Destinations: South East England
An Island to exploreDon’t forget to visit the South-East’s very own island. You’ll find the Isle of Wight has 60 miles of spectacular coastline, with picturesque coves and beautiful bays of golden sand with safe bathing. Add to this the island’s internationally renowned centre of sailing and a myriad of outdoor activities from fishing to golf and windsurfing and you get a dream holiday vacation no matter your taste.
The Garden of EnglandEngland’s oldest county and known as the Garden of England, discover Kent's world renowned gardens. With 180-plus to choose from, there's one to match your every mood and interest: grand and historic, exotic and informal. The famous World Garden is laid out in the shape of the map of the world and contains plants collected from across the globe.
If it’s a spot of retail therapy you’re after then the South East has it all: premier shopping centres, unique boutiques and designer outlets.
The South East has played an important role in the military history of Britain from great naval battles to world wars there are sites across the South East that play tribute to this past, including the impressive Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth which presents Britain’s rich maritime and naval history
The south east is home to Canterbury Cathedral with its stunning stained glass and 11th Century Crypt is HQ of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop.
The Cathedral's history goes back to 597AD when St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great as a missionary, established his seat here.
Winchester, England’s capital under the Saxons is home to Europe’s longest medieval cathedral, where you can explore more than a thousand years of England’s history.
Castles and Fortresses
Of the 100 or so castles in England, over 30 are in the South East due to the fact that historically, the region has always been vulnerable to attack from foreign shores. Kings and queens throughout the ages turned South East England into the fortress of Britain, by building some of the most impressive and imposing castles in England. In Sussex, Arundel Castle looms high on a hill overlooking the town,Hastings has the remains of William the Conqueror’s first English Castle. In Kent Leeds Castle is a serene fairytale castle surrounded by a moat and Dover Castle sits proudly atop the White Cliffs of Dover and boasts one of the best views on offer from any of the castles in England.
Left: Bodiam Castle near Rye