nr Brading (N4), PO36 0ES
Tel. 01983 402503
An award-winning winery established in 1968, Adgestone is one of the country’s oldest and most (…)
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successful vineyards, and now supplies top hotels and the Palace of Westminster. Situated on a south-facing slope in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the 10-acre site benefits from great growing conditions. Visitors can buy picnic hampers and go on cellar tours that take you through the winemaking process, followed by tastings. To mark your visit, why not personalise your own bottles of wine by designing your own labels? The shop sells an extensive range of Island products, and visitors can take refreshments (freshly baked baguettes and home-made cakes) in the pretty café.
Daily, 10am-5.30pm (winter times vary). Free entry, but small charge for cellar tours.
The Garlic Farm
Newchurch (L4), PO36 0NR
Tel. 01983 865378
See and learn all about garlic at the UK’s largest and most famous garlic farm. A gourmet farm shop sells garlic (…)
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plaits, garlic pickles and chutneys, vampire relishes, garlic beer and ice cream along with a wide range of quality foods and gift products. Complete your visit with a meal in the excellent Garlic Farm Restaurant, which is set in beautiful surroundings – you can see red squirrels and watch the resident peacocks, whilst enjoying a delicious meal or coffee and homemade cake. On the 17th and 18th of August, the Island’s annual Garlic Festival takes place near the farm (please see Calendar of Events for more information).
Restaurant Tel. 01983 867333
Open Mon – Sun, 9am-5pm.
Smallbrook Lane, Ryde (N3), PO33 4BE
Tel. 01983 811084
With free admission, guided tours and tasting, a trip (…)
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to Rosemary Vineyard should be on your itinerary. Stroll round the vines, tour the winery, watch the ‘vine to wine’ video and then enjoy free tasting of wines, liqueurs, juices and ciders. Guided tours are run on selected days where you can learn about the equipment used and the wine making process. Their gift shop is stocked with their own produce along with gourmet Island produce, including; mustards, garlics and biscuits. While here, treat yourself with a visit to the Vineleaf Coffee Shop, with stunning views overlooking the vines and offering a large selection of light lunches and snacks, home-made cakes and cream teas, quality teas and freshly ground coffees.
Open all year. Apr – Sep: Mon – Sat, 10am-5:30pm; Sun, 10am-4pm. Oct: Mon – Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm. Nov – Mar: Mon – Sun, 10am- 4pm. (Closed Sundays during Jan & Feb). Coffee shop times may vary.
Shanklin (M6), PO37 6QT
Tel. 01983 866432
Visit this famous leafy gorge, the Island’s earliest attraction – much loved by poets, artists and writers. (…)
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The steep-sided winding path is a magical place, full of rare plants, woodland, wildlife and enchanting waterfalls. After dusk, during the main summer months, subtle illuminations create a different world. Continuing for 2013, the ‘Historic Jubilee Exhibition’, featuring Turner’s Isle of Wight Landscapes and the Discovery of Shanklin Chine. Follow JMW Turner’s journey around the island from his sketchbook of 1795. There are also scenic works of Victorian artist, Lefevre James Cranstone, in addition to vignettes of Queen Victoria’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees. Also here, you will see the PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) video and display, which shows how it carried petrol to the allied troops in Normandy in WWII. A memorial to 40 Royal Marine Commando, who trained here during the war in preparation for the Dieppe Raid of 1942, can be seen at the lower entrance. Take time to relax in the conservatory and tea room, leading to the gift shop. On the beach below, Fisherman’s Cottage, built by William Colenutt in 1817, offers a choice of excellent food and real ale, which can be enjoyed on the sun terrace.
Open 28 Mar – 3 Nov – daily, 10am-5pm; 24 May – 15 Sep, 10am-10pm. Illuminated after dusk (all times subject to weather conditions). Adults: £4; seniors: £3.50; children: £2.20 (5-14 yrs incl); 0-4 yrs: free; family tickets: £11 (2 adults, 2 children) or £12.50 (2 adults, 3 children); group rates 10+ (excluding schools & reduced tickets): 10% discount. Mobility impaired: £1.50 (due to restricted access). Dogs on leads welcome.
Ventnor Botanic Gardens
Ventnor (L7), PO38 1UL
Tel. 01983 855397
Set on a beautiful stretch of coastline, this is the UK’s only subtropical botanic garden. It lies in the remarkable (…)
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microclimate of the ‘Undercliff’, protected from cold northerly winds by chalk downs. Indeed, with an average rainfall of 28 inches, the climate here is more akin to the Mediterranean. The 22-acre garden includes rare plants from all over the world, including species that don’t grow anywhere else in the UK. The garden is divided into areas of the world, including Australia, South America, the Mediterranean, Japan and South Africa – there is also a cliff-top meadow overlooking a playground, a walled garden, a medical garden, a wonderful hydrangea dell and a Tropical House exhibition. The visitor centre houses exhibitions, a reference library, the delightful Plantation Room Café and gift shop and plant sales.
Open from 10am ‘til dusk all year round.