Things to do on the Isle of Wight

Ventnor Botanical Gardens

Ventnor Botanical Gardens

32-min drive from Bembridge, PO38 1UL
Ventnor is protected from cold northerly winds, resulting in a Mediterranean microclimate in the heart of the Isle of Wight. The garden is home to a wide range of subtropical plant life that won’t grow anywhere else in the UK, scuttling wall lizards, secret passageways and an underground mushroom vault.

West Wight Alpacas

West Wight Alpacas

8-min drive from Norton Grange, PO41 0SZ
Usually more synonymous with Peru than West Wight, there are now around 60 alpacas on this husband-and-wife run farm close to Norton Grange. They also feature llamas, miniature donkeys, pigs, goats and sheep across 23 acres of countryside – better bring your wellies.

Godshill Village

Godshill Village

24-min drive from Bembridge / 31-min drive from Norton Grange, PO38 3LD
Established in 1952, Godshill Model Village recreates island life in intricately-detailed miniature – and the full-size village isn’t bad either. The medieval church is home to one of only two lily crucifix paintings in Europe, and the thatched roofs of the high street sit over classic tea rooms and gift shops.

Mottistone Gardens

Mottistone Gardens & Estate

40-min drive from Bembridge, PO30 4EA
Nestled in the rolling downs, Mottistone gardens are home to a millennia of history that includes a legendary 4m-high sandstone pillar, supposedly thrown by St Catherine in a wager with the devil himself. The estate is set on a 6,000-year-old Neolithic long barrow.

Quarr Abbey

Quarr Abbey

24-min drive from Bembridge, PO33 4ES
Surrounded by woodlands, coastline and formal gardens, this working Benedictine abbey is built on the site of the original Quarr Abbey, whose 14th century ruins still stand within its grounds. Quarr also boasts an orchard of over 200 fruit trees and a traditional tea room for visitors.

Steam Railway

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

28-min drive from Norton Grange, PO33 4DS
Travel back in time to the sights, sounds and smells of steam trains on the Isle of Wight. From tank engines to larger, tender locomotives, the 10-mile round trip across the island stops at three stations along the way, one of which also features a birds of prey sanctuary.



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