Shanklin Chine

Shanklin Chine: Hours, Address, Shanklin Chine Reviews: 4/5

Shanklin Chine
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10:00 - 22:00
Monday
10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 22:00
Thursday
10:00 - 22:00
Friday
10:00 - 22:00
Saturday
10:00 - 22:00
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
About
Shanklin Chine: Celebrating its Bicentenary year in 2017 Shanklin Chine marks a truly special milestone this year’s as it celebrates its 200th Anniversary as a visitor attraction. The gates to this historic gorge first opened back in 1817, making it the longest established attraction on Isle of Wight, enticing many millions of visitors to wander through and marvel at its natural beauty over a double century of seasonal openings. There are few locations on the Isle of Wight, let alone England, that can boast such a tranquil and picturesque location for visitors to enjoy. The stunning tree lined Chine cuts its way from Shanklin Old Village to the sandy beach and Esplanade far below and has always been a magnet for renowned artists, photographers and those seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of modern age. Shanklin Chine boasts many famous visitors who have stopped to paint, draw and write about the natural beauty it beholds. From author Jane Austen to romanticist landscape painter J.M.W Turner, all have been attracted by the timeless and magical beauty captured in this remarkable gorge, with its waterfall, shear chasm-like sides decked in lush vegetation and towering trees. A brand-new exhibition in 2017 will tell the fascinating story of the Chine’s two-hundred-year history and features sections on the flora and fauna of this officially classified site of important nature conservation. This is accompanied by a limited edition new book written especially for the Bicentenary. Visitors can enjoy the splendour of Shanklin Chine by day...then wonder at its mystical beauty on summer nights during the Chine Lumiere, when hundreds of lights illuminate the narrow paths, streams and waterfalls held within. The Lumiere begins on 26th May, with an increased run of 10pm closings until the last day of September…the longest period of illuminated openings in its history. Then, following a short period of closure for maintenance, the Chine reopens between 21st and 29th October, again featuring the Lumiere evenings, with closing times at 8pm. During evening openings, the attraction offers a day and evening return ticket which allows for two visits within a seven-day period at very little extra cost to just one single visit. Shanklin Chine has a well-stocked gift shop and popular Victorian style tea room, with a newly extended tea garden for 2017. Taking a cream tea at the attraction is definitely one of the highlights to any visit, with a special 200th Birthday high afternoon tea available to pre-book this year (details to be found on the website). There is also a full menu of light lunches and meals prepared to order by the tea room team. The attraction also features a special monument to the crack 40 Royal Marine Commando who trained in the Chine in preparation for the Dieppe landings on D-Day in World War II. Visitors can also learn about the role of Shanklin Chine during this period- in particular the part played by the Marine Commandos' and the famous PLUTO (Pipeline Under The Ocean) which carried petrol to the Allied troops in France. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a leisurely stroll through Shanklin Chine...a wondrous secret discovered and loved by so many people during its historical reign as the Island’s most original of tourist attractions. With entrances at both the Old Village and Esplanade ends, it makes the perfect scenic cut through between Shanklin’s busiest locations that no visitor should miss. PLEASE NOTE THE ATTRACTION IS OPEN SEASONALLY BETWEEN APRIL AND OCTOBER. CHECK WEBSITE FOR OCTOBER CLOSURES FOR MAINTENANCE AND FOR EXTENDED EVENING SUMMER OPENINGS UNTIL 10PM FROM JUNE TO END OF SEPTEMBER.
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Nick W
Dorset, UK4 contributions
Great walk up or down the Chine.
Oct 2021
Excellent cafe at the bottom. Great viewing points. Feels tropical in parts. Ticket allows access for a full week.
Written 16 October 2021
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Scottington
England, UK203 contributions
Twinkling Trail!
Sep 2021
We visited the Chine while spending the day in Shanklin, although upon buying our ticket we decided to come back later as it hadn't gone dark yet and wouldn't have gotten the full affect of the illuminations.
Once it had gone dark we started the trail and were really impressed with all the lighting along the way!
The coastal viewpoint was beautiful and it felt like we were walking through an enchanted forest from a Disney movie!
The trail isn't very long but we enjoyed it none the less!
Written 14 October 2021
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David B
Warwick, UK35 contributions
Disappointed on this occasion.
Sep 2021
We have been to isle of wight on many occasions and have visited shanklin chine several times. It has always been a beautiful and magical thing to see (especially at night!). Unfortunately, on this visit it was badly overgrown and the walkways were in need of repair. We went at night and a lot of the lights were not working which , I think, made it dangerous. I can only assume this is the result of the covid lockdowns etc? I hope the owners remedy these shortcomings soon as , when it is running correctly it really is one of the best attractions on the island.
Written 3 October 2021
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Phil B
Walsall, UK7 contributions
Lovely slow paced piece of isle of white
Oct 2021 • Couples
Really lovely place to take your time walking around taking in all the wildness and wonderful work that been put in to keep the history alive of the chine, used in the world wars it's a brilliant piece of history, to boot an unlimited 7 day entry means we've been back a few time for an amazing cream tea and a relaxing evening walk, I'd advise coming in the twilight evening to really see the lights bring this chine to life
Written 1 October 2021
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Sue A
Cheam, UK4 contributions
Expecting a day out?
Sep 2021 • Couples
Slightly disappointed. Took longer to pass through the entrance giving name, postcode, email address and paying, than it did to walk the Chine. History interesting but ten minutes max from entrance to exit.
Written 30 September 2021
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grahamandjeanny
Hampshire, UK17 contributions
A rip off
Sep 2021
It's a moderately pleasant way to spend 10 minutes walking but not worth the extortionate entry price which I think was £6.50.

