In addition to its wealth of natural beauty spanning dramatic coastlines and grassy pastures, the Isle of Wight is home to a number of enchanting towns. Sandown Bay, in the east of the island, is home to a small collection of picturesque and unique towns, one of which is the popular seaside resort of Shanklin. Visitors can expect a first-class beach, a wooded ravine, and a smattering of impressive hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs.
Shanklin's Gorgeous Golden Sands
The Isle of Wight is blessed with a wealth of outstanding beaches, ranging from the sandy and exotic to the rugged and rocky. One of the best known and most accessible is in Shanklin.
The long stretch of sandy beach is a real favourite among families, thanks to its safe swimming and range of nearby facilities. The bustling esplanade is a great place to stroll at any time of day, and is peppered with places to eat and drink.
Shanklin Chine and the Old Village
Stepping a little way back from the seaside, Shanklin has plenty more to offer visitors. The wooded ravine known as Shanklin Chine is a tranquil spot, particularly popular with keen walkers. The island is home to one of the few remaining colonies of red squirrel in the United Kingdom, and a small squirrel feeding station encourages visitors to appreciate the wildlife living in the steep and pretty gorge.
The Old Village is one of the most picturesque and charming man-made locations on the island. Among the old buildings you'll find a number of shops, tea rooms and pubs. In the nearby village of Godshill, there's a 1:10 scale model village of the Old Village, which is well worth the visit after seeing the village itself.
Hotels in Shanklin
Shanklin offers a broad range of hotels, from rural spa retreats to central B&Bs. Those seeking some peace and quiet can head for Luccombe Manor County House. Within the expansive grounds, guests can find an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, and a games room for kids. The Channel View Hotel makes the most of its seafront location, offering views out across the glistening ocean. There's also a full service spa and an indoor pool, for total relaxation during your stay.