The Isle of Wight is one of England’s most popular holiday destinations, an island
with a timeless, tranquil air, fascinating history and magnificent scenery. Shanklin is
one of the most picturesque towns on the Island, a long, narrow town situated on a
cliff top above an attractive promenade and sandy beach. The Old Town (where our
hotel is situated) is characterised by its pretty thatched cottages, pubs and tearooms.
The beach is easy to get to, and can be accessed via the famous cliff lift (in season).
Nearby is the woody ravine of Shanklin Chine, known for its wild flowers and
waterfalls. The island’s many famous sights (Needles, Osborne House, Godshill
Village etc) and attractions are just a short drive – or walk – away from Shanklin.
Everything! The island is only a few miles across,
so nothing is very far away. On the “far” west
coast is the famous chalk landmark of the
Needles. Pretty Godshill village is only 5 miles
from Shanklin, while the towns of Newport,
Cowes and Ryde are a short drive away. Tiger and
Donkey sanctuaries, the historic castle at
Carisbrooke and family attractions at Blackgang
Chine and Robin Hill are close by.
Getting to the Island
Your holiday starts with a trip across the Solent, either
from Portsmouth, Lymington or Southampton, on a modern, comfortable ferry with bar
and restaurant facilities. The journey takes about 40 minutes. The ferry crossing by coach is included
in the cost of your Daish’s holiday. We can also book a return car ferry - prices vary according to
season, day and time of crossing, so call us for prices.
Out and About
Did you know that over half of the Island has been declared an
“area of outstanding natural beauty”? And it is “officially” one of
the sunniest and warmest places in Britain? It is an island of natural
beauty, two Heritage Coasts, ancient history, pretty villages and
coastal towns, and all best explored at a leisurely pace, on foot, bike or bus.
Shanklin, in the south eastern corner, has a picturesque “Old Village” where our hotel is located,
surrounded by thatched cottages, tea rooms and shops. From there it is a short walk to the sandy beach,
which extends to Sandown and far beyond. Overlooked by the dramatic sandstone cliffs, Shanklin's long
sandy beach is popular in the summer with swimmers and sunbathers. Busses operate up and down the
long esplanade with a selection of places to eat and drink, and children's plays area, and water sports
including sailing and windsurfing.