"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"


Sandown is a seaside resort town and civil parish on the southeast coast of the Isle of Wight, England, which neighbours the town of Shanklin to the south. Sandown Bay is the name of the bay off the English Channel which both towns share, and it is notable for its long stretch of easily accessible golden sandy beach. It is the site of the lost Sandown Castle. Whilst undergoing construction, this was attacked by a French force which had fought its way over Culver Down from Whitecliff Bay, resulting in the French being repulsed. It was built too far into the sea and constantly suffered erosion, until now reduced to a pile of rocks. Later forts in the town include the Diamond Fort (named after its plan), built inshore to replace the castle and which fought off a minor attack from privateers (probably French) in 1788, and the present "Granite Fort", which is now the zoo.

The sweeping esplanade from Devonia Steps to Yaverland and the bandstand was built during the First World War, for the first time stabilising the road to Bembridge. An extension to Brown's Golf Course (and former ice cream factory) was added in 1944 to disguise pumping apparatus for the Pipe Line Under the Ocean (PLUTO) pumping oil to the D-Day beaches, which still stands next to the large Art Deco Grand Hotel.

Sandown Bay is often used as a sheltered anchorage, especially for ships requiring salvage which are periodically towed into the bay (such as the Tarpenbeck) and the wreck of a salvage tug could be seen until recently at low tide under Culver Cliff (the Harry Sharman) which had been assisting the stricken tanker Pacific Glory in the 1970s.

Local authority: Isle of Wight Council

OS Grid Reference: SZ598842

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Things to see and do in and around Sandown

  • Sandown Pier
  • Dinosaur Isle
  • Isle of Wight Zoo
  • Brading Roman Villa
  • Isle of Wight Wax Works
  • Lilliput Antique Doll and Toy Museum
  • Old Town Hall Museum
  • Jungle Jims Adventure Play Area
  • Summer Arcade
  • Nunwell House and Gardens
  • Shanklin Chine
  • The Shanklin Treasure Trail
  • Amazon World
  • Bembridge Windmill
  • Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
  • Bembridge Heritage Centre
  • Sallys Riding School
  • Island Speedway
  • Bembridge Maritime Museum Isle of Wight Shipwreck Centre
  • Waltzing Waters
  • Wight Karting
  • Bembridge Lifeboat Station
  • Rosemary Vineyard
  • Lavender and Lace
  • Goodleaf Tree Climbing
  • Shipwreck and Maritime Museum
  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway
  • Arreton Craft Barns
  • Old Smithy Tourist Centre
  • Owl and Falconry Centre

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Point
Art 2 Artz Community Arts Studio & Gallery
2 Albert Road
Isle of Wight
PO36 8AN

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Forecast for Wednesday 12 December


Chance of rain 8%
Max temp. 9°C
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Humidity 74%
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Humidity 65%
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