Isle of Wight

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Osborne House © IW Tourism
 

Nature and the outdoors

Downs, woodlands, coastal gems and other natural wonders on the Isle of Wight

Coastal Visitors Centre – Ventnor

The centre provides a fascinating insight into the Island's internationally important coastal and marine environment. A themed display helps visitors to decide where to visit around the 110km coastline and what can be found of interest at each particular location. The centre shows the Island's coast to be a dynamic, ever-changing landscape and seascape... find out more.

Admission free

Isle of Wight Natural History Centre – Godshill

A unique collection gathered from the earth and the sea. Housed in the delightful 17th-century Squire's cottage. Opened by the BBC in 1965. The entrance to this exciting world has its own fish pond with koi carp and display fountains... find out more.

Adult tickets £1.50, children £1.00

Tennyson Down and High Down (National Trust)

Outstanding white chalk cliffs reaching their highest point at the summit of Tennyson Down, which is marked by the Tennyson Monument 482ft above sea level. The chalk ridge continues westwards over High Down to the Needles Headland... find out more.

Admission free

Ventnor Downs (National Trust)

The Downs rise sharply from the sea and form an impressive backdrop to the town of Ventnor. Rich in wildlife associated with chalk grassland, including flowers and butterflies. There are a range of wonderful walks although many have steep paths... find out more.

Admission free

St Catherine's Hill and Oratory (English Heritage)

St Catherine's Oratory, the second oldest lighthouse in Britain, crowns the top of the hill. It was built as a lighthouse by a local landowner, Walter de Godeton, after a notorious wreck in Chale Bay on what was known as Chale Down, now St Catherine's Down, and was maintained by monks who lived in a chapel nearby... find out more.

Admission free