If you love gardening and visiting established gardens then Mottistone Gardens, with their semi tropical planting, are a must see on your holiday itinerary.

Are you thinking of visiting all the National Trust sites on the Island during your stay? The National Trust Isle of Wight Explorer Pass could be just what you're looking for!

This unique pass offers a minimum of 25% discount on the combined gate prices and covers entry and car parking across all National Trust sites on the Island for up to seven days so visit as many times as you like.

To choose the Explorer Pass click the 'Buy Explorer Pass tickets' tab below. Please bear in mind that Bembridge Windmill is only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Set in a sheltered valley these magical gardens are full of surprises, with shrub-filled banks, hidden pathways and colourful herbaceous borders.

Created from an abandoned farmyard and surrounding an attractive Elizabethan manor house, these 20th-century gardens are experimenting with a Mediterranean-style planting scheme to take advantage of the warm, southerly location. Here the tall leaves of exotic plants fill the borders whilst a young olive grove is establishing itself on the high banks.

From late spring to early autumn, the borders burst with bright reds, purples and oranges and a small organic kitchen garden is stocked with seasonal fruit and veg

Next to the tea garden (which serves freshly made dishes) you’ll find the old architects office, known as ‘The Shack’. A semi retreat for its designers the architects Seely and Paget, the hard wood-clad interior in its 1930s splendour is just as it would have been then, and is dressed to give the illusion that the two gentlemen have just stepped out.


  • open daily until 30 October

Opening times

  •  opens daily 10:30- 17:00 (or dusk whichever is soonest) until 30 October 

Last admission

  • 30 minutes before closing time, it will close at dusk if this is earlier


  • free large car park


  • mobility spaces in the car park, drop off facility at the front gate
  • grounds are partly accessible
  • dogs are welcome


  • children under 5 years old are free of charge
  • kids can find the hidden flowerpot people trail within the garden 
  • make exciting discoveries in the garden trail
  • kids can play hide and seek in the shrub-filled banks in the wild wooded area at the top of the garden
  • baby changing facilities

Tea Garden

  • serving light snacks, cakes and hot and cold drinks throughout the day until 16:30


  • souvenirs and ice creams available in the visitor reception
  • second hand bookshop in the manor house
  • plant sales in the courtyard


We hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to tweet a pic
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Getting to Mottistone is easy from Southampton with Red Funnel.

By car - catch the hourly vehicle ferry service from Southampton to East Cowes, the journey will take 55-60 minutes. Upon arrival, head south on Dover Rd following the A3021 and A3054 to Betty Haunt Lane, Calbourne Road, The Middle Road/B3401, continue to B3399 (Postcode PO30 4EA). The journey will take about 32 minutes.

On foot - catch the Red Jet to West Cowes from Terminal 2 in Southampton, On arrival in West Cowes, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses from West Cowes to Newport (service 1). Change at the bus station in Newport for service 12 to Mottistone. Taxis are also available outside the East & West Cowes terminals. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from either terminal if you tell them your arrival time.

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Mottistone Gardens admission tickets

  • Beautiful magical gardens
  • Visit the young olive grove and small organic kitchen garden
  • Free entry for National Trust members

Please select an approximate date of visit below

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National Trust Isle of Wight Explorer tickets

  • Visit all National Trust sites as often as you like over a 7 consecutive day period
  • Includes any car parking charges at the sites
  • Save on combined gate prices

Please select an approximate date of visit below and bear in mind that Bembridge Windmill is open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday only

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