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Shanklin Chine

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Chine Hill, Shanklin PO37 6BW, England
+44 1983 866432
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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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Chine Hill, Shanklin PO37 6BW, England
+44 1983 866432
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Me and my partner love to visit places of natural beauty like this and we particularly love gorges so we were excited about this place but we felt so let down. It's a really small place and took us less than 15 mins from entrance...More

Thank H-Hetty
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a lovely area to visit, very peaceful and beautiful, and you get a good workout with all the steps! However it doesn't take long to walk around,even with a toddler, so is poor value for money really. Also you can see so many...More

Thank mrsflight
Reviewed yesterday

After spending a hot day on the beaches and steam railway, this was a cool beautiful place to end the day on a high note. The experience is worth more than its entry fee (which isn't a lot). The view point facing the Solent is...More

Thank kishore_ng
Reviewed yesterday

The only reason I didn't give this place 5 stars is because we were with our one year old and there are no ramps for buggies. We managed to carry the buggie up short steps but couldn't carry it up the long flights to the...More

Thank Marios S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Entry to the Chine was a little confusing, the ticket person seemed to suggest a return was not required for the same day, it was for coming back another day. Long story short, you do require a return if you intend to go back up/down...More

Thank BoardBanks
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There's not a huge amount to this venue. A very slow walk and sitting at every opportunity, we dragged it out to an hour to make it feel like we were getting our money's worth. The lady at the kiosk was miserable so that wasn't...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was not going to go,but changed my mind I am do glad that I went,very pretty,if anything I would say outstanding.Well worth going whether during the or in the evening .Do go you will not be disappointed

Thank Nanniepickle
Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked up the Chine early evening, had dinner in the town and then walked down when they put the light on late evening. £5.50 return trip, well worth a visit, take your time to stroll and enjoy the pleasures, it can be walked in...More

Thank Leo135
Reviewed 2 days ago

We bought a return ticket so that we could visit by day and then again when the lights were turned on. Both visits were great and topped off by a cream tea at the tea room with the biggest and yummiest scone ever...which they will...More

Thank Susan A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A beautiful, magical place, especially when lit up for the evening. Nice café and gift shop at the bottom. Worth the family ticket price.

Thank itinerantcrumpet
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Branko V
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Response from hunchris | Reviewed this property |
Certainly no torch needed
Mavis L
30 March 2017|
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Response from matney1974 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about the dog question but definitely no good for scooters
Martin J
13 February 2017|
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Response from Darren W | Reviewed this property |
I'm a visitor myself not staff.