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“Lovely afternoon trip”

Ventnor Botanic Garden
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5-Day Isle of Wight and New Forest Tour from London
Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Ventnor
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Lovely afternoon trip”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

We spent a lovely afternoon in the sunshine wandering around these beautiful natural gardens. We would highly recommend a visit particularly if you make time for a light lunch or snack at the café watching the world of garden visitors go by!

Visited May 2013
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“Lovely unusual garden”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Visited late September and the gardens were still lovely and it is nice to see a garden that is natural and not just planted out flower beds . There are some really nice unusual plants especially in the tropical house but beware it is hot and humid .The restaurant serves lovely coffee and snacks and whilst we did not have a meal those coming out looked good . We spent a very enjoyable 3 hours wandering round and got some good pictures.

Visited September 2013
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“Hidden charm”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

Visited yesterday for the first time and discovered a garden and coastline with hidden and surprising charm. Delicious lunch served on the terrace. Happy to support a wonderful gem in Ventnor.

Visited October 2013
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Brighton
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“Lovely botanical garden”
Reviewed 2 October 2013 via mobile

Really interesting plants. Especially enjoyed the garden around the greenhouse which had some fantastic Agave plants. As we visited in late September there were not many flowering plants but this was not a problem and we managed to spend 2 hours wandering around.
The entry fee that seems to be so contentious was well worth it, but maybe not if you are looking for a lot of prettily planted flower beds.

Visited September 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Lovely walk from here to Steephill Cove”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

It was expensive & we didn't stay very long, but there were some beautiful plants & we enjoyed the Art work displayed amongst the plants!

Visited August 2013
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