The Day We Hit The Coast: Isle of Wight
Using the Train Line website keeps booking your trains across the UK simple but they do charge a booking fee. You can also get tickets from National Rail without a fee but they will redirect you to the website of the train company that is operating the journey you chose in order to purchase the tickets. Depending on how you feel about paying for convenience it can be worth paying the booking fee to purchase all your train tickets from one website if you are buying multiple tickets.
The Trainline and National Rail websites both generate the cheapest times to travel and makes booking your tickets easy. We always pick up our tickets on the day of travel to avoid paying a delivery charge. If you cannot pick up tickets the day of your travel (for example a station we regularly use doesn't have a ticket machine) You are able to pick up your tickets at any station before your travel date.
On the way home we took the Mega Bus. It was quite expensive for this trip, and it was a long journey. The train was out of our budget going back to Birmingham though. The bright side is that taking the coach give us time to think and we came to the realisation that we wanted to take more week long trips in Europe.
We arrived in Portsmouth at 10am, and met up with my Uncle. We made our way from the train station to the hover craft that goes over to the Isle of Wight.
We used public transport on the Isle of Wight and it was cheaper for the three of us to get a group day pass. The link to their transport is here: (Note, they only take cash) http://www.islandbuses.info/page.shtml?pageid=1271
|Waiting for our Hovercraft|
|Donkeys this way!|
We asked them if they could put the side salad onto some bread with mustard and that's what we had. The staff were very apologetic, so hopefully they add some options to their menu in the future.
We caught the bus to Newport
Above the fish and chip shop, Is our ancestral home from 200 years ago approx.
We caught the #7 bus to Shalfleet to a cottage that was built by an ancestor of mine in the 1600's
|Dave Death Motorcycle|
|The New Inn dating from 1743|
|Ancestral Cottage built in the 1600's|
|Pictures of the Cottage in The New Inn next door|
We still had over an hour before our hovercraft back to Portsmouth so we stopped in a Malaysian restaurant for some dinner.
We got a bean curd tofu curry and mixed veggies to share. It was fantastic.
After dinner we caught the hovercraft back to Portsmouth.