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5 things to do in Ventnor

A relaxing drink with a sea view

Pubs and cafes on Ventnor sea front, Isle of Wight

Pubs and cafes on Ventnor sea front

Ventnor sea front has lots of choice when it comes to eating and drinking. Its south facing aspect means you can sit in the sun and watch the sea with the distant cruise liners going past, while enjoying a relaxing drink. Set at one end of Ventnor beach, the traditional choice is The Spyglass pub where you can sit outside and watch the surfers in the bay. The Met bar offers a selection of food served as tapas and a great choice of coffee with a lovely relaxing vibe and an extensive wine list. The Ale and Oyster also offers a great choice in a relaxing environment.

Ventnor Botanical Gardens

Ventnor Botanical Garden, Isle of Wight

Ventnor Botanical Garden

Enjoy the unique collection of plants at Ventnor Botanical Gardens. The Gardens are south facing and nestling underneath a large hill which creates a unique microclimate allowing a number of different species to be grown outside year round. There are lots of pleasant walks around the gardens and onto the coastal path with views of the sea. And of course there’s a cafĂ© and a children’s playground. For more information visit Ventnor Botanic Garden

Steephill Cove

Steephill Cove, Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Steephill Cove, Ventnor

Just along the coast from Ventnor lies Steephill Cove, a small traditional fishing bay which can only be reached on foot or by boat. Relax in the peaceful atmosphere and enjoy freshly caught crab sandwiches or tea and cake from one of the small cafes. You can also take a walk up to Ventnor Botanical Gardens which is set just above Steephill Cove, but be warned, the clue is in the name!

Boat trips from Ventnor harbour

Boat trips and freshly caught fish from Ventnor Harbour

Boat trips from Ventnor Harbour

Take a boat trip from Ventnor harbour, go fishing for mackerel and lobster, or just admire the view as you speed along the Isle of Wight’s south coast. There’s a great choice of trips run by Ocean Blue Sea Charters At the end of the day, you can take your fish home and cook it yourself, or for the freshest fish and chips, visit Ventnor Fishery Haven.

Walks with a view

Walks with views in Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Walks with views in Ventnor

Picturesque Ventnor is set on many different levels so is great for views and provides lots of interesting walks. Most of the walks are fairly steep. Take the narrow paths and steps up into the hills above Ventnor for views along the south coast of the island, or walk along the undulating coast to the small fishing bay of Steephill Cove. For a flat walk, walk along the esplanade and see the lovely stone properties below the village of Bonchurch.