Gatcombe - ISLE OF WIGHT

What's around Gatcombe?


Gatcombe is a village and civil parish that is geographically right in the centre of the Isle of Wight, making it equidistant to everything that the island has to offer. Only 4 kilometres away from the county town of Newport, which is one of the most highly populated areas of the island, Gatcombe may be quite quiet but it is picturesque and close by to thriving towns, so there is always plenty to do.

St. Olave’s Church is a historical and stunning church in the village which was bestowed in 1292, and features stained glass windows by famous designer William Morris, which date from the mid-19th century. The church was originally built as a chapel to Gatcombe House for the Estur family.

Gatcombe House is a striking manor house in Gatcombe, and the original building is even noted in the Domesday Book! The present building is nestled between enchanting forestry and is made of stone. Having been erected in 1750, it makes a fascinating visit if in the area of Gatcombe, or if you have rented a self-catering holiday cottage nearby and want to explore your surroundings.

Places to visit near Gatcombe


As Gatcombe is extremely near to Newport, it is very easy to take a day trip or two there. There is so much to do in Newport, as it is highly populated, and you will be spoilt for choice with an array of cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops to sample. One fun thing to do for those with an interest in all things nautical is to take a trip to the Classic Boat Museum. With artefacts, photography exhibitions, films and classic wooden boats on display, it is an educational and exciting place to explore.

Another thing to see in Newport is the Museum of Island History. This museum is great for anyone who wants to learn more about the Isle of Wight’s fascinating history, which dates back to prehistoric times, with the age of the dinosaurs. It is extremely interesting and if you feel like you don’t know much about the Isle of Wight, or if you know a little but want to know more, then this is the place to come!

Gatcombe is pretty, tranquil and steeped in history, as well as being located in a great area. It is the perfect spot for people who enjoy a country break and yet within a short drive for beaches and the coastal path.

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