Welcome to Shanklin Chine
2015: Opening 1st April
Enjoy the unique tranquillity of Shanklin Chine, the Isle of Wight's oldest tourist attraction, which first opened in 1817. This famous leafy gorge is much loved by poets, artists and writers. The winding woodland, with its steep sides is a magical place for rare plants, wildlife and enchanting waterfalls.
Visit the hide with live action from the squirrels' feeding station.
The Chine is illuminated after dusk during the summer season.
Owing to the severe flood damage during 2014, our two main exhibitions were cancelled. 2015 will now be the final year of Turner’s Isle of Wight Landscapes and the Discovery of Shanklin Chine. The other postponed exhibition will be commemorating the 200th of William Daniell’s, ‘Voyage Round Great Britain, 1814-1825. William Daniell was the Master of Aquatint.
There is also a permanent display to PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean). The video and display show the fascinating story of how the pipeline carried petrol to the Allied troops in Normandy. New material has been added for this year including a new storyboard commemorating the End of World War II – Victory ’45.
At the Chine's lower entrance is the memorial to 40 Royal Marine Commando who trained here during the war in preparation for the Dieppe raid of 1942. New this year is the story behind the Dieppe Raid and the part played by 40 RMC.
The Association's final Service of Remembrance was held in April 2012, with the Standard laid up in the Heritage Centre alongside the history of the Association.
Tea Room and Gift Shop.
On the beach below the Chine is Fisherman's Cottage, built by William Colenutt in 1817. Enjoy a choice of excellent food and real ale on the sun terrace.
Fisherman's Cottage open now for the season - Matt & Callum look forward to greeting you all.
Telephone 01983 863882