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Freshwater Bay Town Information




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Standing on the River Yar, Freshwater’s sandy beaches have made it one of the Isle of Wight’s most popular destinations for seaside-seekers. Nearby is Tennyson Down where the poet Tennyson sat for hours each day gazing out to sea for inspiration. A stone cross in his memory stands at the summit.

The Causeway, Freshwater - Photo: Isle of Wight Tourism
The Causeway, Freshwater - Photo: Isle of Wight Tourism

Freshwater Bay - Photo: Isle of Wight Tourism
Freshwater Bay - Photo: Isle of Wight Tourism


Tennyson lived at Farringford House from 1853 to 1869 and was given the title Baron Tennyson of Aldworth and Freshwater. The highly-regarded photographer Julia Margaret Cameron also settled here in 1860, making a studio in a chicken coop and a darkroom in her coal bin. She did not take up her ‘hobby’ until she was given a camera at the age of 48 but still went on to achieve fame with portraits of celebrities such as Tennyson and Darwin. Her home, Dimbola Lodge, is run by a trust and preserves much of her work.