Old Park - Where the woods meet the sea

Directions to the Old Park Hotel By Car

Old Park Hotel - Old Park Rd - PO38 1XS

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If you are coming from Portsmouth, when you get to into the town from the slip road off the M27, note that on the left is a large sign showing the symbols to follow to get to the various docks. Keep in the left hand lane ( to go straight across ) at this point to view the symbols. You should follow the signs and symbols for the 'Isle of Wight Car Ferry'

You should get to the port about 30 minutes before your ferry departs. If you get to the Portsmouth ferry early or late, you will be put in a holding area and then put on the next available ferry. During busy times you may be sent away if you get to the port too early. Also during very busy days ( end of Bank Holidays ) you may have wait a couple of hours if you do miss your ferry. You should allow up to an hour for travel from the hotel to the ferry port.

From the Lymington To Yarmouth Ferry

As you come out of the port, turn right towards Freshwater. You can turn left at the top of the hill from Yarmouth to Freshwater and head towards Norton Green. This cuts off the corner and Freshwater but you have to be careful not to head off towards Newport. If you are unsure stay on the main road to Freshwater and Ventnor. The road from Freshwater to Niton is a fast road, but can get covered in thick patchy sea mist. When you get to Niton you have to stop at the junction opposite the Spar Shop. Go straight ahead as the road from Niton to St Lawrence is closed at present. When you get to Whitwell turn right and follow signs for ST Lawrence or Ventnor. Half a mile after passing through Whitwell and just after a double bend, you will see a turning to the right for St Lawrence. Follow the steep hill down past the old station at the bottom, ignoring the first sharp turn to the left. After 200 yards, turn left down Spindler's Rd. At the bottom go straight across following signs for the Hotel.

If you missed the turning after Whitwell then head into Ventnor. Follow signs for St Lawrence. As you come into St Lawrence, turn left after in the village at the top of the hill, following signs for the Hotel.. We are to found at the bottom of the lane.

Via Newport, Godshill and Ventnor

From the E Cowes or Fishbourne ferry port head to Newport. Pass through Newport keeping in the left hand lane to follow signs to Sandown. After about 3 miles turn right to Rookley and Shanklin at a large filter junction. Follow this winding road for several miles travelling though Rookley to Godshill. Just after entering Godshill turn right for Ventnor on a sharp left hand bend in the road. Follow this road to Whitwell. If you miss this turning you can continue and head for Wroxall. (See below on how to arrive from Wroxall.)

Half a mile after passing through Whitwell and just after a double bend, you will see a turning to the right for St Lawrence. Follow the steep hill down past the old station at the bottom, ignoring the first sharp turn to the left. After 200 yards, turn left down Spindler's Rd. At the bottom go straight across following signs for the Hotel.

If you missed the turning after Whitwell or came via Ryde and Shanklin, then head into Ventnor. At the only traffic lights in town turn left and follow the main road to St Lawrence. As you come into St Lawrence, turn left after in the village at the top of the hill, following signs for the Hotel.. We are to found at the bottom of the lane.

Via Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor.

This is the safest way as it avoids any country lanes but is not very scenic. There are speed cameras just after Ryde and just Before Shanklin. At the height of the season you are likely to hit unpredictable jams in Sandown and Lake. Do not turn off the road as there is no alternative route.

As you leave the ferry port, turn left at the main road and head for Ryde. As you come into Ryde the road forks to the left. Keep on the right side lane and follow the signs for through traffic which should help you bypass the main town centre. If you get lost here or want to see the sights, then head for the beach and follow the Esplanade road, keeping the sea on your left. As you follow the main road up the hill you will rejoin the road to Sandown and Shanklin. As you enter Shanklin, take the road forking to the left sign posted for Ventnor, which avoids a slow set of lights. Follow the road into Ventnor.

Follow signs to St Lawrence. Pass the Botanical Gardens and the St Lawrence church  until you get to St Lawrence. As you come into the village just after St Radigans at the top of the hill, turn left at the crossroads , following signs for the Hotel. . We are to be found at the very bottom of the lane.

Via Fishbourne, Wooton, Arreton, Wroxall and Ventnor

This is the most scenic route and the quickest as it avoids all major town centres.

As you leave the ferry port turn right at the main road and head for Newport. After you have crossed the estuary at Wooton turn left at the Spa Shop by the lights and head for Arreton and Sandown. Note that you pass Robins Hill on this road ( One of the Major kids Attractions ). Continue to head for Arreton until you pass Arreton Manor and reach the main road between Newport and Sandown.

You must turn right at this junction and then after a couple of bends take the 2nd on the left after about 300 yards. Follow this road to the end and you will find yourself on the Newport to Godshill road. Turn left here and turn right towards Ventnor and Whitwell as described above when you reach the Outskirts of Godshill 400 yards after a hump back bridge. See above (Via Newport, Godshill and Ventnor) for the rest of this journey.

Follow the steep hill down past the old station at the bottom, ignoring the first sharp turn to the left. After 200 yards turn left down Spindler's Rd. At the bottom go straight across following signs for the Hotel. We are to be found at the bottom of the lane.

Please Take Care - Remember on the Isle Of Wight - the roads are narrow and anything can be round the corner.

Accessing The Hotel By Hire Car

Hiring a car on the Island is often done by our guests from central London who do not have cars. If coming from Southampton there is a car hire centre by the Red Jet terminal, or from Portsmouth you can get the train from the Ryde pier to Sandown and pick up your car there. These services are offered by the First Call Hire Centre, where car hire is from £18 per day - but there are other options.