Information & Facts
Located in one of the UK's most southerly regions, the Isle of
Wight has a milder climate than other areas in England, making it a
popular holiday destination for sun-seekers. Boasting relatively
mild winters and a surprisingly low annual rainfall average the
climate borders on sub-tropical with occasional Mediterranean
hints, evident in the vegetation. The south coast of the Isle of
Wight features the main seaside resorts of Sandown, Shanklin and
Ventnor which regularly top the British league for recorded hours
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).