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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

Came upon this when walking through Shanklin village and were pleasantly surprised how interesting it was. If you're in the area don't miss it

Thank Felicity90
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Not for the mobility impared this is a natural garden spread across many levels accessed by steps. This is best enjoyed at a slow pace as its quite a small attraction but very relaxing. It has a tea room with reasonable prices and clean loos....More

Thank rogerp761
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely historic chine. Pretty at all times of day one price for dual visit. Lovely afternoon tea spot. A few rescued tropical birds WW2 PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) in situ and museum video, very interesting

Thank Jenny W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A hidden gem and an amazing place. A must not miss when you visit Shanklin. Full of wonderful woodland and waterfalls.

Thank Christine M
Reviewed 3 days ago

We didn't know what to expect on entering the chine, but once inside it was awesome. It was natural beauty illuminated .The waterfalls and plant life were fantastic.We entered at the top as was suggested by the local people,and I understand why. There are quite...More

Thank allan c
Reviewed 3 days ago

Having been to the Isle of Wight many times it was high time we crossed this off the list....we opted for an evening visit to see the place illuminated and were not disappointed. A really nice way to spend an evening with special views and...More

Thank nick_white
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Such a gorgeous place, perfectly maintained and always a joy to visit. Really pretty at night too and well worth a visit.

Thank teddycat179
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lovely little walk, a tearoom and a couple of tiny craft shops but not good value for money at £4.50 each.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 days ago

Mum and I have always wanted to Visit Shanklin Chine so we planned this visit and enjoyed every minute of it. What a wonderful spiritual feel it had and loved all the surroundings with all the delights of its natural beauty. The ladies and Gentleman...More

Thank worldwidetraveller64
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited as a group and had a lovely introductory talk by the owner, charting the Chine's history from ancient time, through WWII and the Pluto project, to the present day. Then we were off, along the pathways that run down each side of the...More

Thank Pinkertonx
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Branko V
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Response from hunchris | Reviewed this property |
Certainly no torch needed
Mavis L
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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.