Destination guide

Life's a beach in Shanklin

Perched on the Isle of Wight's glittering south-east coast, Shanklin is an archetypal British seaside town. Throughout the sunny summer months, its expansive stretch of golden sand throngs with happy holidaymakers and laid-back locals making the most of their pastel-hued beach huts. Its picture-postcard promenade is lined with cosy cafes, trinket-filled gift shops and warmly-welcoming restaurants serving perennial favourites like freshly-battered cod and chips. Probe the town a little further, and you'll find picture-postcard thatched cottages and traditional pubs where you can sample locally-brewed craft beers. With a diverse array of Shanklin holiday rentals to pick from, you're sure to find your ideal home-away-from-home.

Things to do

Prehistoric pleasures and monkey business

You'll find a wealth of alluring attractions virtually on the doorstep of your Shanklin holiday rental. The Shanklin Theatre is a stunningly preserved Victorian playhouse, and one of the Isle of Wight's best-loved entertainment venues. It plays host to an enthralling year-round programme of toe-tapping musicals, pop concerts and side-splitting stand-up comedy. For a magical family day trip, take the troop to Dinosaur Isle, the UK's first purpose-built dinosaur museum. Here, you can peruse a collection of captivating fossils and life-size replicas, and even take control of a robotic dinosaur. For a spot of animal magic, head to Monkey Haven to get up close and personal with a host of playful primates, plus adorable owls and kookaburras.


Aquatic adventures and old-school amusements

Whatever the weather, you'll find fun in abundance in Shanklin. The Isle of Wight is one of the UK's premier destinations for water sports, from relaxing pursuits like sailing and kayaking, to adrenaline-pumping activities like kite surfing and wakeboarding. The town boasts an array of colourful diversions for kids of all ages, from retro amusement arcades to quirky mini-golf courses. If you're in the market for a little self-indulgence, treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea, complete with dainty finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones and lashings of clotted cream.


Sultry summer days in Shanklin

Shanklin holiday rentals are in particularly high demand throughout the peak summer season of June to August. At this time of year, days are typically long and blissfully warm, with plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies. May and September are also lovely times to visit, with agreeably mild temperatures and fewer out-of-towners competing for a prime spot on the beach. Early spring and late autumn tend to be fresh, while winters can be downright cold, although the Isle of Wight's climate is generally milder than much of the UK. Rain is a possibility at any time of year, so pack your umbrella.

Natural features

Shanklin's ancient natural wonders

Some of Shanklin's most spectacular sights were crafted by Mother Nature. The Shanklin Chine is a breathtaking tree-lined gorge, replete with cascading waterfalls. This lush ravine is home to a host of birds, such as blue tits and grey wagtails, as well as cuddly critters like chipmunks and red squirrels. The Isle of Wight is also a haven for amateur archaeologists, as it's famously the richest place in the UK for dinosaur remains. Join a guided fossil walk, and let a local expert lead you towards prehistoric treasures like dinosaur bones and teeth.

How to get there

How to get to and around Shanklin

The nearest airport is in Southampton (SOU), located 23.7 mi (38.1 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), which is 30.4 mi (48.9 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, you can make your way to Shanklin Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Shanklin?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 798 holiday lettings around Shanklin. From 119 flats & apartments to 5 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Shanklin?

There's nothing better than the feeling of sand between your toes and sea breeze on your skin. It's time to muster up your squad for some lively beach action. HomeAway has 289 rental properties by the beach to pick from. Of course, that might not be for everyone. Luckily, HomeAway has heaps more options, including:

  • 231 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 160 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 152 town holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Shanklin?

If you want to have an authentic local experience and don't feel like sharing space with strangers this time round, renting a whole house is the way to go. There are 362 houses currently available on HomeAway. Prices start at £39 per night. Or maybe you'd rather one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Cottage: 336 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £75 per night.
  • Apartment: 124 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £35 per night.
  • Chalet: 52 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £55 per night.

Can I stay in Shanklin in a large group?

There's nothing quite like being somewhere entirely new with close friends and family. The best news is HomeAway has some places suitable for big groups. The leading option for bigger groups here are cottage holiday rentals, and we have 95 currently listed. The lodging options that can cater to large numbers in this area include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we have 260 rental accommodation suitable for that size. Book a night for as little as £59.
  • Need somewhere for 8 people? We have 115 that will be ideal. You can get one for as little as £59 a night.
  • Organising a trip away with a group of 5? We have 66 rental properties that will be perfect. Prices begin at just £57 a night.

So don't fear! When you travel with us you can take your aunt, your grandpa and all your friends to Shanklin.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Shanklin?

HomeAway has a range of wonderful cost-conscious possibilities. Treat your loved ones to an extravagant night on the town or stay a few extra nights with all the cash leftover. Newport East is heaven for bargain hunters. And with 7 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £75 a night, you can see why. There are another 4 HomeAway holiday rentals waiting for you in or around Buckland. The average price in this area is £99 a night.