‘Giving Ryde’s Past to the Future’

Historic Ryde Society Quiz Night Thursday 24th May 2023 at Yelf's Hotel, at 7p.m. for 7.30pm.


Education in the Museum of Ryde

Museum of Ryde was officially opened by Andrew Turner MP, and Lady Lucinda Lambton on July 1st, 2011. This day marked the 175th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Royal Victoria Arcade, by Lord Lambton. The exhibition opened on August 15th.

HRS has a rolling plan of educational workshops suitable for all ages, and welcomes visits to the centre by school and community groups. Please contact the Museum of Ryde on 01983 717435 for further details.

Cyril the Sea Serpent 

Cyril is our friendly sea serpent who is here to help. If you wish to see where we found Cyril, you’ll have to look at the shelters on Ryde pier. There are quite a few on each shelter. Ryde has recently been presented with a new chain of office, which uses the serpents in the design. You can see a photograph of this new chain at the bottom of the Homepage, or learn more about the new chain here. There are also other interesting features on buildings around Ryde. Look out for them.

Cyril now features in Ryde District Heritage Centre! He has a few things he’d like you to look at, and is able to tell you some bits of information about Ryde’s history. Come along and find out what he would like you to know.

There are lots of other interesting things for you to look out for around the town – wall plaques advertising old shops, statues on roof-tops and pineapples  – all of which appear in Union Street! There are wall plaques in other streets around the town, a tiny dog kennel in the car park of the Esplanade Garage, and lots of faces looking down at you from the Royal Esplanade Hotel. What else can you find? Let us know if you’ve spotted anything interesting on your walks!