Priory Bay - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
About Priory Bay
Priory Bay is a small privately-owned bay on the northeast coast of the Isle of Wight. The northern part of the bay has a straight coastline and is sandy with some pebbles. The bay is surrounded by woodland known as Priory Woods owned by the National Trust. The seabed is predominantly sandy and the shallow bay shelves gradually to the shore, a shallow sandbank called Gull Bank exists just offshore which keeps a long thin pool of water next to the beach at low tide.
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2.77km from Priory Bay
A beautiful and huge public park is a great place for a family day out playing traditional outdoor games and enjoying the wonderful views across Ryde to the mainland of Portsmouth, where you can sometimes see Spinnaker Tower. Hanging out in Appley Park is a fantastic family day out and, as well as an assortment of pleasing eateries just minutes away from the Goodleaf tree, you can go swimming, build sandcastles, try orienteering, explore the park.
2.81km from Priory Bay
Bembridge Beach, Isle of Wight Bembridge hosts several quiet beaches of pebble, rock and sand. This is a great beach for crabbing and cockling and children will enjoy exploring the many rock pools and natural surroundings. It is also very popular for watersports and dinghy sailing. There is a small cafe on the edge of the harbour nearby and a popular pub that also serves food with music most evenings during the summer months.
2.95km from Priory Bay
It is the last surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight, Bembridge, which was built around 1700. It last operated in 1913 and it contains much of its original wooden machinery. It has been restored and is open to the public.
The Isle of Wight Bus Museum
3.42km from Priory Bay
An impressive collection of Island buses and coaches dating from 1927 to more recent examples are housed here. There are over 20 vehicles on display. These include a 20 seater Dennis Ace bus, beautifully restored to as new 1934 condition, which worked the Ryde - Alum Bay Coastal Route pre-war. The museum hosts two bus rallies of its own. There is one event in May, running day.
3.57km from Priory Bay
A beautiful flat sandy beach that was stretching from Ryde pier where the ferry and hovercraft dock, all the way to Puckpool and Seaview. Ryde’s pier splits the beach in two, with a wide variety of activities and entertainments occupying both the pier itself and the beaches beside it. Ryde beaches are perfect to visit all day long. If you're searching for a relaxing beach experience, with cafes and amenities.
No Man's Land Fort
3.58km from Priory Bay
No Man's Land Fort was one of a chain of four sea forts in the Solent recommended by the Royal Commission on the Defence of the United Kingdom in 1860 and designed to protect Portsmouth dockyard from seaborne attack. As part of an integrated sea based defensive line the massive structure of No Man's Land fort provides a visual reminder of the strategic importance of the Solent in the late 19th century.
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Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is a ceremonial county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is in the English Channel, between two and five miles off the coast of Hampshire, from which it is separated by the Solent. The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland, and chines. The island is part of the historic county of Hampshire. It is designated a UNESCO Bi