We're starting to reopen some National Trust gardens and parks, as well as car parks, in line with government guidance. You will need to book your visit in advance. On the Isle of Wight, this week you can book visits to Mottistone Gardens and the Needles Old Battery. Scroll down to find out more about these places.
In their valley setting, the warm, sheltered gardens of Mottistone are packed with floral delights in summer. You’ll find brightly coloured borders, fragrant lavender and roses, and banks of wildflowers. The garden’s gentle incline offers incredible views out to the sea.
Come and explore the parade grounds of this atmospheric Victorian fort. Perched high on the cliffs, you’ll discover incredible views of the Island’s famous Needles lighthouse and rocks, and its dramatic coastline.
In summer, the Island’s downland, woods and heaths are full of wildlife. From Compton Bay, where wildflowers thrive, to Borthwood Copse, where butterflies dance in the dappled shade, look out for rare insects, visiting birds and colourful flowers.
Wake up with the birds and make the most of those extra hours of morning daylight. Whether it’s learning how to identify birdsong or watching how the golden hour transforms the appearance of your street, there’s plenty of reasons to fall in love with the morning again.