If you are looking for a little slice of traditional England but with a warmer climate, then a Shanklin holiday is the ideal option for you. The seaside town has a unique charm with plenty of chocolate-box style cottages and quaint front gardens to be enjoyed. A Shanklin holiday rental cottage is the perfect base for those who just wish to simply relax or for those who like a bit of adventure and sight-seeing. Mo matter what type of trip you are looking for, a Shanklin holiday offers exactly what you want.
Visitors can expect to be exposed to a variety of activities whist on a Shanklin holiday. With a beautiful beach and esplanade, the town offers water-based activities such as swimming, sailing, surfing and fishing. Other activities that can be enjoyed in the town include golf, horse riding, cycling and walking.
One of the most prominent attractions of the town is the Shanklin Chine. This is a naturally formed gorge which is great for walking and hiking as well as bird spotting. Nature lovers will be in their element here as the chine has over 150 species of flora and several species of moss. There are two waterfalls and an aviary filled with exciting species of birds. The Shanklin Chine is a perfect place to get the camera or easel out to capture nature at its best.
If you can bear to tear yourself away from the comforts of your Shanklin holiday rental cottage, you will find the popular town of Sandown located approximately 2 miles to the north of Shanklin. As well as a beautiful sloping beach, visitors will find attractions such as the Isle of Wight Zoo. The zoo is renowned for its collection of tigers and also has a white lion in its collection. Children will particularly love the lemurs, spiders, lizards and various primates that can be seen at the zoo. Sandown is also home to the Museum of Geology where there is an interesting collection of rocks and fossils for visitors to enjoy.
Visitors on a Shanklin holiday can expect to experience an almost sub-tropical climate thanks to the island's location. This means that there are warm summers and very mild winters, making it the perfect place to relax. The average daytime temperature during the summer months, in particular July and August, is 19°C. The winter months of January and February are generally the coldest with the average daytime temperature generally falling to 8°C.
As there are no direct flights to the Isle of Wight (unless you have your own small, private plane) most visitors arrive at Southampton Airport (SOU) and take the 20 minute ferry ride or hovercraft ride over to the island. Several major UK airlines offer affordable, regular flights including British Airways, Flybe and Eastern Airways. Passengers can leave from various UK airports such as Aberdeen (ABZ), Manchester (MAN), Liverpool (LPL), Newcastle(NCL) and Leeds (LBA).