Take a tour of our fascinating town, stopping off at nine historic hotspots
along the way. You’ll find an information board at each of the numbered locations with fun challenges for children.
People have been coming to Ventnor for centuries to explore our very special town and experience the health benefits of the famously therapeutic air. Visitors used to arrive via steam train or horse-drawn carriage – now you can get here by car, bus, bike or a spectacular walk along the coast or Downs.
The Hot Spots to Discover
- SPRING HILL Outside the Ventnor Heritage Museum Find out about the Island’s royal prisoner… and our local beer.
- WINTER GARDENS Pier Street, at the top of the Cascade Dance back in time to the 1930s.
- VENTNOR HAVEN In front of the water pumping station The lost pier and the town’s goddess of health.
- ESPLANADE On the railings to the East of the Spyglass Inn From smugglers to bracing sea water baths.
- BELGRAVE ROAD On the railings at the junction with Church Street The art deco cinema and our famous microclimate.
- STEEPHILL By the bus stop on Park Avenue, near Ventnor Park The forgotten castle and award-winning park.
- BOTANIC GARDEN By the wall at the garden entrance The site of a vast hospital for TB, the Victorian killer.
- INDUSTRIAL ESTATE Ocean View Road opposite the Industrial Estate Travel back in time to the golden age of steam.
- VENTNOR DOWNS Opposite the former radar station A secret bunker, magic well and ancient cemetery
Car: Direct the SatNav to PO38 1PE – you can park at Central Car Park (charges apply). The Time Travel Trail
starts outside Ventnor Heritage Centre (1 minute away).
Bus: No 3 runs from Newport Bus Station to Ryde via Godshill, Ventnor, Shanklin, Sandown and Brading.
No 6 runs from Newport Bus Station to Ventnor via Chillerton, Chale, Blackgang Chine, Niton and Whitwell.
Bike: Ventnor is on the Round the Island Cycle Route and close to the Red Squirrel Trail (exit at Wroxall).