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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. Winchester Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Winchester

    Explore more than 1000 years of history in Europe’s longest medieval Cathedral. Discover the beautiful illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings, contemporary art and the awe and wonder of this magnificent building.

  2. St Mary's Church, Itchen Stoke

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    Church / Chapel

    Alresford

    A jewel inspired by the chapel of French kings

    St Mary's was built in 1866, by Henry Conybeare for his brother who was the Rector of the church, and felt the previous church was cold and damp.

    He himself bore most of the cost, with the…

  3. Thames Path National Trail

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    Walking Tour

    Oxford

    The Thames Path National Trail is a wonderful way to explore the River Thames. This long distance walking route starts at the source of the river in a field in the Cotswolds and follows the banks of the Thames for 185.2 miles (298km) meandering…

  4. Basing House

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    Historic Site

    Basing, Basingstoke

    Discover the many stories of Basing House, a nationally important historical site. This magnificent attraction dates from the Norman period and was the site of the largest private house in Tudor England.

  5. Vintage Days Out

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    Event Venue

    Crafting the perfect day out - Enjoy a unique experience enjoying truly elegant travel.

  6. Hospital of St Cross

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    Historic House / Palace

    Winchester

    Medieval almshouses, church, ambulatory, Brethren's Hall and kitchen, Master's garden.

  7. Eastney Engine Houses

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    Museum

    Eastney, Southsea

    Discover the marvels of Victorian engineering that both improved and lengthened the lives of city residents.

  8. Bexhill Museum

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    Museum

    Bexhill-on-Sea

    It’s curious, it’s quirky, it’s packed to the rafters with diverse objects with a surprise in every cabinet and around every corner.

  9. Ashcroft Arts Centre

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    Arts Centre

    Fareham

    Offering comedy, theatre, music, festivals and classes for all ages, there is something for everyone on offer at Fareham’s Ashcroft Arts Centre.

  10. Congress Theatre

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    Conference / Exhibition Centre

    Eastbourne

    The Congress Theatre is Grade II* listed. Purpose built, the theatre and conference venue has a seating capacity of 1655, and is one of the largest theatres on the south coast.

  11. The Diving Museum

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    Museum

    Gosport

    The Diving Museum has the best collection of diving equipment on display in the world. The enthusiastic volunteer Museum Guides come from all sides of diving including the Navy, commercial diving, scientific and sport diving. Families and kids just…

  12. South Downs National Park

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    National Park

    The South Downs, now a newly designated National Park are accessible from Worthing. The South Downs Way runs from Winchester to Eastbourne and can be accessed at several points around Worthing or Adur.

  13. Monkey Haven

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Newport

    Since acquiring charitable status in 2013, there’s never been a better time to visit the Island’s Gold award-winning Owl & Monkey Haven.

  14. Dover Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Dover

    Discover 2000 years of history at Dover Castle! Step inside the Great Tower and immerse yourself in the medieval world and royal court of King Henry ll. Travel deep inside the White Cliffs and tour the Underground Hospital.

  15. Wilderness Wood

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    Forest

    Crowborough

    "A hidden treat". A unique 61 acre family-run working woodland, where you can still see traditional coppicing. Fascinating and beautiful at all seasons, with miles of paths and tracks to explore, including springtime bluebell walk.

  16. Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson

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    Historic Site

    Fareham

    Fort Nelson is a superbly restored Victorian fort overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. It is home to the Royal Armouries national artillery collection with over 350 historic guns on display.

  17. Forest Leisure Cycling

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    Waymarked Trail

    Ringwood

    New Forest Cycle hire, from our brand new Cycle Centre, located close to the trails!

  18. Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

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    Garden

    Hailsham

    Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in 550 acres of glorious parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens.

  19. Newhaven Fort

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    Historic Site

    Newhaven

    Families are promised an exciting day out at this award winning attraction. Life-size exhibitions and displays depict what life was like in a Victorian Fortress and increase understanding and learning about World War I and World War II.

  20. South Downs Heritage Centre

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Hassocks

    A unique visitor attraction in a stunning oak-framed barn. Independent British artists, designers and makers regularly showcase their work to the public.

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