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Ventnor Botanic Garden

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Address: Undercliff Drive, Ventnor PO38 1UL, England
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+44 1983 855397
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Set in the heart of the Ventnor Undercliff on the Isle of Wight, explore 22...

Set in the heart of the Ventnor Undercliff on the Isle of Wight, explore 22 acres of sub-tropical gardens with over 6000 species of plants, shrubs a champion trees. With it's magnificent location on the Island's Channel coast, the unique sub-tropical micro-climate ensures one of the longest growing in the whole of the UK. It's no wonder Ventnor Botanic Garden is such a popular destination for garden enthusiasts. Visit the Garden Hub a fascinating insight in to the world of running a Botanic Garden in the 21st Century, plus enjoy the Victorian Heritage Centre where you can find out about the sites use as a Victorian Hospital. Look out for Kids Discovery Days in the school holidays with hands on gardening and craft activities. Visitors can also enjoy daily tours of the secret garden tunnel and the underground mushroom fruiting chamber, so it's perfect for wet days as well as dry sunny ones. The stunning Festival of Flower Fireworks takes place each June, where hundreds of giant echium plants create a mesmerizing display for a month while in full flower. Later in August, Giant Amazonian waterlilies can be seen in the Tropical house, as featured on BBC2 in 2015. The garden takes it's growing very seriously and supplies lots of ultra-fresh produce to it's popular edulis restaurant where visitors can sample the delights of the season. Of particular note are the incredible salads where tasty, colourful micro-leaves are cut hourly from the green houses and served direct to plates for visitors to enjoy with other garden grown or Island produce like fresh Ventnor crab or Shorwell lamb. Look out for a number of special evening openings in the late spring and summer with garden and geographical themed offerings to tempt the taste buds of the most discerning diners. Craft beers are all the rage these days, so don't miss the chance to enjoy one of the Garden's two real ales over lunch or dinner. Botanic Ale, the Garden's signature golden beer, is brewed using it's own hops, grown on the cliff top facing the English Channel, the only commercial hop yard on the Isle of Wight. A new special edition Botanic Pale Ale has also been released for 2016 and is already proving popular with its 7.5% alcohol content and set to win prizes in the local craft beer world. Ventnor Botanic Garden also produces a range of delicious jams, chutneys and preserves which make great gifts to take home after a visit. More specialist produce like exotic shitake & oyster mushrooms are grown in the garden's underground mushroom fruiting chamber. These can be seen and sampled as part of daily guided tour of the facility. You can even take away dried mushrooms for cooking at home from the gift shop. The Garden also makes a fabulous pit stop at the end of a long drive, with the tranquil Plantation Room café available to all serving delightful home-made cakes and fair trade teas and barista coffee every day between 10am and 5pm. It's the perfect place to treat visiting friends and family any time of the year.

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Lovely gardens and exhibitions but beware if you are not very mobile

We have always enjoyed visiting the botanic gardens. This week we went to see the landscape & maritime art exhibition. Sadly my husband was unable to gain access as the exhibition... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Inge H
Newport, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've resisted going to the gardens after the council sold them off in a 'cost saving' deal, I was lucky enough to enjoy the gardens for free growing up but decided to give them a chance today. Unfortunately the gardens have been left to run to ruin, overgrown and neglected by the new owners. Such a shame to see.

Thank Gray S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I went here with my mother. You had to get entrance tickets from the cafe, but they were so disorganised it took about 20 mins to get the tickets even though there were only 2 people ahead of me in the queue. I nearly left, but stayed and got the tickets. The gardens themselves are delightful and well worth a... More 

Thank Mark R
Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have always enjoyed visiting the botanic gardens. This week we went to see the landscape & maritime art exhibition. Sadly my husband was unable to gain access as the exhibition was held on the middle floor and the lift for disabled was closed off (seemingly permanently). Very disappointed!

Thank Inge H
John C, General Manager at Ventnor Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Yes, the lift is out of order. The first diagnosis we got was that it could not be repaired and needed to be replaced. We are getting a second opinion and would need to seek a grant if it needs to be replaced as it is a bespoke incline lift. Unfortunately this is an involved process. In the short term... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not at it's best in March - but a very well designed and maintained garden. Not to be missed. Great if combined with a walk from Ventnor along the coastal path.

Thank tomcb_traveller
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

These gardens are well worth a visit, nice to walk around there's a great cafe for delicious coffee and cake plus a small plant shop

Thank Dorothy T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having a super sunny day in March on our IOW holidays necessitated a trip to the VBG. Although March still a lot to see, staff couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful, the signage around the garden was a little haphazard and sometimes the rough terrain in parts I think should have been pointed out, finding the tunnel wasn't so... More 

Thank Rummum
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really lovely, well worth the admission fee. Our guide was Jonyth she was a volunteer and very knowledgeable. We understand a lot more now about Ventnors microclimate. Although it is march and not flowers in bloom yet there was still quite a bit of colour. Even saw red squirrels, that was a bonus.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the scenery in the sun, and the relaxed atmosphere. We had tea and cake too.. perfect

Thank Andy R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A little gem created on the grounds of an old isolation hospital now long gone. Even in March you can see the beauty of the site and will be spectacular in the spring/summer months. Staff working hard to get site ready for the main season. There is a shop and cafe on site but can't comment on these as we... More 

Thank nowretire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing grounds and gardens and then a restful coffee shop to relax in. Well worth a visit just to see this place let alone all the things nearby.

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