Why choose the South East?

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Discover South East England, where history, culture and stunning landscapes come together to create a truly unforgettable experience.  From UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to royal castles, picturesque vineyards and tantalising food festivals.  Dive into a destination full of royal links, literary inspiration and film & TV connections, with cosmopolitan cities, bustling towns, and quaint villages, all waiting to surprise you. These pages aim to provide inspiration and ideas for your group and individual itineraries highlighting some great places to visit across the region.

Coast and Countryside Discoveries 

Whether you choose to get out on the water or enjoy from the slidelines, discover its marine wildlife or just enjoy the stunning views and natural beauty, the South East coastline is must do on a visit to the region. With over 400 miles of coastline to discover from the sandy beaches of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to the iconic white cliffs of Dover the South Coast has amazing places to discover.

Take to the countryside, a voyage of discovery awaits with a wander on one of the many National Trails, in one of the nature reserves, country parks or gardens littered throughout the region.  Enjoy a stop at one of the many great country pubs and enjoy time with the locals and not only see the sights but experience them too.


  1. Samphire Hoe
    There is something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors and wildlife: a stunning location and outstanding scenery, peace and quiet, walks, wildflowers, birds and picnics.
  2. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
    An important wildlife site set in an exceptional coastal and wetland landscape. Home to more than 4,355 species of plants and animals.
  3. Eastbourne Pier
    A traditional English seaside pier with a variety of shops, arcades, a camera obscura, nightclub and much more. A pleasant way to experience the seaside whilst enjoying a stroll along the Victorian boardwalk and enjoying views of Eastbourne from the sea.
  4. Spinnaker Tower
    Stands at 170 metres tall, offering breath-taking 23 mile views over the city, Portsmouth Harbour, the Solent and the Isle of Wight. It has a high speed lift and 3 sky-high viewing decks. The thrilling glass ‘Sky Walk’ is 100m above sea level.
  5. Devil's Punchbowl
    Discover the beautiful Devil's Punch Bowl, a 282 hectare open heathland and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, situated just to the east of the village of Hindhead in Surrey.
  6. The Savill Garden
    In 1932 Queen Mary gave Sir Eric Savill permission to develop The Savill Garden, a 35-acre garden in Windsor Great Park.

Cultural Discoveries

South East England’s rich cultural offering is awe-inspiring. From the award-wining museums to the famous historic castles, stories of royalty and adventures of old, you can't visit any part of the South East without bumping into some of its history and heritage.  Come to a region full to the brim with things to see and places to visit and why not make the most of the geography of the destination with a visit to a vineyard, brewery or distillery too.


  1. Dover Castle
    Immerse yourself in the drama of the Dunkirk evacuation in the very tunnels where the desperate rescue operation was masterminded.
  2. Hastings Contemporary
    Hastings Contemporary champions modern and contemporary art. An ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions includes work by important Modern British artists, internationally celebrated artists, and emerging practitioners.
  3. Towner Gallery
    Collecting and exhibiting contemporary art for nearly 100 years, Towner Eastbourne presents an ambitious and high quality programme of historic, modern and contemporary art through temporary and collection based exhibitions, talks, events and creative activities.
  4. The Mary Rose
    2022 marked 40 years since the Mary Rose, Henry VIII's favourite ship, was raised from the sea bed. Now on view in world-class museum within the Dockyard.
  5. Windsor & Eton Brewery
    A royal craft brewery for a royal town, with multi award-winning beers of every style. In 2010 the brewery brought craft brewing back to the heart of Windsor and our beers have won over 70 international, national, regional and local awards.
  6. Leeds Castle
    Just 4 miles south of Maidstone, Leeds Castle is one of the best preserved historic castles in South East England, as well as one of the most iconic.