Godshill village is a very pretty and popular old village with a large amount of thatched houses and gift shops and plenty of parking.
From the Belmont, Godshill is approx 15min away by car and is serviced by the No 2 & 3 Bus Service.
There are quite a few gift shops to browse, many tea rooms with inside and outside seating, ice cream parlours, two pubs and a church up on the hill, and some splendid gardens to appreciate. There are a couple of restaurants of which one is reputedly haunted and The Model Village is a really good model village to visit and there is a small Toy Museum. Not forgetting Godshill's Cider Barn which sells very potent cider in various containers along with preserves, oils, jams, wines, mustards and the like.
The medieval All Saints Church (which gave the village its name!) overlooks the village from the hill and is a short but steep climb up either the steps or Church Hollow road. Legend has it that the building of a church was begun at the bottom of the hill but large stones kept disappearing overnight and reappearing at the site of the present church at the top of the hill. After two consecutive nights work was restarted but after the third removal of the stones it was assumed that God wanted the Church built on the hill and hence the name Godshill was formed.
The Model Village in Godshill is a 1/10th scale version of the village of Godshill and Shanklin Old Village and chine, two of the oldest tourist areas on the Isle of Wight. The houses are fantastic replicas of the real buildings, made with sand and cement so they weather as they age. They are thatched just like the real thing using authentic materials and methods.
There are two pubs in Godshill the first being the Griffin which is a large stone built village inn that dates back to the 17th century. It is a large feature in Godshill, firstly for its great home cooked pub food, and secondly for it's trademark griffin-shaped maze set in spectacular gardens. The Taverners is a real country pub that is popular with locals and tourists alike. Specialising in local game, fish and the more traditional dishes the Taverners offers something deliciously different. A large board shows what is in season around the year and the specials allow you to eat the freshest local foods. There is also The Essex Restaurant where you will always be greeted with a warm hello and offered a table to suit. It is indeed a family run restaurant which is evident from the relaxed atmosphere and fluid chat of the staff with customers. Twenty years of experience has allowed the owner, Teri, who is on site most days and nights, to deliver an experience which will not only fulfil your taste buds but will leave you planning your next visit before you’ve left the building.
Willow Tree Tea Gardens. Nestling in the beautiful and historic village of Godshill is the multi award winning Willow Tree Tea Gardens. Ian and Sue have carved out an oasis of calm, featuring a stunning renaissance garden with cascading waterfalls, hanging baskets, hand sculpted stone seats and tables. There is nowhere better to enjoy a glorious lunch, snack or Traditional Afternoon Tea.
Koko's Bear Shop is a small shop stuffed to the seams with hundreds of grizzly huggable bears! They all live happily together in their cosy home, where unsuspecting visitors will chance upon them. Those who know where to look will find this secret bear-lovers' paradise!
Chocolate Island is a small family-run business based in the village of Godshill. It includes a shop, a factory and a café. Established in 2008, all our amazing handmade creations are produced on the premises, using high-quality ingredients.
The Old Smithy & Gardens. Come and stroll through the beautiful gardens and browse the shops. Choose from a wide range of gifts from cards to collectable's, books, pictures, candles, pens, pottery, glassware and much more. The ideal place for thatunusual gift. Visit THE COTTAGE, a 17th century cottage with Herb Garden and STYLE INTERIORS for the latest in modern and reproduction home furnishings.
The Natural History Centre is housed in a delightful 17th century Squire's cottage. Opened by the BBC in 1965, the entrance to this exciting world has its own fish pond with Koi carp and display fountains.
The history of the village is tied up with Appuldurcombe House and The Worsley family featuring as the main house of the area in the nearby village of Wroxall.