Shanklin Chine

From Victorian spa destination to modern after-dark fairytale wonderland

Shanklin Chine first opened to visitors in 1817, and rapidly became a popular relaxation retreat for Victorian families seeking tranquility and a space to return to nature. The beautiful tree-lined gorge inspired poets like Keats, and its spring waters were used for spa treatments.

Today the Chine is busier - but no less stunning. You can walk amid the natural tranquility until dusk, when the park lights up in the summer with hundreds of lights illumitating the paths, streams and waterfalls.

There's much more to Shanklin Chine than just the gorge - regular art and photographic exhibitions are held showcasing the natural beauty of the area too. There's the tea gardens and gift shop, nature heritage displays and a WWII exhibition - Shanklin was a key point for monitoring the English Channel.

If you're staying a while, head down to the Fisherman's Cottage pub - a historical pub on the beach, with a heritage reaching as far back as the Chine.

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