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Famous for its long and wide sandy beach and it's picturesque Old Village filled with lovely thatched cottages, restaurants and shops.

From the base of The Appley, you are a 2 minute walk away from the golden sands of the beach which you can find by walking along the cliffs overlooking the bay and Sandown in the background. If you don't fancy the walk down (or back up!) you can use the cliff lift.

Once you have found the esplanade, there is plenty to do, see and eat and drink. You can hire traditional beach huts along Small Hope Beach by relaxing in a deck chair on the sand or enjoy the licensed beach side cafe The Salix whilst taking in the views with a drink. For entertaining the children there is plenty of seaside games and adventures to explore including mini golf courses in dinosaur and pirate themes, bouncy castles, small rollercoaster, go-karts and lots more fun! Moving a little further on you will find the amusement arcade and cafe's where you can enjoy many different flavoured ice creams.

There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs along with sea front to enjoy finishing with The Fisherman's Cottage which is based on the beach at the bottom of the famous Shanklin Chine.

Shanklin Chine has developed over thousands of years and provides a stunning tree lined gorge from the Old Village to the beach below. It contains waterfalls, trees and beautiful vegetation with footpaths and walkways open to the public to enjoy.

Moving up to the Old Village which is filled with character and history. With many charming thatched cottages merged into pubs, gift shops and tea rooms. Hidden within you will find Rylstone Gardens which bases the Bandstand with plenty of events throughout the year to catch.

There are plenty of places to eat in Shanklin. From traditional English pubs like The Crab Inn to Indian restaurants including Jasmines, Thai restaurants like The Black Cat and Italian restaurants like Pavarotti's. There is restaurants that specialise in fish dishes like Morgan's and then you also have Vernon Cottage which you will find the perfect Cream Tea!

The theatre is certainly a place to visit with plenty of events throughout the year from comedy, musicals and concerts. Each year Shanklin will also stage the Shanklin regatta and carnivals which are definitely worth seeing.

If you require any further information then The tourist information is located within Vernon Cottage. You can explore Shanklin on foot with plenty of walks, there is also an open top bus that travels from the Old Village through Shanklin down to the sea front. There is the cliff lift that is mentioned above and also there is the Train Station which can take you all the way through to Ryde Pier Head or you can also use several bus routes which will take you around the whole Island.
 

Shanklin Old Village

Shanklin Pier



Shanklin Theatre