In 1963 half the Isle of Wight was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). In 1974 the North East coast of the Isle of Wight was recognised for its unspoilt natural beauty of soft cliffs, woodlands, farmland and creeks and was defined as the Hamstead Heritage Coast.
Wherever you go on the Isle of Wight you will see evidence of its fascinating past, which stretches all the way back to the time of the dinosaurs.
Visit Roman villas, medieval castles and historic houses which showcase much of the Island’s rich heritage, then discover historic landmarks such as the medieval St Catherine’s Oratory (also known as the “Pepperpot”) and the Megalithic Mottistone Longstone, as you explore the varied landscapes across the Island.
The Isle of Wight is fast becoming the foodie capital of the south coast and it is easy to see why!
As soon as you step off the Isle of Wight Ferry you will be spoiled for choice, with an abundance of afternoon tea rooms, country pubs, quality restaurants and beachside cafes. Whether you are looking for family friendly or gourmet dining, the Isle of Wight is truly unique in what it can offer.
The diversity of the landscape is reflected in the quality and choice of local produce on offer in many of the eateries or from local farmers markets.
For food lovers, garlic lovers and the curious, The Garlic Farm is a must- stop shop. The Garlic Farm's renowned shop and restaurant make for a unique and memorable visit. Learn about the history and origins of the farm in the Heritage centre. Taste the amazing range of garlic inspired products in the Taste Experience and enjoy exceptional gourmet food in our restaurant before picking up a few garlic goodies from the farm shop.