Ryde

Ryde

Ryde is on the north east coast of the Isle of Wight, opposite Portsmouth Harbour, and is often referred to as the ‘Gateway’ to the Island.  It is not the oldest town on the Island, but is currently the largest inhabited urban area.  Ryde saw dramatic growth, expansion and rise in popularity, like much of the Island, with the arrival of Queen Victoria at Osbourne House in East Cowes in the nineteenth century.