Many of the exhibits were empty, and its all a bit 'tacky' with all the coloured lights.

I think the entry is valid for 7 days but one visit is enough, but not worth what it costs.
Written 30 September 2021
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Joanne W
3 contributions
Rip off !
Sep 2021 • Friends
Terrible place ! It took us 5 minutes to walk it and got charged £7 an adult . Litter everywhere, not well kept at all !
Don’t waste your time or money ! Total rip off !
The Avairy is very bad ! Considering these are rare exotic birds living in such a place is concerning.
We left here feeling quite upset and ripped off .
Written 30 September 2021
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EssexLizzie
Essex75 contributions
Peaceful beauty spot
Sep 2021
The Chine is a very peaceful place with the sound of the water running down the rocks, plenty of lush vegetation and ferns. There is a stream running through and some interesting information to read along the way. Unfortunately the Aviary is closed but you can still get a peak at the birds. A pleasant way to spend and hour on your way to the beach.
Written 29 September 2021
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Richard H
Wolverhampton22 contributions
Share the pleasures of the Victorian era.
Sep 2021
A delightful way to fill a a spare hour and experience the things that gave tourists pleasure all those years ago. You feel you are in some long secret grotto with the walls and floor of the chine covered in green ferns and plants.
Written 28 September 2021
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Rosie
Nottingham, UK43 contributions
Run down rip off
Sep 2021 • Couples
The worst 'attraction' I have ever seen in any country. 1 star seems generous, the only redeeming feature was the genuinely lovely lady on the gate so she is awarded the singular star for the whole review.
I am truly gobsmacked at having paid over £7 per person ! If it was free I would still be shocked it is classed as a tourist attraction. There are a few parrots at the entrance although the aviary is being refurbished.. not sure why there's big green tarpaulin up across the whole frontage blocking what little view they have, they shouldn't be in there its awful.
There's a viewing point at one end although the view is obstructed by weeds, the pub directly below pumps out greasy chip fryer fumes from the kitchens so you can't stand there for long anyway. Near here are information history boards although its more of a ramshackle bus shelter with a few well weathered and damaged posters. The main feature of the waterfall is frankly laughable, I've seen bigger down pours from a gutter. The paths are in poor condition & the whole place looks totally run down - there's a difference between keeping a place natural & wild and it being an overgrown run down mess. They claim they have installed lights although these are pretty much the the 99p budget solar garden lights at random intervals (no joke). The whole walk to each end took about 10 minutes.
They do free returns once you've bought your ticket although the only way I'd go back is to get a refund. Heed the reviews, do not waste your money.
Written 27 September 2021
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