Where to go in the Southeast ?

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Midhurst & Petworth, West Sussex. These two market towns are situated amidst the South Downs near Chichester and offer ample opportunity to get away from it all.The historic market town of Midhurst has a rich heritage of half timbered buildings, 17th and 18th Century houses, shops and pubs. On the outskirts of the town are the ruins of Cowdray Park(open all year) plus the famous polo grounds and a museum. Petworth is home to the 17th Century Petworth House, standing in a magnificent park of some 2000 acres. The town has many very old houses and an abundance of antique shops. There is rich variety of quintessential accommodation in the surrounding countryside, ideal for walking, cycling or horse riding, including Blackdown, rising to nearly 1000ft.

Chichester, West Sussex. The cathedral city of Chichester is brimming with heritage and culture. Galleries, museums, the renowned Chichester Festival theatre, as well as events and festivities throughout the year provide a truly cultural experience. Nearby are the country estates of Goodwood, Uppark and Petworth. To the North lie the South Downs which are ideal for walking and to the South, Chichester Harbour with good yachting facilities and the scenic coast beyond. Visit the largest Roman Palace yet discovered in Britain at nearby Fishbourne.

Tourist Information Centre Tel:(01243) 775888

For more info click on the Cathedral (from a painting by D. Parkhouse)

Hastings and St. Leonards,East Sussex.Few towns in England have not quite such a fascinating past. From William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth 11, the centuries between have woven a rich tapestry of history for you to discover and experience. Miles of cliff top walks in the Country Park.Three miles of Sussex seafront with secluded beaches, rock pools and even a shipwreck, plus a host of attractions which include smugglers' caves, the first Norman castle and museums. Short break or holiday, you'll be assured of a great time.

 

 

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Brighton and Hove. Sussex. Granted city status on December 18th. 2000. Once the home of George, The Prince of Wales, in the 18th. century. Brighthelmstone was the place to be for the Regency high society. The extravagant Royal Pavilion with its Indian Mogul-style domes and Chinese style interior is a must. The historic past is everywhere you look, from the seventeenth century Lanes, Victorian piers to Regency terraces and 30s mansion blocks. Anytime is right for a break here, early springs, warm summers and bright winters. A great range of accommodation is available with numerous restaurants and pavement cafes.

 

 

For more info click on Royal Pavilion.

Canterbury, Kent. Famous for its Cathedral and for the charm of the narrow (mainly pedestrian) streets and period architecture. Contained within the city wall of less than a mile in diameter, it offers a pleasant environment in which to shop, look at the buildings, or to simply wander.

  For more info click on the Cathedral

Maidstone,Kent. The County town of Kent, with the river Medway running through its centre, has many attractions. These include the medieval Archbishops' Palace, the country's finest collection of carriages and a superb museum. Also visit Leeds Castle and 'Dickens' Rochester nearby.

For further info click on 'All Saints' church

Eastbourne, Sussex. An elegant resort with stylish hotels framed by exotic and exciting floral displays lining the extensive Victorian promenades. There are numerous gardens and parks throughout the town and along the seafront towards the famous Beachy Head and Seven Sisters.

 

  For further info click on the Pier

London. A must for all visitors to the UK. and the Southeast (only 35 miles and 1 hour approx. from Maidstone). See Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, St. Paul's, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, to name a few of the historic buildings. Stroll through the beautiful parks St. James's, Hyde and Regents. On a wet day visit the museums, the Natural History, Science, British, Victoria and Albert, plus many more. Also the art galleries, Tate,National and Portrait.

  Click on Tower Bridge for more info

For accommodation click on the hotels

Mercure Great Danes,Ashford Rd., Maidstone.

Marriott Tudor Park and other nearby hotels, Bearsted, Maidstone.

For a comprehensive list of hotels throughout the U.K., including the Hilton Hotel, Bearsted Rd., Maidstone.  Click Here

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 The official British Tourist Authority Web site. A fabulous resource for both overseas visitors and those who need inspiration for a day out or weekend away. Plus superb accommodation guide.