As well as an important
gateway to the Isle of Wight – it is the
terminus for both ferries and hovercraft –
Ryde is a pleasant, Victorian-style seaside
resort that prides itself on its shopping
It even has a market held in cellars. Its pier was the first of its kind built in Britain in 1814.
Until then, boat passengers had to land at the pier at low tide before being taken to town by horse and cart.
It achieved notoriety in the late 18th century when it became the port from which migrants and convicts alike were taken by the ‘First Fleet’, under Arthur Phillip, to Botany Bay in Australia.