Ventnor Botanic Garden lies at the heart of a remarkable micro-climate on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Protected by the chalk downs of the Ventnor Undercliff, VBG boasts an impressive collection of rare, subtropical and exotic plants and trees. Normally found in protected glasshouses, the plants at VBG thrive outdoors in geographical plantings based on the Mediterranean zones of the world. Visitors to the Garden can begin their day with a meander through the Med garden, then go down under in the Australian and New Zealand Gardens. In the afternoon, they can chill out with the Cacti and Agaves in the Arid Garden and then find some sun in the South African Terraces.
All ages and generations of the family can spend quality time together exploring and relaxing in the beauty and tranquillity of the Garden. With Guided Tours, led by VBG Volunteers departing daily (call ahead to check availability) a complimentary Children’s Trail worksheet and an outdoor playground, everyone can enjoy healthy, natural play in a safe environment. For the young and adventurous at heart, VBG has a lot more to offer and can be explored on foot, bicycle or scooter. Visit the Tropical House and be transported to the rainforest, take a walk along the secret tunnel to the sea or step off of the pathways to discover secret places and see the rare and exotic plants at their best.
Stop off at The Plantation Room Café or edulis restaurant to relax and refuel. Enjoy super fresh cuisine, from light snacks, lunches and afternoon tea, made from locally sourced produce and VBG home-grown fruit, vegetables and micro herbs.
In an elevated position, The Plantation Room Café overlooks the tropical gardens below and the outdoor Sun Terrace extends into the Herb and Medicinal Garden where the scent of lavender fills the air.
The Plantation Room serves home-made cakes, sweet treats and light lunches, with vegetarian, gluten free and diary free options. The menu changes daily but features produce grown in the garden and sourced locally. We serve a range of speciality, loose leaf teas. Ventnor Botanic Garden has also created its own blends featuring ingredients grown in the garden such as Eucalyptus and Pine.
The Café is the perfect place to drop in for an afternoon treat, meet with friends and family or relax and refresh after a wander around the gardens at any time of the year.
In the summer months, you sit outside on the extensive Sun Terrace and bask in the summer heat whilst sipping a crisp glass of chilled wine surveying the lush gardens below. Whilst in the winter months, you can settle into the comfortable sofas with a steaming hot barista coffee and immerse yourself into a reference book from the small collection housed in the Café.
Don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop to pick up a souvenir of the day or visit the Gallery to see art and exhibitions from local artists.
Events and activities take place at VBG throughout the year, check our website for details or join our mailing list, www.botanic.co.uk
- Free, onsite parking for all visitors
- All major credit cards accepted
- Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, child friendly and dairy free, take away options available in Café
- Outdoor seating and picnic areas
- Free wifi
- Wheelchair and pushchair accessible
- Wheelchairs available
- Disabled toilet facilities
- Outdoor Playground
- Annual Pass and Frequent Visit Tickets available
Adult: £9.50 (Gift Aid admission*)
Concessions: £8.50 (Gift Aid admission*) (65+, registered disabled or registered student)
Child: £5 (aged between 6-16 years) Children under 6: Free
Family saver: £20 (Gift Aid admission*) (2 adults, 2 children)
Plus, parking included for all Garden visitors and a return visit within the next 7 days.
* includes £1 donation to Ventnor Botanic Garden Friends’ Society – our partner Registered Charity No 1080835 who are able to claim Gift Aid on this amount.
We are a non-profit organisation; your admission fees help to keep the Garden open.
Island Residents… if you like to visit more often, there are a range of passes available, just ask!
Ventnor Botanic Garden is proud to announce that we now have our Botanic Original Ale on draft for you to enjoy from the pumps.
In 2009 Ventnor Botanic Garden resurrected the century’s old tradition of hop growing on the Isle of Wight, becoming the sole specialist grower of hops on the Island. Hops are ONLY truly ripe on a single day each year, so our Botanists keep an hourly vigil over the hop rows in late August. On the chosen day a call goes out to our Friends and Volunteers and a community harvest begins.
For a number of years we have been selling our family of beers made with handpicked hops grown at Ventnor Botanic Garden (BRITAIN’S HOTTEST GARDEN!). These beers consist of our famous Botanic Lager with a hint of Eucalyptus, our Original Botanic Ale and our Botanic Pale Ale, limited edition.
You may well have already tried these in our café or restaurant or if you have been to our Hops Festival held each September.
David Haynes operations manager says: “We are delighted that our Original Botanical Ale is now available in a selection of pubs to be enjoyed on draft, and it’s good to know that each pint you order helps with the running and development of the Garden. Ventnor Botanic Garden would like to thank the pubs, the volunteer hop pickers and Goddard’s for making this all possible”.
The Plantation Room Cafe is listed as one of 6 best Garden Tea Rooms in the U.K. by Daily Mail Weekend