A Picturesque Victorian Town
Shanklin is final stop on railway line from Ryde. It is possible to travel to Shanklin for the day, using public transport - even from London.
Shanklin borders the best walking area on the Isle of Wight, (in the authors opinion).
It's an attractive town nestled between the Downs and the western end of Sandown Bay.
It's a good place to base yourself for a multi-day stay on the Isle of Wight. It has good transport links and a large selection of accommodation, as it's primarily a town given over to tourism.
If you are travelling by vehicle, but want to leave your vehicle on the mainland. I recommend that you park at the Hovercraft Terminal at Southsea, and complete your sea crossing using Hovertravel. Once at Ryde it's a short walk to the Ryde Esplanade Train Station, and the train to Shanklin.
Things to Do
Shanklin Chine is a deep tree lined gorge that has been carved out by a stream over thousand of years. Shanklin Chine is one of many Chines on the Isle of Wight.
The word Chine is almost unique to the Isle of Wight. There are few examples on the mainland, Bournemouth Chine, being one.
The top of the Chine is in the Old Village.
The Chine starts as a high waterfall, and cascades via smaller waterfalls down towards the sea.
There are many plants, and other attractions, including a Tea Garden and a small exhibition. It's illuminated at night, which gives it magical touch.
More details can be found here.
Shanklin Sea Front
It comprises of four venues.
- 18 Hole Crazy Golf
- Pirates Cove
- Summer Arcade
- Jungle Jim’s
Its great fun for kids and adults alike
Check out the Website for further details
The Old Village
A collection of picturesque thatched cottages. There's restaurants, café’s, pubs, and shops.
John Keats, the Romantic Victorian Poet stayed at Eglantine cottage for several months and composed his famous sonnet "On the sea" at nearby Luccombe.
Henry Longfellow, the American poet wrote a short poem dedicated to the fountain in the 'Old Village' next to the now Crab Inn:
"O traveller, stay thy weary feet; Drink of this fountain, pure and sweet; It flows for rich and poor the same. Then go thy way, remembering still The wayside well beneath the hill. The cup of water in His name."Henry Longfellow
Population: 9,072 (2011) Census
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Tariffs Long Term- 2017
- Up to 1 hour - £1.00
- 1 to 2 hours - £2.00
- 2 – 4 hours £3.40
- 4 – 6 hours £4.50
- 6 – 24 hours £6.60
Tariffs Short Term - 2017
- Up to 30 mins - 30p
- 30 mins to 1 hour - £1.30
- 1 – 2 hours £2.40
- 2 – 3 hours £2.90
- Up to 3 hours £3.40