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“Excellent & varied planting”

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.
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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“Excellent & varied planting”
Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

Recently visited gardens on a lovely sunny day with my husband. It was our first ever visit and we were both smitten. Will definitely be visiting again. Staff in both the cafe and the gift shop were friendly and knowledgeable.

Visited May 2014
Thank G C
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“Recent visit whilst visiting family”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Wanted to visit this site for many years and did so recently , shame on you Isle of Wight council. You ran this site for many years without charging a fee for visitors , what poor vision . In the recent cuts , the council have abandoned the site and the local community have taken over, well done the locals . However the site needs more funding than they can currently raise and is is getting a little neglected .
The council need to reconsider there funding for this potentially fantastic site , with a reasonable entrance fee set to reduce the council costs , which they did not do previously.
Well done the locals for keeping the site open, even though it us not as good as before , clearly a site for a lottery donation .

Visited May 2014
1 Thank 425robert
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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“Such a shame”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

We live in Ventnor now and when we lived in Cowes used to come to the Gardens often.We haven't been for a while now.

We walked to the gardens on Easter Monday and paid our entrance fee of £4.50 each being IOW residents. We have no problem with paying as obviously the work needed to keep a place like this in good shape is expensive.

What an unpleasant shock it was to see the terrible state of the gardens.Plants unkempt,paths not swept,,Grass uncut,fallen leaves everywhere. So much work needs to be done.

Surely the management are aware of how bad things are. The charges made are at a level you would expect for a really top notch experience.

One piece of good news though the coffee from the little cafe was superb.

Visited April 2014
4 Thank Adamthefoodie
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Ventnor, United Kingdom
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“Unique gardens”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Lovely gardens in dramatic location. Food a bit pricey but tasty. Great gift shop with an interesting selection of goodies.

Visited December 2013
Thank Joanna R
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Ventnor, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“gem of a garden”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

sheltered and interesting, including exotic planting. jungle hot house and lovely fresh food Bring cameras and sun cream to get the best of sunny Ventnor climate and lovely spots to take in the views.

Visited April 2014
Thank Patricia C
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