South East England Tourist Information & Visitor Guide

recommended places to visit and explore throughout South East England


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historic university city, known as the "City of Dreaming Spires", with a multitude of historic buildings and several famous museums

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historic cathedral city, centre of the Anglican church and UNESCO World Heritage site, with medieval streets, riverside gardens and ancient city walls

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popular year-round seaside resort, not too far from London, with extensive nightlife and wide choice of bars or restaurants

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Windsor Castle is the main attraction here with Eton College just across the river. Plenty to do for all the family including Changing of the Guard

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popular Victorian seaside resort, with 3.5 mile palm-tree-lined seafront, close to South Downs National Park

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historic naval centre with great museums. Also Gunwharf Quays Shopping Centre and the excellent view from the Spinnaker Tower

Newbury

Newbury

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the ideal place to say for aficionados of Downton Abbey which is filmed at nearby Highclere Castle and with the famous Newbury Race Course to hand, the picturesque Watermill Theatre and the popular Spring Music Festival

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historic maritime city with links back to Tudor times and the embarkation point for the Mayflower to America. The home of the famous novelist, Jane Austen, museums, and two shopping centres - there is lots to offer here -

Hungerford

Hungerford

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renowned as an antique shoppers paradise with independent cafés and with good access to the motorway network for accessing Bath to the West or London and Heathrow to the East

Southsea

Southsea

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with a great panoramic vista along the promenade, an elegant pier, independent shops, pubs and restaurants covering a wide range of world wide food and plenty to entertain the kids

Burford

Southsea

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three-arched medieval bridge and impressive church, both sides of the street are flanked by an unbroken line of ancient houses and shops

Chichester

Southsea

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Georgian market town with city walls, cathedral, pedestrianised shopping streets and famous theatre

Guildford

Southsea

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busy regional centre and university town, with impressive 20th century cathedral and wide choice of shops and restaurants

Hastings

Southsea

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popular Victorian seaside resort and fishing port, famous for the nearby Battle of Hastings

Winchester

Southsea

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pre Norman capital and seat of the Anglo-Saxon kings with its medieval cathedral and castle, housing the round table associated with the Arthurian legend. Nearby Marwell Zoo is a family pleaser

Broadstairs

Southsea

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picturesque and genteel Victorian seaside resort with sandy beach and historic associations with Charles Dickens

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busy small town on the River Thames, best known for its annual regatta, with riverside walks, shops, pubs and restaurants

Reading

Southsea

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home of the well known Reading Festival and well placed for visiting Oxford and Windsor and the surrounding picturesque Berkshire Downs

Stockbridge

Stockbridge

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wide picturesque High Street reflects its early role as part of a drovers road where it was common to see flocks of sheep or herds of cattle being driven through the town from Wales. Seek out the Drovers House and you can still spot a sign in Welsh

Arundel

Stockbridge

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attractive market town in the South Downs, built around large castle, with multiple antique shops and cafés

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