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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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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 1,081 holiday lettings around Ventnor. From 149 flats & apartments to 632 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.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Ventnor?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Ventnor:

  • Southsea: 136 holiday homes
  • Gunwharf Quays: 56 holiday homes
  • Buckland: 15 holiday homes
  • Portsmouth City Centre: 91 holiday homes
  • Old Portsmouth: 58 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Ventnor?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Ventnor. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • St. Catherine's Lighthouse: 1,509 holiday lettings
  • Isle of Wight Owl and Falconry Centre: 1,585 holiday lettings
  • Ventnor Botanic Garden: 1,489 holiday lettings
  • Godshill Model Village: 1,617 holiday lettings
  • Ventnor Beach: 1,496 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Ventnor listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Ventnor?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 149 Flats in Ventnor. Our other popular types of Ventnor holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 632 self catering accommodations
  • Chalets: 57 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 177 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Ventnor?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 157 holiday homes with pool available in Ventnor. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.