Shalfleet village is built around a Norman Church with its imposing fort-like tower and having escaped Victorian restoration, it is a fine example of Norman architecture. During the 18th century a small spire was added (since removed) which gave rise to a local saying - Shalfleet's poor and simple people sold their bells to build a steeple. The 5ft thick walls house beautiful stained glass windows. When you visit, pay particular attention to the War Memorial Window showing two saints. Silhouetted by the sun a submarine and a biplane can be seen. The southern end of the village now mostly new housing is called Warlands named after Walleran Trenchard who once owned the village and was accused of poaching deer from nearby Parkhurst Forest
The walk from the village along the bank of Newtown Creek to the 17th century Shalfleet Quay is splendid and solitary. The pub at the village end of the path is famous for sea food and is a favourite haunt of yachtsmen spending the night in the creek. There is a National Trust Car Park from where the walk begins.