Royal National Hospital for Diseases of the Chest opens

Chest hospital opens | 1868 | Period: Victorian

The hospital was built in 1868 and demolished in 1969. A three-light stained glass window from its chapel was taken to the church at St Lawrence in 1974. It was made by the Pre-Raphaelite firm Morris & Co., and dates from 1874.

The grounds and site of the hospital are now occupied by the Ventnor Botanic Garden which originally opened in 1972. The 22 acre garden lies at the heart of a remarkable microclimate and has an impressive collection of rare and exotic plants. Normally found in protected glasshouses, the plants thrive outdoors in geographical plantings based on subtropical zones around the world.

Admission tickets to Ventnor Botanic Gardens are available from the Ships Stores onboard or when making a ferry booking online.