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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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“lovely walk” (121 reviews)
“lit up at night” (28 reviews)
“coloured lights” (51 reviews)
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Chine Hill, Shanklin PO37 6BW, England
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"lovely walk"
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"lit up at night"
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"old village"
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Reviewed yesterday

Pleasant environment with occasional benches to sit, relax and ponder with the noise of gentle flowing water. Had a nice drink at the café near the bottom which has good views from the terraces. If you are going down the chine and climbing back it...More

Thank TimJackson04
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Walk down the Chine is beautiful but rather costly. Woodland cool on a hot day. Would like to see it in the evening with the lights so best to go early summer or later when the days are shorter. I realise there is a...More

Thank davcalcooper
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Although a bit of a tourist trap, the walk is nice, but it’s rather expensive and I don’t like that they have caged birds and chipmunks.

Thank SamuelCP22
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

First time on the island in 20+ years and wanted to see what the island had to offer, We saw this online and came here to have a look, First issue was we couldnt actually find it! Satnav and google maps were taking us above...More

Thank Nathan H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Deep chine with waterfall and trees in a natural gorge in rock face. Wonderful in late evening as parts are lit-up. Not very easy entry as very steep in places Shop and cafe at bottom and some parrots and other birds in cages.

Thank Ann P
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had no expectation of this as just followed others walking up the hill. It’s lovely. Staff are smiley and helpful, the cafe is good the walks are a little challenging in places but beautiful . Loved it!

Thank laura l
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Walking through the chine is quite steep in places so anyone not wanting to climb up should start at the top and leave at the bottom. Whichever way you go, it's so very worth it. The chine abounds with natural beauty and a few manmade...More

Thank daisyv653
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The website oversells Shanklin Chine, although ok it is not worth the cost. There is no chance of seeing wildlife as hordes of kids screaming and running around. We went on the evening walk to see the lights which was ok, but the caged birds...More

Thank leasowes
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited the Shanklin Chine and whilst it was an enjoyable place to walk through it is really more for history buffs and people interested in military history.

Thank LauraArabia
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You have to pay a small entrance fee but it is worth it. The gorge is quite steep and there are lots of steps but the scenery is beautiful and there is a tea room and and an aviary with some talkative birds. You can...More

Thank Tonycable
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KAW19
24 March 2018|
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Response from Bony1962 | Reviewed this property |
It was about £22 for a family of five return. One can stay in as long as one likes once one has entered.
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Grace R
22 March 2018|
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Response from MarciaBrown | Reviewed this property |
Mostly gravelly slopes but there are some steps near the top of the chine which would be a challenge for a pram.
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laura186394
5 February 2018|
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Response from Gabriella0008 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it is, that was about 5 pounds/adult. now closed: Closed from 30 October 2017 - Re-Opening 22 March 2018
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