View of Portsmouth from Portsmouth Harbour, this city by the sea is full of maritime history an ideal destination for a city break, anytime of the year.

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South East England boasts some of the UK's most attractive cities to visit, full character and personality, some along England's south coast, others surrounded by the beautiful South East countryside.   Whether you're looking for a last minute city break deal, a spot of culture or simply wanting to explore a new destination, there are seven fantastic cities to choose from.

The cosmopilitan vibes of Brighton, to Portsmouth and Southampton crammed full of maritime history, the ageless grandeur of Oxford and Canterbury, to the ancient treasures of Winchester and Chichester, the South East England has something for everyone.

Brighton

East Sussex’s most famous seaside resort, with a vibe like no other, a city of creativity and passion, a foodie heaven, ideal for culture vultures looking to dive into its festival feel and discover its iconic attractions, events and Victorian history.  Brighton, voted as one of the top 10 city beach break destinations in the world, is a popular choice along the South coast. Whether you choose to soak up the cosmopolitan vibe, visit one of the many visitor attractions, try one of the many water sports on offer, you'll find a city by the sea, open all year round, with an seafront promenade, wide open beaches, historic arches crammed full of art and souvenirs, a Victorian pier packed with entertainment and the famous 'Lanes' to wander through and discover.

Take a trip on the British Airways i360 and get a birds eye view of the city to start your visit, see the iconic West pier and historic Royal Pavilion - seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, before checking out the latest exhibition at the Brighton Museum& Art Gallery.  Amble through the world famous 'Lanes' - The Lanes, North Laine and London Road - discover independent shops to big brands, restaurants, pubs and cafes. Take a trip on the Volk's Electric Railway, running since 1883 to the Brighton Marina, with its chic shopping, craft shops and casual eateries all overlooking the water.  Enjoy a round of glow in the dark golf at Globalls, Brighton's unique indoor crazy golf all under UV, take a powerboat ride or enjoy some fishing, before heading back to experience the vibrant night life that Brighton has to offer.

Brighton is packed full of great places to stay, from the famous Brighton Grand Hotel, steeped in British history, standing centre stage on Brighton’s famous seafront to the The Amsterdam Hotel with offering views over Brighton's famous pier and YHA Brighton, in all its magnificent Regency grandeur, on the doorstep of all of Brighton’s best attractions . If you prefer stay a little way out of town and travel in, how about the pet friendly three bedroom Kilcolgan Bungalow in Rottingdean, or the YHA Truleigh Hill, inland from the coastal towns of Shoreham, Brighton, Hove and Worthing or YHA South Downs just 25 mins by train away and located in the heart of the South Downs National Park. 

Don't miss the chance to take in some of the beautiful countryside on Brighton's doorstep, the stunning Devil’s Dyke, is just five miles north of Brighton, with its stunning panoramas, a record breaking valley, curious history and England’s most colourful habitat.  Ditchling Beacon, 7 miles from Brighton, which boasts the highest point in East Sussex and offers commanding 360-degree views from its summit. Brighton & Lewes Downs are one of two UNESCO World Biosphere areas in the South East, known as the 'Living Coast' the areas have significant natural value and was created to help us learn how to balance what people and nature need to flourish.

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Southampton

One of three cities in Hampshire all offering something different to visitors. Southampton is known for its wonderful shopping and boasts a number of high end as well bargain based shops with West Quay Shopping Centre in the heart of it all.  Situated on England's South Coast this vibrant city is the crusing capital of the South. Steeped in history and culture, Southampton brings together old and new, with a treasure trove of hidden gems, arts and entertainment.

If you’re looking for classic and cutting edge art then why not visit the Southampton City Art Gallery and if you want to be entertained then the Mayflower Theatre hosts some of the biggest shows in the country.  

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If you’re looking for something quirky to do with the family then the Bursledon Brickworks Museum would be a perfect day out. You will also get a chance to see the only remaining steam driven brickworks remaining in the country.

If you visit the old town then you will come across the magnificent Tudor House. The timber-framed building facing St Michael’s Square was built in the late 15th Century, with King John’s Palace, an adjacent Norman house accessible from Tudor House Garden, dating back a further 300 years.

Portsmouth

The Hampshire city of Portsmouth is famous for its historic dockyard and naval history. Even today, many of Portsmouth's most stunning features and most popular attractions are found near the harbour.  Situated on England's South Coast, the city has direct links to the Isle of Wight, Gosport and the continent.

From the elegant yet imposing Spinnaker Tower, to the historic HMS Victory, you'll find a huge range of things to see and do around the area. If you’re looking to shop until you drop then look no further than Gunwharf Quays being one of the best shopping locations in the south, with big brands, bowling alleys, cinemas and nightclubs.

