Heritage Centre

Heritage Centre

The Victorian Chine Lodge is built on the site of one of the oldest houses in Shanklin. At one time it was a guest house, very popular with newlyweds and for many years was known as Honeymoon Cottage. For a while it served as the first school in Shanklin for the fishermen’s children.

Recently an elegant conservatory has been built which allows Chine Lodge to house the Heritage Centre, tea garden and gift shop.

‘History of the Chine’ Exhibition

Exhibited articles illustrate the story of the formation of the Chine, the development of Shanklin as a seaside resort and the life and times of the inhabitants during Queen Victoria’s reign. The local fishing industry, smuggling, the coming of the railway, the building of the pier and the development of Shanklin as a spa town are all displayed in often unique archive material.

William Daniell – 2016 exhibition

In 2014 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of William Daniell’s “Voyage Round Great Britain,” 1814-25 we were able to display some of his famous work. One of the greatest aquatint artists, we are pleased to be showing twelve of his Isle of Wight pictures, including Shanklin Chine, two of which have recently been discovered.


bg_rightNav_heritageThere is a permanent display about PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean); combined with a 10 minute video the display tells the fascinating story of how the pipeline carried petrol to the Allied troops in Normandy. This year there is a special story board commemorating the end of World War II – Victory ‘45

We sell two special books; PLUTO, now in its fourth reprint and the fascinating life story of ex-commando Jock Farmer – Jock of 40 Royal Marine Commando: My Life from Start to Finish.

Click here to buy the PLUTO book
Click here to buy Jock’s book

NEW: Enjoy a day & evening visit with our new return tickets in Lumiere season. Return visit valid within 7 days.