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Map of South East England

Stoked Watersports

Stoked Watersports, Lifeboat Lane, Gosport, UK

Active Nation

Active Nation, The Outdoor Sports Centre, Thornhill Road, Southampton, UK

The Adventure Barn

The Adventure Barn, Hurst Lane, Winchester, UK

Play Shack

Play Shack, Shamblehurst Lane South, Southampton, UK

Butser Ancient Farm

Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Chalton, Waterlooville, UK

Arniss Equestrian

Arniss Equestrian, Godshill, Fordingbridge, UK

Funland

Funland Amusement Parks, Hayling Island, UK

Winchester Science Centre

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Telegraph Way, Winchester, UK

Made By Me Crafts

Made by Me Crafts Ltd, High Street, Gosport, Lee-on-the-Solent, UK

Liberty’s Falconry

Liberty's Owl, Raptor & Reptile Centre, Crow Lane, Ringwood, UK

Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo, Thompson's Lane, Colden Common, Winchester, UK

Marwell Activity Centre

Marwell Activity Centre, Hurst Lane, Owslebury, Winchester, UK

Moose Canoe Hire

Moose Canoe Hire River Thames, Marlow Road, Bisham, Marlow, UK

Rush

Rush UK Trampoline Park - High Wycombe, Coronation Road, High Wycombe, UK

Swan Pool & Leisure Centre

Swan Pool & Leisure Centre, London Road, Buckingham, UK

Zoomania Play Centre

Zoomania, Kempson Close, Gatehouse Industrial Area, Aylesbury, UK

Pk Kids Zone

PK Kids Zone, Bridge Street, Buckingham, UK

Black Park Country Park

Black Park Country Park, Black Park Road, Slough, UK

Bekonscot Model Village

Bekonscot Model Village & Railway, Warwick Road, Beaconsfield, UK

Mead Open Farm

Mead Open Farm, Stanbridge Road, Leighton Buzzard, UK

Odds Farm Park

Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Green, High Wycombe, UK

Big Rock Climbing

Big Rock Bond, Bond Avenue, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, UK

Claydon

Claydon House, Middle Claydon, Buckingham, UK

Amersham Museum

Amersham Museum, High Street, Amersham, UK

Gulliver’s Land Resort

Gulliver's Land Theme Park Resort, Livingstone Drive, Milton Keynes, UK

Two Elements

Two Elements, Bath Road, Cowes, UK

Wight Water

Wight Water, Dunroamin Beach, Lake, Shanklin, UK

The Isle Of Wight Steam Railway

Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Main Road, Havenstreet, Ryde, UK

Isle Of Wight Tuk Tuk Co.

Yarmouth, UK

Wight Cycle Hire

Wight Cycle Hire, Yarmouth, UK

Godshill Model Village

Model Village Godshill, High Street, Godshill, Ventnor, UK

Isle Of Wight Adventure Activities

Adventure Activities, Freshwater Bay, Freshwater, UK

Goodleaf Tree Climbing

Goodleaf Tree Climbing, Garden Walk, Ryde, UK

Jungle Jim’s

Jungle Jims Seaward, Shanklin, UK

Ventnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor Botanic Garden, Undercliff Drive, Ventnor, UK

