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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  • Discover what it was like to play your part in a Victorian adventure at Osborne
  • Travel back in time and join us at Dover Castle for Children's Festival
  • Rise to the challenge and join us on a clue cracking quest exploring Battle Abbey
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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

The Art of Stained Glass - Beginners Workshop
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Wed 4 Mar

Join Stained Glass artist Maggie Meadows and try your hand at making your own piece of stained glass.

Sky at Night - Star Gazing
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Fri 06 Mar 2015

Join us in Darwin's garden as the nights grow darker and the stars grow brighter!

Children's Festival
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Fri 03 - Mon 06 Apr 2015

Travel on a journey back in time with Peterkin the Jester, where Roman gladiators seek new recruits and medieval knights and princesses roam.

Osborne Easter Fun
Venue: Osborne, Isle of Wight
Date: Fri 03 - Mon 06 Apr 2015

Play your part in our fun mini-dramas and have fun with traditional giant games. Follow in the footsteps of the royal children and have fun this Easter in the beautiful grounds of Osborne.

Easter Adventure Quest
Venue: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
Date: Fri 03 - Mon 06 Apr 2015

It's time to get clue-cracking. Find characters from the past to help you solve the challenge and seek out your chocolate reward.

Easter Adventure Quest
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Fri 3 - Mon 6 Apr 2015

It's time to get clue-cracking and seek out your chocolate reward.

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