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A pretty Roman East Coast town nestled into sloping hills

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View over Brading

One of the Isle of Wight’s oldest settlements and a few miles inland from the larger resort of Sandown, this sweet little seaside town has the feel of a large village.

Pretty sherbet-coloured houses and interesting architecture stand in the heart of the town, including the pretty 12th century Norman church of St. Mary’s which overlooks the exquisite little Town Hall. The church is unusual in that it is only one of four in Britain that has a tower built on four piers.

Coastal views from nearby Culver Down

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the award-winning Roman Villa Visitor Centre in Brading is a must-see while you are there. Offering an insight into the lives of the Romans, you can see fascinating relics from the Roman era including beautifully preserved mosaics. Don’t forget to pop into the on-site café and shop afterwards to stock up on your going home presents. It offers a meadow trail and garden which is lovely in sunny weather and it also shows some good films which is great for a relaxing evening.

Brading offers some of the most spectacular views on the island, stretching across Culver Down and Sandown Bay. Take the children and dogs to explore the lovely Brading Downs and walk through Brading Farm’s nature reserve – the marshes are a RSPB reserve and were the first on the Isle of Wight. You will be lucky enough to see buzzards, Cetti’s warblers and various other birds - on a clear day, you can also see Portsmouth Harbour in the distance. You will deserve a treat after all that walking so stop off at one of the most popular attractions in the area for a cream tea, the Brading Station Tearooms. This building is not only an operational station, it also has a little museum and has a signal box that you can tour, restored to how it would have been used during the steam era. It is also a tourist information point, perfect for planning the next day’s activity over your scones and clotted cream! The town also offers cafes and restaurants as well as some pubs for traditional fare.

"Pretty sherbet-coloured houses and interesting architecture stand in the heart of the town..."

A great way to visit the rest of the island, you can hop aboard a train from Brading and visit other coastal towns such as Shanklin and Sandown or the popular Ryde. You can’t beat just throwing a picnic together however - just jump in the car and explore the island at your own pace!

We have some lovely cottages in and around Brading. Why not visit our collection of Isle of Wight cottages to feel inspired?

While you’re there

Roman Villa Visitor Centre

Full of interesting artefacts from the Roman era

Nunwell House and Gardens

A historic country house, great for picnics and keen gardeners

Brading Station

A working railway station, it also has a museum and tearooms

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