The Isle of Wight is recognised for its beautiful countryside and quintessentially English rolling landscape, and for the past century it has been lovingly named the 'Garden Isle'. Thanks to its warmer-than-average weather (which last year earned it the title ‘sunniest place in the UK!’), the Island has the perfect temperature and humidity to host a range of exotic plants that wouldn’t survive in the rest of the UK.
Explore the Garden Isle for yourself – take a walk through vast landscape gardens produced by the world-famous Capability Brown or relax in colourful, tropical paradises to the south of the Island. Being outdoors and at one with nature is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend your time on the Isle of Wight, so breathe in the fresh air and find your pure Island happiness!
There are so many ways to explore the Garden Isle. Hop on a bus (try open top in the summer) and easily make your way from town to town, or why not get on your bike and make use of our network of cycle paths. As well as being the ‘Garden Isle’, the Isle of Wight is also known as ‘Bicycle Island’ and boasts a wide range of cycle tracks suitable for all levels of cyclists, from those looking for a gently meandering route through the countryside, to cycling enthusiasts looking to ride over steep chalky cliffs and put those thigh muscles to the test! Viewing the Island from two wheels is a great way to see the best of its beautiful countryside. Ride through our quaint, picturesque villages and make a pit stop at one of our friendly local cafes for afternoon tea.
You’ll find a huge range of gardens on your travels around the Island, from vast landscapes such as Appuldurcombe and Osborne to perfect English country gardens. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see a list of some of the great gardens that you can visit on the Isle of Wight.
2015 saw the return of the Wight In Bloom competition (sponsored by Red Funnel) which celebrates stunningly well kept gardens across the Isle of Wight. Over 100 gardens were entered into the competition, creating an amazing showcase of the Garden Isle. The awards ceremony was hosted at the wonderful Ventnor Botanic Garden and presented by Wight in Bloom's Patron, Alan Titchmarsh MBE. Listed below are some of the winners of Wight in Bloom that are open to the public to visit!
The event is returning this year, so time your visit with the competition to catch the Island's gardens looking at their very best! More details will be released as they are confirmed.
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The Havelock, set in mature gardens, offers excellent facilities, value for money and personal service.
Step into Queen Victoria’s favourite country home and experience a world unchanged since the country's longest reigning monarch died here just over 100 years ago.
Botanic Garden with Cafe, Restaurant, Rooms available for hire (meetings, conferences, classes and workshops),heritage centre and available daily tours.
This beautiful Model Village is set in nearly two acres of gorgeous landscaped gardens, a real retro find. A quintessentially English visitor attraction! Something for the gardeners and dreamers amongst us.
Pubs don’t get a more traditional setting, at the heart of an ancient village, nestled in the lee of the downs at Arreton. Beautifully decorated in original village memorabilia, the Dairyman’s Daughter has a lovely outdoor courtyard.
Mottistone Gardens, which is in the care of the National Trust, is one of the most peaceful and magical gardens on the Island with colourful borders, shrub filled banks and grassy terraces which surround an Elizabethan manor house (tenanted).
Traditional and enchanting Vernon Cottage in Old Shanklin Village is one of the loveliest fresh food destinations on the Island, renowned for its fabulous homemade food – delicious meat, fish and vegetarian dishes using fresh local seasonal produce.
Few hotels on the Isle of Wight enjoy a finer shoreline setting or more stunning views across the Solent than Bembridge Coast Hotel.
Old smuggler's cliff top pub and restaurant with fine views. Noted for real ales, extensive menu including homemade dishes and seafood specialties.
1st Place Wight in Bloom 2015 – Best Public House Garden
Best Pub on The Island 2015 –...
WIGHT IN BLOOM 2015 AWARD - 1ST PLACE (BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION GARDEN - SMALL).
Rylstone Tea Rooms is situated within Rylstone Gardens which provides the most tranquil and beautiful spot to sit and soak up the sunshine.
Look out for the...
The Heatherleigh is an attractive Victorian building with a well maintained but small garden area at the font and side. Within easy walking distance is the 'Old Village' and Shanklin's main streets and shops.
WIGHT IN BLOOM 2015 AWARD - HIGHLY COMMENDED (BEST COMMUNITY FLORAL PROJECT).
Visit the site to view the war memorial and the gardens located in the village of Bembridge. The War Memorial Gardens is located at the junction of the High Street and...
WIGHT IN BLOOM 2015 AWARD - 2ND PLACE (BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION GARDEN - SMALL).
* Large gift shop.
* Style homes and interiors.
* Coffee shop.
* Delicious homemade cakes.
* Landscaped gardens.
* Herb cottage &...