South East England

The South-East of England is one of the most-visited regions of England and the United Kingdom, being situated around the English capital city of London and located closest to the Continent. Together with London, the South-East represents the main economic powerhouse of the country and is one of the most densely-populated of the English regions. The region holds much of interest to the traveler, from varied landscapes to historical towns and cities.

Map of South East England

Counties

The South East England region consists of the following counties (from top left):

Oxfordshire
Buckinghamshire
Berkshire
Hampshire
Surrey
West Sussex
East Sussex
Kent
Isle of Wight


Cities

South-East England has a number of major towns and cities of interest to the traveller, the following are ten of particular interest:

  • Brighton (East Sussex) - Super trendy Brighton on the south coast boasts the best cultural events in the south outside of London.
  • Canterbury (Kent) - England's premier cathedral city
  • Dover (Kent) - gateway to england with castle and white cliffs
  • Hastings (East Sussex) - Historical seaside resort with cliffs and medieval old town
  • Milton Keynes - gateway to the Midlands, New town architecture and home to Bletchley Park an important site in the history of computing.
  • Oxford (Oxfordshire) - the university city
  • Portsmouth (Hampshire) - the Waterfront City, home to Nelson's HMS Victory, and the UK's newest icon, the Spinnaker Tower
  • Southampton (Hampshire) - Thriving student city with excellent nightlife and shopping
  • Reading (Berkshire) - Just west of London and home to the annual Reading festival
  • Windsor (Berkshire) - location of Windsor Castle and Eton College

Note that although geographically within this region, London is actually a region in its own right.

Other destinations

  • The Cotswolds - a range of rolling hills
  • The Chiltern Hills - another range of rolling hills
  • Waddesdon Manor - popular country manor in Buckinghamshire, an excellent example of neo-renaissance architecture in Britain
  • Hever Castle - childhood home of Anne Boleyn, and where Henry VIII spent his honeymoon(s)
  • Blenheim Palace - birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a World Heritage site
  • The New Forest - home to wild ponies, and not particularly new (William the Conqueror designated it a royal forest over 900 years ago)
  • The Thames - it flows through more than just London. It goes through Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to be precise
  • The Downs Sweeping through Hampshire and Sussex (the South Downs) and Surrey, Sussex and Kent these majestic hills are popular with walkers, cyclists and people trying to Escape London

 

 

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