Shanklin Beach and the Shanklin Old Town are the two most famous aspects of Shanklin. The sandy beach is a popular destination and in the summer it is great for swimming, sailing or just enjoying the sun. In Shanklin Old Town there are a wonderful range of shops, cafés, restaurants and public houses and it is a relaxing and enjoyable activity to potter about from place to place.
The gardens at Shanklin are a peaceful and restful place even at the height of the holiday season and some choose to play a game of crazy golf nearby or just enjoy the views over the bay. A small tea shop in the gardens attracts those looking for a restful day in the park.
Shanklin is well connected to the rest of the Isle of Wight via the railway to Ryde, the extensive cycle route network and numerous footpaths and bridal ways.
Fossil Hunting on the Isle of Wight is world renowned. With an international reputation for dinosaur finds and as a site of special scientific interest because of its abundance of cretaceous fossils a guided fossil hunt is a must for any trip to our Island. For approx 2hrs our qualified Geologist will take you back through time, explain how the land beneath your feet has changed and will identify any fossils you find which you may take home as souvenirs of your holiday to the Dinosaur Island.Website: www.footprinttours.co.uk Address: Jurassic Jim, 22 High Street, Shanklin, PO37 6JY Telephone: 01983 864577 / 077 9601 4004
Get an insight into the lives of a Roman nobleman and see the ruins of his villa. The museum allows you to walk around above the excavation site and look down on the preserved details.Website: www.bradingromanvilla.org.uk Address: Morton Old Road, Brading Isle of Wight, PO36 0PH Telephone: 01983 406223
The Garlic Farm nestled along a tiny country lane below the Downs near Newchurch is one of the Islands most famous visitor attractions. We've been growing garlic for over 30 years now and are the UK's largest specialist garlic grower. We are proud of our exceptional quality garlic which is renowned for its flavour, keeping quality and beauty. We welcome visitors to our farm, farm shop & café and for food lovers, garlic lovers and the curious, our shop is bursting with traditional, innovative and some downright off-beat products guaranteed to make you reek with joy!Address: Mersley Farm, Mersley Lane, Newchurch, PO36 0NR Telephone: 01983 868732
Leading the way with interactive wildlife adventures this multi-award winning park really stands out from the crowd! Tucked away on the North East Coast of the Island this hidden gem is a full day out for all the family packed with fun, hands-on wildlife activities and special V.I.P. Encounters.Website: www.seaviewwildlife.com
Pencil Cottage is a 17th Century thatched cottage nestled in the heart of Shanklin Old Village. Visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome when visiting the Tea Garden described by our customers as “an oasis of tranquillity” Our menu offers homemade fayre (including Light lunches, Sandwiches, Baked Potatoes & Salads) with everything made freshly to order from a wide range of local produce including fabulous locally caught crab. A visit to the garden would not be complete without sampling one of our speciality cream teas, made with freshly baked homemade scones, a generous helping of clotted cream and our own homemade jam with fresh strawberries on the side.Website: www.pencilcottage.co.uk Address: 2 Church Raod, Shanklin, PO37 6NU Telephone: 07766 917190
The Old Thatch Teashop is a Grade II listed (circa 1690) award winning teashop – “Best Teashop on the Isle of Wight” & “Best Teashop on the Solent”. We strive to offer you the most enjoyable time and our menu is varied with all our food being Homemade. We can offer you sumptuous Clotted Cream Teas, Victorian Teas, Tasty Lite Bites, Sandwiches, Homemade Traditional Fare & our mouth watering Homemade Cakes & Desserts all served in the most delightful way.Website: www.oldthatchteashop.co.uk Address: 4 Church Road, Shanklin, PO37 6NU Telephone: 01983 865 587
Situated adjacent to the Isle of Wight Coastal path and with stunning views the Bistro is open daily from breakfast time and is a very popular venue for residents, visitors and locals alike. The menu features a wide range of dishes including freshly prepared sandwiches, light snacks, delicious cream teas and tasty meals including fresh fish and local produce, a little persons’ menu is also available. Relax in an informal atmosphere and weather permitting dine in the landscaped garden and fully appreciate the stunning coastal location.Website: www.thecliftonshanklin.co.uk Address: 1 Queens Road, Shanklin, PO37 6AN Telephone: 01983 863015
A beautiful thatched pub in the heart of the old village of Shanklin. We have a large restaurant area and extensive menu including a wide range of vegetarian options and a healthy children’s menu. A friendly bar stocking a wide range of wines, ales, bitter and lager plus an extensive range of soft drinks. When the suns out enjoy our front garden and rear patio.Website: The Crab Inn Shanklin Address: High Street, Shanklin, PO37 6NS Telephone: 01983 862363
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Shanklin beach is a long stretch of sand popular with holiday visitors and locals alike. The beach is backed by shops, restaurant and cafés which serve refreshments throughout the day. Shanklin Beach
For those traveling with children there are numerous organised activities for the family including crazy golf and a small fun park. In the summer months there is a Punch and Judy show on the beach.
The Old Town at Shanklin has a cluster of thatched buildings of which many are pubs and shops. Here you will find locally made products from the Isle of Wight as well as traditional seaside gifts to bring back to the family. Cafés and stands selling Isle of Wight Ice Cream are also found in the Old Town.
The coastal path runs all the way around the Isle of Wight and the section either side of Shanklin is very attractive.
The path North passes Sandown before climbing to the top of the Culver Down. At the top are the old gun positions which present wonderful views of the sea. Beyond here is Whitecliff Bay which has a lovely beach with a small cafe for refreshments and if you continue a little further still you can reach Bembridge.
The coastal path South of Shanklin takes you to Ventnor via Luccombe and Bonchurch. It is also possible to detour from the coastal path after Luccombe to visit Devils Chimney, a path leading up through a crack in the rock, where there is also a tea rooms with a view of the sea.
Isle of Wight cycle routes are listed on the Island Cottage Holidays Isle of Wight Cycling pages.