In the popular beach resort of Sandown stands Battery Gardens; originally a World War II defence to protect from invasion, the fortifications still exist and have been transformed into a peaceful garden. There’s fantastic views across the English Channel. The gardens have toilet facilities and a small children’s playground.
Over half of the Isle of Wight is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) so the many miles of coastal path, bridleways and cycle tracks are superb for those looking for a more adventurous holiday. There are plenty of locations to explore the local flora & fauna, as well as well maintained nature reserves, perfect for spotting many varieties of birds and other wildlife.
A trip to Ventnor Botanic Garden will delight and surprise as you take in the unique species growing thanks to the special microclimate on the Isle of Wight. Newtown Nature Reserve was once the Island’s capital town and port. Now one of the most superb nature reserves in the south, many species have been spotted here, including Cormorant, Egrets and Grey Heron. Become a friend of Newtown Nature Reserve to be able to use the hide all year round.