The South East of England
The South East of England is the region that has been historically more invaded than any other one,
so it possesses the most imposing and magnificent castles, like Dover
Castle, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle and Windsor Castle
which is the world’s largest inhabited castle.
The South East is home to the majestic Canterbury Cathedral, mother of the Anglican Church. Eight centuries after the
first pilgrims made their way to Canterbury, the city attracts
visitors from all over the world. Kent’s second cathedral city,
Rochester, keeps alive its association with Charles Dickens, while
nearby Chatham has turned its dockyard into a permanent
commemoration of Britain’s maritime past.
The South East is also famous for the spectacular white
cliffs of Dover. They are so white, because
the material is so frail that it doesn’t have time to change colour before it is eroded by the elements. The
Romans built the world’s first lighthouses and one of them was on Dover’s Eastern Heights, to mark their harbour
Not less famous are the imposing cliffs of Beachy Head that wittiness an average of 20 suicides every year. Thankfully they
also attract far more happier visitors.
The county of Kent is also known as the Garden of England, where orchard dot the landscape, a hop farm displays its
historic oats and its Shire horses and gardens such as Sissinghurst are among England’s
The region’s nearness to London has given it a wealth of country houses including
Place and Hever Castle, together with the famous
Chartwell, which was the home of Sir Winston Churchill for much
of his life.
Stately homes built by the earliest aristocratic commuters in
countryside so temptingly close to the capital, include the Tudor Loseley
House and the classically styled Clandon Park and
Hatchlands. Wooded hills
sweeping across North Surrey climb to spectacular viewpoints at Box
Hill, a popular picnic spot for over three centuries and Leith Hill, the highest point in South East
England; it offers a panorama that extends from St. Paul’s
Cathedral in London to the South Downs.
The South coast displays a series of towns, each with a
distinctive personality and each with a different tale to tell. Some of these are Brighton, elegant and theatrical; Eastborne, wholesome and respectable; Hastings, which is one of the Cinque Ports that once guarded the shores
and Pevensey, that the Romans knew and that later witnessed the
arrival of William the conqueror.
At Bucklers Hard the ships of Nelson’s day were
built. At Gosport the Royal Navy has
its Submarine Museum and in Southampton Maritime Museum the days of the great ocean liners are recalled.
Portsmouth has had a Royal Navy Dockyard for nearly 500
of this region is also Oxford, where the colleges, libraries, and
museums of Britain’s oldest university, encompass a wealth of attractions in
themselves. Only a few miles North of the city, is Blenheim Palace, one of Britain’s most grandiose
mansions. Broughton Castle, Buscot Park, Greys
Court, ruined Minster Lovell and Rousham
Park, all contribute further to the area’s air of cultured nobility. Visit the
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