Niton village has a proper centre, with a post office, pharmacy and general stores, along with a large bookshop that sells plants and household goods and an even an art gallery. It has two churches and two pubs and even has a small library in the old school house.
The post office has a café and pretty tea garden to the rear and just up the road from here is Niton Baptist Church. Confusingly the main church in the village is The Church of St John the Baptist dating from Norman times and it has a picturesque stone entrance on the main road, behind the White Lion pub which sits in the centre. There’s also a well-attended Methodist church on the road south to Newport.
There are two parts to Niton as a road that crosses the inland cliff leads half a mile southwards to Niton Undercliff. The 16th century former smuggling pub, The Buddle Inn, is the focal point with views over the sea. Lovely walks lead from here, including one to St Catherine’s Lighthouse that is often open to visitors, especially in the summer.
Marconi used Knowles Farm next to the lighthouse as a location for radio experiments when he lived here in the late 1890s and early 1900s, and a farm cottage here can be rented for holidays through the National Trust.
The main road from Niton led to Ventnor but has been shut since a landslide in 2014, although there are hopes that it will reopen soon.