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A coastal village on the Isle of Wight’s easternmost point

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Bembridge windmill

Found on the Isle of Wight’s eastern coast, the village of Bembridge lies behind Culver Down, a striking chalk cliff rich in both plant life and wildlife.

Being at the island’s most easterly point, Bembridge offers some truly spectacular views over both the English Channel and the Solent. It’s also home to a small harbour, a great place to watch fishing boats and yachts come and go, as well as a popular base for water sports.

Bembridge's famous off-shore lifeboat station

Bembridge also boasts not one but three different beaches, meaning it’ll be hard to tear yourself away from the seaside once you’re here. The Ledge (Forelands Beach), Bembridge and Lane End are all stony and pebbly beaches and a great place to take in the panoramic views of the coastline and out to sea. The Ledge is only exposed at low tide, revealing a series of rockpools, while Lane End beach has an interesting feature in the form of its lifeboat station. Made from timber and standing offshore from the beach, it’s become one of the Isle of Wight’s most photographed structures, despite only having been built in 2010.

The Isle of Wight’s only remaining windmill can also be found in Bembridge, and is another of the island’s most iconic pieces of architecture. Built in around 1700, Bembridge Windmill is a Grade I-listed building and was fully operational until 1913. You can still see the original machinery inside, with tours here operated by the National Trust.

Another interesting historical site found near the village on Culver Down is Bembridge Fort. This now-derelict fort was built in the 1860s, and was in use until 1998, most recently as a factory site. Currently undergoing restoration to bring the site back to its original condition, tours of the fort can be arranged with the National Trust between April and October.

Being one of the UK’s largest villages, with a population of around 3700, Bembridge has plenty of places to shop and eat, mainly centred around the High Street and Lane End Parade. One of the most popular places to eat, just a short walk from the centre, is the Crab & Lobster Inn, overlooking the Bembridge Ledge. This eatery specialises in seafood as you would expect from a coastal pub restaurant, however, there is also a selection of pub classics on offer.

“Bembridge offers some truly spectacular views over both the English Channel and the Solent…”

Nearby, just up the coast from Bembridge, you will find the small village of St Helens, home to a pretty beach and the ruins of a church. It’s best-known for the vast village greens which act as the heart of the community. Seaview, a traditional Edwardian resort, is a little further away, with even more fantastic beaches to explore and a selection of boutique-style shops.

Take a look at our full range of Bembridge cottages for even more holiday inspiration and find your perfect place to stay on the Isle of Wight.

While you’re there

Bembridge Fort

Take a tour of this derelict Victorian fort, one of the island’s quirkier historical attractions

Lane End beach

A pretty pebble beach home to an iconic offshore lifeboat station

Bembridge Windmill

The only windmill still standing on the whole of the Isle of Wight, dating from circa 1700

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