In the 18th century the Chine was a rough walk but the few who struggled as far as the waterfall were impressed by its beauty and grandeur. In 1817, William Colenutt, smuggler and fisherman, excavated a path. The Lady of the Manor gave him the concession to charge an admission fee. The path is still used today and opened up the Chine to the public.
In 1819, Keats wrote … “The wondrous Chine here is a very great lion; I wish I had as many guineas as there have been spyglasses in it.”
One of the great secret successes of the war, PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) was the idea of Lord Mountbatten, Britain’s Chief of Combined Operations. See the actual pipe that was used at Shanklin Chine in our PLUTO Room. The pipe ran through the Chine and there are still 65 yards of the original 70 miles remaining.
During the Normandy invasion in 1944, forked pipelines from the Shanklin Pier Apron carried petrol under the Channel to Cherbourg, the first taking only ten hours to lay. The pipelines delivered 56,000 gallons a day until the Allies advanced so far that the line was transferred to Dungeness in Kent. Listen to the story in the Pluto Room.
The Fisherman’s Cottage Inn
The Fisherman’s Cottage – The Island’s only pub on the beach is where you can enjoy spectacular views. Nestled just beneath Shanklin Chine, Fisherman’s Cottage Inn is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, including Sunday roasts. Open daily until late, Fisherman’s Cottage Inn makes the ideal stop before visiting the stunning Chine illuminations, making a memorable family evening out. The pub is the perfect starting point to explore the local sandy beach, esplanade and Shanklin Old Village. Access to the Old Village can be made via the Shanklin Cliff Lift further along the Esplanade.
The Tea Room
Take in the beauty of Shanklin Chine at their on-site Tea Room. Serving homemade sandwiches, jacket potatoes and Ploughman’s it’s an idyllic spot. Treat yourself to one of our delicious cream teas, where the scones are made fresh daily, before exploring the Chine.
Watch out for the wildlife while enjoying your lunch!
Complete your visit by exploring our new Antiques Centre. Browse a diverse and eclectic collection of antiques at various price points, with wide ranging choices for keen collectors to novices. They carefully source unusual and unique objects and items which change daily. As the Chine is a registered Charity, they very much welcome any donations to sell in their Antiques Centre.