Coach Holidays Isle of Wight – Shanklin is beautifully situated on the cliffs bordering the South East coast of the Isle of Wight and is sheltered to the west by high-lying downs. The town is split with the old village lying on the cliff top and the new village nestled close to the sea.
Shanklin is a town of great character and charm, with many interesting small shops and a variety of Victorian architecture. The surrounding cliffs provide an ideal suntrap position for the seafront Esplanade, where there is safe bathing on a sandy beach, water sports, amusements and a host of pubs and restaurants.
Shanklin Old Village is a perennial attraction where most of the picturesque cottages are clustered around the thatched Crab Inn. Within walking distance is Shanklin’s famous Chine, a dramatic fissure in the rock where a 45ft waterfall cascades through boulders and ferns to the shore. The Chine’s Heritage Centre features an exhibition about PLUTO – the Pipeline Under the Ocean, which was laid to pump fuel across the Channel for the Normandy invasion forces.
Further afield is the island’s stunning countryside which offers a fantastic range of hill walks. Visit Keats Green, a section of the coastal path where the poet Keats is supposed to have began his epic work ‘Endymion’ with the immortal line, ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever…’
Accommodation is based at the Shanklin Hotel, which is the latest addition to the Leisureplex group of hotels.
Beach and Gardens
Shanklin’s beach, which is surrounded by cliffs and is a natural suntrap, is safe for bathing and boasts cleanliness awards for both its sand and waters. There are many amusements, restaurants and pubs, as well as water sports facilites to be found in the immediate vicinity. Gardens in Shanklin are a delight to visit. Tower Gardens and Rylstone Gardens run alongside the Chine, or take a stroll in the Big Mead, adjacent to historic St Blasius Church, or along the spectacular coastal paths to Sandown or Bonchurch.