Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight's east coast, is most famous for Shanklin Chine, a leafy gorge and stunning woodland peppered with wildlife, waterfalls, plants and flowers. The area hosts a variety of events all year round including Evening Magic, when the waterfalls are lit up at night to heighten the fairy tale atmosphere. The Heritage Centre has everything you need to know about the history of the Chine.
Shanklin Beach, which is overlooked by beautiful sandstone cliffs, gently slopes into the sea, making is a perfect beach for families with young children. There are plenty of refreshments and facilities nearby, including an amusement arcade and a pitch and putt golf course.
Shanklin has the biggest shopping centre on the south side of the Isle of Wight ...although it's all relative, don't expect a Bluewater extravaganza!... and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.
Head to Shanklin Old Village for its stunningly beautiful cottages, pubs and gift shops. You can also try Rylstone Garden, an area of beautiful open gardens with its own crazy golf course. Perfect for a quiet and relaxing afternoon, the Old Village is located within walking distance of the beach.
Shanklin hosts a range of events throughout the year, and the annual Regatta a very popular attraction. The Regatta dates back to 1851 and includes a variety of maritime events ending with fireworks and live music. This event usually takes place each August, as does the colourful and energetic annual Shanklin Carnival.