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Shanklin Chine

REF NR: 1868

Part of our national heritage of the Island and has the honour of being the Island's very first and oldest tourist attraction, this scenic gorge in sandstone cliffs, with waterfalls and stream that leads down to the beach, is rich in  rare flora and fauna, much of which would not be out of place in the earths prehistoric forests.

Coupled with this is an exciting human history story that developed during WWII as the chine became very useful and famous as a Royal Marine Commando Training centre before the ill fated Dieppe raid of 1942. But the really facinating feature is that of  PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) that ran through the chine carrying petrol to the Allied troops in Normandy.

The exhibition "Aviation and the Island" continues, together with PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) which carried petrol to the Allied troops in Normandy. Local history displays.

shanklin chince entrance


As you wander through the chine there are many knooks and grannies housing many wonderful things for all your senses. 

After dusk, during the main summer months, subtle illuminations create a magical world, on the way through why not not pop into the tea rooms and shop or venture further down and sink a beer in the Fisherman's Cottage.

Review the Gallery to acheive a feel for the place.


Contact Details

12 Pomona Road
Isle of Wight
PO37 6PF

Phone: 01983 866432