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Traveling around southern England

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Traveling around southern England

We have about 3 days to get from London to Dover (to take the ferry to Calais), and would like to explore southern England without going too far out of the way. We are thinking of going directly from LHR to Stonehenge, and making our way across to Dover over the few days we have.

Any suggestions on where to stay or base ourselves? We are not particular about being close to the water, we would like to see sites (historic or otherwise), and stay in towns with restaurants and things to do.

Thanks for any suggestions you can share!

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1. Re: Traveling around southern England

Are you renting a car? I always find travelling "sideways" in the UK on public transport a problem.

Salisbury for your Stonehenge visit, beautiful Cathedral and Cathedral Close, interesting buildings in the city.

visitwiltshire.co.uk/salisbury/…medieval-city

Canterbury for the Cathedral and surrounds, visit historic houses, small towns and villages in pretty countryside.

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/attractions.asp…

Make time for a visit to Dover Castle before your sailing.

english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.14571

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2. Re: Traveling around southern England

PS - if you are travelling by car this route planner may be of help.

http://www.theaa.com/route-planner/index.jsp#

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Hi,

Are you planning on driving straight upon arrival in England? What time does your plane arrive? Are you thinking of spending a night in London?

I may change my thoughts depending on what you say, but in the first instance, consider spending a night in Winchester - all motorway driving, near enough. It's an ancient town, with links to Alfred the Great, and other ancient kings of England; plus Jane Austen is buried in the cathedral. Time to relax.

The following day maybe go to Salisbury, another cathedral town, and home of one of the magna cartas, plus the tallest cathedral spire in England. From there drive 20 mins to Stonehenge; you won't need more than about an hour there (or you could switch Salisbury and Stonehenge around)

Drive down to Portsmouth (or meander through the New Forest which was new in 1100). Portsmouth has the Victory, Nelson's warship, plus the tudor Mary Rose and onto Arundel for the night. Lovely town; great castle.

And then on through Brighton / Hastings (consider going to Battle for the site of 1066 Battle of Hastings) through Rye and onto Dover.

Yes a lot of this is coastal, but it's also where a lot of our history is!

Do check driving distances with eg www.theaa.com and add 20% to what they say. The route I've suggested isn't (after the initial day) motorway driving, so can take longer than it looks from a map.

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4. Re: Traveling around southern England

If, as Gilli suggest, you go to Portsmouth then Porchester castle is a must see ( in my opinion).

Admission price gives you a 'wand' to guide you through the property. It's not a castle with 'things' in it but, rather, mostly a ruin but the history is fascinating.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server.php?search_word=portchester+castle&submit=Search&inTitles=on&terms=all&mainSearch=frontPage&titl=inTitles&show=nav.8384

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Too bad there's no preview function. The link doesn't seem to have worked properly.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/

Enter Portchester Castle in the search function on the site.

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6. Re: Traveling around southern England

As you ask for suggestions for a base with restaurants and things to do, I'd be inclined to base myself in Brighton. It's easy to visit many interesting places from there, and it's probably the most vibrant town south of London. It also has a certain historical interest of it's own, not least the Pavillion, the bizarre palace built by the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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7. Re: Traveling around southern England

Thanks to you all for the great advice! We have to investigate them further, but wanted to let you know that we are renting a car, and are not planning on spending time in London (we have both been there before and would rather see new parts of England).

These are great suggestions, thank you!

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8. Re: Traveling around southern England

Also, our flight arrives in London at 10:10 am (plus time to deboard and collect the car), and we are scheduled to return the car in Dover at 11:30 am three days later.

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