Shanklin Chine is a historic gorge of natural beauty and a splendid haven of woodland, wildlife, unusual plants and a strangely enchanting waterfall.
One of two famous chines on the Island (along with Blackgang which boasts a popular theme park), as well as many that are lesser known, the deep ravine at Shanklin is believed to have formed over 10,000 years and plays host to a glorious collection of flora and fauna. In spite of the tranquility which is itself an attraction to thousands of visitors there is much to see and do. Shops, nature trails, a Children's Nature Hide (red squirrels are frequently to be seen), a fisherman's cottage, gift shop and heritage centre make this a must for nature lovers everywhere.
Located at the heart of the thatched village of Shanklin, visitors will often combine a stroll around the Chine with a tour of the historic attractions and teashops of the old town.
Opening time is 10am. From July 3rd the Chine stages open evenings until 10pm with subtle illuminations. From April until July, and again from September until November, the venue closes at 5pm. Entrance prices are inexpensive, with concessions, families and school groups catered for.
There is no parking on site, however visitors may use the Vernon Meadow car park (Sat Nav PO37 6QT) or Shanklin Esplanade.