Brading can be found a few miles inland from Sandown, the town used to be a busy port and a walk along Quay Lane past the Norman Church will lead you down to the former harbour wall. The town is home to the award-winning Roman Villa Visitor Centre which features many rare and interesting artefacts found at the site and some of the most beautifully preserved mosaics in Europe. The site is one of the England’s best and provides a unique insight into Roman Britain
St Mary’s church dates back to twelfth century and it’s unusual tower built on 4 piers makes it one of only 4 examples in Britain, the tower itself contains eight bells in a ring with the oldest bell being from 1594 – the church Denomination is C.O.E
Brading Marshes is a RSPB’s reserve and was the 1st on the Isle of Wight. It is open all year and is free to enter, dogs are allowed on the public footpaths and owners are asked to makes sure they respect the area and clean up after their dogs. Star species of the marshes are buzzards, cetti’s warbler, lapwing, Wigeon and little erget and during the seasonal a host of other birds visit the area filling the air with birdsong. The reserve covers most of the valley of the lower River Yar and runs from the village of Brading all the way to Bembridge Harbour.
Train lovers must take a trip to the Brading Station Visitor Centre and Signal box which is open May to October.The centre’s tea room provides refreshments which include railway man’s lunches, cream teas, snacks and drinks to suit all tastes. Why not make a day of it and enjoy the Brading & Bembridge Marsh and Down Walk during your visit – see the Things to Do page for details.
Brading is full of interesting architecture with some lovely cottages and feature buildings throughout the town to view . Outside of the town you will find Nunwell House and Gardens which is both of historical interest and a popular visiting place for picnics and garden lovers.Brading has a few shops to explore including the large Oasis shop and cafe, a vineyard and pubs/restaurants.
Brading Tourist Information Point
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