Bembridge Windmill (Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/98894117%40N00/1269867155)

Bembridge Windmill

Bembridge is on the eastern most point of the Isle of Wight and has a picturesque natural harbour and the last windmill on the Island which was built in 1700. Attractions include an RNLI station open to visitors for tours in the summer months. Walkers simply love the nearby Culver Cliffs which offer some of the best views of the island or you can enjoy the five mile walk to Sandown via Bembridge Down. Bembridge is a popular base for fishing and sailing and the Bembridge Ledges are a hotspot for rock pooling at low tide.

Bembridge Lifeboat Station (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pictographic/10125368706/in/photolist-gqKamw-gqKpkv-34qUZY-34qUzq-9ULrNB-9UPim3-9ULrft-9UPiFy-----p4LPNW-pjeKLq-p4MpYh-p4LQRX-pmh4J2-p4LFTr-pkZMHc-p4LJ1c-pkZwR8-gL5oFJ-oP8aN4-pMEjCT-pvs7Rd-oR3vMW-pvs9hE-oR3urj-pvsJwk-pvuR9Y-oR3vBW-pvpsj8-8EujSH-gqKgcQ-gqKq4N-6F4Jny-5YaYpJ-gqK1n8-gqKqXS-gqJEjb-gqJGd1-gqJFiA-6F4JM9-8unpeM-8rH2sV-ohYKan-ohYUtx-6gg1Dc-6gg264-6gkbXs)

Bembridge Lifeboat Station

Things to Do

Bembridge is a large harbour village and the natural harbour makes it a popular sailing centre. It has grown since the 1800s when it was connected to the rest of the island by an embankment. There is a good choice of shops, pubs, restaurants and art galleries flanking the harbour and around the village centre. Bembridge is also a popular place to fish, especially off St Helens North Quay. Charter boat hire for sea fishing boat trips are widely available around the harbour.

The Bembridge coast has a series of sandy and shingle beaches. Bembridge Ledges is particularly popular but still a quiet beach to visit as at low tide the rock ledges are exposed revealing rock pools - fantastic for exploring marine wildlife. A beach cafe and pub make welcome refreshment stops along Bembridge Ledges. Toilets and a car park are also available. The ledges have been the scene of many a grounding so the RNLI have a lifeboat station at Bembridge. It's quite a landmark with the boat house being situated at the end of a long jetty. Bembridge Lifeboat station is open to visitors and there's a shop where you can buy RNLI souvenirs that help support the excellent rescue work the local volunteers carry out.

Bembridge Airport

Bembridge is also the location of the Isle of Wight's only airfield and hard surfaced runway. It's open to private planes and the public seven days a week. An Aeroclub cafe-bar is onsite and WiFi is available.

Bembridge Windmill - National Trust

The only remaining windmill on the Isle of Wight is located at Bembridge. It's just outside the village centre and there's free parking in a lay-by near the windmill. It was built around 1700 and it is amazingly intact, with original machinery still in place. The Bembridge Trail from Newport to Bembridge takes in the Downland and passes the windmill near the end of the trail.

Where to Stay

The Bembridge area has a good choice of holiday cottages, most of which are family friendly. The smaller neighbouring town of St Helens is a popular spot for camping and static caravan parks and there is a good choice of family holiday parks here with outdoor swimming pools and play areas. Larger four bedroom cottages are a great base for groups if for example you're on a cycling or walking holiday. Browse and compare prices for accommodation in Bembridge and St Helens and find your perfect place to stay.

Accommodation in Bembridge

  • St Helens   (1.1 miles from the centre of Bembridge)
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    £229
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    Isle of Wight holiday park with direct beach access onto St Helen's Beach. Onsite indoor pool, playground, restaurant, bar and entertainment. Caravans, glamping and camping.
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  • Bembridge   (0.9 miles from the centre of Bembridge)
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    Quiet bed and breakfast on the east coast of the Isle of Wight. Pet friendly. Close to a dog friendly beach. Private garden. Free Wi-Fi and parking. Guest room with a sea view.
     
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  • Sandown   (2.5 miles from the centre of Bembridge)
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    £296
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    Sleeping four people in two bedrooms, this mews cottage is in Brading, on the Isle of Wight.
     
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  • Sandown   (2.5 miles from the centre of Bembridge)
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    £307
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    Sleeping five people in two bedrooms, this mews cottage is in Brading, on the Isle of Wight.
     
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  • St Helens   (1.1 miles from the centre of Bembridge)
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    £272
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    This former fisherman’s cottage is located in the village of St Helens on the Isle of Wight, sleeping 4 people in 2 bedrooms.
     
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  • Bembridge   (1.2 miles from the centre of Bembridge)
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    £141
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    Family friendly holiday park on the Isle of Wight ideal for fun filled holidays to Bembridge. Book online with Hoseasons for great special offers & deals
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  • Bembridge   (0.1 miles from the centre of Bembridge)
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    £314
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    This delightful semi-detached holiday cottage offers comfortable and well presented accommodation, with its own enclosed lawned rear garden. It is conveniently located only 100 ...
     
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  • Sandown   (2.0 miles from the centre of Bembridge)
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    £199
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    Enjoying glorious views over the rolling countryside, Moles Leap is a self contained annexe with entrance porch, and forms part of the owner’s home. Situated back from the road ...
     
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