Ryde is known as the "Gateway to the island" because of its links with the mainland, It is also the largest town on the island. Ryde is dominated by its large beach and pier. The pier is the 2nd Longest in the country, stretching out into the stretch of water which is known as "Spithead". The seafront of Ryde, offers breathtaking views of Portsmouth and world famous Cruise Ships which sail past.
Union Street is home to a mixture of unique and well-known shops. The Royal Arcade is located mid-way up the hill, home to the Ryde Heritage Centre and Postcard Museum.
Ryde is surrounded by the villages of Seaview, Bembridge, Brading and Wooton
Ryde is full of attractions to keep everyone happy! They include: IOW Steam Railway, LA Bowl, Island Speedway, Peter Pan Playground,Puckpool Park, Quarr Abbey & Appley Park.
Ryde is not known as the "gateway to the island" for nothing! Wightlink runs passenger services from Portsmouth, Hovertravel run passenger services from Southsea. Island Line provide services train services to Shanklin.
Southern Vectis runs bus services to all areas of the island from the Ryde Bus Station:
Route 2 runs to Sandown/Shanklin & Newport
Route 3 runs to Sandown/Shanklin/Ventnor & Newport
Route 8 runs to Bembridge, St Helens, Sandown & Newport
Route 4 runs to Osborne House & East Cowes
Route 9 runs to Newport
There is also 2 seasonal services: Downs Breezer which tours the eastern side of the island, and the Island Coaster which tours the whole of the island via Blackgang and Alum Bay.