South East England Coast Guide
Although the south east corner of the UK coastline is not quiet so popular as the rest of the south coast it still attracts a great many visitors each year. Ironically many of these are heading out to Europe via the Channel ports of Dover and Folkestone to France and the rest of Europe. However that is not to say that the area doesn't have its own attractions and enticing seaside resorts - the south east coast has a great deal to offer the visitor.
Within the south eastern area you will find some of the most spectacular coastline in Britain, namely Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters (see above) and also the famous white cliffs at Dover and some great beaches mixed in as well. You will find many great historic sites and some magnificent ruins to visit. You will also find plenty of people - the area is one of the most densely populated areas of our busy island. London is within easy commuting distance and there are a lot of businesses associated with the various Channel ports. In spite of this the area offers great potential for tourists, away from the hustle and bustle of the main commuter routes. To look for south east coast seaside resorts, hotels, guest houses and cottages - see the resort pages which follow.
Here you will find the picturesque town of Rye, the historic towns of Rochester and Chatham on the Thames estuary and the traditional seaside resorts of Eastbourne, Bexhill and Margate. As well as many excellent visitor attractions and not a few historic houses. Of course there are also excellent hotels and guest houses in which to stay and plenty of great pubs and restaurants to try out. This section of the guide covers the counties of Kent, East Sussex and Hampshire.
Highlights of the south east coast
Seven Sisters Country Park Port of London Hastings beach Herstmonceux Castle
The area is very well served by road links being one of the busiest areas of the UK. From London there is a choice of routes depending on where you are heading. The M23 spurs off of the M25 and will take directly to Brighton via the A23. The M20 will take all the way to Folkestone and the M2 goes directly to Dover. Another useful route is the A21 via royal Tunbridge Wells which ends up at Hastings. the main airport for the area of course is Gatwick which dominates the charter aircraft scene. The ports of Dover and Folkestone offer sea routes to France, Belgium and Holland.
Details of south east guest houses, hotels and cottages maybe found in the resort section.
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