Brading Roman Villa

Brading Roman Villa, Morton Old Road, Brading, Sandown, UK

Osborne

Osborne, York Ave, East Cowes, UK

Chessell Pottery Cafe

Chessell Pottery Cafe, Brook Road, Isle of Wight, Yarmouth, UK

Rugrats And Halfpints

Rugrats and Half Pints, Beaumont Road, Banbury, UK

Partyman World Of Play

Partyman World Of Play, Grenoble Road, Littlemore, Oxford, UK

Magdalen Bridge Boathouse

Magdalen Bridge Boathouse, Magdalen Bridge, Oxford, UK

Woodgreen Leisure Centre

Woodgreen Leisure Centre, Woodgreen Avenue, Banbury, UK

Oxford Ice Rink

Oxford Ice Rink, Oxpens Road, Oxford, UK

The Pottery Place

The Pottery Place, High Street, Witney, UK

Millets Falconry Centre

Millets Falconry Centre, Kingston Road, Frilford, Abingdon, UK

Didcot Railway Centre

Didcot Railway Centre, Station Road, Didcot, UK

Pendon Museum

Pendon Museum, High Street, Long Wittenham, Abingdon, UK

Broughton Castle

Broughton Castle, Banbury, UK

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, UK

Oxford Castle & Prison

Oxford Castle & Prison, Oxford Castle, Oxford, UK

High Beeches

High Beeches Gardens, High Beeches Lane, Handcross, Haywards Heath, UK

Breamore House

Breamore House Turn, Fordingbridge, UK

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, Robertsbridge, UK

Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium, Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings, UK

Smugglers Adventure

Smugglers Adventure, St Clement’s Caves, Hastings, UK

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Bradwell Grove, Burford, UK

The Story Museum

The Story Museum, Pembroke Street, Oxford, UK

Robin Hill Adventure Park

Robin Hill, Newport, UK

Oxygen Freejumping

Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park, Bursledon Road, Southampton, UK

West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens, Chichester, West Sussex, UK

The Flying Fortress

Northern Grainstore Ford Airfield Industrial Estate, Ford, Arundel, UK

Standen House and Garden

National Trust Standen, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 4NE, UK

Parham House and Gardens

Parham House & Gardens, Pulborough, UK

Borde Hill and Garden

Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, UK

Arundel Castle & Gardens

Arundel Castle, Arundel, UK

Wilderness Wood

Main Road, Hadlow Down TN22 4HJ, UK

Titsey Place and Gardens

Titsey Place and Gardens, Oxted, UK

Alfriston Clergy House

National Trust - Alfriston Clergy House, Alfriston, Polegate, UK

Great Fosters

Great Fosters, Egham, UK

Painshill

Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, UK

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens, Richmond, UK

Museum of Military Medicine

The Museum of Military Medicine, Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale, Aldershot, UK

Godstone Farm Park

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, UK

Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry, Oxford, UK

Crocodiles of the World

Crocodiles of the World, Burford Road, Brize Norton, Carterton, UK

Chastleton House and Garden

Chastleton House, Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh, UK

The Salutation Gardens

The Salutation Hotel, Restaurant & Gardens, Knightrider Street, Sandwich, UK

The Hop Farm Family Park

The Hop Farm, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, UK

Kent Battle of Britain Museum

Kent Battle of Britain Museum Trust, Aerodrome Road, Hawkinge, Folkestone, UK

Hever Castle & Gardens

Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever Road, Hever, Edenbridge, UK

Eagle Heights

Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation, Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, Dartford, UK

Chartwell

Chartwell, Westerham, UK

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Isle Of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, Wroxall, Ventnor, UK

Monkey Haven

Monkey Haven, Staplers Road, Newport, UK

Isle of Wight Zoo

Isle of Wight Zoo, Yaverland, Sandown, UK

The Needles Landmark Attraction

The Needles Landmark Attraction, Alum Bay New Road, Alum Bay, Totland Bay, UK

Dimbola Museum and Galleries

Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Freshwater, UK

Mid Hants Railway

Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line', New Alresford, United Kingdom

The Vyne

The Vyne, Vyne Road, Sherborne Saint John, Basingstoke, UK

Hollycombe Working Steam Museum

Hollycombe Steam in the Country, Liphook, UK

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Southampton, UK

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Aylesbury, UK

Stowe

National Trust Stowe, Buckingham, United Kingdom

Milton Keynes Museum

Milton Keynes Museum, Stacey Bushes, Milton Keynes, UK

Chiltern Open Air Museum

Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont Saint Peter, Chalfont Saint Giles, UK

History on Wheels

History on Wheels Motor Museum, Common Road, Windsor, UK

Legoland

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, Winkfield Road, Windsor, UK

