Brading is located on the East side of the Isle of Wight a few miles from Ryde, and is one of the Island’s oldest towns.
The town many years ago formed a major port on the Isle of Wight, before the area was fully reclaimed in the late 19th Century, and there are still many signs of its previous history visible today.
Much of the interesting architecture through the heart of the town is original, with some beautiful cottages and buildings on show.
Many of the things to do in Brading are related to the town’s rich history and past.
Explore the pretty Norman church of St Mary’s, to the rear of which stands the charming Old Town Hall.
In the grounds outside the new town hall there is an iron bullring that was historically used to secure a bull whilst it was rather gruesomely baited by dogs as part of a traditional celebration.
On the outskirts of the town the Brading Roman Villa offers good insight into some of the many relics that have been found from the Roman period in the area, and the Villa site sits within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The restored railway station buildings and signal box at Brading Station are also well worth a visit, as their shop and tearoom also houses the Brading tourist information point.
The Brading Downs provide some of the most spectacular views across the Isle of Wight looking out across Culver Down and Sandown Bay, making the area very popular for walking and exploring.
Places to eat in Brading
You'll find a great variety of places to eat in Brading and the surrounding areas. See the list below for a list of yummy food locations, from pubs to cafes and restaurants to takeaways - there are plenty of places to visit for refreshments and a bite to eat!
If you’re staying in or visiting Brading, you’ll want to fill up again after a long day - and Brading has plenty of opportunities to refuel. The town is served by the Island Line railway, with direct connections to Wightlink - allowing for quick access to Brading for a day out and a great excuse to visit this beautiful town to dine out.
Brading is a former sea-port, with boats once making their way to what is now a popular restaurant in Brading – The Bugle Inn. The reclamation of the land was completed more than 120 years ago - leading to Brading being the town it is now. Those who chose to eat at the Bugle Inn have the chance to enjoy wholesome and traditional home cooked foods - which also includes locally sourced produce. The inn is also dog friendly and welcome those who wish to dine at the inn alongside their furry friend - perfect after a day spent walking across the countryside nearby.
Also situated in the centre of Brading is Kynges Well Pub - which offers a great choice of pub food suited to all ages and tastes. Kynges Well is also a great place to sample great local guest ales available on tap, which go perfectly with the homemade meals and must be sampled on a trip to the pub. The food will tickle any taste buds and they also cater for those who need a gluten free diet, or for those who are vegetarian, with meals making up part of a substantial menu.
If you’re looking for something a little different and have an interest in history, you could also visit the cafe at Brading Roman Villa. You’ll be able to enjoy a selection of delicious home cooked cakes, freshly filled baguettes and even sample some of the highly rated locally produced cider. There is also plenty for children to enjoy - with a Wicked Roman lunch bag on offer for those who want something a little different for the young ones.
Getting Around Brading
Catch the train to head south towards Sandown, Lake and Shanklin or north towards Ryde. Regular bus services link Brading directly with Ryde, Newport, Sandown Shanklin and Ventnor.