Ventnor is a beautiful town set on a hillside, at the South Eastern tip of the Isle of Wight. Nestling on a series of terraces, the town gently slopes down to the sea. Ventnor was transformed from a quiet village into a bustling Victorian holiday destination around the mid 19th Century. The 7 mile long Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, known as the ‘Undercliff’, stretches along the south coast of the Isle of Wight, from Luccombe down to Blackgang at the Island’s southern tip.
The result of a series of landslips occurring around 7000 BC, the cliffs and downs along the Undercliff can be seen rising over 700 feet. Creating some stunning coastal scenery, it is these features which are largely responsible for the area’s famous sheltered sub-tropical climate.
In the 1830’s the town became a very fashionable destination and health resort. Hygeia, goddess of health, decorates the Welcome signs as you enter. Building work began, and the population grew from under a hundred in 1810 to nearly one thousand by 1840. This figure had tripled by 1851 and reached almost six thousand by 1900. Today, there remains a pioneering spirit from the towns history and its people. The essential ingredient being its ‘old fashioned’ charm.
Today, Ventnor is a great place to visit, whether in Autumn, Winter, Spring or Summer, there is plenty to see and enjoy. The town has many attractions including the popular beach and esplanade, in winter the famous boxing day swim takes place. Ventnor Botanic Garden is a must for those who enjoy the delights of a tropical garden. There are many walking trails to explore and enjoy in and around the town, including the National Trust, Ventnor Downs.
Below are a selection of places to visit during your stay.
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Ventnor Heritage Centre – www.ventnorheritage.org.uk
Ventnor Botanical Gardens – www.botanic.co.uk
Ventnor Park – www.ventnorpark.co.uk
Blackgang Chine – blackgangchine.com
The Donkey Sanctuary – www.iowdonkeysanctuary.org
Appledurcombe House & Falconry Centre – www.appuldurcombe.co.uk
Bonchurch Old Church – www.ventnorcofe2.btck.co.uk/ParishChurches/StBoniface
National Trust Ventnor Downs – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ventnor-downs
St Catherines Lighthouse, Trinity House – www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouse-visitor-centres/st-catherines-lighthouse-visitor-centre
The Landslip – https://gifttonature.org.uk/bonchurch-landslip/
Time Travel Ventnor – http://timetravelventnor.co.uk