Sandown is the most popular town on the island for tourists. The town shares the same bay and beaches with Shanklin.
The town is home to some wonderful shops located on the high street with a wide choice of gift shops and cafes.
Located at the far end of the town is the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, which located in the old fort. Keep a eye out for a tiger on the top!
Next door to the Sanctuary is Dinosaur Isle and Sandham Gardens. The area near these attractions is called Yaverland, which you will find plenty of fossils in the eroding cliffs.
Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, Dinosaur Isle, Sandown Pier & Sandham Gardens
Sandown has good connections with the rest of the island with Southern Vectis Buses:
Route 2: Shanklin, Godshill, Newport and Brading & Ryde
Route 3: Shanklin, Ventnor, Godshill, Newport and Brading & Ryde
Route 8: Arreton, Robin Hill, Newport & Bembridge, St Helen's, Seaview & Ryde
Island Coaster: Shanklin, Ventnor, Blackgang & Yarmouth
Downs Breezer: Bembridge, Ryde, IOW Steam Railway & Robin Hill
Island Line Trains provide connections with Ryde & Shanklin
Children;s Carnival: 30th July: 12-3pm
Main Carnival: 30th July: 6pm-8pm
Sandown Bay Regatta: 13th-14th August
Illuminated Carnival: 31st August: 8pm-9.30pm
New Year's Day: 1st January 2023: 6pm-7pm