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.
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 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.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.