Places of interest

There are some superb walks in the area, particularly along the coastline. Walking east along the Esplanade you can visit the harbour area and waterfall then continue for over a mile along the seawall up to Bonchurch village.

Going west there is a beautiful walk along the cliff to Steephill Cove and beyond, though care should be taken with young children as the cliff edge is unfenced. Walking back from here there is the option of cutting through Ventnor Park which is also a pleasant walk.

Other places of interest are in the immediate area are:
  • The Longshoreman's Museum, Esplanade
  • Ventnor Heritage Museum at 11 Spring Hill (01983 855407), just off the High Street
  • Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Undercliff Drive (01983 855397)
  • Coastal Visitor Centre, Dudley Road (01983 857220)
  • Children's Corner
  • Ventnor Park, Park Road

Isle of Wight has many attractions for children. In adjacent areas, Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill Countryside Adventure Park are big favourites and also close by. Amazon World Zoo Park in Arreton and the Isle of Wight Zoo and Tiger Sanctuary in Sandown which houses the 18 "celebrity" tigers that appeared on this year's ITV series "Tiger Island". Isle of Wight Steam Railway, based in Havenstreet, operate a vintage steam locomotive with Victorian or Edwardian carriages on a daily basis from May to September. The Needles Park at Alum Bay with a chairlift ride to the beach, glass studio and sweet manufactory with fireworks finale every Thursday. For all ages Arreton Barns, Shanklin Chine and Godshill are also nearby and worth a visit.

To name but a few...

The Isle of Wight in general has a wealth of interesting places to visit or things to do. For more information on places of interest please visit the library at the far end of the High Street (01983 852800) where there is a tourist information point or visit www.wightlife.com which gives a comprehensive on-line guide to every aspect of island life.
 
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