The Isle of Wight lies in the English Channel
, separated from southern England by the Solent and Spithead. It is part of Hampshire
. The scenery is picturesque and the mild climate makes the island a favorite resort. Queen Victoria
had a residence on the island. The Isle of Wight was purchased by the crown in the time of Edward I
The capital is Newport. Popular resorts include Ventnor, Ryde, Cowes, Yarmouth, and Shanklin. This Yarmouth should not be confused with Great Yarmouth.