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Places to Visit, Things to Do and Days Out in South East England

South East England has something to offer all ages whether it's for a short break or a longer stay. The stunning scenery, historical sites and beautiful sea bordered countryside make this an ideal setting for exploring by foot or car. For the shopping addicts, there are plentiful shopping centres, boutiques and designer outlets. Places to Visit in South East England Petworth House & Park and Charleston are listed below.
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Whilst Petworth has been an ancestral seat for more than 900 years, the design of the 17th century Petworth House was influenced by some of Europe's finest Baroque palaces. With magnificent state rooms that were built to demonstrate wealth, taste and artistic patronage, Petworth House contains a huge range of both sculpture and artwork, including pieces by Turner, Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Reynolds.
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Charleston is a house, garden and art gallery in the South Downs. From 1916, the house was home to Bloomsbury group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.
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Surrounded by stunning Kent countryside and enjoying views across the North Downs, Westerham Golf Club offers a test of accuracy to even the most experienced golfer. Opened in 1997 and built to USGA specifications, Westerham has secured its place amongst the best of Kent golf courses and is a popular choice for all golfers.
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The spa at Nutfield Priory is a haven for taking some time out for relaxation and wellbeing. Choose from a range of ELEMIS treatments.
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The New Street Bar and Grill is a modern and relaxing restaurant in the heart of the South Downs. Refurbished and opened in May 2018 the menu focuses on fresh, good quality ingredients cooked to a high standard. Signature dishes from the grill include Brixham Lemon Sole, lobster, Goodwood organic beef and Sussex lamb. A series of classic dishes and starters compliment the mains and original desserts such as Baked Alaska have already proved very popular. As well as the restaurant the ...
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The Latymer is our fine dining restaurant, offering bold flavours in dishes using locally sourced ingredients inspired by the seasons. Awarded a Michelin Star and 4 AA Rosettes in 2017, Chef Matt Worswick has created exquisite tasting menus for both lunch and dinner service. The Latymer is situated in one of the oldest parts of the original house at Pennyhill Park. It has an intimate and luxurious feel with wooden panelling, a beamed ceiling and rich plush fabrics throughout.
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The Spread Eagle Spa set in the Historic Spread Eagle Hotel offers a relaxing environment away from the stresses and strains of modern day living. The experienced therapists use quality products from Temple Spa with a wide range of health, beauty and relaxation treatments. Indulge and allow yourself to be pampered at this modern, tastefully designed sanctuary. A wide range of Spa Days and Spa Breaks are available.
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Explore the wonderful gardens of Clandon Park Explore the National Trusts effotts to save this beautiful property after the fire of 2015. Thankfully the garden remains unscathed by the fire offering you the chance to ramble up and down this lush hillside space (enjoy the view down to the shimmering lake) featuring a sunken Dutch garden full to the brim with brightly coloured flowers, small parterre garden, herbaceous border, grotto, and century-old Maori meeting house – the jewel in C...
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Scotney offers a 14th century castle, complete with a moat, along with a charming country house and a romantic garden, all surrounded by a stunning woodland estate. Visitors can relax in the gorgeous gardens, with the fairytale castle behind, or stroll out in the 770 acres of parkland and woodland.
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Visit Arundel Museum to find out more about the fascinating story of the town, the river, the countryside and its people. In this family-friendly museum, there are children's activities and trails to enjoy.
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Explore the gardens of Michelham Priory A turn around the gardens at Michelham Priory is a further education in the history of this beautiful site, such is the care that has been taken to ensure many plantings are authentic and true to a medieval garden. Expect plenty of fruit, vegetables and herbs as these would have been essential daily ingredients for the priory's original inhabitants. The rows of apple and pear trees underplanted with wild daffodils make a dreamy, contemplative sigh...
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This converted Flemish weavers' cottage in a quaint Kentish village is run by husband and wife team Graham and Jackie Garrett. He, the Richard Corrigan-trained chef, cooks while she takes care of the intimate wood-beamed 32 seat dining room. For the most part, the regularly changing menu relies on classic combinations of locally sourced ingredients given an imaginative twist. Rye bay scallops with cauliflower cream and curry emulsion or Kentish lamb chump, pea and mint mousse with sea purslan...
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Golf At Goodwood is a brand new vision for the sport - a completely different way of enjoying golf membership. As a member you will have access to The Downs Course, already rated in Golf World's Top 100 courses in Great Britain and Ireland, and The Park Course, which together will give you 36 holes of magnificent golf. James Braid, designed the Downs Course in 1914 using his trademark doglegs and cross-bunkering combined with nature's dramatic changes in levels making the course as compelling...
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Discover the fascinating past of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn Hever Castle, a romantic 13th-century moated castle, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII´s second wife - inside there are prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. In 1903 the estate was bought by American William Waldorf Astor, who spent large amounts of money, and time restoring the castle. Collections of Tudor portraits, furniture, tapestries and other fine works of art are in displ...
