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Ventnor Botanic Garden
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Isle of Wight Day Trip 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.
Looe, United Kingdom
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“ventnor botanic garden”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

Some lovely parts and designs like fig tunnels and beautiful old trees. Needs a bit of a tidy in some places but still worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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“A Wonderful surprise”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

We've been to many botanic gardens in many different places and this one is up there with the best.It was much better and larger than I was expecting and is well worth a visit.
We walked from our rented apartment in Ventnor along the coastal path and spent a lovely hour and a half there wandering through the many different areas.Amongst our favourites were the arid/desert plants,the tropical hot house,the NZ ,Australian and South African areas.
We did not stay to eat.
If you exit from the back of the garden near the children's play area you come right on to the coastal path.

Visited October 2013
Thank Mummygaot
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Botanic garden”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Visited mid October, probably not at its best but never the less a pleasant stroll through the gardens amongst some impressive plants, actually saw a red squirrel. Took the optional tour through the tunnel, led by Mark ? who was very informative regarding the history of the sight, the staff we met couldn't be more helpful. With the exception of the man preparing food in the cafe who was abrupt to the point of rudeness when informing my partner that an apparently vacant table was in fact reserved, when approached regarding this matter his manner was just as rude and a very insincere apology was made. Suggest he is reminded of who pays his wages.

Visited October 2013
Thank Alan o
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London, United Kingdom
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“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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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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
Thank Johnc174
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