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.

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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

Haunted Castle
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014

Feeling brave enough to take on Kent’s most haunted castle? Be prepared to be scared on our spooky Halloween adventure for families and kids.

Spooky Abbey
Venue: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
Date: Sat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014

Tiptoe through the Abbey on a spooky ghost tour family adventure to uncover the sinister secrets of the haunting ruins. See if you can scare us enough to win a prize by coming in the best kid’s Halloween costume.

Spooky Castle
Venue: Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
Date: Sat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014

Let your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween with creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore!

Halloween Pumpkin Carving
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Mon 27 - Fri 31 Oct 2014

Grab your cloaks and pick out your pumpkin as your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween.

Halloween Ghost Tour
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Fri 31 Oct 2014

Join us for a special Halloween evening ghost tour through Dover Castle. You will hear the strange but true experiences of those who work here and discover the myths and legends surrounding this atmospheric ancient site.

Secret Wartime Tunnels Ghost Tour
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 01 Nov 2014

Join us for an unnerving evening guided tour through Dover Castle's Secret Wartime Tunnels.  

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