Shanklin Chine

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Shanklin Chine
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Shanklin Chine: Celebrating its Bicentenary year in 2017 Shanklin Chine marks a truly special milestone this year’s as it celebrates its 200th Anniversary as a visitor attraction. The gates to this historic gorge first opened back in 1817, making it the longest established attraction on Isle of Wight, enticing many millions of visitors to wander through and marvel at its natural beauty over a double century of seasonal openings. There are few locations on the Isle of Wight, let alone England, that can boast such a tranquil and picturesque location for visitors to enjoy. The stunning tree lined Chine cuts its way from Shanklin Old Village to the sandy beach and Esplanade far below and has always been a magnet for renowned artists, photographers and those seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of modern age. Shanklin Chine boasts many famous visitors who have stopped to paint, draw and write about the natural beauty it beholds. From author Jane Austen to romanticist landscape painter J.M.W Turner, all have been attracted by the timeless and magical beauty captured in this remarkable gorge, with its waterfall, shear chasm-like sides decked in lush vegetation and towering trees. A brand-new exhibition in 2017 will tell the fascinating story of the Chine’s two-hundred-year history and features sections on the flora and fauna of this officially classified site of important nature conservation. This is accompanied by a limited edition new book written especially for the Bicentenary. Visitors can enjoy the splendour of Shanklin Chine by day...then wonder at its mystical beauty on summer nights during the Chine Lumiere, when hundreds of lights illuminate the narrow paths, streams and waterfalls held within. The Lumiere begins on 26th May, with an increased run of 10pm closings until the last day of September…the longest period of illuminated openings in its history. Then, following a short period of closure for maintenance, the Chine reopens between 21st and 29th October, again featuring the Lumiere evenings, with closing times at 8pm. During evening openings, the attraction offers a day and evening return ticket which allows for two visits within a seven-day period at very little extra cost to just one single visit. Shanklin Chine has a well-stocked gift shop and popular Victorian style tea room, with a newly extended tea garden for 2017. Taking a cream tea at the attraction is definitely one of the highlights to any visit, with a special 200th Birthday high afternoon tea available to pre-book this year (details to be found on the website). There is also a full menu of light lunches and meals prepared to order by the tea room team. The attraction also features a special monument to the crack 40 Royal Marine Commando who trained in the Chine in preparation for the Dieppe landings on D-Day in World War II. Visitors can also learn about the role of Shanklin Chine during this period- in particular the part played by the Marine Commandos' and the famous PLUTO (Pipeline Under The Ocean) which carried petrol to the Allied troops in France. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a leisurely stroll through Shanklin Chine...a wondrous secret discovered and loved by so many people during its historical reign as the Island’s most original of tourist attractions. With entrances at both the Old Village and Esplanade ends, it makes the perfect scenic cut through between Shanklin’s busiest locations that no visitor should miss. PLEASE NOTE THE ATTRACTION IS OPEN SEASONALLY BETWEEN APRIL AND OCTOBER. CHECK WEBSITE FOR OCTOBER CLOSURES FOR MAINTENANCE AND FOR EXTENDED EVENING SUMMER OPENINGS UNTIL 10PM FROM JUNE TO END OF SEPTEMBER.
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ANTHONY M
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Family
After visiting Shanklin before but not visited the chine I thought it about time to see what it's about

Chine is an old saxon word meaning ravine and I believe its now only used on the Isle of Wight.

Shanklin Chine is steeped in history and was once used as an army training base. It was heavily damaged after the war and was rebuilt and restored.

Its not a kings ransom to enter and once you have paid once, you can return as and when you want for seven days. Its also illuminated at night and Tuesday night there's a live singer.

P.L.U.T.O. ran through the site and part of the pipe work is still visible.

PLUTO is pipe line under the ocean, which is what the allies constructed to supply fuel to our troops overseas during the war. I found it interesting to learn more about the history of the site. Its a great place to spend time and take some pictures.

The cafe is expensive, but that's to be expected.

