Shanklin really is the most charming of traditional seaside resorts with it’s glorious long wide sandy beach set against a backdrop of dramatic sandstone cliffs.
Relax and unwind on the golden sands, hire a traditional beach hut or, for the more energetic, try the water sports on offer.
Whatever your age or interests there are lots of things to do in Shanklin.
The Shanklin Esplanade, lined with traditional seaside games, amusements, cafes, hotels, restaurants and pubs, is the perfect place to while away your day.
Shanklin offers a lovely mix of the seaside and open, green space with some fantastic parks and gardens around the town.
Rylstone Gardens provide the most tranquil and beautiful spot to sit and soak up the sunshine.
Look out for the extensive programme of events at the Bandstand located in the Gardens.
The famous Shanklin Chine, a gorge with rare plants and delightful waterfall, is quite simply unique.
Lose yourself in the history and character of Shanklin Old Village packed with charming thatched cottages most housing wonderful, unique gift shops and tea rooms.
As it is such a popular resort there is no shortages of places to eat in Shanklin.
If you’re eating out you will be spoilt for choice with a range of restaurants, cafes and pubs spread across the resort, some with entertainment throughout the summer evenings.
The thriving Shanklin Theatre is another must see attraction with a year round programme of events to suit all tastes.
The annual Carnivals and Shanklin Regatta are quite a spectacle.
The resort is buzzing with anticipation, activity and excitement.
With all this to offer, it’s not surprising that Shanklin has a variety of great places to stay.
As one of the Island's traditional seaside resorts it has a reputation for high quality B&B's and guesthouses but there are accommodation options in and around the town to suit all.
Luccombe Hall Hotel is a great family friendly option with breath-taking sea views. Or if you're looking for a self-catering break, situated just seconds away from Shanklin beach is Shanklin Villa which offers a range of luxurious self-catering holiday apartments which make the perfect base for a seaside holiday.
So whether you would like to stay in a hotel or bed & breakfast, or would prefer self-catering or the extensive facilities of a holiday park, you will find exactly what you are looking for in Shanklin.
Shanklin has a Tourist Information Point located at Vernon Cottage Tearooms and Giftshop, which can be found at the top of Shanklin Old Village next to the main car park.
Here you will find a range of brochures, leaflets, maps and information on the Isle of Wight to help you during your visit.
Exploring Shanklin is easy with buses, trains, the cliff lift and ample car parking.
Bus services operate northwards to Sandown, Brading and Ryde, south to Ventnor, or across the Island to Godshill, Newport and Cowes.