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There are thousands of incredible places to visit in the UK and Ireland

Viewing: South East England


Great for Beauty

1066 Country Walk

South East England

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The 1066 Country walk (one of many great walks in the area) literally lets you walk in the footsteps of William the Conqueror along the 31-mile trail from Pevensey Castle near Battle Abbey to Rye, through beautiful hills, woodland and orchards.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History, Essential

Arundel Castle

South East England

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Arundel, set on a hill top above the river Arun, is dominated by its Norman castle and Gothic cathedral. Arundel Castle though originally built in the 11th century, suffered badly during the English civil war, so that what you see today was constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries. However, within the walls of the castle there is almost 1000 years of history, including the impressive remains of the keep, suits of armour and beautiful paintings. The 19th century cathedral is a fine example of Gothic architecture.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Battle of Hastings

South East England

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The town of Battle lies on the site where William the conqueror defeated the Saxon King Harold in 1066. Legend has it that the altar in Battle Abbey was built on the precise spot where King Harold was killed. An audio tour and video introduction tell of the historic battle.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Family

Blackgang Chine

South East England

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Blackgang Chine is an eccentric mix of exciting rides, goblins and fairies, dinosaurs, nursery rhyme characters, cowboys and Indians all set within rambling Victorian gardens overlooking a spectacular coastline.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History

Bodiam Castle

South East England

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Built in 1385, Bodiam Castle is one of the most classic castles in Britain, with virtually all of the exterior walls complete, much of the interior survives, it also comes with a moat.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for British

Bourton-on-the-Water

South East England

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Bourton-on-the-Water is probably the most visited place in the Cotswolds and makes a great base for exploring the Cotswolds. The river Windrush flows through its centre and together with the attractive low bridges make an attractive scene. An unusual tradition here is the annual Water football match held in the river!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Family

Brighton Marina

South East England

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Brighton Marina has plenty of shopping, quayside bars and restaurants, leisure, fishing and sailing, offering something for all the family.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Arts, Essential

Brighton Royal Pavilion

South East England

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Brighton's most famous landmark. the Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace that houses furniture and works of art including original pieces lent by HM The Queen and a magnificent display of Regency silver-gilt. There's also a tearoom, with a magnificent balcony overlooking the splendid Pavilion gardens.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Broadway

South East England

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Broadway's wide main street is lined with shops, restaurants, hotels and plenty of gift shops. It's the narrow lanes off the main street with their stone cottages that have inspired artists, writers and composers over the years.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Essential

Canterbury Cathedral

South East England

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The Cathedral, founded in the 8th century was rebuilt in the 1070s following a fire, is part of a World Heritage site, that includes Augustine's Abbey and St. Martin's Church. The cathedral is one of Europe's most popular pilgrimage centres, following the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170 within its walls.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Canterbury Heritage Museum

South East England

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The Heritage Museum reveals 2000 years of the Canterbury's history through interactive exhibits.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Canterbury Roman Museum

South East England

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Discover the Roman town that lays below Canterbury. The museum is home to a fantastic selection of everyday life objects, mosaics and treasures.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, History, Essential

Canterbury Tales

South East England

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Discover Chaucer's medieval tales with this award-winning attraction, a must-do in Canterbury! It's a great way to learn more about the city of Canterbury and the great 14th century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. It's an engaging and highly entertaining experience for the whole family.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Carisbrooke Castle

South East England

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The well preserved Carisbrooke Castle near Newport is best known for being where Charles I was imprisoned.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, British

Charles Dickens Birthplace

South East England

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Nearby in Portsmouth is Charles Dickens Birthplace, where the famous author was born and spent his early life. This Regency home is furnished as it was in the 19th century, giving you a glimpse of what Victorian Portsmouth was like.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Chichester Cathedral

South East England

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Chichester Cathedral was begun in 1076 under Bishop Stigand. The Cathedral manages to successfully combine modern art - including a window by Marc Chagall, a tapestry by John Piper and a painting by Graham Sutherland, while more ancient artefacts include the 12th century Lazarus Reliefs and the Lambert Barnard paintings.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Chipping Campden

