Godshill is one of the most photographed villages in England, and with its quaint thatched cottages, 15th century church, and High Street lined with traditional tearooms, it is the quintessential Isle of Wight village. Legend has it that the inhabitants of the village tried several times to build the church in a certain location, but each time, the stones for the church were mysteriously moved to their present location, high up on a hill. It was believed to be the will of God for the church to be built at the top of the hill, so that is where it was constructed and the name Godshill was derived. The famous medieval church now attracts over 100,000 visitors a year and is amongst the top 10 churches in the UK.
No stay on the Isle of Wight is complete without visiting the beautiful picture-postcard village of Godshill. There are several visitor attractions in this popular Island location, including a Model Village, Toy Museum, Art Gallery, Cider Barn and a number of gift shops including The Old Smithy and Christmas Cottage, all selling a wide selection of quality local produce. After exploring the village, there are two family-friendly pubs and several cafes and restaurants where a welcome drink or bite to eat can be enjoyed in relaxing surroundings. A large car and coach park can be found opposite The Griffin pub along the High Street.