Ventnor Botanical Gardens
Protected from the wind by the chalk downs, it's a great place to learn more about plants. Don't miss the herb, palm and rock gardens.
What makes it special
- Britain’s hottest garden!
- Over 30,000 rare and sub-tropical plants and trees
- 22 acres of gardens
Open daily from 10.00am with last admissions at 4.00pm
Adult (from 17 years): £9.50* at the gate. Pay online £8.50*
Child (aged between 6-16 years): £6 at the gate. Pay online £5
Young Child (5 and under): Free
Family Ticket (based on 2 adults, 3 children): £25* at the gate. Pay online £24*
Student ticket (Proof of eligibility must be provided. NUS and University cards only): £7.50
Carers ticket (with a paying disabled guest): Free
*Includes £1 donation to the Ventnor Botanic Garden Friends’ Society
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