Shanklin Beach
Shanklin Beach
4.5
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Clock Tower Beach can be found next to the clock tower that was dedicated in 1897 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. On this beautiful clean stretch of sandy beach you can hire clean modern sunbeds deckchairs windbreakers & parasols or try our water sports which include SUP kayaks pedalos. Toilets are close by and two of Shanklin’s fine pubs are situated across the road for food & drinks
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • JoJo101583
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Such a lovely beach we spent nearly the whole day here, my daughter did sandcastles with moats and my partner went kayaking which he absolutely enjoyed and I went souvenir (and rock) shopping along the way. Was amazing day out! Great memories! We also loved the golf courses too!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Hannah B
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing sandy safe bech
    WOW, what an amazing beach!! It was lovely and sandy and safe the kids to play in as nice and flat. My daughter made me buy a body board and her and my son had an amazing afternoon playing in the sea on it. The area was lovely and clean and the seaside shops were perfect, not to many. We took the lift up to old Shanklin and had a wander around the shops and then came back down for fish n chips by the seafront which were delicious. Highly recommend Shanklin beach
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • cutiepie19
    Manchester, United Kingdom288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seaside splendour
    Walked down to Shanklin beach most days whilst on holiday. Great views, entertainment, cafes, restaurants and bars. Lots going on for families. Definitely more family based than couple. Lots to do.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Wendy S
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely stunning beach
    The sandy beach is absolutely spotless, the water clean, the views lovely and we had a great day chilling. Plenty of options for places to get snacks, drinks and treats, if required . We walked along the beach towards the cliffs and found the crowds thinned out a lot. Had a wonderful day that didn't cost the earth!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 August 2023
  • JudeKC2017
    Surrey, United Kingdom12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kite Flying Fun!
    Windy days = Kite flying fun! Sandy beach with some pebbles. Parking was an issue when we turned up one arvo, but getting there in the morning we found parking easy. Very popular beach - if you want a quieter time, go elsewhere!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 25 August 2023
  • linthers
    Uckfield, United Kingdom154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach
    Lovely clean sandy beach with plenty of parking nearby. Six hours in the car par costs £8.30 but there is on road parking also. Plenty of nice eateries nearby.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • sueFarnborough
    80 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Chine is lovely. Beware - you need to pay for town & beach toilets
    The Chine is worth visiting, but with steps and steep slopes. There is also a cafe & small museum. Beware that you have to pay cash for use of the public toilets by the main car park in the town. Who carries cash these days?
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • BossGirlPepper
    Oxford, United Kingdom2,382 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely scenery
    We have always loved Shanklin beach for dog walks as you can walk for miles and there are plenty of pubs/cafes nearby. A bit annoyed at the prices to park this year, I’m sure it never used to cost as much. Stunning scenery and great for exercising the dogs.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 December 2023
  • places2seeplaces2go
    England, United Kingdom6,153 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Out Of Season At Shanklin
    Visited here whilst on a weeks holiday on The IOW. The promenade runs all along the beach. During our visit the tide was quite high & much of the beach was covered with recent storm damage. Plenty of restaurants along the promenade along with some accommodation. As we were out of season it was fairly easy to park on the road (pay & display parking) I’m sure in the summer it had a very different vibe, on our visit though it all just felt a bit sad & run down as did Shanklin town.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 April 2024
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Chris
Hinckley, UK997 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
We were walking in the area and walked past this on the promenade. The tide was high so much of the beach was underwater and with the weather being a mix of rain and drizzle the beach wasn't being used. The bit of the beach we saw was sandy with some bits of litter about. In good weather this would be good and busy. There are shops, restaurants etc on the other side of the road
Written 14 July 2024
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paul d
Bath, UK927 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Went here on a very sunny Saturday.
Lovely beach with places to eat and drink.
Lot's of room so finding somewhere to sit wasn't a problem.
Written 12 May 2024
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK6,153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Visited here whilst on a weeks holiday on The IOW.
The promenade runs all along the beach.
During our visit the tide was quite high & much of the beach was covered with recent storm damage.
Plenty of restaurants along the promenade along with some accommodation.
As we were out of season it was fairly easy to park on the road (pay & display parking)
I’m sure in the summer it had a very different vibe, on our visit though it all just felt a bit sad & run down as did Shanklin town.
Written 17 April 2024
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL5,621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Wide, fairly clean, sandy with some stones beach accessible by the Red Squirrel Trail. It was mostly deserted in February, provided a lovely walk. Dog friendly.
Written 19 February 2024
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BossGirlPepper
Oxford, UK2,382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
We have always loved Shanklin beach for dog walks as you can walk for miles and there are plenty of pubs/cafes nearby.

A bit annoyed at the prices to park this year, I’m sure it never used to cost as much. Stunning scenery and great for exercising the dogs.
Written 10 December 2023
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL5,621 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Picturesque area near Shanklin Chine, we had an enjoyable evening walk about after visiting the chine and dining in the nearby beach pub.
Written 28 October 2023
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briannash2
Clacton-on-Sea, UK145 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Not easy to access the beach without a car or using the expensive lift service . Food prices along the front are expensive . Parking prices are a joke .
Written 30 September 2023
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sueFarnborough
Farnborough80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Chine is worth visiting, but with steps and steep slopes. There is also a cafe & small museum.
Beware that you have to pay cash for use of the public toilets by the main car park in the town. Who carries cash these days?
Written 30 September 2023
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linthers
Uckfield, UK154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Lovely clean sandy beach with plenty of parking nearby. Six hours in the car par costs £8.30 but there is on road parking also. Plenty of nice eateries nearby.
Written 22 September 2023
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Simon K
Portsmouth, UK173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Shanklin's clean, safe, sandy, family-friendly bathing beach is located at the southernmost end of Sandown Bay, on the eastern seaboard of the sub-tropical Isle of Wight. The beach, backed by the Esplanade, stretches for half-a-mile between the Fisherman's Cottage Inn (and the lower entrance to Shanklin Chine) to the south, and Shanklin Sailing Club's compound, to the north, with the mid-point marked by the Clock Tower built to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, and the truncated remnant of Shanklin Pier.
Paid car parking is available on the Esplanade, between the beach and the long row of pubs, shops, restaurants and amusement arcades which themselves back up against a towering cliff of Lower Cretaceous Greensand, on top of which the larger hotels are located. During the Summer Holidays the open-topped Southern Vectis road 'bus stops in both directions along the Esplanade, connecting the beach with the railway station and the town centre.
For those arriving in Shanklin by train (the station is some distance from the beach) the best approach would be to walk through the mid-Victorian yellow-brick urban sprawl of New Shanklin to the picturesque Old Village, take some photographs of the lovely thatched cottages, and then descend through the romantic ravine of Shanklin Chine to emerge on the beach itself.
Drinking water taps and public toilets are of course provided and it's also possible to hire deck chairs and wind breaks for a modest fee, as well as kayaks and bodyboards. The beach shelves gently out to sea and the bottom is mainly feet-friendly soft sand.
To keep the younger ones happy there are several (somewhat tacky) amusement arcades as well as a fish-and-chip shop and two Mini-Golf ranges at the northern end of the Esplanade. For those who don't fancy the stiff uphill climb along Hope Road to the clifftop, a Lift was provided in 1893 which still operates today.
For evening meals both the Fisherman's Cottage and the Steamer Inn cater for families, and are deservedly popular with locals and visitors alike. The Coast Path passes along the Esplanade and it's an easy, level walk northwards all the way to the neighbouring (and rival) resort of Sandown.
Written 13 September 2023
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