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Discover the gardens of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn The spectacular Edwardian gardens at Hever Castle were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal & Son. One of the most magnificent areas of the gardens is the Italian Garden, which was designed to display William Waldorf Astor´s collection of Italian sculpture. The garden is only now reaching its full maturity and includes the colourful walled Rose Garden which contains over 3000 roses. There are many water fea...
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Explore the stunning House and surrounding countryside at Hatchlands Park Hatchlands is set in a beautiful 430 acre Repton Park, open everyday offering a variety of way-marked walks. The house was built for the naval hero Admiral Boscawen in 1756 and has some of the earliest surviving interiors by Robert Adam, which are decorated in a nautical style. Inside is the Cobbe collection of paintings and portraits, which includes works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Zoffany. Also the world´s l...
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BROOKLANDS - the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey in 1907 - was more than a great sporting arena. Brooklands w
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Diggerland Kent is one of four Diggerland locations in the UK, and it offers the same incredible day out as the other Diggerland venues - real diggers and dumpers to drive and operate, as well as top-class, thrilling rides and activities, along with dodgems, go-carts and much more.
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Henry VIII and his wives have fascinated the British for generations so it's little wonder that Anne of Cleves' House, tucked away in rural Sussex, is such a popular visitor attraction. Anne was given the house in 1541 as part of her divorce settlement from the king and this timber-framed Wealdon hall-house now has a large collection of interesting local artefacts. The house's interior (which by the way wouldn't look out of place today on a chic boutique hotel website), with its timber beams ...
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On on a working farm in Kent surrounded by beautiful traditional meadows with wild orchids and ancient woodlands
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Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway runs for 13 ½ miles from the picturesque Cinque Port town of Hythe, through the family-friendly seaside village to Dymchurch
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The white weather board exterior gives the impression of a quaint country pub but the interior reveals something far more sophisticated. The panelled walls are painted in a classy blue-grey and the contemporary chairs are upholstered in brightly striped or in complimentary plain fabrics. The focus of the food is firmly in the modern British camp with an emphasis on good local produce. The menu changes constantly with the season.
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Discover a world of colour inside The Royal Pavilion Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this iconic Brighton Building mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. Wander the halls with an audio tour (there are two types, for adults and children) and lose yourself in the luxurious, indulgent world of the Prince of Wales who, by the way, is said to have underground passages from the Pavilion to the homes of his lovers. When you've done the tour, l...
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With its latticed windows, wonky ceilings and oak-beams, the Old House Inn is a 16th century converted farm worker's cottage has been recently renovated and is now home to a country dining inn with rooms. A series of inviting interlinking rooms are decked out in warm rustic fabrics, banquette seating and chunky leather armchairs with a roaring log fire to complete the homely picture. The Head Chef uses locally sourced ingredients and creates exceptional creative dishes alongside a select...
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Discover the beautiful Standen House and Gardens Standen is a family house built in the 1890s, a showpiece of the Arts & Crafts Movement designed by Philip Webb and decorated throughout with original William Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers. On display are contemporary paintings, tapestries, furniture and many of the original light fittings in a 1920's style. The terraced garden has fine views over the Sussex countryside.
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Smallhythe Place is a beautiful English country cottage, with a Barn Theatre and tranquil gardens, formerly owned by the Victorian actress, Dame Ellen Terry.
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Set by the riverside with its low hanging trees and picturesque period buildings lining the boating route, Runnymede on Thames Spa is as salubrious as they come. Up your sensory experience with a full on pamper day where you get to test drive all the slick facilities. Bring your girlfriends and swan around in the pool (there's an outdoor one for sunny days) and explore and rest your head down in a series of thermal rooms, from sauna to eucalyptus steam room. Breathe new life into dull complex...
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Emmetts Garden sits on one of Kent's highest points, and it enjoys exceptional views across the Weald. Once owned by Frederic Lubbock, the estate is still a family home, as well as a plant lover's dream, with many rare and exotic plants and trees from around the world.
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Poppinghole Farm Spa is a beautiful spa in a stunning country location. Specialising in Elemis treatments, with highly trained, friendly, professional therapis
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Discover the National Trusts biggest project, The restoration of Clandon Park Clandon Park was built by the Venetian architect Leoni in the 1730s and was considered to have one of the finest Marble Halls in Europe. Sadly, in April 2015, Clandon was nearly destroyed by a fire which caused significant damage to this beautiful building. As a aresult the national trust have made it their mission to rebuild thhis much loved house to its former glory. The house is still open to the public ...
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Chartwell was the beloved family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1922 until his death in 1965. In times of war and peace, whether in power or in the political wilderness, it never failed him. Churchill was particularly drawn to the estate's breath-taking views across the Weald of Kent - a view that remains unspoilt today.
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Leeds Castle really knows how to put on a show. Granted, it's got a head start with almost 900 years of history and 500 acres of gorgeous Kentish landscaped grounds to show off about, but they don't rest on their laurels here. After you've toured the castle inside, there's the Black Swan ferry boat (which takes you to the yew tree maze and large play area) and Elsie the Castle Train to have a ride on, the wood garden that provides a riot of colour throughout the year and is teeming with wildl...
