A popular tourist destination for 200 years, Shanklin Chine was opened to the public in 1817. The Old Village was a regular haunt of the poet John Keats. Today you can dine and stay in the house he rented – Keats Cottage.
The American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow visited in 1868 where he wrote a poem for the fountain outside The Crab Inn.
In 1813 Jane Austen visited Shanklin and wrote:
“we hired a sociable and drove round… Shanklin Chine, lovely”