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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  • Discover what it was like to play like a Victorian at Osborne
  • Get hands on cracking codes as a super sleuth at Dover Castle
  • From curtsies to combat: join our academy for budding knights and princesses at 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

'Into the Woods' themed tours
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 31 Jan 2015

Into the Woods themed guided tours visiting areas of Dover Castle where filming took place for the hit Disney film.

Great Tower Sleepover
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 07 Feb 2015

Live and dine like royalty for the night in King Henry II's Great Tower. Enjoy private tours of the castle, before bedding down for the night. Welcome drinks, two-course dinner and cooked breakfast included. Adults only.

Secrets and Spies
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 14 - Sun 22 Feb 2015

Sharpen your detective skills with hands-on spy training at Dover Castle!

Victorian Fun and Games
Venue: Osborne, Isle of Wight
Date: Sat 14 - Sun 22 Feb 2015

Experience a range of fun games and pastimes played by children in Victorian England. Learn how the royal children would have lived and played at Osborne.

Knights & Princesses
Venue: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
Date: Sat 14 Feb - Sun 22 Feb 2015

Join our academy with hands on medieval fun and transform yourself into a courtly Lord or Lady with tips on everything from curtsies to combat.

A Victorian Valentine
Venue: Osborne, Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight
Date: Sat 14 Feb

The love story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is one of histories most famous. Join us this Valentine's Day in their beloved home Osborne House where our expert will take you on an exclusive guided tour of the house.

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