Should I visit Robin Hill or Blackgang Chine? (A review of two popular Isle of Wight attractions!)

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Updated February 2023

June 2022

We had a brilliant week in the Isle of Wight back in June – it’s a fantastic place to visit with the kids, with lots of days out in easy driving distance. The weather was boiling so we felt like we were abroad too, which is always a bonus!

We stayed at Lower Hyde Holiday Park – which we booked for the bargain price of £78 through the Sun Newspaper Holidays. (Be sure to read my review on the holiday park too! 😊)

We visited both Robin Hill Country Park and Blackgang Chine – two of the Isle of Wight’s most famous attractions. I would say both attractions are best suited to children 12 years and under.

My review will look at both of these popular Isle of Wight attractions – thinking about the rides and activities for the kids, the facilities, ticket prices and value for money (and lots more!) to help you to decide which place to visit. Here’s what we thought…

What’s there for the kids to do at Blackgang Chine?

Blackgang Chine is such a unique and quirky place, with lots on offer to keep the kids busy. It has a mix of rides, play areas and different worlds to explore. Here were some of our favourite bits…

Waterforce

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Restricted Area 5

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Evolution

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Cowboy Town

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Play Areas

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There’s also a small rollercoaster called Cliffhanger – my two loved it and made us go on it again and again! Somehow I didn’t end up photographing it – I must have been too busy being dragged on the ride! 😂

The site is perched on the edge of the coast, looking out over the sea, making it a stunning place to explore and sit for a picnic.

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What’s there for the kids to do at Robin Hill?

Robin Hill Country Park is more outdoorsy, and the attractions are dotted around woodland and countryside, so it’s more of a natural place to visit. The gardens are very pretty and it’s a nice place to wander and enjoy a picnic. Here were some of our favourite bits…

Squirrel Tower

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Tobogganing

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Play Areas

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There’s also a swinging boat ride, Colussus, but this wasn’t open when we visited, and a train ride for little ones that my two were too old for. There’s a 4D cinema as well, but our son Finn doesn’t have any 3D vision so we skipped that one.

In all honesty, my two were just obsessed with the tobogganing – which they went on for several hours continuously – so my husband and I took the opportunity to sit under a parasol outside the cafe and relax while they went on it again and again… and again! 😂

 

What facilities are there?

At both sites, there are restaurants and food huts dotted around, as well as toilets and a gift shop. We brought picnics (as usual!) so I can’t comment on the quality of the food – we didn’t purchase anything other than ice-creams for the kids.

There’s lots of parking at both attractions, and it’s free. Some rides might be closed in the event of wet weather or high winds, so make sure you check the forecast before you book – Blackgang Chine is very exposed on the coastline. Dogs are welcome at both parks if well behaved and on a short lead.

Both Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine also run events throughout the year – so have a look on their websites before you visit to see what’s on. Something not to miss, if you’re visiting Blackgang Chine in August, are the summer firework displays! We took our kids when they were small, and it’s pretty spectacular from the top of the park overlooking the sea.

There’s a lot happening at Robin Hill this year, such as; a balloon festival, Easter activities, the Festival of the Dead and Christmas themed activities.

 

Which one should I visit?

Looking at the cost, entry to both parks is similar – but if you decide to visit both then you’ll save a few quid by getting a joint entrance ticket to both parks, which are owned by the same company.

However, whether you decide to visit one or both parks, tickets gain you seven days of entry so you can visit as many times as you like during that period and really get your money’s worth! (This is also really handy in the event of bad weather!)

£40pp felt like a lot of money to part with, but given that we had two places to visit and could go as many times as we wanted during our week away it wasn’t bad value. Although, we did feel that Blackgang Chine was better value for money than Robin Hill – there was a lot more going on to keep us occupied all day!

Finn and Lola thought that the Robin Hill toboggan run was the best thing ever but, other than that, Robin Hill was a bit lacking in comparison to what’s on offer at Blackgang Chine. On top of this, the tobogganing isn’t included in the entry price which (considering there aren’t many attractions!) is a bit insane; especially after paying £80 in entrance costs for the four of us.

The toboggan is £1.50 per go, or £10pp for a gold band that allows you ride as many times as you like. We went for the gold bands, as our two loved it so much, and they definitely got their money’s worth – they spent about 3 hours on it throughout the day! Had it been included in the cost then this day out would have been much better value for money.

Out of the two parks, if you’re only visiting one, then my preference would definitely be Blackgang Chine. There’s a lot to do for a full day out, and the rides are included so there’s no extra cost involved when you’re there. In my opinion, it has more to offer than Robin Hill.

Having said that, Blackgang Chine has more of a theme park vibe – so if you’re after a more relaxing day and prefer a quieter setting then Robin Hill would be a better option.

In my opinion, both parks are best suited to children aged 12 and under, so that’s also something to consider if you have older children.

 

2023 Robin Hill entrance prices:

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Robin Hill, isle of wight, kids, attraction park, ticket prices

Robin Hill, isle of wight, kids, attraction park, ticket prices

 

2023 Blackgang Chine entrance prices:

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Blackgang Chine, isle of wight, kids, attraction park, ticket prices

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight, kids, attraction park, ticket prices

 

Useful information for your visits…

Websites:

https://blackgangchine.com/

https://robin-hill.com/

Pets:  Dogs welcome on a lead in outdoor areas

Parking:  Yes, free

Facilities:  Restaurants, food huts, parking, toilets, picnic areas

Address: 

Blackgang Chine: The postcode for SAT NAV is  PO38 2HN

Robin Hill: Downend, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2NU

For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.

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