St Mildred

This site has been a place of worship since 1854, and was frequented by Queen Victoria when in residence on the Isle of Wight, the very fabric of our church is rich in royal history and heritage.

Whippingham, Isle of Wight

Opening times

Our church is open for visitors from Monday to Thursday between 10am and 4pm from March until the end of October, including Bank Holidays. Come and experience the wonder of our Victorian architecture on a free guided tour, before joining us in the coffee shop.
We have ample parking in the Orchard, so coach parties are most welcome.


Beatrice Avenue
Isle of Wight
PO32 6LW

Whippingham is one of a tiny band of small village churches which have become closely linked with neighbouring Royal residences and therefore have a very great many beautiful, interesting and historical features.

St Mildred's on the Isle of Wight is surely an outstanding example of this little group, as a visitor will soon appreciate. It becomes quickly apparent what personal attention and indeed loving care it has received from Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort and so many other members of the Royal Family, from its very design and building to the many beautiful features and memorials within it. Within the church the Battenberg Chapel has very close family associations, my father having been Prince Louis Francis of Battenberg from birth till aged 17 when the Royal Family names were changed in 1917 and my father became Lord Louis Mountbatten. The chapel contains memorials to him and his elder brother George 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven, and his two older sisters, Princess Alice (mother of Prince Philip) and Queen Louise of Sweden. 

There is a permanent exhibition of Royal and local memorabilia in the Church and Church Centre. This includes: a replica of Princess Beatrice's wedding dress, royal photographs, pictures and historical details of many local landmarks and pictures and architect's drawings of the three churches which have existed on this site.

It is said that Queen Victoria abandoned worshipping in the church in 1880 because of gawking tourists, in favour of a private chapel at Osborne House.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • Café within 500m

  • Café in church

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

  • Cornerstone Grant, £40,000, 2008

  • Our Cornerstone Grants fund urgent repairs and essential community facilities such as toilets and kitchens to help keep churches open.

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Holy Trinity

Cowes, Isle of Wight

Holy Trinity, Cowes is the Yachtsman's Church, built in 1832 on the Cowes foreshore the building forms an elegant backdrop to the Castle home of the Royal Yacht Squadron and is plainly visible from the sea.