Ventnor Isle of Wight

Ventnor is well know for a unique micro climate which makes it mild all year around. This made it a natural choice of location for Ventnor Botanical Gardens which display a great variety of plants from all over the world.

Ventnor attracts holiday makers partly due to its beach which sits in a sheltered bay. The beach is backed with a selection of eating and drinking establishments as well as a small beach shop selling seaside essentials.

Above the beach, up on the cliffs, lies the town centre which has a good range of cafes and restaurants as well as a supermarket and all the essential services.

Walking either way down the coast from Ventnor makes a pleasant easy stroll and heading north east will bring you to Bonchurch and West will bring you to the Bontaincal Gardens and pleasant coastal bays.

  • 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. 


  • 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.

  • The Met - Ventnor

    map_ventnorExcellent food tapas style food


    With a beach front position overlooking the sea, a good range of wines, an extensive menu of good food and a smart look & feel, the Pintxo Playa is a lovely place to stop for lunch.

    A meze of humus, olives (assortment recommended) seafood dishes and roasted vegetables all accompanied by a interesting selection of breads was extremely satisfying and reasonably priced. The wine list makes for a pleasant read and the ones served by the glass are well chosen.

  • Ventnor Beach

    Ventnor Beach Isle of Wight

    Pleasant sand & shingle beach good for swimming and relaxing.

    Ventnor beach is on the south east of the Isle of Wight and is one of the more popular beaches on the Island. The waters are popular with swimmers and the sheltered position makes it popular for soaking up the sun.

    Refreshments are provided by a row of restaurants which are behind the beach and here you will also find a beach shop if you have forgotten your bucket and spade.

    Ventnor Beach has been awarded a Blue Flag for the excellent levels of water quality and facilities. Find out more at . Ventnor Beach is one of several Isle of Wight beaches with Blue Flag awards.

    See our Ventnor section for more information about where to eat and drink.

  • 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.

  • Ventnor Golf Club

    Ventnor, Isle of WightThe oldest course on the Isle of Wight with beautiful South Isle of Wight location

    • Holes: 9 (18 when doubling on holes)
    • Visitors Fee: £18/£23
    • Lessons: N/A

    We would welcome your comments if you have played here.