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Ventnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor

Type:Botanic Garden

Undercliff Drive, St Lawrence, Isle Of Wight, PO38 1UL

Tel: +44 (0)1983 855397

Ventnor Botanic Garden

About

Ventnor Botanic Garden lies at the heart of a remarkable microclimate on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Protected by the chalk downs of the Ventnor Undercliff, VBG boasts an impressive collection of rare, subtropical and exotic plants. Normally found in protected glasshouses, that plants at VBG thrive in geographical plantings based on the Mediterranean zones of the world. Begin your day with a meander through the Med garden, then go down under in the Australian and New Zealand Gardens. In the afternoon, chill out with the cacti and agave in the Arid Garden and then find some sun in the South African Terraces.

All ages and generations of the family can spend quality time together exploring or relaxing in the beauty and tranquility of the Garden. With Guided Tours, led by VBG Volunteers departing daily (call ahead to check availability) a complimentary Children’s Trail worksheet and an outdoor playground, everyone can enjoy healthy, natural play in a safe environment. For the young and adventurous at heart, VBG has a lot more to offer and can be explored on foot, bicycle or scooter. Visit the Tropical House and be transported to the rainforest, take a walk along the secret tunnel to the sea or step off of the pathways to discover secret places and see the rare and exotic plants at their best.

Stop off at The Plantation Room Café or edulis restaurant to relax and refuel. Enjoy super fresh cuisine, from light snacks, lunches and afternoon tea, made from locally sourced produce and VBG homegrown fruit, vegetables and micro herbs.

Don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop to pick up a souvenir of the day or visit the Gallery to see art and exhibitions from local artists.

Events and activities take place at VBG throughout the year, check website for details or join our mailing list, www.botanic.co.uk

Ventnor Botanic Garden is under the management of a Community Interest Company and your admission fees enable the non-profit organisation to keep the garden open and develop it further. Admission fees only apply to those entering the Garden. Entry to the Plantation Room Café, edulis restaurant, the Gallery and Gift Shop is free.

EDUCATIONAL GROUPS - Ventnor Botanic Garden is a fantastic learning resource for pupils of all ages and abilities. There are a number of educational programmes to cover a range of topics. For more information please visit http://www.botanic.co.uk/pages/schools.htm

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted - on a lead
  • Open Christmas
  • Open New Year

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • No Smoking Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

From East Cowes ferry, second exit at roundabout onto Well Road, A3021, A3054 to Newport, A3020 to Sandown, A3020 to Shanklin, at Whiteley Bank turn right for B3327 to Ventnor, A3055 to St. Lawrence.
From Fishbourne ferry, B3339 (Fishbourne lane), A3054 to Newport, A3020 to Sandown, A3020 to Shanklin, at Whiteley Bank turn right for B3327 to Ventnor, A3055 to St. Lawrence.
From Yarmouth ferry, A3054 to Totland, A3055 to Freshwater, A3055 to St. Lawrence.

Public Transport Directions

From West Cowes Red Jet Hi-speed ferry: No. 1 bus route to Newport and change to No. 6 to Ventnor
From Ryde Catamaran/Hovertravel: No. 3 to Ventnor and change to No. 6
From Yarmouth ferry: No. 7 to Newport and change to No. 6.
For further bus information please contact Southern Vectis at www.islandbuses.info/ or +44 0871 200 2233 (bus times) / +44 01983 827000 (head office).

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