The Isle of Wight’s oldest tourist attraction, Shanklin Chine, will be re-opening to visitors from 12th April.

The Chine, now a registered charity, will be open daily from 10:00-22:00 until 7th November with the illuminations switched on at dusk.

First opened in 1817, Shanklin Chine has been – and still is – a source of inspiration for many famous artists, writers and poets.

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In addition to the opening of the Chine, The Fisherman’s Cottage Inn will open the outside seating area only, in accordance with Government guidelines, from 12th April. There will be a limited menu on offer and the pub will operate a pre-booked table service only. As with the rest of the Island’s pubs and restaurants, the pub will open fully from 17th May.

Anne Springman, Trustee, said:

“We are really looking forward to welcoming everybody back to our beautiful, historic Chine. We have introduced a number of measures to ensure the Chine is COVID-secure, including a one way system.

“We have also built a new external box office for visitor enquiries and everything that has been done has been completed as sympathetically as possible so the experience will be as enchanting as ever.

“We are making sure the Chine’s natural beauty still shines through and that visitors have an enjoyable – and safe – visit.”

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Jo Porter, Operations Manager of the Chine and Fisherman’s Cottage Inn, adds:

“We are excited to be able to open both the Chine and the pub from 12th April. We’re also looking forward to opening a new addition to the pub’s offering in 2021, our Hut. Customers will be able to pick up takeaway drinks, settle on the beach outside of the pub and enjoy the views and open spaces.”

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