Places to visit near Brading - ISLE OF WIGHT



Brading is an ancient civil parish on the eastern side of the Isle of Wight. It has a rich Roman history as an important island port which was active up until the 16th century. The early history of the town dates back around 2,000 years, with a Roman Villa just south of the town with relics and artefacts from this period on display.

Mosiac floor in the Roman Villa Brading

As well as its plentiful history, Brading has spectacular landscapes to explore and ramble through, with the southern half of the town being awarded an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Brading Down is a beautiful area of open chalk hills and an excellent viewpoint for looking at other close by areas in the Isle of Wight including Sandown Bay and Culver Down, and is also an area of archaeological importance with, as well as Roman relics, prehistoric remains and trenches from the First World War.

For bird lovers, the Brading Marshes Nature Reserve, the only Royal Society for the Protection of Birds on the island, is situated close to Brading and Bembridge Harbour, and features an exciting mix of ancient and enchanting forestry, stunning meadows, green lagoons and wetlands. Birds such as heron and tufted duck can be seen in this area as visitors stroll through the web of trails starting from Brading Town, and if you are visiting or staying in this gorgeous area, is definitely a must-see.



Stunning views at Brading Down

Do stop and spend a little while at Brading Down if travelling from Arreton or Downend to the town of Brading. The elevated position affords superb views down to the coast, to Sandown and Yaverland. The long car park extends for a considerable distance and there are always cars parked with visitors enjoying the panoramic views or picnics during their holiday.

The area is rich in wildflowers; a short walk will reveal a variety of species. There are plenty of birds on the idland to satisfy the most ardent twitchers. Cross country walks lead through beautiful countryside. The Isle of Wight is a walker's and cyclists paradise, so many quiet lanes and way-marked trails.



sandown pier isle of wightWith four pubs and an array of independent shops, Brading is a wonderful place to rent a cottage in, if visiting the Isle of Wight on holiday. There is plenty to do and see in the town, including the Lilliput Doll and Toy Museum, featuring over two thousand toy exhibits dating back thousands of years. If you are bringing your children with you, or you just happen to be a big lover of antiques and toys, be sure to visit their large collection of rocking horses, toy trains and dolls houses.

If wanting to visit the beach, then the lovely seaside resort of Sandown is very close by to Brading and is definitely worth visiting. With plenty of tea rooms, restaurants and pubs, you will be spoilt for choice of places to eat. Other attractions in Sandown include the Isle of Wight zoo with big cats such as tigers, and Sandown Pier with arcade games and play areas for children.

The northern end of Sandown's long stretch of sandy beach runs into Yaverland which has a Blue Flag beach and is a good spot for a family seaside holiday.

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