South East England

Why go there?

South East England is renowned for its beautiful gardens and miles of stunning coastline. Rich in cultural attractions, the region is easily accessible from London, and is also home to gentle rolling countryside, two National Parks, and some of Britain’s driest weather!

Key gateways

Airports:
Heathrow, Gatwick, Southampton, Luton, Stansted

Ports:
Portsmouth, Harwich, Dover, Newhaven, Ramsgate, Poole

Cities

London

One of the world’s most visited cities, England’s buzzing capital has so much to offer, from magnificent history and culture to cutting-edge fashion and food. But for those who think they know London, then think again – this ever-changing capital continues to surprise new and repeat visitors alike.

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Oxford

Just a one hour train journey from the capital, discover Oxford’s breath-taking architecture, admire Britain’s oldest university or visit one of its many museums.

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Portsmouth

Portsmouth, on England’s south coast, is easily accessible from London by car or by train. This waterfront city is home to a wealth of historic attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, located next to the modern Spinnaker Tower, and vibrant shopping centre at Gunwharf Quays.

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Key attractions

Windsor Castle

Just a short journey west from central London, the magnificent Windsor Castle is the Queen’s favoured weekend residence and a must-see for fans of royalty, art and history.

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Website: royalcollection.org.uk

Oxford

Just a one hour train journey from the capital, discover Oxford’s breath-taking architecture, admire Britain’s oldest university or visit one of its many museums.

Website: experienceoxfordshire.org

Suffolk coast

With the picturesque towns and beaches of Southwold and Aldeburgh the Suffolk coast is the perfect spot for a gentle stroll, and fish and chips on the beach.

Website: visit-suffolkcoast.co.uk

Gardens of the South East

South East England showcases some of the finest landscape gardens and country parks in the UK with everything from stunning Capability Brown inspired floral displays to family friendly parks with much to do and see.

Website: visitsoutheastengland.com

Website: nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: rhs.org.uk

Brighton

Wander through The Lanes and discover a range of unique shops, enjoy laid back living on the famous pebble beach, visit the outlandish Royal Palace or party until late on the UK’s biggest gay scene. Brighton is a colourful city which never fails to surprise.

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Website: visitbrighton.com

Still to be discovered

For those who have visited South East England before, here’s a selection of attractions that they may not yet have discovered:

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Spinnaker Tower

Step back in time and explore a wealth of naval history spanning over 500 years, including the stunning Mary Rose Museum, before taking a trip to the top of the Spinnaker Tower and enjoying the stunning views across the Solent and at the ground beneath your feet!

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Website: spinnakertower.co.uk

Website: historicdockyard.co.uk

Website: maryrose.org

The Kent coast

Kent’s 350 glorious miles of coastline boasts the world’s most famous white cliffs, vast sandy beaches, family-friendly bays and offers a great setting for water activities. With charming towns such as Whitstable and Herne Bay, and just over an hour by train from London, the Kent coast is well worth a visit.

Website: visitkent.co.uk

The New Forest

Set aside by William the Conqueror 900 years ago as a hunting ground, the New Forest National Park is a truly ancient woodland. Wild ponies roam freely among the trees here, and it’s some of the finest and wildest scenery you’ll find in southern England. It’s also a top spot for camping, walking, hiring bikes or even trying your hand at riding a segway through the woods.

Website: thenewforest.co.uk

Leeds Castle, Bodiam Castle and Hever Castle

Take a step back in time with the South East’s many castles and historic houses – Leeds Castle, Hever Castle and the ruins of Bodiam Castle are just three examples of what the region has to offer.

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Website: leeds-castle.com

Website: hevercastle.co.uk

Website: nationaltrust.org.uk

Isle of Wight

Four miles off the Hampshire Coast and easily accessible by ferry from the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth, discover a unique slice of England on the Isle of Wight. Queen Victoria was so fond of the island that she built a holiday home here, and half of its landscape is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Website: visitisleofwight.co.uk