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, between Friday 24 May to Sunday 15 September 2013.
New for 2013 - Coastal Educational Display
Historic Jubilee Exhibition continues
The Heritage Centre presents Turner's Isle of Wight Landscapes and the Discovery of Shanklin Chine from his sketchbook of 1795. We also include scenic works of Victorian artist, Lefevre James Cranstone, in addition to vignettes of Queen Victoria’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees.
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.
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. The Association’s final Service of Remembrance was held in April 2012, with the Standard laid up in the Heritage Centre, together with the history of the Association.
Tea Room and Gift Shop.
On the beach below is Fisherman’s Cottage, built by William Colenutt in 1817. Enjoy a choice of excellent food and real ale on the sun terrace.