The Ventnor seafront is a must to try locally caught, fresh seafood, then take a stroll along the harbour to admire the boats and maybe stop off for a cocktail. It’s a popular haven for seafarers and home to an eclectic mix of independent shops with local artist’s works and crafts – great for souvenirs of your stay.
For a quieter pace of life, Ventnor’s surrounding woodland areas are worth exploring. You’ll find everything from quaint tea rooms to tiny ancient churches.
Between the expansive Ventnor downs and tiny secret coves, there’s plenty to discover by foot or bicycle and many areas are pet friendly.
Over the years, Ventnor has played host to famous names such as Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and even Gandhi.
Bonchurch is a quiet, secluded bay often overlooked by visitors. Within easy walking distance or a short drive from Ventnor, the beach has excellent rock pools at low tide thanks to the part-shingle terrain of the beach. It has the added appeal of being a dog-friendly beach all year round.
Other charming villages nearby, such as Niton, are surrounded by stunning walking routes and cycling trails. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover some of the lesser-known gems of the Island – why not explore the spectacular Castle Haven Cove or find the best view of St. Catherine’s Lighthouse.
Attractions & Activities:
Blackgang Chine, Nr Ventnor, Isle of Wight,
PO38 2HN. Tel: 01983 730330
Blackgang Chine celebrated their 175th birthday in 2018, making it the UK’s oldest theme park. Always a special family day out, it promises magical moments and adventure with a mix of exciting rides, themed worlds and activities. Many Island events are hosted here throughout the year, including fireworks and illuminated evenings, so be sure to check the ‘What’s On’ guide before your visit.
Undercliff Drive, Ventnor, Isle of Wight,
PO38 1UL. Tel: 01983 855397
Ventnor’s microclimate means these magnificent gardens include an impressive collection of sub-tropical plants, some of which cannot be grown anywhere else in the UK. There is a tropical house, café and restaurant
with a delicious menu using fresh produce from the gardens.
Pubs & Restaurants
Smoking Lobster Grill & Cocktail Bar: Pan-asian innovative seafood on the Ventnor seafront.
The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor: Iconic pub situated on the water’s edge specialising in seafood.
The Bonchurch Inn: A superbly preserved public house with authentic Italian cuisine.
The Wight Mouse Inn, Chale: A family owned free house and restaurant serving high quality food.
Joe’s Place, Niton: The hub of village life specialising in wood fired pizza – a unique Island find.