLK Newsagents by Stanley
Brilliant shop that has everything you need before you leave, or if arriving and have forgotten something.
Not to be confused with similar shop a few doors down, make sure it is MLK.
17/12/2013 @ 5:52 pm
Rawlings Hotel by Greg and Ben
RAWLINGS HOTEL Would just like to echo the Jackson Crew members comments on Rawlings Hotel. They really are both crew and guest friendly. We didnt have the best results in our race last time we stayed there, but it wont stop us staying there again next year..Looking forward to it already!
15/12/2013 @ 6:08 pm
Rawlings Hotel by Jackson Crew member
RAWLINGS HOTEL.Great to see you have Rawlings on here. Extremely crew friendly, great value for money, and a lovely pool too. Will be back!
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