Shanklin Isle of Wight

Shanklin has long been the Isle of Wight's principle quality seaside holiday destination and enjoys a lovely days-gone-by feel. A long sandy beach is the main attraction for many but people also come to enjoy a good range of shops and restaurants, gardens, parks and coastal walks.

The small town centre has traditional shops and pubs and one is able to buy traditional sweats and toys. An elevator system charges a small fee to take you to and from the beach from the town or you can try the fairly steep (but attractive) walk with views along the coast and over to Culver Cliffs.

  • Devil's Chimney

    Devil's Chimney

    The dramatic crack in the rock between Shanklin and Ventnor known as Devil's Chimney is wonderful and beautiful place to visit on the Isle of Wight. It is the site where a section of the coastal path drops down into the earth to emerge in a woodland area below and is stunning even to those who visit time and again and many pause on their walk to photograph and look up at the sky from the deepest parts.

    Devils Chimney is easy to negotiate as long as you are comfortable with stairs and there is a nearby cafe for refreshments after a short visit. More energetic visitors may wish to incorporate a look at Devil's Chimney into a longer walk from Ventnor to Shanklin or Shanklin to Ventnor along the Isle of Wight coastal path.

    The nearest place to park for a walk to Devil's Chimney is at the public car park just up the hill from the Smugglers Haven Tea Rooms on the Ventnor to Shanklin road. The path heading towards Ventnor starts at the bottom of the hill in front of the tea rooms and Devil's Chimney is a couple of minutes walk down the hill. If you are walking the coastal path there are signs leading from the coastal path but due to diversions along the route it is best to find it on the map. 


  • Fisherman's Cottage Public House - Shanklin

    Seaside Public House where you can enjoy good food & drink with views of the sea

    The Fisherman's Cottage Pub is right at the end of the Shanklin promenade and near the Shanklin Chine. Here the beach is a little quieter and you can sit in relative peace with great sea views. A good range of food is on offer and includes good sea food which is popular with Islanders.

    The quality of the food was first rate and the chili prawn starter looked and tasted superb.

  • Grand View Tea Gardens - Shanklin

    Grand View Tea Gardens - Shanklin

    Peaceful cliff top tea gardens with stunning sea views over Shanklin

    This friendly and welcoming tea garden is a hidden treasure on the Isle of Wight. This secluded sun trap garden over looking the sea is the perfect place to enjoy the range of  excellent home made cakes and light lunches. The fruit cake may well be the best on the Island (we are open to other recommendations).

  • Pointer Inn - Newchurch

    Pointer Inn Newchurch

    Good pub food and enormous portions

    A favourite among locals for lunches and dinner with a large variety of pub food and seasonal fish and meat dishes. The intimate and friendly restaurant is decorated with an enormous collection of brass and traditional objects which make one pause to think how they are all maintained to such a high degree of brilliance.

  • Purple Mango - Shanklin


    An excellent Indian Restaurant with beautiful interior and delicious food.

    One of the most flamboyantly designed restaurants on the Isle of Wight  and mouth watering Indian food served by a helpful and friendly staff.

    A good choice of Indian Cuisine is available including some delicious vegitarian options. The restaurant attracts a range of visitors from the devoted curry enthusiasts to those just looking for a refined and atmosperic restaurant.

    Contact Information

    High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight

  • Shanklin Beach

    Shanklin Beach Isle of Wight

    A long sandy beach backed with shops, amusements, restaurants and bars. Traditional bucket and spade stuff.

    The beach at Shanklin has drawn visitors for decades and families still enjoy the sandy beaches and the range of activities. The beach is below the town of Shanklin and is reachable via the iconic Shanklin Lift which makes the sea accessible to all.

    The beach is as much for promenading up and down as it is for bathing and swimming and many come to enjoy the sea air and a walk. Serious beach goers will find the beach to be sandy, well groomed and ideal for making sandcastles. For lunch or tea there is much to choose from along the seafront or above in the town.

    Shanklin Beach has been awarded a Blue Flag for levels of water quality and the facilities. Find out more at

    Shanklin Beach is one of several Isle of Wight beaches with Blue Flag status.

  • Shanklin Theatre

    Shanklin Theatre

    The theatre at Shanklin is and exciting and vibrant theatre with a great line up of theatre, comedy, ballet and talks. The theatre attracts famous names and personalities including Alan Davis, Reginald D Hunter, Pan Ayres, Tony Benn and many more.

    The theatre itself is an impressive building to see. There is a beautiful stone facade and a lovely interior decorated in rich colours.

  • Yaverland Beach

    Yaverland Beach Isle of Wight

    The sandy beach at Yaverland is just along the coast from Sandown and is popular with beach goers and water sports enthusiasts. The beach enjoys glorious views of Culver Cliffs to the south and after a day at the beach it is wonderful to drive or walk up onto the Culver Downs to enjoy the sun setting and see the historic gun positions which once guarded the bay.

    A small shop selling ice creams and lunches is found next to the car park. Yaverland has lots of parking and there are showers and loos for everyones convenience.