Shanklin, Isle of Wight Shanklin is where thatched cottages meet golden sand and are one of the most popular destinations on the Isle of Wight for traditional seaside holidays. The golden sandy beaches have safe bathing water and currently holds a seaside award, the beach stretches for miles and visitors can walk from Shanklin to Sandown via the beach. Away from the beach is the main town which hosts a multitude of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to enjoy, further up the cliff is the Old Village a must-see spot to visit with it’s pretty thatched cottages, cosy tearooms and craft shops to explore. Here you will find the entrance to the Shanklin Chine a deep gorge carved out by a stream, which is a restful and picturesque place to spend the morning or afternoon. In the evening the waterfalls and woodland are illuminated, giving the gardens a totally different aspect and atmosphere, at the bottom of the chine you will find the Pluto pipeline used during the Normandy invasion in 1944, to carry petrol under the Channel to Cherbourg. A lot of the holiday accommodation in Shanklin can be found atop the sandstone cliffs offering magnificent views out across the channel, for those staying on the cliff tops the lift provides quick and easy access down to the beach and main esplanade. Once on the main esplanade, you find a number of great seaside attractions such as the arcades, crazy golf, pirates cove and traditional seaside shops selling all you will need for a day on the beach or in the water. Holiday Accommodation As you can imagine from a busy seaside resort you can find every kind of accommodation imaginable in Shanklin, from large luxury hotels like the Luccombe Hall and Luccombe Manor or boutique hotels such as Rylstone Manor. There are some amazing self-catering holidays to be had in the town and by the beach such as The Sea Terrace in Shanklin which is perfect for families looking for a beach holiday or try one of the great self-contained apartments at Luccombe Villa or Fernhurst Apartments, Try a B&B both family friendly and adult only are available in the area, for a bit of peace and quiet by the sea look to Ninham Country Holidays and for full-on entertainment book at one of the 2 Park Resorts holiday parks in Shanklin Eating Out A meal out in Shanklin is a wonderful treat whether you are visiting on holiday or local to the Island. Shanklin has a host of great food venues to choose from including restaurants, pubs and cafes many of which use fresh local ingredients where possible. And for those staying self-catering who want to grab a takeaway and head back for a relaxing evening, the choice is unbeatable with Chinese, Indian, Italian and good old traditional fish & chips.