Destination guide

Discover the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor

A traditional seaside town that still boasts beautifully preserved Victorian architecture, Ventnor sits at the heart of the southern coast of the Isle of Wight. The charming town is built on a steep slope that leads down to the wide sand and shingle beach. Many Ventnor holiday rentals are found along the promenade, allowing you to enjoy relaxing days right by the coast. Cafes and fish and chip shops line the seafront, together with souvenir shops selling buckets and spades for a traditionally British feel. Visit Victorian stately homes and botanical gardens or enjoy the family-friendly attractions nearby.

Things to do

Enjoy Ventnor's family-friendly attractions

Ventnor is full of activities to keep the whole troop entertained, and it's no surprise that Ventnor holiday rentals are popular with families. The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is popular with all ages. It often houses up to 100 donkeys, horses and ponies, who roam freely across over its 60 acres of countryside. Get up close to these gentle animals and learn more about the different species at the sanctuary. Blackgang Chine is the UK's oldest theme park, offering a great family day out with its dinosaurs, fairy-tale and wild west themed areas. With fun rollercoasters, animatronic dinosaurs and lots of space to play, it's bound to be a highlight of your child's holiday.


See rare flower species in Ventnor

Ventnor Botanical Garden was developed in the 1970s on the site of a sanatorium dating back to Victorian times. It offers a horticultural feast with 1000s of rare and exotic flowers on display. The area's microclimate allows palm trees and colourful florals to thrive, while inside the greenhouse there are large cacti and succulents from around the world. Kids will love the lizard trail and dinosaur plant safari, which is full of fun facts about these creatures, while the secret garden trail takes you to peaceful corners of the garden that are full of butterflies. The gardens reach as far as the coast, where a pathway along the rocky shore allows you to enjoy the unspoilt beach.


Mild, sunny microclimate on Ventnor

Ventnor enjoys a microclimate that means it has milder weather than the rest of the Isle of Wight. July and August are the sunniest, driest months, with temperatures often staying in the low 20s during the long sunny days. Spring has mild weather, making it a great time to explore, although it's worth lining up some indoor activities in case of rain. Autumn is also mild, with the occasional storm, and as the weather goes into winter it rarely drops to freezing.

Natural features

Explore the sandy beaches overlooking Ventnor Bay

Ventnor slopes down towards the sea, leading down to a long stretch of sand and fine shingle beach with clear seas. This allows many Ventnor holiday rentals to enjoy sweeping sea views, and on clear days you can see across the English Channel. Ventnor Downs sit high above the town, with rolling green hills covered in wildflowers and long grasses. The walk up from town is hilly and challenging, but you'll spot interesting sights such as old Cold War ammunition stores, and you'll be treated to great coastal views at the peak.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Ventnor

The nearest airport is in Southampton (SOU), located 25.5 mi (41 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), which is 30.2 mi (48.6 km) away.

How many holiday rentals are available around Ventnor?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,178 holiday lettings around Ventnor. From 163 flats & apartments to 654 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Ventnor?

Crystal clear waters, smooth sands and spectacular sunsets as your canvas. If this sounds like your own personal heaven, now's your opportunity to truly bliss out. There are 366 beachside holiday homes to choose from. Alternatively, you may be searching for a different sort of setting. HomeAway has a wide range of rental options to choose from, including:

  • 290 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 193 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 187 rural holiday accommodation options.

Can I stay in Ventnor in a large group?

The recipe for an unforgettable holiday is relaxing with your friends and loved ones in a fantastic new place. If you'll be visiting with a large group, HomeAway can help out. Presently, cottage holiday rentals are preferred for big groups of visitors here, and you'll find 133 featured on our database. Properties around here that can cater for large groups include:

  • Are you on the hunt for properties that can fit 6 holiday makers? We have 324 that will suit. Prices begin from just £58 per night.
  • If you have 8 in your family, you'll be pleased to discover that there are 134 rental accommodation suitable. You can get one for as little as £93 per night.
  • Trying to find places for rent suitable for 5 people? You'll be happy to learn we have 85 that will fit the bill. You can secure one from just £60 a night.

You and all your besties will be more than satisfied when you book your Ventnor holiday through us!