South East England

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Dating back to the 12th century, Chipping Campden has always been at the heart of trading. The wonderful 17th century Market Hall with its elaborate timber roof and gables and St James Church are well worth a visit.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Cirencester

South East England

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With its narrow and winding streets, Cirencester has a certain elegance to it, and dates back to Roman times (an albeit grassed over amphitheatre still exists). The Corinium Museum explains these origins.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

D-Day Museum

South East England

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The D-Day Museum is Britain's only museum dedicated to all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France on 6th June 1944. The museum will be open as usual through to 12 March 2017 inclusive, after which the refurbishment will commence. We plan that the museum will reopen in Spring 2018.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Devils Dyke

South East England

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Devils Dyke is a historic beauty spot on the South Downs just north of Brighton. The large dry valley has been a popular place to visit since Victorian times. Originally an aerial cable-car (Britain's first) brought visitors to the dyke from Brighton.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, British

Ditchling

South East England

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Ditchling really is a picture postcard village dating back to Saxon times. The Dichling Museum tells the story of a remarkable village and its community of 20th century artists and craftsmen.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Ditchling Beacon

South East England

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From Devils Dyke you can walk 5 miles to Ditchling Beacon. The chalk downland makes for a rich array of plant life and is also home to a great many birds including skylarks, warblers and yellowhammers.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Dover Castle

South East England

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High above the White Cliffs of Dover is the impressive Dover Castle, where you can immerse yourself in the medieval world of King Henry II. More than just a castle, it also played a major part in WWII with its underground hospital.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Arts

Fishbourne Roman Palace & Gardens

South East England

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This historic Roman Palace displays the remains of the largest and earliest Roman dwelling in Britain from the first century AD. Displays include beautiful Roman mosaics.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Fort Nelson

South East England

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Fort Nelson was built in the 1860s, as part of a chain of fortifications protecting Portsmouth from a feared French invasion. Opened in 1995 as home to the Royal Armouries collection of artillery, Fort Nelson has over 350 big guns and historic cannon on display, all part of the national collection of arms and armour.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for British

Godshill

South East England

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Godshill is a beautiful old village with plenty of thatched houses and gift shops, tea rooms and two pubs with a church up on the hill.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Gosport

South East England

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Gosport is a short ferry ride across the harbour from Portsmouth. Here the Royal Navy Submarine Museum lets you board a World War 2 era submarine – HMS Alliance, as well as finding out what it is like living beneath the waves. The lively Explosion! – The Museum of Naval Firepower is also in Gosport.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for British

Hastings Castle

South East England

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Originally a prefabricated wooden castle built in September 1066, making it the first Norman motte-and-bailey castle in Britain, William the Conqueror ordered that it be rebuilt in stone after his victory at the Battle of Hastings. The 1066 story at Hastings Castle lets you walk around the ruins, explore the dungeons, and enter the medieval siege tent to enjoy history about the castle.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Hastings Fishermen's Museum

South East England

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The Fishermen's Museum is one of the town's most popular tourist attractions. There you will find models, photos, paintings, nets, ropes and many other fishing artefacts.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Hospital of St Cross

South East England

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Just a 20-minute walk from the city centre, the Hospital of St Cross is a beautiful group of Grade I listed buildings dating from 1132. You can admire the medieval architecture, explore the gardens and receive the Wayfarer's Dole, which is a small beaker of beer and a morsel of bread.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sports

Hove Lagoon Watersports

South East England

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Hove Lagoon offers water sports and a range of courses and taster sessions are on offer, in a safe, controlled environment.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Family

Howletts Wild Animal Park

South East England

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Howletts Wild Animal Park includes close encounters with tigers, gorillas, clouded leopards, monkeys, tapirs, Iberian wolves, macaques, rhinos and many other rare and endangered species from around the world, all in large enclosures.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for Natural

