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Shanklin Chine

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Address: Chine Hill, Shanklin PO37 6BW, England
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+44 1983 866432
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Shanklin Chine: Celebrating its Bicentenary year in 2017

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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.


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As always lovely

Been here many times before and its still lovely, very well kept clean and tidy. The cost to get in is quite expensive for what it is but never the less it's a must visit. Great... read more

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Been here many times before and its still lovely, very well kept clean and tidy. The cost to get in is quite expensive for what it is but never the less it's a must visit. Great place to take some amazing pictures so don't forget your camera. Good tip ask about discounts for students and Elderly it isn't mentioned but... More 

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Me and my partner were very hesitant about going here because of the steps but it wasn't as bad as we thought in fact it was amazing, breath taking views and waterfalls were amazing. So much to explore So glad we made it down there!!

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If you want to get back to nature this is the place to go, with waterfalls and foliage. Be warned however if you have limited mobility there are alot of steps and it is quite steep. Visited with elderly parents and dreaded the thought of walking back up to the entrance because of the climb / incline... Fortunately when we... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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It was impressive. The information guide needs a little updating but apart from that, a nice afternoon out.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a magical place small but very pretty.You feel that you have entered another world.It was quiet when I visited and peacefully waterfalls and lovely bridges and unusual plants.A nice way of accessing the promenade below or the fisherman's cottage pub on the beach.The lovely tea room in the chine served drinks and excellent cakes. This is great value... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The chine highlights natures beauty close to the coast and the contrast of nature. It has a small waterfall and seems that is what has given this place its unique identity. There is a tea room inside. As there is not much to do or see inside other than a short walk in what seems like Amazon jungle, I don't... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Lovely quiet place so peaceful great place to slowly wander. Amazing photo opportunities very romantic

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Yet again a visit to the chine was lovely, can't fault it. But you do need to go from the top to the bottom, not the other way round unless you like climbing steps!

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Lovely interesting walk through the chine. Our boys loved exploring. However, it is more suited to older children with an interest in nature

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Visited here a few times now also at night when it's luminated . A very peaceful place and really pretty is a little on the expensive for the amount of time it takes you to walk round but still worth a visit , do lovely cream teas too .

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