Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Experience the Isle of Wight’s incredible microclimate first hand with a startling subtropical and exotic plant collection at Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

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The gardens are steeped in history, occupying the space once used by a Royal National Hospital. Many of the features from the hospital’s days are still visible, most notably a long underground tunnel that runs out to the cliff-edge, which was originally used for rubbish disposal.

The beautiful gardens contain many awe-inspiring plants such as giant ferns and water lilies, and are arranged into various themed plant collections from around the world, ensuring colour for visitors who come at any time of the year.

The striking visitor centre is packed with information telling the history of the site and the gardens, and the Plantation Room Café and Edulis Restaurant offer a fantastic range of cuisines, both with great views across the gardens.

Throughout the year there are regular exhibitions of art and unique plants, while their other events, particularly the Hops Festival in October, are well worth checking out.

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