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England Travel Tips 
Discover the Real England   



  By Mike Valeriani
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The South East of England


Map of South East 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 below.

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 finest.

Beachy Head Cliffs in East EnglandThe region’s nearness to London has given it a wealth of country houses including Knole, Penshurst 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.

Canterbury cathedral in South East England. 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 years.

Part 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 Wikipedia page to know more about this area.





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