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High Beeches Garden is a woodland garden of many glades which has been sensitively planted with many beautiful rare trees and shrubs to enhance the natural High Weald landscape. The ancient wildflower meadow is one of the best in the country, attracting vast numbers of butterflies and pollinators. The autumn colour is spectacular.
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The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden has been exhibiting contemporary sculpture for over 35 years within a stunning and unique environment. Art and nature work in harmony - neither one outshining the other through the annual exhibition. Follow the trail through 10 acres of woodland, lawn and lush planting to discover the ever changing collection on display.
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Explore the Outstanding Natural Beauty of the South Downs National Park The South Downs National Park is recognised as an area of outstanding beauty, with many bustling towns and villages from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west to Lewes in the east. Numerous 'rights of way' and open access land is available to explore along with a multitude of things to see and enjoy.
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Surrey National Golf Club presents a championship standard course set within 200 acres of beautiful rolling Surrey countryside. Featuring lakes & bunkers, the course demands accuracy, whilst some raised tees require added focus! With full USGA specification greens, drainage systems & computer-controlled irrigation of tees, greens & fairways, the course offers year round play.
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Located in the village of Amberley in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, Amberley Castle is a unique luxury hotel stepped in over 900 years of history.
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Goodwood House, the family home of the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon, is a charming English country house with a warm and inviting atmosphere, along with plenty of glamour. The State Apartments at Goodwood have been fully restored in a Regency style, and they house one of the most significant private collections of art in the UK.
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Nobody does eco-spa quite like Ockenden Manor Spa, a modern retreat built respectfully, and to the highest spec, inside a 19th Century walled garden in West Sussex. Step inside and find yourself surrounded by contemporary finishes of soft fabric sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows and a curved reception, blended with natural elements and textures of wood, stone and bamboo alongside relaxing woodland imagery. Recoup on the stylish curved ergonomic loungers, finished in dark wood and topped off wit...
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The Hungry Guest is a family-friendly cafe restaurant open every day. They serve breakfast & lunch, an all-day Sunday brunch menu & dinner from Wednesday to Saturday evenings.
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Explore one of the best museums in Brighton Overlooking the pretty Dyke Road park in Brighton, the Booth Museum of Natural History provides an educational visit about birds, butterflies, fossils, bones and skeletons. The museum is home to more than half a million specimens and there is natural history literature and data which goes back more than three centuries. Think you know your birds? Go and test yourself - there are hundreds of British birds displayed in their recreated natur...
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Owned variously by Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves, Mary I and Elizabeth I, The Priesthouse, sitting on the edge of the Ashdown Forest in Sussex, is a 15th century Wealdon Hall house laid out and furnished in 17th and 18th century style. Period furniture and domestic objects set the scene inside while outside the garden is planted with 170 culinary, medicinal and household herbs. Take a tour with the resident curator to find out all about this fascinating building (picnics are welcome in the groun...
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This 'Medieval' manor house is in fact less than 100 years old. You can ponder this architectural achievement, and the menu of course, over a pre-dinner glass of champagne in the Hotel's beautiful rose garden. Then take your seat in the romantic stone walled, oak paneled dining room for some seriously good modern European cooking. Start with roasted quail with cep mushroom and Parmesan risotto with sage butter then follow with roasted seabass with fondant potato, black olive tapenade, roasted...
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Explore the beautiful grounds of Ightham Mote Ightham Mote is situated in a hidden valley garden surrounded by coppiced woodland and farmland. The basic shape of the garden has been in place since the 16th century. A stream flows through the grounds feeding the North lake. It then cascades into the moat before emptying into the South lake. A woodland walk, orchard, long border and cottage planting all evokes gardening styles that may have been in place over the last 700 years. A plan f...
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Explore the fascinating history of Knole House, Kent If ever there was an argument for the importance of the National Trust, Kent's Knole House is it. This 15th century palace built for bygone archbishops before becoming the property of Henry VIII and then the influential Sackville family (Vita Sackville-West was brought up here and missed inheriting it because she was female), is an utter treasure trove of priceless artefacts that tell the tale of the house and its owners in spectac...
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The Utopia Spa at Alexander House Hotel is an award-winning spa nestled in the heart of West Sussex. The Utopia Spa opened in 2008 and upholds a five luxury bubble award from the Good Spa Guide. The spa is renowned for its Grecian-inspired interiors, variety of facilities & customer care.
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Hatchlands Park Garden is full of interest throughout the year, from the very first snowdrops to the summer wildflowers and the charming autumn colour. The house is open from April to October, but the park, shop and cafe are open for 363 days each year.
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Probably most famous for its Glorious Goodwood event in July, Goodwood Racecourse is so much more than a horse racing track. With just lovely views across the Sussex Downs and the Solent, whether you are interested in racing or not is almost irrelevant – a trip to Goodwood is an event in itself. Train travellers arrive in Chichester and are carried by open top bus through the Duke of Richmond's rambling estate to get to the course where there always seems to be an atmosphere of jollity, every...