Days Out in the South East

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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.

We have now switched to our winter opening hours, meaning that while many properties are open at weekends and are running events for all, there may be restricted access during the week. Please check opening times before travelling.

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  • Play like a Victorian as you step back in time at Osborne.
  • Live and dine like royalty for the night in King Henry II's Great Tower at Dover Castle.
  • Hear secret tales of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at Osborne at our exclusive guided tours.
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Dover Castle
Dover Castle

Kent

For a great family day out visit Dover Castle! New: Operation Dynamo: Rescue from Dunkirk. Explore the Secret Wartime Tunnels deep beneath the castle to see, hear and feel - as never before!

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Osborne
Osborne

Isle of Wight

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's family home. Take a glimpse into the private life of the royal family at Osborne House and enjoy the vast estate and gardens.

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1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield
1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

East Sussex

For a memorable family day out in Sussex visit Battle Abbey, the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. It is an enjoyable way to discover more about the most famous date in English history.

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Carisbrooke Castle
Carisbrooke Castle

Isle of Wight

See where King Charles I was imprisoned, climb the ramparts and keep and relax in the new Edwardian-style garden.

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Home of Charles Darwin (Down House)
Home of Charles Darwin (Down House)

Kent

Down House is a site of outstanding international significance. Here the famous scientist Charles Darwin lived with his family for forty years and worked on his revolutionary theories.

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Lullingstone Roman Villa
Lullingstone Roman Villa

Kent

Among the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain, Lullingstone provides a unique all weather family day out. See fascinating Roman artifacts and enjoy a specially commissioned light show.

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Events : South East

Festive Guided Tours
Venue: Osborne, Isle of Wight
Date: Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays, Wed 19 Nov - Wed 31 Dec (except 6,7 & 24 Dec)

Have a festive day out and join expert guides to discover how Queen Victoria and her family celebrated Christmas

Great Tower at Christmas
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 20 & Sun 21 Dec 2014

Join the court of King Henry for a weekend of medieval festive celebrations at Dover Castle.

Great Tower at Christmas
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 27 & Sun 28 Dec 2014

Join the court of King Henry for a weekend of medieval festive celebrations at Dover Castle.

Unseen, Untold: Discover the secret life of Queen Victoria's Osborne
Venue: Osborne, Isle of Wight
Date: Sat 3 - Sun 4 Jan 2014

Winter guided tours of Queen Victoria's Osborne on the Isle of Wight

Hellfire Corner - Voices of Veterans
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Thu 8 Jan

Come and hear heartfelt and often chilling stories in the very rooms in which they took place, as told by our expert Curators.

Unseen, Untold: Discover the secret life of Queen Victoria's Osborne
Venue: Osborne, Isle of Wight
Date: Sat 10 & Sun 11 Jan 2014

Guided Tours of Queen Victoria's Osborne on the Isle of Wight

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