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Blackgang Chine

Isle of Wight, UK

Overlooking the cliffs on the southern coast of the Isle of Wight, Blackgang Chine is famous for the frequent landslides and erosion which mean the park's excentic attractions regularly have to be moved inland or they are lost to the sea.

Openedcirca May 1843
SeasonMarch to November
Websiteblackgangchine.com
Nearby Paultons Park (37 miles)
Legoland Windsor (87 miles)
Chessington World of Adventures (82 miles)
The Fairy Castle features scenes from Sleeping Beauty

The Fairy Castle features scenes from Sleeping Beauty

Blackgang Chine sits on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, and is famous for the regular landslides which cause the park to be shifted further inland as it is gradually lost to the sea.

The coastal erosion has been part of the park's attraction since its earliest days as a Victorian holiday resort with pathways and gardens laid out across the steep cliffs down to the beach. The original "chine" was lost many years ago, but the park remains - now aimed at young families with its quirky mix of the most eccentric of British entertainment.

One of Blackgang Chine's earliest attractions was the skeleton of a full sized whale which was washed up near The Needles on the western tip of the Island in 1842. The whale can still be seen at the park today.

Other attractions include Nurseryland, featuring scenes from famous fairy tales and nursery rhymes; Restricted Area 5, a themed trail past animatronic dinosaurs; and the Mouth of Hell, a giant sized mouth that visitors can walk inside. Cliffhanger is Blackgang Chine's rollercoaster, which is perched high up on the cliff at the top of the park.

Blackgang Chine is one of those visitor attractions that you describe as "quintessentially English", and the kind of place that gives a warm feeling inside as you tour the weird and wacky experiences on offer. Elsewhere, some of the exhibits might look very out of place and unsuitable for a modern tourist destination, but somehow they seem to fit right in with the nature of the park.

Attractions

Nurseryland

Nurseryland

Land featuring recreations of scenes from famous nursery rhymes and fairy stories

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

One of the park's earliest attractions, including 10 mirrors from Paris added in 1933

BBC Coast

BBC Coast

Exhibition about the coastline surrounding Blackgang Chine, and featuring the famous 1842 whale skeleton

Crooked House

Crooked House

Walkthrough house with wonky scenes and crooked floors

Pirate Cove

Pirate Cove

Nautical themed playground with a large pirate ship to climb aboard

Mouth of Hell

Mouth of Hell

A giant mouth that visitors can walk inside

Restricted Area 5

Restricted Area 5

Animatronic dinosaur walkthrough

The Musical Pet Shop

The Musical Pet Shop

A pet shop inhabited by animatronic singing animals

Rumpus Mansion

Rumpus Mansion

A spooky haunted house full of creepy ghosts, goblins and wizards

Cowboy Town

Cowboy Town

Wild West town area

Fairyland

Fairyland

Fairy village set in the woods

Videos

ECC Blackgang Chine 2016 trip