Ventnor Heritage Centre

"To Collect, Record and preserve the rich heritage and history of Ventnor and surrounding villages, and share it with local and wider communities"

Local History Walks |

Local History Walks

Guided walks:

We provide occasional guided walks; details are given here when we have one planned.

Trails  to walk on your own:

‘Ventnor Town Trails’: a series of printed ‘Ventnor Town Trails’ are  available  in the Heritage Museum.

‘Ventnor Heritage Trail’: this is series of trail boards around the town, established by the Ventnor & Undercliff Heritage Partnership in 2016.  The first of the boards is located outside the Museum, and copies of the trail leaflet are available in the Museum, or can be downloaded here.

‘St Lawrence Village Trail’ and  ‘St Lawrence Coastal Trail’ (both produced by the Ventnor & Undercliff Heritage Partnership), and the ‘Ventnor Historic (Beer) Walk’ are specially written local history trails visitors can follow by themselves, to explore the fascinating history of our town. They are available to download from this page – click on the images below:

Ventnor Historic (Beer) Walk: An historic stroll through the social history of Ventnor in the early 19th Century (click image to download):

St Lawrence Coastal Trail : (click image to download):

St Lawrence Village Trail  (click image to download):

 

 

 


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

Exhibition: ‘Once upon a time there were trains’

Ventnor once had two railway stations. And for something like 100 years, trains were the primary means by which visitors arrived in the town. The main line came in via a long tunnel under St. Boniface Down. It linked the resort with Ryde and the towns along the east side of the Island. The second line came from Newport and Merstone, terminating at a station behind Steephill Castle. The photograph here is of a Beyer Peacock 2-4-0 tank loco on the turntable at Ventnor’s main station circa 1910.

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