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Isle of Wight

Type:Towns & Villages

Brading, Isle of wight

Tel: +44 01983 813813

High Street

About Standing on the western bank of the River Yar in the east of the Isle of Wight, the ancient little town of Brading is pleasantly built on a hillside below Brading Down within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. One of the oldest towns on the island, reputedly founded by King Alfred in the 7th century, Brading’s history goes back thousands of years to before the Iron age.

Brading's 3rd Century Roman Villa still survives and is one of the best preserved, with some magnificent mosaics on show.  Despite being only valued at 20 shillings in the Domesday book, Brading today offers a wealth of attractions including the Roman villa, the Brading Experience Waxworks, and let’s not forget the Dolls Museum, Morton Manor and Adgestone Vineyard. However, the surrounding landscape is as much of a highlight, with rolling green hills dropping down towards the sea, breathtaking views from Brading Down, numerous footpaths and bridleways and a variety of special wildlife, including the birds at the Brading Marshes RSPB Reserve.

This mix of heritage and environment in a vibrant community, and some great local food, helps make Brading one of the undiscovered jewels of the Island.

For more information, visit the official tourism website for Brading


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Brading is on the A3055 between Ryde and Sandown. The A3055 runs through Brading High Street.

Public Transport Directions

By Boat
Ferries to Isle of Wight run from Portsmouth to Ryde & Fishbourne, and also from Southampton to Cowes, and Lymington to Yarmouth.
Passenger and car ferries both available.
By Train
Brading station is on the Island Line train route which runs from Ryde to Shanklin.
By Bus
Southern Vectis operate the bus services on the island. Service no.1 runs to Ryde and Newport, service no.2 runs direct to Newport.

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