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Ventnor

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The town of Ventor on the south coast of the Isle of Wight was a Victorian spa, and has an architectural style different to the rest of the island.

Get in[edit]

The town is linked to other parts of the Island by Southern Vectis [1] bus service 3, running at half-hourly intervals and 6, running at hourly intervals.

Get around[edit]

Ventnor

Ventnor is a very steep town, built on terraces rising from the beach & esplanade, 700 feet to the summit of St Boniface Down. Cycling can be quite difficult on some of these hills, with gradients of 1 in 4 or more. The 2 hills down to the beach in particular are very steep with 2 or 3 sharp hairpin bends. Walking is by far the best way to get around, and the effort required to do so is one of the reasons why Ventnor became a fashionable health resort in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. There are also buses, the main terminus being outside Boots in the High Street. Ventnor is not connected to the train system anymore.

  • Bus #3 provides a half-hourly service to Newport in one direction and Ryde in the other. Both use the same side of the road so be sure to check the destination before boarding. Cash and contactless payment.
  • Bus #6 provides an irregular service to Newport, running via Niton (for St. Catherine's lighthouse) and the Blackgang Chine theme park. Cash and contactless payment.
  • Bus #31 provides a local service around Ventnor centre, the Esplanade and the nearby settlements of St. Lawrence and Bonchuch, running hourly on weekday mornings only. Cash only.

Local bus information: http://www.islandbuses.info

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  • Ventnor Botanic Garden. These gardens are some of the best in the country, due to Ventor's unusual climate, being very southern and sheltered by the hill to the north. There is a little museum of smuggling in the grounds, and The Plantation Room Cafe, local art gallery and garden shop are all on-site and free to access. The gardens themselves have a quite steep entry charge however. Free parking, with paid electric car charging (AC 7kw) via CPSGenie. The gardens are built on the site of The Royal National Hospital which was demolished in 1969. Located on the A3055 heading from Ventnor toward St. Lawrence. [2]
  • Ventnor Heritage Centre. Located on Spring Hill (just off the High Street) This small museum offers a wealth of information and photographic record of local history, as well as many small books and pamphlets, many written by local volunteers. [3]

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Walks[edit]

The Beach[edit]

The beach is much smaller than the huge yellow sands at Sandown and Shanklin but it is less commercial, a better place to go to unwind. There is an arcade, and shops selling ice creams, buckets and spades and other seaside stuff.

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The Met is a stylish tapas bar located right on the Esplanade with views out on the sea. [4]. In recent years, Ventnor (and in particular the outlying settlement of St. Lawrence) has been undergoing gentrification, and as a consequence Ventnor town centre now has a very wide range of resturants for a town of its size. New entrants include a number of seafood, Mediterranean, Indian and even Mexican restaurants. Most can be found along the Esplanade, Pier Street and the High Street. The Hamborough hotel pioneered the trend as has at various times operated various restaurants in town as well as its own dining.

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The Spyglass Inn on the sea front is a local institution with local craft beers and good quality traditional pub meals.The Winter Gardens at the top of the cascade also has a dual-level bar with panoramic sea views from it's large rooftop / balcony area and outdoor seating, though like the Spyglass, these can also be very exposed to the elements.

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