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Shanklin Chine

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Chine Hill, Shanklin PO37 6BW, England
+44 1983 866432
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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. 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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Chine Hill, Shanklin PO37 6BW, England
+44 1983 866432
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Reviewed yesterday

This was such a wonderful find. It's the most beautiful place to visit and I would certainly recommend it if you are in Shanklin! Put it on your list!

Thank Rochelle T
Reviewed yesterday

The entrance price of £4 is a bit steep for what is a relatively short walk from one end of the chine to the other. While the walk is pleasant enough I think it is over priced for what it is. There are a lot...More

Thank nrybicki-jones
Reviewed 2 days ago

Finally got to visit the Chine, it was very tranquil to meander through, beautifully kept and amazing views over the coast. Great little tea shop

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went at night not expecting to much but this place is magical, took some stunning photos, well worth the visit if you come to the island.

Thank steve b
Reviewed 2 days ago

Peaceful and relaxing place. You can find a part of P.L.U.T.O. at the end of the walk from a top entrance. Not for babies or kids!

Thank Jack D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice gentle walks up and around the wooded gardens of the Chine... these are illuminated from the evening til close at 10pm and include the changing colour waterfall and many other delightfully lit features as well as the lights for the pathways...quite magical especially for...More

Thank cliverdee
Reviewed 3 days ago

Made the effort to get to Shanklin Chine but it was closed. I really don't know why they couldn't have put a sign up in the nearby car park telling us, we would have saved the parking fee and gone elsewhere. What a disappointment.

Thank John S
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were staying in Shanklin and with limited time to spare decided to visit the Chine before returning to Yarmouth for our ferry home. It is a really beautiful area and quite some time can be spent wandering round the lovely cool levels, taking in...More

Thank Lindyloo5200
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wonderfull place to visit lots of wilkinson and makes you feel relax great view out to sea will visit again soon

Thank Philipwoolley17
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Shanklin Chine is a beautiful gem located in Shanklin. It's advisable to go at night when it's lit up. A unique experience. Great cafe.

Thank Adam G
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Branko V
10 July 2017|
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Response from val192017 | Reviewed this property |
No torch needed well lit up to see everything .
Mavis L
30 March 2017|
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Response from matney1974 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about the dog question but definitely no good for scooters
Martin J
13 February 2017|
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Response from Darren W | Reviewed this property |
I'm a visitor myself not staff.