Attractions & Places to See on the Isle of Wight

Devil's Chimney

Devil's Chimney

The dramatic crack in the rock between Shanklin and Ventnor known as Devil's Chimney is wonderful and beautiful place to visit on the Isle of Wight. It is the site where a section of the coastal path drops down into the earth to emerge in a woodland area below and is stunning even to those who visit time and again and many pause on their walk to photograph and look up at the sky from the deepest parts.

Devils Chimney is easy to negotiate as long as you are comfortable with stairs and there is a nearby cafe for refreshments after a short visit. More energetic visitors may wish to incorporate a look at Devil's Chimney into a longer walk from Ventnor to Shanklin or Shanklin to Ventnor along the Isle of Wight coastal path.

The nearest place to park for a walk to Devil's Chimney is at the public car park just up the hill from the Smugglers Haven Tea Rooms on the Ventnor to Shanklin road. The path heading towards Ventnor starts at the bottom of the hill in front of the tea rooms and Devil's Chimney is a couple of minutes walk down the hill. If you are walking the coastal path there are signs leading from the coastal path but due to diversions along the route it is best to find it on the map. 

 

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St Catherine's Oratory

St Catherine's Oratory

This beautiful historic lighthouse building is a wonderful place from which to enjoy views over the South West and South East coast of the Isle of Wight.

Built in medieval times it was used to warn sailors from the dangerous coast around Blackgang Chine and Niton. It is now a popular view point and only a short walk from the car park up above the fun park of Blackgang Chine or, alternatively, there is a footpath from the nearby village of Niton.

Locals more often know St Catherine's Oratory as The Pepper Pot but it has also been compared to a stone space rocket.

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Osborne House

Osborne House Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has a rich modern history and one of the highlights is Osborne House. The house was the holiday residence of Queen Victoria and was acquired after her marriage to Albert. The house is now open to the public and exhibits a large number of interesting artefacts with particular relevance to the house, the Victorian reign and Queen Victoria's family life.

The gardens of the house allow for a pleasant walk down to the Swiss Cottage which was once the home of Queen Victoria's children in their younger years. This is also reachable for the less able walkers via a minibus service which takes you the half mile distance. Coffee shops and a small restaurant can be found around the grounds and offer everything from tea to a 3 course lunch.

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Bembridge Windmill

Historic Windmill Overlooking Bembridge Countryside

This beautiful windmill was built around 1700 and sits high up on a hill near Bembridge. The Windmill has been opened to the public by the National Trust and it is possible to climb up inside the mill and look at how it once operated.

On the ground floor there is a small museum with some activities for children.

The mill is within a pleasant walk distance from Bembridge town centre and makes a great detour on the way to Whitecliff Bay.

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Haven Falconry

Haven Falconry

A beautiful collection of wonderfully well looked after and well trained birds of prey which display the art of falconry. The Haven Falconry offers and chance to see the birds in action but also get up close to the animals and learn about their remarkable skills.

There are also falconry experiences, special events, educational days, birthday parties and much more on offer.

Find out more at www.haven-falconry.co.uk

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Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle Isle of Wight

Beautiful and Interesting Castle & Fun For The Whole Family

Carisbrooke Castle dates back to the 12th Century and is everything one imagines in a castle. Children simply love the donkeys, which are used to raise water, and the nooks and crannies, ideal for exploring.

A beautiful garden, panoramic views over the Isle of Wight, a museum and a tea shop are just some of the many reasons to visit.

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Calbourne Water Mill

Calbourne Water Mill

The water mill at Calbourne is the only working water mill on the Isle of Wight and one of the oldest in the country. It is a chance to learn about this fabulous piece of 17th Century engineering the pond, woodland and beautiful surrounding area.

Calbourne Water Mill also offers a variety of other activities and things to enjoy. There is putting and croquet and a variety of friendly ducks and peacocks to see.

A tea rooms serving home cooked food, cakes and teas is also to be found at Calbourne Water Mill

For more information visit www.calbournewatermill.co.uk

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Brading Roman Villa

Brading Roman Villa

Illuminating historical exhibition around the ruins of a roman villa

This important historical site has been brought to life with the aid of a museum built on stilts above the remains of a Roman villa. This enables you to look down on layout of the structure and see for yourself the important relics in their original position. As you walk though the exhibit you can learn more about the origial functions of the building and about like in the time of the Romans.

After a dose of history and a fresh preceptive on the Isle of Wight's as part of the Roman empire you can relax in the coffee shop and riffle through the selection of Roman themed gifts.

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Ventnor Botanical Gardens

Ventnor Botanical Gardens

The beautiful botanical gardens at Ventnor take advantage of a unique mild micro climate on this part of the Isle of Wight to grow exotic plants from all over the world. The gardens are divided up by the geographical regions from which the plants derived and allows the guest to explore a whole world of plants.

Ventnor Botanical Gardens also has a cafe serving light lunches and a gift shop. Visitors to the cafe can sit around a raised pond to enjoy lunch or tea in a lovely sun trap.

From the gardens there is a short walk down to the sea at Steephill Cove where there is a beach and good seafood cafes.

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