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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” (123 reviews)
“lit up at night” (29 reviews)
“coloured lights” (52 reviews)
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Chine Hill, Shanklin PO37 6BW, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Not been here for about 10 years went on sper of the moment as they have it all lit up at night sat having a nice drink before I explore more

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This was a very peaceful and lovely experience, made particularly special as both Jane Austen and George Eliot (amongst others) have visited the Chine so I was thrilled to be walking in their footsteps! It was fascinating to see the 'brine bath' and we ended...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very beautiful garden and magical lights. When we went, it was the light of the waterfall at 7:00 pm. So you can determine when to turn the lights on and off before going. Because it looks more beautiful.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Paid £3.85 entrance thinking we would be able to spend time at the inn on the beach before coming back out. However if you go out the exit to the beach and Inn, its a one way gate and you cannot re-enter. The Chine was...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Cost £14 just to enter, ordered some drinks and cakes which were also grossly priced and were underwhelming the waterfall is a scam looked nothing like the pictures at all which must have been found by the scammers in a quick google search. I could...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

My advice is to start at the top and then its all downhill to the beach and the pub. Very pretty and tranquil, There is a small aviary at the bottom to add to the visit. A pleasant walk. A bit pricey for what it...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent a lovely evening at the Shanklin Chine, its a must when your visiting the isle of Wight, it was a short walk from our hotel.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very nice nature experience on can. A speciality of the south are the Chines - a special nature creation. Well preserved and managed attraction, especially at night with the light effects added (buy the night ticket for an extra gbp!) 15 pound for 30 minutes...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Lovely , peaceful walk and if you start at the top you can call on the pub at the bottom, or if you start at the bottom you end up at the old village , which is gorgeous , excellent value for money

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A lovely walk through the Chine on a hot day is a must. Lots of places to sit and chill with great views over the beach and sea. Partake in a beverage from the cafe, look at the parrots and other birds in the aviary....More

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Cuppatea42
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Response from trevor r | Reviewed this property |
In my opinion it has limited access for wheelchairs. You can access via an entry near the beach, but all you will get is an avery small museum/info centre and cafe. I’m sorry to say that the gorge pathways albeit flat... More
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KAW19
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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
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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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