Beautiful places to visit in the South of England
Wondering where to go this Summer? We've put together a few of our favourite places in the South of England to help plan a few days out...
The quaint town of Bosham is well worth a visit; nestled against the water's edge at the eastern end of Chichester Harbour it’s a haven for wildlife and sailing. The small village has an ancient church dating back to the 800s and the pretty lanes are full of attractive buildings, flowers and character.
Jutting into the English Channel on the Sussex Heritage Coast, the Seven Sisters is an iconic range of chalk cliffs formed by millions of years of erosion and coastal remains. This geological wonder is a breeding place for sea birds such as peregrine falcons, kittiwakes and fulmars. As well as the distinctive white chalk cliffs, the Seven Sisters Country Park is also made up of 280 hectares of river valley and chalk grassland.
Mousehole (pronounced Mowzal) is one of Cornwall's most picturesque andcharming fishing villages. This harbourside location is foodie heavenand local dishes often take inspiration from the sea, with shellfish inabundance.
Dungeness is utterly unique. This desolate headland lies on the coast of Kent and is home to wooden houses, a nuclear power station, lighthouses and a narrow-gauge railway. Along the coastline, there’s a host of wildlife and seabirds for you to look out for.
For those with a passion for walking, the most exhilarating way to approach this whitewashed haven is on foot along the South West Coast Path. Keep a lookout for the ghost of a hapless exciseman who, it’s rumoured, still wanders the grounds looking for contraband.
The medieval town of Rye looks almost like a film set in parts with lengthy cobbled streets and narrow passages. Overlooking Romney Marsh, this hill-perched ancient town was originally located on a huge embayment of the English Channel and served as one of the fine Cinque Ports.
This beautiful village in the South Downs National Park is situated just half a mile inland from the dramatic cliffs of Birling Gap and Beachy Head and features a popular old smugglers’ pub called The Tiger. Its large village green is bordered by flint houses, a café, gift shop and a decent deli serving great coffee and local produce.
One of the most popular destinations in Cornwall, Polperro is alargely unspoilt fishing village on the southeast coast. The beach hereis small and sandy and sports a fabulous little tidal pool ideal forfirst-time swimmers. Pretty cottages cling to the steep hillside of thisquaint harbour.
Padstow is considered one of England's finest locations and is oftenreferred to as Cornwall's jewel in the crown. Soft, golden beaches andmesmerising seascapes surround this bustling fishing port. This is also afoodie haven and home to some of the country's most respectedrestaurants.
Mevagissey is an attractive village and fishing port five miles south ofSt. Austell. This was once the centre of Cornwall's pilchard fisherywith boat building traditions dating back to 1745. The village stillboasts a working harbour with local fishermen heading out each morning.
Fowey Harbour is nestled on the South Cornish coast between Plymouth andFalmouth. The harbour is situated on the western side of the FoweyRiver and bound by other towns and villages including Golant andLostwithiel. Locals say the port is "littered with sunken boats boughtby drunk amateurs".
The word picturesque could have been coined for Port Isaac. Thenarrow winding streets are lined with whitewashed cottages, many ofwhich are now listed due to their historical importance and pleasingaesthetic. Wander down to the harbour where you will find localfishermen landing their daily catch each morning.
Renowned for its dazzling beaches, award-winning restaurants, vibrantart scene and historic cobbled streets, St.Ives is one of Cornwall'smost picturesque seaside towns. Its active fishing boats supply many ofthe region's finest restaurants.
Sparkling azure water and powdery sand greet you at Kynance Cove, one ofthe prettiest locations in Cornwall on the west side of the Lizard. Owned by the National Trust, a steep walk takes you down to the beachbelow, and at low tide you can view the distinctive serpentine rockformations, caves and rock stacks.
Hastings is one of Sussex's finest seaside towns and is renowned for the famous 1066 battle. Noteworthy attractions include the Jerwood Gallery, East Cliff Railway, Hastings Pier, and the Source BMX Park. We suggest a visit to the old town for a rummage through the many antique shops, followed by a spot of lunch in The Crown.
Petworth is a small, attractive market town set in the heart of South Downs National Park. Known as a centre for arts and culture and home to more antique shops than any other town in the South of England, it's perfect for neophiles and traditionalists.
Lordington Lavender Farm harvests the Maillette lavender variety, which climbs up the Downs, hitting the senses with its vibrant colour and scent. Grown without fertilizers or pesticides, it is a haven for wildlife. During the summer months there is an abundance of rare birds, bees and butterflies.
West Wittering is part of an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty encompassing East Head and the adjacent inlets and the tidal flats of Chichester harbour. With Blue Flag status, it is one of the most scenic beaches in this stretch of England. The beach feels wild and untamed in the winter months and offers a balmy haven, with its dreamy, soft, powdery sand and grassy dunes in the summer.
Close to the historic town of Rye, Camber Sands boasts an impressive five miles of glorious golden sand and windswept dunes, a rarity amongst the pebble beaches of East Sussex. With sky and sea as far as you can see, this expansive beach is one of the most beautiful in this part of England.
Dartmouth is set on the western bank of the estuary of the River Dart, which is a long narrow tidal river that runs inland as far as Totnes. Historic streets sit alongside the scenic riverbank and combine to make this one of Devon's most attractive towns.
Salcombe is one of Devon’s most beautiful harbour towns, with views over the crystal clear water. Dolphins and a multitude of fishing boats call this scenic location home. Houses in an array of pastel tones form the backdrop, which sits close to the mouth of the sparkling Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary.
On a clear day, you can see France on the horizon from the town of Deal which is situated just 25 miles from the mainland. Deal was formally a fishing, mining and garrison town and its position on the English Channel made it a significant and extremely busy port.
Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset located at the mouth of the River Wey. The Esplanade is composed of an attractive arc of terraces. Much of the architecture was constructed in the Georgian and Regency periods between 1770 and 1855 and commissioned by wealthy businessmen.