Places to Visit


Brading Parish Church The Grade 1* listed St
Mary’s church attracts visitors from all over the world with parts of it dating back to the 12th century, an unusual 13th century tower that identifies the village from a distance and the
Oglander Chapel’s fine tombs and memorials of the Parish’s own aristocrats of its past. The members of the congregation have been actively fundraising since 2000 and have just celebrated the
completion of Phases I & II of restoration projects totalling nearly £500k. They also maintain very close links with the School: three of its Governors are Foundation Governors from the
Church; services for the School are held throughout the year and members are actively involved with it. The well appointed Church Hall is used by many local clubs and groups as well as supporting
the Church’s own community work.

St. Mary’s churchyard has been closely studied by a local ecologist and found to contain two species entirely unique to the site. An information board and pamphlet have been produced explaining about the flora of the site and visitors can also appreciate a number of interesting gravestones including that of ‘Little Jane’ (famous in Rev. Leigh Richmond’s Victorian classic ‘Annals of the Poor’).

Brading Roman Villa

Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Romano-British archaeological sites in the UK. Our award-winning Exhibition and Visitor Centre offers a unique insight into Roman life in
Britain, from our beautifully preserved mosaic floors to our extensive collection of Roman archaeology, including coins, pottery and tools. Whether you are a family looking for an enjoyable day
out or a group studying the Romans, Brading Roman Villa offers something for everyone with its stunning exhibition hall, café, shop and beautiful grounds.

Opening Times:

10am – 5pm throughout the year The Forum Café is open every day 10am to 4pm. Last admission one hour before closing. Please note that we are closed for a week over the Christmas period.
For more details visit Brading Roman Villa’s website:

Contact details:

Brading Roman Villa Morton Old Road, Brading, Isle of Wight, PO36 0EN Phone: 01983 406223 Email:

Station front with flowers

Brading Station Visitor Centre and Signal Box

Less than 1 hour from Portsmouth Ten minutes from Ryde or Shanklin Just off the A3055 Island highway
Open May to October, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. From 10 – 4
Phone (01983) 401222 or 401770 (the
Brading Centre)

  • A welcoming atmosphere
  • Restored railway buildings with Victorian ironwork, including fully restored 1864 Signal Box
  • A chance to browse – railway stuff galore!
  • A Railway Heritage Exhibition which varies
  • Railway books and catalogues
  • Tea, coffee, fruit juices and snacks
  • Tourist information and Isle of Wight books
  • A chance for exercise!
  • Leaflets to guide your roaming
  • First base on the Brading Heritage Trail
  • Start of the Wonderful Welly Walk via Brading Down to the Roman Villa
  • Meeting point for RSPB guided walks across
  • Brading Marshes wildlife reserve.

It’s a great little place for a railway enthusiast! Or, could you be intrigued by Brading’s historic urban and rural character? Why not take time out to see?



For information on Brading Station and the Signal Box;
visit the Station page.