Windsor Great Park

Windsor Great Park, London, Windsor, UK

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle, Windsor, UK

Reading Museum

Reading Museum, Reading, UK

French Brothers

Windsor SL4 5JH, UK

Bucklebury Farm Park

Bucklebury Farm & Deer Safari Park, Bucklebury, Reading, UK

Ashdown House

National Trust - Ashdown House, Upper Lambourn Road, Lambourn, UK

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park & Family Farm, Newbury Road, Headley, Thatcham, UK

Region Information

South East England is known for its rolling countryside, which includes the North Downs and the Chiltern Hills as well as two national parks: the New Forest and the South Downs. The River Thames flows through the region and its basin is known as the Thames Valley. It is also the location for a number of internationally known places of interest, such as HMS Victory in Portsmouth, Cliveden in Buckinghamshire, Thorpe Park and RHS Wisley in Surrey, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, 11th-century Windsor Castle in Berkshire is a royal residence with an art-rich interior, Leeds Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, Brighton Pier and Hammerwood Park in East Sussex, and Wakehurst Place in West Sussex. The region has many universities; the University of Oxford is ranked among the best in the world.

South East England consists of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex. It is the third largest region of England, with an area of 19,096 km² (7,373 sq mi), and is also the most populous with a total population of over eight and a half million (2011). The region contains seven cities: Brighton and Hove, Canterbury, Chichester, Oxford, Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester, though other major settlements include Reading and Milton Keynes. Its proximity to London and connections to several national motorways have led to south east England becoming an economic hub, with the largest economy in the country outside the capital. It is the location of Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second-busiest airport, and its coastline along the English Channel provides numerous ferry crossings to mainland Europe.

South East England is host to various sporting events, including the annual Henley Royal Regatta, Royal Ascot and the Epsom Derby, and sporting venues include Wentworth Golf Club and Brands Hatch. Some of the events of the 2012 Summer Olympics were held in the south east, including the rowing at Eton Dorney and part of the cycling road race in the Surrey Hills.
Visit South East England for royal castles and flowing countryside teeming with wildlife and unbroken rivers, rolling manor houses and exciting African safari parks. There are many things to do in South East England. Step back in time in medieval villages and quintessential coastal towns, explore history in armour filled museums and palatial architectural gems. Enjoy magical festivals, top sporting events, celebrity run restaurants and award winning theatrical performances.

The South East of England provides a gentle landscape of chalk downland ridges that stretch far to the west. Here you can drive through quaint villages of thatched cottages that nestle around lush village greens. Towering white cliffs form a spectacular backdrop along wide stretches of the southern coastline, the most stunning of which can be seen in Dover. Large areas of oak, ash and beech woods shelter herds of timid roe deer and wild ponies. The New Forest, one of England’s newest national parks, is a wildlife conservation area of outstanding natural beauty, ideal for walkers and cyclists. The South Downs rolling down to the cliffs at Beachy Head, the sparsely wooded heathland of the Ashdown Forest and the intricate landscapes of the Weald – the south east has some beautiful countryside and also many fine houses and outstanding gardens.

The dense population of the south-east of England may not make it the obvious choice for a holiday cottage destination, but that’s to under-estimate or overlook many of its hidden charms. The Isle of Wight may well be the most obvious holiday destination in the area and the short ferry crossing really does take you to a unique holiday destination.
Further east, the scenery is varied yet distinctive with the South Downs rolling down to the cliffs at Beachy Head, the sparsely wooded heathland of the Ashdown Forest and the intricate landscapes of the Weald. Closer to London are some gems which equally deserve a weekend away or longer holiday, including the majestic Thames Valley with its magnificent historic houses and beautiful varied countryside, offering some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern England.

Kent, meanwhile, deserves its title of the Garden of England and the National Trust protects some of the best stretches of countryside and many fine houses and outstanding gardens. Apart from houses such as Bateman’s, much-loved family home of Rudyard Kipling, the enchanting Bodiam Castle, Petworth House and Park with its sumptuous interiors and rolling parkland, Polesden Lacey on the North Downs and Chartwell, family home of Sir Winston Churchill, the Trust also owns several glorious gardens including Nymans Garden, Sheffield Park Garden and Sissinghurst Castle Garden.