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“Go and support this beautiful garden, even in February many plants were flowering. It must be wonderful in the Spring.”

Ventnor Botanic Garden
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Isle of Wight Overnight Tour from London
Ranked #5 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.
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Good size and near the coastal path. Good coffee too in shop. If you are a plant enthusiast you will love the diversity and mix of plants.

Thank Anne F
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

This was found by chance it was a great find. We spend close to three hours in the garden. Luckily we were blessed with splendid weather for December and it was time worth spent.
They also have a very good tea shop with some authentic Chinese jasmine teas, amongst other verity of teas.
On the whole very pleased with the garden and well worth a visit (provided the weather is good).

Thank varun_mukthi
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

What a beautiful place this is - wonderful gardens filled with many unusual plants from all over the world and also plenty of space for children to run about. There are plants to be bought, a pleasant café for lunch or tea and also a shop. Quite idyllic whatever the time of year. Be sure to make the effort and walk down to Steephill Cove, where there is also a very good café.

Thank Athena789
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Stunning gardens, beautiful on a sunny but cold November day and even better I imagine, on a warm day,
facilities limited when we visited but tea room open and staff smiley and helpful. We really enjoyed our visit. Recommended

Thank Hugh53
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

Visited these gardens (VBG) midweek and enjoyed a very pleasant stroll around the various designated areas; there was well placed seating allowing us to soak up the sun.

The Plantation Room Café is well worth a visit, with its covered veranda and sunny terrace; we sampled the organic loose leaf tea (considerable variety displayed in large kilner jars on the counter for you to choose from) served in a glass teapot and delicious white chocolate brownies. Homemade soup and a couple of hot dishes (lamb hotpot was one) were also available, but as we had made a dinner reservation for the evening we had to show some restraint.

If you should wish to visit the Gardens again within 7 days just retain your receipt and entry will be half price. (There has been considerable comment regarding the introduction of an entry fee, but we understand that since the council withdrew its funding the VBG has had to become a charity and it costs approximately £1,500 per day to remain open!)

As parking is included in the entry cost, we took advantage of this and walked down to Steephill Cove, a picturesque spot which can be accessed either by the lane adjacent to the cricket field or along the coastal path at the top of the Gardens near the play area.

Thank evyRomsey
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