Sandown is a traditional seaside town complete with a pier. Located on the south east coast of the Island, it is sheltered in a beautiful bay with miles of the most glorious sandy beach. To the north of the town is Culver Downs, mostly owned and managed by the National Trust and inland are the Sandown levels, one of the few freshwater wetlands on the Isle of Wight. At extremely low tides a petrified forest is partially revealed in the northern part of Sandown Bay. A gentle climb to the top of Culver Down to the Yaverland monument provides beautiful views across the island and mainland.


 Transport Links

Sandown Airport is a privately owned airport where private aircraft can be landed.

Buses - A regular bus service is run by Southern Vectis routes 2 and 3 and 8 which is a 45 minute journey to Newport, the centre of the island.

Local bus No 24 is manned by volunteers and provides a circular route via Morrisons at Lake to Shanklin and back.


Trains - Sandown railway station lies along the Island Line, the only train route through the Island and has a popular cafe.

The station was opened in the mid-19th century has two platforms, one of which still has the original station building and overhanging roof. There are no facilities for buying tickets, so they must either be purchased online in advance or on board the train with the guard.

There are two trains an hour direct to Ryde Pier Head in 18 minutes and two direct southbound departures an hour to Shanklin in 6 minutes.


Cycle route 23 - National cycle route 23 is a 10 mile from Sandown to Newport in the centre of the Island.

The History of Sandown

The History of Sandown dates back to the 1500's. Further information can be found on our webpages which includes links to the Sandown Chronicles




Sandown hosts one of the oldest carnivals dating back to 1889, with daytime processions and an evening carnival held in July most years.

The Sandown Regatta, which usually takes place annually in August, includes events throughout the  month and concludes with an evening firework display and an Illuminated Carnival.

In November there is traditionally a grand firework display on bonfire night.

Public Toilets

Public toilets are located as follows:

St. John's Road Car Park

St. John's Road, Sandown, PO36 8ER

Eastern Gardens

Avenue Road Slipway, Sandown, PO36 8AS - by the Sundial Cafe

Yaverland Car Park

Yaverland Road, Sandown, PO36 8QB - opposite Sandown Zoo

The Town Council's three sets of toilets are currently earmarked for complete refurbishment in 2020/2021