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The South East is one of the largest regions in the UK and home to royal castles, manor houses, stunning countryside and picturesque villages. The South East is made up of the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex. With so many interesting counties in the South East, there are endless places to visit whilst in the region.
For those looking to explore castles, Berkshire is home to Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and also where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married in 2018. The castle is the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen and its history spans almost 1000 years. The Changing of the Guard is one of the highlights to visiting Windsor Castle, as The Guards can be watched as they march up the High Street and into the Castle. There is usually an accompanying band which play trumpets at the same time as the ‘changing’ ceremony.
History buffs will be impressed with some of the historic attractions in Buckinghamshire. The county has an abundance of interesting and stunning places to visit, such as Waddesdon Manor and Estate. The Manor House is over a century old and boasts exceptional architecture, art collections and beautiful gardens. This stunning venue attracts more than 350,000 visitors a year.
The New Forest in Hampshire is definitely worth a visit for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Walks through woodland lanes, rugged heathland and canoe trips down flowing streams make The New Forest a magical place to explore. One of the beautiful things about The Forest is the free roaming ponies and fallow deer which live freely in the pastureland. Quaint villages and market towns border the New Forest, and make for wonderful places to stop and explore whilst visiting the area.
Beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will want to visit The Isle of Wight. Expansive beaches, rocky coves and rivers combine within 150 square miles to make the Isle of Wight an amazing place to enjoy and explore. Sandown, Shanklin and Lake are great spots for sunbathing, swimming and watersports. For more experienced surfers, Compton Bay provides a good swell that sweeps in from the English Channel.
Visitors looking for a combination of both, beach and city will love Brighton. This wonderful city is known for being quirky, fun and colourful. From laid-back beach living to legendary nightlife. Meander down the winding streets and vintage boutiques of The Lanes, visit quaint cafes and taste delicious fish and chips to champagne and oysters in one of Brighton’s many seafood restaurants.
More information on counties to visit and things to do in the South East of England can be found here.