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Osborne House: The once summer home of Queen Victoria is owned and maintained by the English Heritage. The house is kept in brilliant condition and can be viewed all year round. If you are planning to visit other English Heritage landmarks on your Shanklin Holiday like Carisbrooke Castle then it is worth becoming a member as there are discounts and other deals that allow free access to other English Heritage properties.

Carisbrooke Castle: This castle based in the middle of the island is very popular with tourists. Charles I was imprisoned at Carisbrooke. The castle is mentioned in Moonfleet, a popular children’s story that includes a donkey driven treadmill.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway: resuscitated to pre war glory the steam railway has been given the financial backing to recreate the environment of yesteryear. A day ticket ensures that you can have unlimited travel which is great for all of the family, prices are reasonable at £8 for adults and £4 for children. Opening times do vary but it is available on weekends and summer.

The Needles: Based on the west of the Isle of Wight these offshore rocks were used to defend the island. Preserved impeccably by the national trust, the views and atmosphere is hard to beat anywhere else in the UK.

Steephill Cove: Based at the south of the island and close to the town of Ventnor. This cove is only reachable on foot. Again the views and gorgeous sea air are breathtaking. An amazing restaurant based on the beach is home to some of the freshest lobster and crab anywhere. A great place to go on your Weekend Break to Shanklin

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