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First opened to the public in 1817, the young Princess Victoria visited Shanklin Chine aged 14 with her mother in 1833. Entry was via Fisherman’s Cottage (open as a pub today) where local fisherman and smuggler William Colenutt charged an entrance fee. According to legend the then Princess Victoria helped herself to a prawn on the way in!
Queen Victoria continued to visit Shanklin Chine including a visit on Monday, 10 August 1846, with Prince Albert and Leopold and Louise (King and Queen of the Belgians).
This location forms part of the Victoria’s Island Trail. Discover more of Queen Victoria’s beloved Isle of Wight by visiting other locations on the trail. For more information go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/victoriasisland
- Disabled persons toilet
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- On-Site cafe/restaurant
- Outdoor eating area
- Refreshments Available
- Vegetarians catered for
Children & Infants
- Baby changing
- Beach / Coast within walking distance
- Dogs admitted on a lead
- Dogs welcome
- Gift shop
- Groups by arrangement
- Groups welcome
- Guided tours by arrangement
- Open on bank holidays
Parking & Transport
- Railway station within 5 miles
- Railway station within walking distance
- Educational Groups
Map & Directions
From East Cowes ferry, second exit at roundabout onto Well Road, A3021, A3054 to Newport, A3020 to Sandown, A3020 to Shanklin, please follow Brown Signs.
From Fishbourne ferry, B3339 (Fishbourne lane), A3054 to Ryde (Esplanade), straight along the Esplanade to the boating lake, follow the road round to the right onto A3055 to Sandown, A3055 to Shanklin, please follow Brown Signs.
From Yarmouth ferry, A3054 to Newport, A3020 to Sandown, A3020 to Shanklin, please follow Brown Signs.
Enter the attraction from the Old Village and Shanklin Sea Front:
Old Village entrance: Park at the main Old Village car park at the High Street/Chine Avenue junction. Walk back to the High Street, turn left between The Crab pub & Pencil Cottage and walk 100m
Sea Front entrance: Park on Shanklin Esplanade and walk to the end of with the beach on your left hand side, head up the hill and look for the signs.
Public Transport Directions
From Ryde: please either visit the train station annexed to the Catamaran or travel on the No. 2 or 3 bus route
From West Cowes: No. 1 bus route to Newport and change to No. 2 or 3
From Yarmouth: No. 7 to Newport and change to No. 2 or 3
For further bus information please contact Southern Vectis at www.islandbuses.info/ or +44 01983 827000 (head office).
Or use the Island Line train to Shanklin Chine. Use the frequent train service from Ryde Pier head to Shanklin Station to reach us.
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