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Bembidge Mill Isle of Wight


This picturesque 300 year old windmill, which is in the care of the National Trust, is one of the best loved landmarks on the Island and is industrial archaeology at its best! It has much of its original wooden machinery intact and visitors can explore the windmill’s four floors, touch the machinery and enjoy the views across the surrounding countryside. The windmill is also the start of the Culver Trail.


Mottistone Manor Garden Isle of WightMOTTISTONE MANOR GARDEN, Mottistone PO30 4ED

Mottistone Manor Garden, which is owned by the National Trust, is one of the most peaceful and magical gardens on the Island. Set in a sheltered valley with views to the sea, the gardens with their colourful borders, shrub-filled banks and grassy terraces surround an Elizabethan manor house (tenanted). There are also delightful walks onto Mottistone Down and to the Long Stone across the adjoining Mottistone estate.


Newtown Old Town Hall Isle of Wight


The small, now tranquil, village of Newtown once sent two members to Parliament and the Old Town Hall, which is now in the care of the National Trust, was the setting for often turbulent elections. This historic building contains much local history and regular art exhibitions are also held there. Footpaths lead to the adjacent estuary and nature reserve.


The Needles Old Battery Isle of Wight


This spectacularly sited cliff top fort which is in the care of the National Trust has the best views of the Needles Rocks and a fascinating military history brought to life in cartoons by comic book artist Geoff Campion. The New Battery contains an exhibition about the part the site played in Britain’s race for space.


Brighstone Shop Isle of Wight


The National Trust’s island shop adjoins the small Village Museum with its evocative tableau and exhibition about village life in Victorian times.

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