Isle of Wight
The Island, as it is known, is just approximately 23 miles long from the most easterly point near Bembridge to the famous landmark of the Needles stacks and lighthouse which sits on its western tip. The internationally renowned sailing town of Cowes sits at the northern point of the diamond-shaped island and the most southerly point is marked by another lighthouse 13 miles away at St Catherine's, a familiar name for anyone who listens regularly to the BBC's Shipping Forecast. The Island is known for having more attractions per square mile than anywhere else in the UK and a full calendar of events throughout the year.
The sister resort to Sandown shares the same sandy beach with the red cliffs of Luccombe creating a dramatic backdrop at the southern most point of Sandown Bay. The famous Shanklin Chine is one of Britain's oldest visitor attractions and was popular with Victorian visitors as a natural and beautiful wonder. The delightful waterfall and rare plants make it a firm favourite to this day and It also connects the beach with Shanklin Old Village a picturesque collection of thatched, Island-stone cottages that now have a range of boutiques, gift shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy.
Close-by you can relax in the peaceful Rylstone Gardens or perhaps enjoy a show at the town's lovely theatre. The beach itself remains the town's greatest asset and as well as being superb for swimming it is also a favourite for sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts. Shanklin probably has the Island's widest selection of hotels and guest house as well as a fine range of restaurants, bar and pubs. Shanklin Old Village and Shanklin Chine are well worth a visit, especially as they are just a 5 minute stroll away from St George's House, the main shops are located in Regent Street and High Street and most things that you will need whilst on holiday can be purchased in the town.