Overall Shanklin Chine is worth a visit and we enjoyed walking round taking pictures and learning more about the history of the area.
Written 7 August 2022
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Anthony Sheehan
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Family
We came on our holidays after hearing some lovely reviews. The whole experience was amazing, the place is beautiful, the cafe was nice and fairly priced!
My one complaint is the front of house staff, she didn’t let me get a word in edgeways and was throwing the gift aid speech to me. Once she finished I showed my NHS card and got an eye roll so large her head nearly fell off. It was my only negative from the trip.
Written 6 August 2022
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leR0987654321
Ascot, UK93 contributions
Family
Children were not impressed especially because of the stairs :)))))) and probably because they are 14 and 16 yo and nothing impress them anymore. Anyway nice walk after the dinner, on Thursdays is live music. Look nicely after the dark. You can use the tickets more than one day.
Written 6 August 2022
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Paul R
Bristol, UK17 contributions
Never been spoken to by a front desk employee in such a poor manner as here.
The "old boy’ manning the pay booth was grotty from the outset, when we arrived in a party of 11.
To start with, I ‘m hard of hearing and had cupped my hand to my ear and asked him to repeat something he said and straight away he looked angry at having to repeat himself. He then proceeded to try and work us out some kind of concession deal as there were so many of us, this, in itself was a nice gesture but he seemed to be become wound up by the number of people I was trying to book in. Shortly after he had started his calculation I discovered I had (mistakenly) informed him that two of the children were infact "infants" on their sales board price list and should actually be free. He became outraged that he was going to have to work out his prices again and I reated and commented on his attitude. He then started muttering under his breath about having to repeat his workings out and I caught his saying that this time it was definitely going to cost me more money (even with two of my party going free).
At this point I was so fed up with his attitude I gathered my whole family up and we went for a lovely walk on the beach instead.
This man did your charity out of over £100 quid today. I will never recommend such awful service to anyone and I’ll not be visiting again. My wife and family that heard the exchange said they too could not believe this man’s attitude.
To compound it there was nobody else about, he only has us to serve, if their had been a giant que I might have understood his impatience but not the rudness.
Discraceful staff should not be doing this role.
Written 3 August 2022
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Pete Taylor
Andover, UK5 contributions
Family
Beautiful walk through lush plant life in the gorge. But seriously overpriced. I won't repeat what our grandson said!
Written 2 August 2022
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Diane S
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If you are lucky you will see red squirrels on Shanklin Chine. In the evening it looks beautiful as its all lit up.
Written 31 July 2022
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kim B
Burton upon Trent, UK236 contributions
Basically a woodland walk and waterfall, it is nice but expensive, you do get an option to revisit in the evening when it is lit up but being early in July during our stay plus the weather being sunny it was still light so we didn't take advantage of it. We started our walk from the the old village and exited at the bottom by the Fisherman's cottage Inn where we stopped for a drink.
Written 30 July 2022
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Dazza2311
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Couples
Shanklin Chine is so beautiful and calming and the scenery is magical. Walked through the chine and accessed the beach at the other end. Will definitely return when I visit the IOW again in the future.Very highly recommended.
I visited in the day but will go to the chine in the evening next time as they have illuminations which look fantastic from the photos I’ve seen.
Written 30 July 2022
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Weegiegirl*
London, UK21 contributions
Friends
Enjoyed our evening here with lovely sea views, beautiful lighting & interesting info boards about the Island, its topography, history & PLUTO. Great live music too added to magical atmosphere.
Written 28 July 2022
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Blueba123
Suffolk, UK32 contributions
Couples
Been here before and was great to return. Stunning place and 100% well worth the visit. My only gripe is when entering at night they do not warn you that you may not beable to walk all the way through before they close the gates (15 mins before closing time on the board!!) Being pregnant and extremely hot in the heatwave, I did not appreciate being told to turn around and go back to where we came in and get the the car park that way (which was a long walk despite being nearly at the other end before 10pm!!)
Written 27 July 2022
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Shanklin Chine is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM