Time Travel Ventnor

Stroll through the centuries and discover the story of Ventnor.

Our free heritage trail of Ventnor has a circular route, which can be joined at any point. Designed for families and with children in mind, our walking trail is also ideal for groups and school classes. Each of the heritage trail guide boards has a Time Travel Challenge… Can you beat the cheeky clock?

Discover the history of Ventnor, how it developed from a small fishing village to a Victorian holiday hotspot. Explore areas of outstanding natural beauty, that hold the secrets of Bronze Age burial mounds or seek out our diverse range of architecture from High Victorian construction to Art Deco buildings.

The nine boards guide you through a tour of our town, down to the coast of Ventnor and up to St. Boniface Down, the highest point on the Isle of Wight – rising to over 240 metres. From start to finish our heritage trail can be broken down into bite size quests, or you could make a day of it and complete the entire trail – don’t forget to pack refreshments and sun lotion.

However you decide to Time Travel Ventnor please leave your comments and… Good Luck!

This project was developed by The VUHP and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund via East Wight Landscape Partnership and Down to the Coast.

Time Travel Ventnor - A stroll through the centuries

Photo and other credits

We are grateful to the Ventnor Heritage Centre for the use of their archives. All images come from there unless stated below.

Graphics by Words&Stuff


  • Trail Board 1
    Hygeia Beer – Richard Downing
  • Trail Board 2
    Mill Bay Inn Sign – Richard Downing
  • Trail Board 3
    Hygeia Sign – Richard Downing
  • Trail Board 4
    Bath House – Robin McInnes
  • Trail Board 5
    Rex Cinema – Keith Terry
  • Trail Board 7
    Hospital Incinerator – Words&Stuff
  • Trail Board 8
    Train and Tunnel – Railway Magazine
  • Trail Board 9
    Bronze Age Burial Barrows – Alan Phillips
    Isle of Wight Rifles – Carisbrooke Castle Museum
    RAF Ventnor – Painting by John Finch – Photograph by Carolyn Finch
    St. Boniface – Cornelis Bloemaert c1630