Shanklin Chine is part of our national heritage and the very first Isle of Wight tourist attraction. This spectacular scenic gorge is set in sandstone cliffs with waterfalls and a stream which leads down to the beach and includes rare flora and fauna, a Nature Trail and historic features. The Heritage Centre is home to ´The Island - Then and Now´, featuring ´Flora of the Island´ and the new ´Histree Trail Project´, together with PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) which carried petrol to the Allied troops in Normandy during WWII.
Also at Shanklin Chine there are local history displays and a memorial to 40 Royal Marine Commandos who trained here for the Dieppe raid of 1942. After dusk, during the main summer months, subtle illuminations create a magical world. At night, Shanklin Chine is transformed into a place of enchantment and mystery using the latest energy saving technology ? the waterfall is a vision. Browse in the gift shop, enjoy a cream tea in the Tea Garden or just sit, relax and take in the view. There is limited wheelchair access and dogs must be on leads.