Isle of Wight

South East England

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The island has 60 miles of spectacular coastline, with picturesque coves and beautiful bays of golden sand. Inland the countryside is just as stunning, with gentle rolling hills and little lanes to explore. The island is a short 10-minute journey by hovercraft or catamaran from Portsmouth, while ferries from Southampton and the New Forest take around 30 minutes. A train operates down the east side of the island enabling you to explore the beach resorts of Sandown and Shanklin, while around the island bus service gets you further afield including the gorgeous bay at Ventnor, or to the western side of the island to Alum Bay and the Needles.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History, Beauty

Leeds Castle

South East England

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Leeds Castle set amidst a lake is often described as a romantic castle and is certainly one of Britain's most stunning. You can wander through the beautiful grounds to wander through as well as superbly restored rooms.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Family

Marwell Wildlife Park

South East England

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Marwell Wildlife is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a part in helping to save them. The 140-acre zoological park is home to over 250 exotic and endangered species in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Mechanical Memories Amusement Museum

South East England

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Located on Brighton Seafront, the Mechanical Memories Museum has a collection of the early penny slot machines that would have graced the arcades decades before there were flashing fruit machines and expensive video games.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty, Family, British

Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line

South East England

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The Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' has steam or heritage diesel locomotives, which take you through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside between Alresford and Alton stations. The return journey takes 1 hour 40 minutes.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Moreton-in-Marsh

South East England

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Moreton-in-Marsh has some fine buildings, including a rare Curfew Tower with its original bell dating back to 1633. It also has the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds every Tuesday. The town's annual show held in September celebrates farming life past and present.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Essential

Osborne House

South East England

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The extravagantly decorated Osborne House was built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1845, as a summer home and rural retreat. Prince Albert designed the house himself. A visit of this seaside home is must-see whilst visiting the Isle of Wight.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Portchester Castle

South East England

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Portchester Castle was built in the 3rd century, and is the only Roman stronghold in northern Europe whose walls still mainly stand to their full 6-meter height, complete with most of their original twenty towers. Later housing a Saxon settlement, the huge waterside fortress became a Norman castle in the 12th century.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Essential, Family, History

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

South East England

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The Historic Dockyard offers a fantastic 6 attractions in 1 ticket. The unique attractions include the chance to board Lord Nelson's flagship Battle of Trafalgar warship the HMS Victory. The 1860 HMS Warrior was one of the first iron clad ships which is now open for full exploration. Recently opened is the incredible opportunity to view the remains of Henry VIII's warship the Mary Rose which sunk in 1545. The ship was recovered from the sea bed in the 1980s where it sat beneath the sandy sea bed - beautifully preserved the ship was raised and has undergone a preservation programme which was completed in 2013. The ship can now be viewed in its new museum along with thousands of artefacts also recovered from the seabed. The Dockyard also has a naval museum, a harbour tour and Action stations which offers child-friendly interactive experiences.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Family, History, Relaxing

River Stour Boat Trip

South East England

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Taking a boat trip on the River Stour gives you a different view of Canterbury. Expert guides will point out buildings of interest as well as providing you with some notable facts and figures about the cathedral city.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, British, Family

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

South East England

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The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway near Rye, is a narrow-gauge railway with miniature steam engines running 13.5 miles from Dungeness point to Hythe. Visitors can hop off at one stop and visit a small wildlife reserve and education centre.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Family

Rupert Bear Museum

South East England

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The Rupert Bear Museum, on the same site as the Heritage Museum, contains themed games and workshops for children.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Rye Castle Museum

South East England

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Rye Castle Museum housed partly in the Ypres tower covers local history and exhibits include firefighting equipment, trade changes caused by the sea's retreat, maritime history and shipbuilding, antique toys and games plus many photos.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Family

Sandown Beach

South East England

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Sandown beach, situated in the South East of the island, is popular with families and water sport fanatics. Its large pier has many small attractions including amusements, crazy golf, children's rides to name a few.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Seven Sisters Country Park

South East England

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The Seven Sisters Country Park comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland. You can take a walk along the top of eight cliffs with continuous views of the ocean, and the cliffs themselves as they curve round.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for British

Shanklin

South East England

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Shanklin - Old Village has a small road winding its way through it passing small gift shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs, some of them thatched. The main town of Shanklin has a great long beach ideal for families.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, History

