Shanklin hotspots

Hope Beach: The main beach on Shanklin Seafront, for golden sand and traditional entertainments. The family fun includes crazy golf, pirate adventure golf, ten pin bowling and banana boat rides. There are several bars and restaurants overlooking the beach.

Small Hope Beach: An unspoilt sandy beach with picturesque beach huts and cafés along the Revetment.

Red Squirrel Trail: A scenic cycle path and walking route that takes you along a flat, car-free path through beautiful countryside and along the coast. You can pick up the trail at Shanklin. Find out more here. 

Rylstone Gardens: A Victorian park with a bandstand, pitch and putt, café and colourful flower displays.

Shanklin Chine: A beauty spot that is illuminated by 200 twinkling lights at night. The Heritage Centre will tell you all about Operation Pluto, a wartime project to pipe petrol from the Island to the allies in Normandy.

Shanklin Down: Walk to nearby Ventnor and enjoy far reaching views across the Island and beyond.

Shanklin Old Village: An atmospheric place, with little shops, restaurants, thatched pubs and tea rooms.

Shanklin Theatre: An historic venue with an eclectic programme that includes musicals, theatre productions, bands, and comedians.

Throughout the year

February: It’s Acoustic Isle – a festival throughout the Island that celebrates live music in venues including the cosy pubs around Shanklin.

May: The Isle of Wight is a walker’s paradise, with 500 miles of trails crisscrossing the Island, over the Downs, along the coast and through pretty villages. In May, it’s IsleWalk, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival, with organised themed walks taking place over all over the Island.

July: Get your spot at the seafront for the Round the Island Race, a spectacular event that attracts over 1,600 boats each year.

August: It’s carnival time around the streets of Shanklin, so get ready to party. There’s also the traditional Regatta which is one of the highlights of the year and features beach sports and swimming events for all ages. During the summer, it’s also a great time to relax in a deckchair and listen to live music at the bandstand in Rylstone Gardens.

October: Celebrate all things spooky with fun Isle of Fright activities at the Island’s top attractions including Carisbrooke Castle and Monkey Haven.

December: Pick up pressies in the local shops and enjoy Shanklin’s Festival of Christmas, with stalls, music and entertainment in the streets.

For details of all events, see, the website run by Visit Isle of Wight, the official Tourist Board for the Island.

Getting to the Island

Coach: You can get to the ferry terminals at Southampton and Portsmouth via coaches from London Victoria and Heathrow.

Train: Trains will bring you to Portsmouth Docks, Southampton and Lymington, where you can get ferries to the Island.

Ferry: There are frequent boats from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington. We’ll give our visitors a 15% discount code to use when you book your ferry travel with Red Funnel.

Red Funnel



Getting to Shanklin

Train: The Island Line runs from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin. You can get a taxi outside Shanklin station to your holiday home.

Bus: It’s easy to get to Shanklin by bus and then it’s a 5 minute walk to Dove Court or a 5 minute walk up a steep hill to the Seascape. Please contact us for more local information.

You can also travel around the Island using public transport. Check out the open-top Shanklin Steamer bus and the Island Coaster bus that will take you around the dramatic South coast.