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From the most famous date in English history at Battle Abbey to Dover Castle's darkly atmospheric secret wartime tunnels, English Heritage in the South East offers so many great places to visit.

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Days Out On The Coast In The South East

Portchester Castle

Climb the lofty medieval keep of Portchester Castle for breathtaking views across the Solent and into Portsmouth. The castle has a storied history — having been a Roman fortress, a Norman stronghold and a prioner of war camp during the Napoleonic wars. 

Visit Portchester Castle

Dover Castle

Standing tall atop those iconic white cliffs, Dover Castle looks out over the English Channel. On a clear day, you can see all the way to France. Back on dry land, be sure to head underground into the secret wartime tunnels.

Visit Dover Castle

Deal Castle

Deal has everything you could want from a British seaside town. Kitsch arcades, fish & chips, and a Tudor fort at its heart. Head into the battlements at Deal Castle to learn how Henry VIII's turbulent reign shaped Britain's coast.

Visit Deal Castle


Only one beach in Britain can claim to be Queen Victoria's private beach. Head to Osborne, to swim in the same place the legendary Victorian ruler went for dips — and see the special bathing machine she used when going for a swim.

Visit Osborne

South East England Travel

  • A Weekend in Kent

    Home to some of the most impressive historic sites in the country, the 'Garden of England' offers award-winning beaches, seaside towns, ancient marshes and the famous white chalk cliffs. Perfect to explore on a short break.

  • Walking Guide: Dover to Deal via Walmer

    This 10 mile walk offers panoramic views of the English Channel. Three mighty coastal forts stand on the route, from the medieval "Key to England" at Dover to Henry VIII's defences of Walmer and Deal.

  • Spotlight On Osborne

    Open the doors to the once private world of Queen Victoria and her family at Osborne. Victoria’s holiday home remains largely untouched, providing intimate details of royal life during the 19th century.

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The South East boasts a huge variety of English Heritage sites from behemoth castles to unique Roman sites and picturesque castles. Make the most of what this region and the rest of the country has to offer with an English Heritage Membership. Enjoy unlimited access to hundreds of historic places plus free and discounted entry to our fantastic events.

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