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Adgestone Vineyard

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Go underground into one of the oldest commercial wine cellars in England. Enjoy the free-ranging chickens and treasure hunt. A 1-hour audio guide tour of the 10-acre site will leave you amazed at the process involved in turning a small plant into an award-winning wine.

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Alum Bay

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Alum Bay is the location of a classic sequence of upper Paleocene and Eocene beds of soft sands and clays. The strata in the main section of the bay are near vertical and the sands are coloured due to oxidised iron compounds formed under different conditions. A stunning view of the Needles rock formation is available from Alum Bay, along with optional boat trips from the pier.

Such is the variety of colour in the sands that they were used in Victorian times for marmotinto, a popular artform.

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Chines of the Isle of Wight

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A chine is a steep-sided river valley through soft eroding coastal cliffs of sandstone or clay. Fascinating folklore is attached to chines which have been linked to smuggling and shipwrecks.

The Island is home to 20 chines, many accessible, offering great opportunities for study.

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Dinosaur Isle

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A purpose-built interactive dinosaur museum which properly displays and conserves the rich geological fossil collections and dinosaur related artefacts primarily discovered around the Isle of Wight, one of Europe's richest dinosaur localities.

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St Lawrence Undercliff

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The largest urban landslide complex in northern Europe, The Undercliff stretches from Niton to Bonchurch and its sheltered south facing location gives rise to a microclimate considerably warmer than elsewhere on the Island.

Still prone to landslips and subsidence this is an ideal location to study coastal erosion.

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Ventnor Botanic Garden

One of the great gardens of Britain, basking in a subtropical microclimate typically 5 degrees warmer than anywhere else in the UK.

Visitors can expect a Mediterranean-style climate with lots of unprotected sub tropical plants growing outdoors, shown in representations of the world's geographical regions. Look out for the wall lizards!

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