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Welcome to Shanklin Chine

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.

Nature Hide

Visit the hide with live action from the squirrels' feeding station.

Evening Magic

The Chine is illuminated after dusk during the summer season.

Heritage Centre:

2014 Exhibition

The final year of Turner's Isle of Wight Landscapes and the Discovery of Shanklin Chine from his sketchbook of 1795. We also mark the 200th Anniversary of William Daniell's journey 'Voyage Round Great Britain' 1814-25. Daniell was one of the great aquatint artists.

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.

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.

Take time to relax in the conservatory and tea room and also visit the gift shop where you will find many interesting items for sale.

Fisherman's Cottage

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.