Appley Tower’s past revealed through volunteers’ restoration

By Press Release May 23, 2024

A team of volunteers has delved into the past of Appley Tower as part of the project to restore the much-loved landmark to its former glory. Their discoveries are being shared in a series of free exhibitions and have been included in a research report, written by Ken Dueck. The display may be seen at Brading Roman Villa until May 29 and then at Ryde Library from June 3 – 13.

Anyone with an interest in heritage, is invited to become a volunteer tour guide at Appley Tower.

Full training will be provided prior to the re-opening this summer. For more information, contact rachael.ardley@naturalenterprise.

Natural Enterprise chairman, Brian Friend, said: “Understanding how Appley Tower came to be built helps bring the building to life. It gives us a window into Ryde’s past and highlights the importance of looking after our local heritage.”

It is anticipated that the restorations will be complete by the end of July, when Monkton Arts will be opening an art gallery and offering free access to the top of the Tower. For more details about the project and to read the full research report visit

pic: Alan Rowe