Ventnor basics
  • Population 6,300
  • Established in Victorian days
  • The stylish Isle of Wight resort
  • Undergoing significant regeneration
  • Unique micro-climate

Ventnor is a charming Victorian coastal town at the south of the Isle of Wight protected by St. Boniface Down - the highest point on the island. This creates a micro-climate which encourages lush vegetation and varied wildlife and some of the UK's sunniest summers and mildest winters.

Ventnor bay image
Ventnor Bay
Ventnor Cascade
Ventnor Cascade

Bermuda House and Bayview are situated just above the centre of the Esplanade, Beach View Apartment is above the west of the Esplanade and Gills Cliff House is further west looking over Ventnor Park. The western esplanade has a part sand, part fine shingle beach, good for sunbathing and swimming with nearby pubs, cafés, amusements and paddling pool. The eastern promenade leads to Bonchurch, the Island's best preserved Victorian village much favoured by prominent Victorian literati. Charles Dickens wrote part of David Copperfield whilst staying at Bonchurch which he described as "The prettiest place I ever saw in my life, at home or abroad".

Shopping includes traditional butchers and delicatessen, greengrocers, a traditional haberdashery shop, handmade jewellery, hardware, toys, chemists, Post Office and a number of collectibles and antique shops, as well as a reasonable size Cooperative supermarket, Spar supermarket and Tesco Express. There are three free cash dispensers in the town.

In Victorian times Ventnor became a fashionable holiday and health resort. Sir James Clark, Queen Victoria's doctor, endorsed the health-giving properties of Ventnor's climate."Nothing along the south coast will bear comparison with it" he enthused. The town is currently reinventing itself as a stylish destination with new residential development, luxury hotels, wine bars, a piano bar and a new harbour. It was recently listed as the 7th best coastal town in Britain in Coast magazine, and was described by BBC Radio Solent as the new Notting Hill.

Bermuda House, Beach View Apartment and Bayview look out over the blue flag beach and new harbour, Ventnor Haven, which is for smaller craft and where fresh fish and seafood are landed and available daily. Crab and lobster are particularly recommended.

Things to do, places to go in Ventnor

Eating and Drinking

Ventnor is rapidly becoming a food destination of the island with a wide variety of places to eat and drink at a range of prices. Here is a small selection, all within walking distance of Bermuda House, Beach View Apartment, Gills Cliff House, High Street Suites 3 and Bayview: