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Shanklin Chine set to open in July following careful consideration

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After careful consideration and following Government Guidelines, Shanklin Chine and Fisherman’s Cottage Inn will re-open on Thursday, July 2

After careful consideration and following Government Guidelines, Shanklin Chine and Fisherman’s Cottage Inn will re-open on Thursday, July 2 at 10am-10pm, closing on Sunday, November 8, weather permitting. Access will be from the Esplanade entrance until further notice.

The Island’s earliest tourist attraction, age 203 was and is much loved by Poets, artists, writers – Keats “…the wondrous Chine is a very great lion…” Some of his greatest poetry refers to the Chine. Steeped in history it is a magical place with rare plants, wildlife and an important nature conservation site.

During WWII, Commandos, US Rangers and many others trained in the Chine. The 40 Royal Marines Commando Memorial was unveiled in 1984, 40th D-Day Anniversary. Historic material re VE/VJ displayed where possible.

Restricted access to our PLUTO room and Exhibitions which include –

  1. Smuggling, prolific during 18th and 19th centuries.
  2. George Morland (1763-1804) includes superb sketches of Shanklin Farm (he stayed at Eglantine
    now, Keats Cottage in Shanklin).
  3. Frederick Hudson of Ventnor (“…he was to landscape Photography what Julia Margaret Cameron was to Portrait “he produced some of the most beautiful negatives of Isle of Wight scenery ever obtained, all taken by the wet process…”).

Admission fee, one off price £6.95 includes 7 days unlimited return and Gift Aid. Concessionary Rates for Children, Families and Mobility Impaired