Open Daily, March to November
Less than 15 minutes from The Lakes Rookley, this is the UK’s oldest amusement park, celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2018. Blackgang Chine is themed around the smugglers and dinosaurs that have made these cliffs famous. With impressive life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and amusement park rides, including a huge water slide, this is sure to be a hit with families.
Off peak weekends and daily during holidays and peak season
This 12th century English Heritage castle is just over 10 minutes from The Lakes Rookley, with beautifully-preserved fortifications and a permanent historical exhibition. The traditional donkeys which draw water from the castle well are a great attraction for kids and the tearooms will provide welcome refreshment after you’ve explored the Edwardian-style garden and grounds.
Open Daily Except Major Public Holidays
Near Sandown on the east coast of the Isle of Wight, you’ll find this ‘pterodactyl-shaped’ building. Contained within this interactive museum are 1000 of the best fossils on the island, alongside animatronic dinosaurs and welcoming staff, who offer regular guided walks.
Isle of WIght Zoo
Open daily, 10am-4pm or 11am-3pm (Nov-Feb)
Just next to Dinosaur Isle, on the coast to the north of Sandown is the island’s zoo. You can save 10% by visiting these two attractions on the same day or pay just £1 for the second visit within a week. There are a variety of species, large and small at the Isle of Wight Zoo, including lions, monkeys and farm animals. However, the keepers specialise in keeping lemurs and tigers, with a good collection on display.