|Index||Southeast England||Ten best historic monuments||Ten best town and country attractions|
|Name & location||Rating (/5)||Highlights|
|5||A UNESCO world heritage site, and one of
the finest mediaeval cathedrals in England.
See Cathedrals in England
|Hampton Court Palace
|5||A palace built for Cardinal
Wolsey, during the reign of King
Henry VIII. In the 17th century, it was extended in a bid to rival with
Versailles. Today it remains as one of the finest
Renaissance palaces in Europe. Easy access by train from
London Waterloo - 45 mins.
|5||One of the finest surviving examples of a
Norman fortress in
England. The castle has been home to the Dukes of Norfolk for over 800
years. It was extensively rebuilt in the late nineteenth century, but
the Norman keep. Beautiful gardens. Special events in summer.
Train station 1.5 miles. Trains from London Victoria 1h36. Website
Near Maidstone, Kent
|5||One of England's most beautiful castles, built in the middle of a lake. Once the home of queens, the castle was built in the thirteenth century. It was continually embellished until the 20th century, and has spectacular interiors and 500 acres of grounds. Events.|
|Rochester Cathedral and castle
|4||One of the best Norman cathedrals in
England. The twelfth-century
Romanesque west door has an ornamentally carved tympanum reminiscent of
churches in southwest France. The castle close by is one of the best
preserved 12th century castles in Europe.
Easy access by train from London Victoria in 1h 20mins.
|Chatham historic dockyard
|4||Close to Rochester. A major historic tourist attraction in the southeast, Chatham historic dockyard tells the story of sailing ships. There are three historic naval sailing ships, a still-working Victorian ropery, a dock railway, and several other collections to visit. Train station 1 mile. Website|
|Fishbourne Roman palace
|4||Remains of the largest Roman residence to
have been discovered
north of the Alps. This was a palace probably built for a local ruler
in roman occupied Britain. It contains some of the finest Roman mosaics
known. Roman museum, and reconstructed Roman gardens.
|4||Magnificent defensive stronghold guarding the port of Dover for a thousand years. The castle is a fine mediaeval fortress, extended and strengthened in later centuries. Visitors today can explore the underground tunnels used during the Second World War.|
Sussex, East Grinstead
|4||The original Engish preserved steam railway. II miles of track from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park. The line is directly connect to the national rail network at East Grinstead, which can be easily reached by trains from London Victoria in 1 hour. Website|
|4||Impressive 17th - 19th century stately home, standing in 700 acres of parkland. As well as its interiors, including interesting servants' quarters and kitchens, as well as state rooms, the house is home to an extensive art gallery. On show are numerous works by Turner, who was a regular visitor to the house which he immortalized in many of his paintings. Website|
|Name & location||Rating (/5)||Highlights|
|South Downs National Park - From Eastbourne, Sussex, to Winchester||5||Beachy Head and the Seven SistersEngland's newest national park, including part of Britain's heritage coast; long expanse of chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel; an area of coastline protected by the National Trust. Photo top of page.|
|Royal Botanical Gardens
world heritage site. Britain's premier and oldest Botanical gardens,
with the world's largest collection of plants. The 300 acre site
includes the palm house, the largest Victorian glass structure. Easy access by London
Underground District line
Kent and East Sussex
|4||An area of flat fenland between the Downs and the sea, famous for is sheep and birdlife. Not to be missed is a trip on the 14 km Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch light railway, a narrow-gauge steam line with replica locomotives. Historic small towns at Rye and Winchelsea.|
|The North Downs
Folkestone to London - Kent and Surrey
popular parts of the North Downs are
the area round Box Hill in Surrey, near Dorking. This is the nearest
area of hill country to London. Britain's biggest vineyard is near
Dorking, and the chalk soil produces wines similar to those from
Champagne in France.
Boxhill & West Humble station 56 mins from London Victoria Bike hire facility beside this rural station
|4||The archetypal and most ancient English seaside Resort in England. It was at Brighton that seaside tourism all began; in the late 18th century. The town is today one of Britain's main seaside resorts, with its famous pier and its ornate Indian-style Royal Pavillion, whose building started in 1787. Easy access by train from London Victoria or London Bridge in about 1hr 15.|
of West Sussex, Chichester is a small city with a fine mediaeval
cathedral, which has a stained glass window by Marc Chagall. The
gardens of the Bishop's palace can be visited. South of the city, the
Chichester Harbour area is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
remarkable for its birdlife and pretty small villages. It is very
popular for sailing. Fishbourne Roman Palace is nearby.
Train from London Victoria: 1hr 50
|Weald and Downland Museum
rural England. Over 50 traditional buildings from the local area have
rebuilt on this site, and many of them are furnished as they were in the past. Website .
|3||Historic small town. In mediaeval times Rye was one of the two "Antient towns" charged with the defence of England's south coast. Today it is two miles from the sea, but remains a delightful small town with a very picturesque historic centre. Nearby is the other "antient" town, Winchelsea, also very attractive.|
Greater London (formerly in Surrey)
|3||A royal park, a national nature reserve and the biggest park close to London. 1000 hectares of parkland, in which over 600 deer roam in the wild. Ancient trees, and the Isabella plantation, an exotic arboretum containing hundreds of azaleas and rhododendrons. Richmond staion 30 mins by train from London Waterloo|
|3||An attractive "classic" small English town famous for its historic centre, notably the Pantiles, a Georgian colonnaded walk now lined by chic shops, galleries and restaurants. Easy access by train from London Charing Cross in about 55 mins (or London Victoria).|