There is a pier with amusements, children’s play areas, pitch ’n’ putt, the Isle of Wight Zoo & Dinosaur Isle at the northern end of the esplanade towards Yaverland & Culver Cliff. Other island attractions include Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK, & The Needles, with chair lift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse & coloured sands of Alum Bay, all only a short drive. Also worth a visit are Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Pearl Centre, Dinosaur Museum, Donkey Sanctuary & Calbourne Water Mill which has a 17th-century working watermill. Also Osborne House & Gardens (Queen Victoria’s holiday residence), Carisbrooke Castle & the sailing town of Yarmouth. Cowes in the north west is renowned for its sailing. Also within easy reach are vineyards & quaint villages, some with thatched roofs such as Godshill, Old Shanklin & Brighstone. Visit Shanklin Chine, a deep wooded gorge with waterfalls, streams & various plant life. Beach, Shop, Pub & Restaurant 10-50yds.