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We are passionate about you exploring South East England and enjoying the many indoor and outdoor attractions on offer within the region.  Whether you choose to visit those must-see royal palaces and castles, or the award-winning animal parks and gardens, discover somewhere new or re-visit a firm favourite, you'll find some of the most popular tourist attractions in England here in the South East, so you will never be stuck for ideas on places to visit and things to do whatever your interest.     

Dive into the Past

With over 185 million years of history to discover the South East is littered with historic houses, enchanting castles, impressive cathedrals and inspiring museums, allowing you to delve into stories of a time long since past.  Explore famous battles, smuggling adventures and stories of individuals that have changed the course of English history, you'll find them all here in the South East.   

Waddesdon Manor, Rothschild House, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

For starters there is Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Windsor Castle in Berkshire and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in Hampshire.  These award winning attractions all have the 'We're Good to Go' charter mark plus countless awards between them.

Kids Entertainment

If you are out with the family, and looking for some family fun, check out the exciting theme parkspopular zoos and farm parks – all of which are sure to provide that next memorable day out in South East England.  You'll also find a whole host of steam railways offering the chance to sit back and enjoy the beautiful South East countryside and kid friendly museums to discover, learn and inspire.

Made in the South East

Learn how local food and drink is made on one of the many distillery and brewery tours on offer, or join in one of the 'Made in South East' workshops where you can make, do and create your own holiday experience.  There are over 140 plus vineyards scattered across the South East for you to explore, offering the chance to enjoy a tour and tasting, a delicious lunch, or a wander around their glorious estates, as well as some great Country Pubs that showcase these local brews.  Some of the most famous include Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Winchester, Shepherd Neame Brewery in Kent to name but a few.

Outdoors Adventures

South East England’s climate also makes the area perfect for must-see gardens such as Wakehurst and Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, in Sussex or RHS Wisley and Painshill in Surrey.  With over 1900 hours of sunshine a year, the South East is one of the sunniest destinations in the UK.  Take advantage of this fantastic location and experience a day at the races, enjoy a boat trip along the River Thames, a visit to one of the many award-winning blue flag beaches and dip you toe in the sea.  With over 3 million acres of natural beauty and 400 miles of stunning coastline to explore you are sure to find plenty to enjoy here on a sunny day.

Indoor Attractions

But if the weather changes, that doesn't matter too, as there are plenty of indoor attractions for a rainy day.  With beautiful heritage theatres full of entertainment, comedy, drama, dance and music for you to enjoy, along with great places to shop and eat, you can stay warm and dry inside.  The South East and all its diversity is ideal place to visit whatever the time of year, whatever the weather and with some great free things to do, it doesn't have to cost the earth either to get out and about on your next visit, staycation or holiday.

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Best Tourist Attractions Near Me

Browse the below list featuring some of the best attractions in the South East or for a list of local attractions near you, select map view to search geographically.

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  1. Tudor House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Margate

    Thought to be one of the oldest of its kind in Kent, it was built around 1525 and is believed to be the home of a wealthy yeoman farmer

  2. Drusillas Park

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Alfriston


    Award winning Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic family day out that includes the best small zoo in Europe where you’ll come face to face with hundreds of exotic animals from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas. But animals are just part…

  3. Margate Museum

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    Museum

    Margate

    Margate Museum is opened by a group of volunteers called the Friends of Margate Museum who work with Thanet District Council to open Margate Museum on a regular basis.

  4. St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

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    Museums & Galleries

    Lymington

    St. Barbe Museum explores the unique history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast. Take a journey and discover the people, places and events that have made the New Forest coast unique with our up-to-date interactive museum displays. Experience some…

  5. Bodleian Libraries

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    Historic Site

    Oxford

    See one of the oldest libraries at the heart of Oxford's historic University. Discover the Divinity School, a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture, or choose one of the guided tours, including a visit to Duke Humfrey's library.

  6. Westbury Manor Museum

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    Museum

    Fareham

    An elegant 18thC building with a Victorian-style public garden at the rear. Displays tell the story of Fareham, using models, graphics and objects with a varied temporary exhibition gallery.

  7. RHS Garden Wisley

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    Garden

    Woking

    Enchanted Story Trail returns to the Garden this Christmas to entertain 4–10 year olds and their adult companions. Stories and songs await discovery in the magical landscape. Free with normal Garden entry. For more information visit the website…

  8. Curious About Walks

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    Walking Tour

    Curious About... Explore, Discover & Enjoy!

    Curious About offer over 75 self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme across towns and cities across the UK! Suitable for individuals & groups of all ages, they are great for Family…

  9. Hogshaw Farm & Wildlife Park

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    Farm

    Buckingham

    Located in beautiful open countryside where there's plenty of space for families to explore.

  10. Bekonscot Model Village & Railway

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    Model / Miniature Village

    Beaconsfield

    Bekonscot delights visitors of all ages and be a giant in this miniature wonderland. Established in 1929 Bekonscot Model Village depicts rural England in the 1930s.

  11. Guildhall Museum

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    Museum

    Rochester

    Discover the history of Medway from pre-historic times to the present day at the Guildhall Museum in Rochester.

  12. Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum

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    Museum

    Eastbourne

    An impressive Napoleonic circular brick fortress which provides the perfect home for the largest military museum in the South East.

  13. Wakehurst

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    Garden

    HAYWARDS HEATH

    Wakehurst Place and the interactive Millennium Seed Bank exhibition are the perfect answer for visitors of all ages, whatever time of the year. Open all year.

  14. Sussex Top Attractions Ltd

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    Business Institution

    Chiddingly, Lewes

    Top attractions in Sussex – many in the new South Downs National Park. We boast historic houses, castles and gardens, steam railways, wildlife centres, Roman villas, the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, family fun and water activities and many others.

  15. Winkworth Arboretum

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    Garden

    Godalming

    Established in the twentieth century, this hillside arboretum has now been maintained by the National Trust for 60 years and has built up a collection of more than 1,000 different shrubs and trees, many of them rare.

  16. See Southampton

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    Walking

    Southampton

  17. St James' Church

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    Church / Chapel

    Rochester

    St James' Church dates from the late 13th century. No evidence of an earlier building survives. It seems likely that the de Cobham family, who held the manor from 1241, were instrumental in its construction.

  18. The Brickworks Museum

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    Industrial Archaeology

    Bursledon

    Come and be amazed at the authentic sights, sounds and smells of the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK.

  19. Gilbert White's House & Gardens

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    Museum

    Alton

    Historic house and garden, home of Gilbert White, author of 'The Natural History of Selborne'. Exhibition on Frank Oates, explorer and Capt Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame.

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