Smugglers Adventure

South East England

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This must-see attraction allows you to immerse yourself in the fascinating and dark world of smugglers, with tunnels, caverns, life-sized characters and special effects.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

South Downs National Park

South East England

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The South Downs National Park, covering an area over 1600 square kilometers, offers an area of protected countryside that everyone can visit and enjoy. Activities include walking, mountain biking, horse riding and paragliding.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Southsea Castle

South East England

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Southsea Castle was built in 1544 by Henry VIII to protect the country from invaders. The famous Mary Rose warship sank right in front of the castle in 1545 whilst defending England from the French invasion.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for British

Stow-on-the-Wold

South East England

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Stow-on-the-Wold has a large and impressive town square with buildings all in the traditional local stone. While the medieval cross is a reminder of the market's heyday – placed to encourage traders to do business fairly under the sight of God, today the town is more renowned for its antiques trade.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Stroud

South East England

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Stroud boasts many shops, cafés and restaurants and has an award-winning Farmers' Market every Saturday. Rich of its industrial past, a visit to the textile working mills is a must.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Arts

The Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

South East England

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Located within the Royal Pavilion garden, the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery has some dynamic and innovative galleries - including fashion and style, 20th century art, design and world art.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

The City Mill

South East England

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The City Mill is a rare example of an urban working corn mill, powered by the fast-flowing River Itchen. Rebuilt in 1744 on a medieval mill site, it remained in use until the early 20th century and was restored in 2004.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

The Great Hall

South East England

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The Great Hall is all that remains of Winchester's castle. Apart from the impressive example of 13th century early Gothic architecture, the Great Hall also has an imitation of King Arthur's round table displayed on one of its walls, with inscriptions of the Knights engraved on it. A small museum describes the history of Winchester Castle.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty, Family

The Needles

South East England

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The Needles is by far Isle of Wight's most iconic and dramatic landmark. The three chalk monolith rocks are located at the most Westerly tip of the Island. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the chairlift down to Alum Bay.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Arts

The Pallant House Gallery

South East England

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Pallant House is the home of Modern British art in the south. There are international touring exhibitions and print room shows as well as changing displays from the permanent collection.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

The Rye Heritage Centre

South East England

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The Rye Heritage Centre gives an ideal introduction to the town bringing together the story of Rye set within the famous Rye Town Model sound and light show.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Essential, Family

The Spinnaker Tower

South East England

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The Spinnaker Tower is one of the UK's tallest publicly accessible building and offers amazing views across the city and beyond. Enjoy a coffee 105 meters above Portsmouth harbour!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Ventnor

South East England

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Beautiful Ventnor situated on the south-east of the island was established as a seaside resort in the Victorian era, and its winding streets contain an array of quirky boutiques.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

South East England

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The Weald and Downland Museum has more than 40 traditional mostly timber-framed buildings dating from the 13th -19th century which were rescued from destruction, and rebuilt to their original form. Many of the interiors have been furnished, recreating the way the buildings were used by their owners centuries ago.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for British

West Wittering

South East England

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The charming village of West Wittering affords magnificent views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs beyond. It also boasts a natural and unspoilt sandy beach as well as windblown sand dunes.
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Great for Beauty, Essential

White Cliffs of Dover

South East England

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The White Cliffs of Dover are one of Britain's most iconic landmarks, and a wander along the top of them will give a dramatic view over the English Channel.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Whitstable

South East England

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Whitstable is most famous for its oysters, which are as plentiful today as in Roman times. The town is centred on its busy commercial harbour. Nearby the Oyster and fishery exhibition tells the story of fishing in Whitstable.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Winchcombe

South East England

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Winchcombe is a charming village which makes a great base for walkers with many trails, including the Cotswold Way passing through. Outside the stone church of St Peter are 40 gargoyles said to represent local town characters from the 1460s.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Essential

Winchester Cathedral

South East England

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Winchester's Cathedral was built in 1079 and is Europe's longest medieval Cathedral. The beautiful Romanesque style architecture along with the illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings and contemporary art make this place well worth a visit.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Family

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

South East England

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Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information