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The most famous yachting resort in the world. Cowes dates back to Tudor times and is divided in two by the River Medina, creating East and West Cowes. The two being linked by a chain ferry. West Cowes being the more vibrant of the two especially during Cowes Week (August), when it is filled with yachts from around the world and personalities to match. The new waterfront development of marinas replacing the old industry of shipbuilding but still retaining the services of the yachting industry.
Cowes has many fashionable cafes, restaurants and shops, mostly along the High Street. The entrance from the harbour and home to the Royal Yacht Squadron is Cowes Castle (erected in 1538 on the orders of Henry VIII). From here the 22 brass cannons (once used on William IVÃ¢??s ship Royal Adelaide) mark the start of the races. From the esplanade visitors can watch the start of the races, the shipping movement of Red FunnelÃ¢??s Hydrofoil service or the Car Ferry service to Southampton, movements within the River Medina also include Blade Runner carrying the wind turbine blades for export. From here one can also see the many cruse ships proceeding through Southampton Water.
The mix of residential properties rising from the waterfront to higher ground in the Northwood area including Northwood House now used by Cowes Council.
Exploring the town past and present, a visit to the Maritime Museum housed in the library in Beckford Road, Sir Max Aitken Museum, High Street or the Parish Church of St. Mary built by the famous architect John Nash. The new Boat Trail, a four-mile walking route which features 40 places of historic interest.
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Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (0.1 miles, 0.2 km)
The Fountain Inn overlooks the River Medina and has harbour views from its al fresco dining area. It offers free Wi-Fi, a good breakfast and live music on most Friday and Saturday nights....
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The Union Inn
Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (0.2 miles, 0.3 km)
The Union Inn is the oldest pub in Cowes, offering individually styled boutique rooms just a 5-minute walk from the bustling marina. It has a bar and a restaurant serving traditional home-cooked food....
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Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (0.3 miles, 0.5 km)
In the seaside town of Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, this B&B offers free Wi-Fi and free parking on site. With a conservatory breakfast room and a terraced garden, it is a 10-minute drive from Newport....
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The Caledon Guest House
Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (0.3 miles, 0.6 km)
Situated in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, The Caledon Guest House boasts free Wi-Fi and free private parking. This family run Victorian house is just 5 minutes’ walk from the bustling town centre....
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Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (0.6 miles, 0.9 km)
Situated in half an acre of tranquil gardens on the Isle of Wight, this B&B is just a short walk from the beach. There is free Wi-Fi and free parking on site, and the town centre of Cowes is only a mi...
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|M27 Junction 9||(8.1 miles, 13.0 km, direction N)|
|M27 Junction 10||(8.9 miles, 14.4 km, direction NE)|
|Southampton Airport||(13.2 miles, 21.2 km, direction N)|
|Bournemouth Airport||(23.2 miles, 37.4 km, direction W)|
|Cowes to London||(72.6 miles, 116.8 km, direction NE)|
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