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Ventnor as a Health Resort (includes Ventnor Botanic Garden)
Ventnor was built specifically as a place for the Victorians to escape to from London and elsewhere to recover primarily from tuberculosis, caused by breathing in the smog and general squalor. Ventnor is the Island’s hilliest area and boasts spectacular views. In Victorian times it was known as ‘England’s Madeira’ Enjoying as it does an amazing micro-climate, Ventnor was and is the perfect spot to breathe in pure fresh air, enjoy wonderful sunshine and eat wholesome food. Its glorious micro-climate explains why such amazing rare and subtropical plants abound. This walk guides you through the ‘history of health’ –finishing up in the car park of Ventnor Botanic Garden, allowing you the opportunity to pay a visit (chargeable) if you wish. This is the site of what eventually became ‘The Royal National Hospital for Diseases of the Chest’ in Victorian times. Discover the part that Queen Victoria’s physician played in the tale, plus how Karl Marx benefitted from his winters in Ventnor.