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

Carnival Date:

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