Days Out in the South East

Dover Castle

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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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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Down House Garden Tours
Venue: The Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Every Weds and Sun in July and August

Enjoy an hour long tour of the gardens of Down House. Hear about the experiments Darwin carried out to help prove his theories on evolution and see how the grounds have been restored to their original Victorian layout, complete with authentic planting.

Summer Tours of Charles Darwin’s Garden
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Wed 2 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014 (Every Wednesday and Sunday in July and August)

Enjoy a tour of the gardens of Down House. Hear about the experiments Darwin carried out to help prove his theories on evolution and see how the grounds have been restored to their original Victorian layout, complete with authentic planting.

Small Adventures for Royal Children
Venue: Osborne, Isle of Wight
Date: Fri 01 - Sun 31 Aug 2014

Traditional Victorian fun for kids (and mums and dads!) at Swiss Cottage and on Queen Victoria's private beach.

Castle Comes Alive - Campaign!
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Mon 18 - Fri 22 Aug 2014

Are you ready to join Henry II’s army and fight for the King? Equip yourself with bow, sword or spear and practice battlefield manoeuvres. Perform well and you may be rewarded by the greatest king in Christendom!

Bows, Arrows and Battle Tactics
Venue: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
Date: Mon 18 - Sun 31 Aug 2014

Steel yourself for action as a Norman or Saxon soldier this summer. Step forward and join the ranks of the Norman and Saxon armies. Practice your skills in the field with archery, sword, shield and spear, and pick a side for the Kids’ Battle of Hastings!

Ugly Bug Safari
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Tue 19 - Sat 23 Aug 2014

Small game hunters wanted. Grab a magnifying glass and join our big hunt for some mini beasts.

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