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What to see

Dimbola Lodge was the home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. For 15 years between 1860 to 1875, Dimbola was Julia’s home and workplace. It is now a Museum and Gallery preserved by the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust and open to the public. Dedicated to her life and work, inside the house preserved features include Gothic carvings, William Morris wallpaper, her original design stairway, Victorian glass and a re-creation of her bedroom.

Dimbola also showcases contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe.

Freshwater Bay Golf Club has one of the most spectacular courses in the UK. Set on the downlands overlooking the English Channel, this seaside links style golf course is 5,725 yards long, par 69 which provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities.

Visitors are most welcome and rates are very reasonable. Freshwater Bay is an ideal venue for society and corporate golf days and the club believe their friendly hospitality will add to the enjoyment of your game, creating a memorable day for all visitors.

St Agnes’ Thatched Church dates from 1908 and is the only thatched church on the Isle of Wight. Located right at the end of Guyers road, where The Bay is situated.

Hallam Tennyson, son of the Victorian poet laureate who lived at nearby Farringford, donated land for this new church in Freshwater Bay. Hallam's wife Audrey suggested that the church be named for St. Agnes and it was consecrated on 12 August 1908. It is the only thatched church on the Isle of Wight.

Tennyson Down

One of the most popular places to walk on the Island. Running from Freshwater Bay to the Needles Headland, the area is known for inspiring Tennyson (hence its name). With breathtaking views across the island and to the Needles rocks, many describe it as a highlight of any trip to the Isle of Wight.

Enjoy one of the best picnic spots in Britain as you gaze over white chalk cliffs - just wrap up warm if you're visiting in the winter.

Where to eat - our picks

Piano Cafe - Gate Lane, Freshwater Bay

The Piano Cafe and Mezze Bar is just a short stroll The Bay Bed and Breakfast and Freshwater Bay itself, located opposite the famous thatched church of St.Agnes. Serving quality house blend Batista made coffee 'Piano, Piano', loose leaf teas, wine, beer, home made cakes, nibbles and delicious sharing mezze boards and homemade specials. All food is lovingly made with the freshest ingredients and we use local produce where possible. With live music at least once a week (Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening) and Piano most Sunday lunchtimes. Just like The Bay, The Piano Cafe is cyclist friendly with rails outiside and also offer Free Wi-Fi.

Wightwood Pizza - Freshwater sea front

A Fantastic addition to the seafront at Freshwater Bay and found at other venues around the island throughout the summer months including the nearby West Bay Club in Norton, Yarmouth; Wightwood pizzas are handmade using the best ingredients, locally sourced where possible, for quality and flavour. Cooked to perfection in just 90 seconds in our traditional woodfired clay oven. Fantastic on a summer’s day or in the evening sitting on the seafront watching a beautiful sunset. To find out when the distinctive van is due to be visiting, check their Facebook page

Jaffran - School Green Road, Freshwater

Freshwater’s only Indian curry house is a hit with locals and visitors alike. With trip advisor reviewers describing it as a ‘hidden gem’ with ‘first class food’ and ‘having best tasting curries’. Although described as looking like a ‘transport cafe’ from the exterior, do not let that put you off enjoying a fantastic Indian meal in the heart of Freshwater. For a fantastic value feast, check out their Wednesday banquet night. You can also take your own drinks.

The Red Lion Church Place, Freshwater

A traditional country pub in a quiet location in Freshwater; the bar is comfortably furnished and you won’t be deafened by music and the log fire burns peacefully throughout the winter.

The Isle of Wight countryside around the pub is amongst the finest in the country and is a haven for walkers, golfers and those who like to take a step back in time.

The Red Lion is the ideal venue for a traditional ale, a glass of wine or a meal from our blackboard menu which changes daily. Open open 11:00 to 23:00 Monday to Saturday, and 11:00 to 22:30 Sundays. Food is served 12:00 to 2:30 and 18:00 to 21:00 daily.

The Vine - School Green Road, Freshwater

Set just a few minutes away from the sea front, The Vine is the perfect spot to find rest, refreshment and refuge from the sea breeze following a bracing walk. Dishes are lovingly home-made, using lots of local Isle of Wight ingredients – even the meat  is sourced from farms just a few miles away.

Their ‘sizzlers’ are popular, so too their burgers with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, too. On the bar, London Pride, Seafarers and a seasonal ale available at all times, along with a good selection of beers, wines and spirits.

Other local eateries and take-aways:

The Freshwater Coffee House School Green Road, Freshwater

Julia's tea room at Dimbola Lodge Terrace Lane, Freshwater

Jill’s Kitchen - Avenue Road, Freshwater

Rainbows Fish and Chips Avenue Road, Freshwater

The Sugar Loaf - Avenue Road, Freshwater

Double Dragon Tennyson Road, Freshwater

‘The Bay’ boutique bed and breakfast accommodation is found in a quiet road just over five minutes walk from Freshwater Bay.

Located in West Wight, Freshwater Bay is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. With fantastic walks offering breathtaking views from Tennyson Down and the Needles lighthouse at Alum Bay nearby, it is a beautiful base to explore West Wight and other areas of the Isle of Wight too.

The beach is covered in a mixture of grey flint and chalk pebbles with some sandy areas to sit at the eastern side of the bay.

The Bay Boutique Bed and Breakfast, Holme, Guyers Road, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, PO40 9QA