If you’re looking to stay in Portsmouth then G! Boutique Hotel would certainly provide a luxury experience. Hampshire’s funkiest boutique hotel is just 5 minutes’ walk from Southsea beach, 10 minutes from Albert Road’s restaurants and entertainment.

If you want Gunwharf Quays on your doorstep then we suggest you stay at the Fortitude Cottage with all the bedrooms attractively furnished and immaculately maintained. 

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Winchester

Hampshire's historic cathedral city Winchester is one of the oldest settlements in Britain and the ancient capital of England. The city is dominated by Winchester Cathedral and with it dating back to 1070; it's one of the largest cathedrals in Europe.

You will also find the grave of one of the most popular literary figures in the country, Jane Austen. Nearby attractions include the delightful Marwell Wildlife or the futuristic and hands-on Winchester Science Centre.

For those on a budget, the four star Holiday Inn is the perfect place to stay, whether it be business, leisure or with the family. If you are staying then make sure you visit beautiful and intimate Edwardian-style Theatre venue Theatre Royal Winchester.

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Oxford

The world-famous City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford is a picture-perfect historic site set in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. With it being famous for its university, that has seen Oscar Wilde to British Prime Ministers pass through its colleges; the city also boasts high-street brands and chic boutiques that can be found in the Westgate Shopping Centre.

There are plenty of cinemas, art cafes and music venues. The New Theatre, Oxford, certainly attracts some of the best shows in the country and has seen the likes of Gary Barlow, Alan Carr, Jack Whitehall and Peter Andre all perform there.

If you’re looking to stay in the city then there are a number of hotels within the surrounding area and the Royal Oxford Hotel is ideally located in the city centre.

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Canterbury

The city of Canterbury in Kent is home to some of the most historic and well known buildings in Britain. With its character and heritage, it's no wonder that Canterbury is one of the most popular destinations in the south.

As soon as you arrive in the city, you can’t but notice the famous Canterbury Cathedral. The cathedral, together with St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church make up the city’s World Heritage Site.

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Chichester

West Sussex's only city, once an historic Roman settlement bursting with history and character, things to do and places to eat. Ideal for nature lovers and history buffs, Chichester sits at the foot of the South Downs, is home to a host of historic sites, the tranquil Chichester Canal and Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

Chichester, with its magnificent Cathedral, the site of the Shrine of St Richard of Chichester at its heart is an ideal starting point for your visit to this city. Head just around the corner to Bishop Palace Gardens, a hidden space to enjoy before diving into the cities history with a visit to Fishboune Roman Palace -  the largest Roman home in Britain or by joining one of the regular Sunday morning walking tours of Chichester.  Discover the Chichester Cross, a shelter for market sellers in times gone by, which sits in the centre of North, East, South and West streets, ideal just before lunch.  The cross sits at the centre of the city right in the heart of the modern shopping district, full of independent shops and eateries galore.  Head out of town after lunch to the beautiful West Dean Gardens, with its walled kitchen garden,13 working Victorian glasshouses and extensive and richly planted grounds or to Fishers Adventure Farm Park an ideal place to take the kids on this city break, arguably the number one family day out in the South East. 

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, The Cottage sits at the eastern end of the city, whilst West Dean College or Chilgrove Farm are both just 6 miles from Chichester city centre.  The Goodwood Hotel, part of the historic 12,000 acre Goodwood Estate is just a little way from Chichester and features an eclectic combination of thrilling unconventional experiences, breath-taking vistas, priceless works of art, organic and award-winning produce.

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    Visit England’s ancient capital and you will savour a wealth of history, from the 900-year-old cathedral and Arthurian round table to the many fine medieval buildings explore Winchester’s rich heritage.

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    2000 years of history are evident in the cathedral city of Chichester, from the imposing spire that dominates the skyline to the elegance of the Georgian Pallants.

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    Historic cathedral city of Chaucer’s Tales and a UNESCO world heritage site. ‘Pilgrims’ are still welcomed to this walled city for its shopping, restaurants and attractions.

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    This ancient university city is both timeless and modern, with plenty of things to do, lively arts venues, bustling shops and fashionable restaurants

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    The historic city of Southampton is fast becoming one of the most popular leisure and cultural destinations in the south. Its appeal lies in its diverse nightlife, exciting retail opportunities, varied leisure facilities, superb heritage attractions,

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    Vibrant, colourful and creative - three words that describe Brighton & Hove, one of the UK’s favourite seaside cities.

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    Portsmouth

    At the heart of Portsmouth is Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Here you can explore Lord Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, tour Queen Victoria’s battleship, HMS Warrior 1860 and trace the history of the Royal Navy. Then come right up to date with “Action…

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