Ventnor is a wonderful holiday destination due to the sheltered beach, beautiful coastal path, attractive town centre and the many local pubs, cafes and restaurants. Around Ventnor there are numerous holiday activities and these range from a pleasant walk in the Ventnor Botanical Gardens to enjoying the thrills of the Blackgang Chine Theme Park.

Along the sea front at Ventnor these are numerous shops and restaurants. At the North East end of the beach there is a fresh fish market and a seafood restaurant.

Ventnor Botanical Gardens

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Ventnor Botanical Gardens Isle of Wight

The botanical gardens just outside Ventnor are a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the plants and gardens. There are large open spaces for children to run about in as well as a childrens play area. A cafe and small restaurant are also on to be found in the gardens so you can enjoy refreshment in the sun.

Address: Ventnor, PO38 1UL

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White Falconry

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

White Falconry Isle of Wight

White Falconry Ltd is giving you a rare opportunity to participate in and to enjoy the thrill of this ancient sport. We offer a variety of courses, operating all year round, which give you the chance to experience the noble art of falconry whatever your level of expertise. All of our courses are based on giving you as much hands on with the birds as possible. YOU will be the one working and flying the birds under the watchful eye of our experienced falconers. We fly on over three and a half thousands acres of private grounds that take in some of the most spectacular scenery the Isle of Wight has to offer.

Telephone: 07989 986 096

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Blackgang Chine

Chale, Isle of Wight

Blackgang Chine Isle of Wight

Blackgang Chine is a popular theme park with rides, games and a maze to keep the whole family entertained. Blackgang Chine is also thought to be the longest running theme park in the world.


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Chocolate Island

Godshill, Isle of Wight

Chocolate Island Isle of Wight

Chocolate Island is a factory and a shop and a café, all in one. They make their own delicious chocolates and there is a delightful café courtyard where you can make those difficult decisions over real hot chocolate and cake.

Address: Chocolate Island, Godshill, Isle of Wight. PO38 3HH

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Foot Print Fossil Tours

Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Foot Print Fossil Tours Isle of Wight

Fossil Hunting on the Isle of Wight is world renowned. With an international reputation for dinosaur finds and as a site of special scientific interest because of its abundance of cretaceous fossils a guided fossil hunt is a must for any trip to our Island. For approx 2hrs our qualified Geologist will take you back through time, explain how the land beneath your feet has changed and will identify any fossils you find which you may take home as souvenirs of your holiday to the Dinosaur Island.

Address: Jurassic Jim, 22 High Street, Shanklin, PO37 6JY
Telephone: 01983 864577 / 077 9601 4004

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Ventnor Information and Holiday Ideas

To See and Do in Ventnor

Ventnor Beach

The beach at Ventnor is a mix of sand and shingle which is comfortable for sun bathing, swimming and ball games. Swimmers enjoy the water at Ventnor all year round but they are warmest in the summer when few can resist at least a paddle. Ventnor Beach

There are numerous places to eat and have refreshments while at Ventnor Beach. For more information on eating and drinking in Ventnor see the Eating and Drinking section below.

Ventnor Botanical Gardens

Pretty botanical gardens with a wonderful range of plants from all over the world. You can walk from Ventnor beach via the coastal path all the way to the botanical gardens. Entrance is free but there is a charge if you wish to park a car in the car park. The botanical gardens also have a cafe which serves lunches and teas thoughout the year. There are also organised activities for children in the summer. -

Steephill Cove

The little bay of Steephill Cove is a few minutes walk South West from Ventnor along the coastal path and is a great place to enjoy a quiet little bay with a good selection of locally caught crab at the small cafes. Steephill Cove is a short walk from the Botanical Gardens so you may wish to see both in one trip. - Steephill Cove

Bonchurch Bay

The quiet bay at Bonchurch is less than 20 minutes walk from Ventnor beach and is a lovely walk with good views of the sea. The bay is just below the village of Bonchurch which has a pretty village pond and an 11th Century Church which is open to the public.

Devil's Chimney and Cream Tea

The half way along the coastal path between Ventnor and Shanklin there is a signposted footpath up the hill to Devil's Chimney. This little known site is a well hidden crack in the cliff with a good but narrow footpath with steps sqweezing its way up to a tea shop with open views of the sea.

St Catherines Light House

The half way along the coastal path between Ventnor and Shanklin there is a signposted footpath up the hill to Devil's Chimney. This little known site is a well hidden crack in the cliff with a good but narrow footpath with steps sqweezing its way up to a tea shop with open views of the sea.

Eating and Drinking In and Around Ventnor

Spyglass Inn, Ventnor

A lovely seaside position and popular with visitors to Ventnor this is a great place to enjoy lunch with views over Ventnor Beach. The Spyglass Inn is also popular with walkers who are taking the coastal path.

Met Bar, Ventnor

Tasty tapas and a good selection of wines make the Met Bar a popular place to eat out in Ventnor. Many tables enjoy views of Ventnor beach.

The Hambrough, Ventnor

Luxurious restaurant with delicious food worthy of their Michelin Star. Ideal for treating someone special. - The Hambrough

The Pond Cafe, Bonchurch

A lovely restaurant in the pretty village of Bonchurch. Good food and a view of the attractive pond at the heart of the village of Bonchurch. The Pond Cafe

Walking and Cycling Around Ventnor

Coastal Path Walk

The coastal path runs all the way around the Isle of Wight and the section either side of Ventnor is very attractive.

Walking North East to Shanklin can easily be achieved in less than half a day and affords great sea views and takes in pretty villages and historic site. The walk starts at the beach and first goes to Bonchurch, then Luccombe and then into Shanklin. The route is well marked with coastal path signposts but it is nice to take an map to allow yourself to take detours such as the one to Devils Chimney (see above) or to plan an inland route back along the numerous footpaths and bridal ways.

The coastal path heading South West is equally beautiful and first arrives at Steephill Cove and the Botanical Gardens. Both these sites are wonderful destinations but it is possible to walk on to Niton Undercliff and see St Catherines lighthouse. The coastal path South East of Ventnor is prone to errosion and it is important to stick to the path and follow any diversions.

Isle of Wight Cycling around Ventnor

Isle of Wight cycle routes are listed on the Island Cottage Holidays Isle of Wight Cycling pages.