You can soak up the history of Cowes. From royal houses to the birthplace of the hovercraft, Cowes have a wealth of history to explore, plenty of things to do. Explore the beaches and countryside around, make sure you check out the harbour.
The Isle of Wight Military and Heritage Museum. Bringing together items of historical interest. The museum holds an interesting mix of tanks, artefacts, other vehicles, small arms and a range of uniforms from the 1940’s to the present day. Learn about life in wartime and about those who contributed so much to the war effort as you investigate the replica street scene and other exhibits.
Sir Max Aitken Museum
Visitors arriving in Cowes should not leave without making a visit to the Sir Max Aitken Museum in the famous pink building, The Prospect on Cowes High Street. Spanning the entire length of the museum is a Gaff from the Royal Racing Yacht Britannia. Dating from the 1920s, it is approximately 51 feet long and weighs about 900pound. There are several other items from the Britannia, including the king’s chair, the tiller, some mast hoops, blocks and rigging, anchor chain and clock.
The 1912 Cowes Hammerhead Crane
A massive dockyard crane at the mouth of the River Medina at Cowes. Constructed in 1912 by Babcock and Wilcox of Renfrew Scotland for the Cowes shipbuilder JS White, this giant crane could lift up to 80 Tons and was used during the construction of many ships and naval vessels to lower the massive boilers and turbines into the engine rooms. The Cowes Hammerhead crane is unique being the only pre WW2 dockyard crane left in existence in England and representing early structural, mechanical and electrical engineering design.
Queen Victoria's Church (St. Mildred's)
This is the church used by Queen Victoria when she was in residence at Osborne House.
The church is run by volunteers and there is a guide on duty in the church.
Exhibition located within the Church and Church Centre.
Cowes Week is one of the longest-running regular regattas in the world. Having started in 1826, the event is held in August each year on the Solent (the area of water between southern England and the Isle of Wight made tricky by strong double tides), and is run by Cowes Week Limited in the small town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight.