The town many years ago formed a major port on the Isle of Wight, before the area was fully reclaimed in the late 19th Century, and there are still many signs of its previous history visible today.
Much of the interesting architecture through the heart of the town is original, with some beautiful cottages and buildings on show.
Many of the things to do in Brading are related to the town’s rich history and past.
Explore the pretty Norman church of St Mary’s, to the rear of which stands the charming Old Town Hall.
In the grounds outside the new town hall there is an iron bullring that was historically used to secure a bull whilst it was rather gruesomely baited by dogs as part of a traditional celebration.
On the outskirts of the town the Brading Roman Villa offers good insight into some of the many relics that have been found from the Roman period in the area, and the Villa site sits within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The restored railway station buildings and signal box at Brading Station are also well worth a visit, as their shop and tearoom also houses the Brading Tourist Information Point.
The Brading Downs provide some of the most spectacular views across the Isle of Wight looking out across Culver Down and Sandown Bay, making the area very popular for walking and exploring.
There are a number of traditional pubs and great places to eat in and around Brading which highly regarded for their great food.
Elsewhere around the town there are other places to eat with a choice of restaurants, cafes and tearooms for snacks and refreshments.
Catch the train to head south towards Sandown, Lake and Shanklin or north towards Ryde.
Regular bus services link Brading directly with Ryde, Newport, Sandown Shanklin and Ventnor.