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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The Belmore B&B offers accommodation in Sandown. The rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. You will find a kettle in the room. Details...
Opposite Sandown’s golden beach, Trouville Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Sandown Pier. This modern Isle of Wight hotel features a traditional restaurant and a leisure centre with sea views. Details...
With an excellent seafront location, the Carlton is a family-run hotel offering rooms with en suite facilities, a restaurant, a bar and live entertainment 7 nights a week. Details...
In a quiet location just 3 minutes’ walk from the beach, The Denewood is a family-run guest house in Sandown with free parking and Wi-Fi. With its own bar, The Denewood is 10 minutes from the train station and 15 minutes from the Isle of Wight Zoo. Details...
Featuring free WiFi, The Bernay offers accommodation in Sandown, 700 metres from Dinosaur Isle. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms have a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Details...
A 1-minute walk from Sandown High Street, Victoria Lodge provides self-catering apartments on the Isle of Wight’s eastern coast. These studios and flats have free on-site parking and WiFi. Details...
Fairfield Cottage is a fabulous, bright and airy semi-detached cottage, set in a cul-de-sac in Sandown on the south east coast of the Isle of Wight. The cottage has three bedrooms, including a king-size double, a zip/link twin room which can be a king-size double on request, and a room with adult bunks. Details...
Woodpecker Cottage is a superb, detached cottage, situated on a working conservation farm surrounded by three nature reserves, in the hamlet of Adgestone near Brading. Set solely on the ground floor, this cottage offers one double bedroom and a shower room. Details...
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3 Old Post Office Mews is a quality mews cottage in Brading town. It has a double and a family room, and a bathroom. Downstairs is an open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area. Outside is off road parking for one car and an enclosed patio with furniture and BBQ. Details...
Cosie is a wonderful little holiday home, nestled in a smashing spot just of the high street in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. A town house, it has two bedrooms, including a double and a family room with three single beds, two of which can be made up into a double on request. Details...
Rush House is a spacious property with a hot tub, on the outskirts of Shanklin, Isle of Wight. The property has eight bedrooms, offering a variety of sleeping arrangements sure to suit all parties. Details...