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Brighton is unquestionably England’s most spectacular seaside resort
town. Made popular in the 18th century, when the Prince Regent (later
King George IV) chose it as the site for his holiday palace, the
bizarre and fantastic onion-shaped Brighton Pavilion, it is still
famous for its frivolous entertainment venues and enviable nightlife.
An eclectic combination of Regency and Victorian architecture gives
Brighton a unique air, with winding village lanes crammed with antique
and jewellery shops and its flamboyant East Pier stretching out over
the sea sparkling with thousands of lights from its funfair and
amusement arcades.


The historical cathedral city of Canterbury, with its narrow streets
and walkways, is best explored on foot. It is the home of Christianity
in England, and has been the ultimate destination for pilgrimages in
England for centuries, as described in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The
famous Canterbury Cathedral is one of the most impressive and evocative
in England, it was here of course that Thomas Becket was martyred in
1170. Visitors can explore the ruins of the original abbey of St
Augustine, who brought Christianity to England more than 1,400 years
ago, or visit the Canterbury Tales Pageant and meet some of Chaucer’s
famous characters. For an insight into the cities of medieval England
climb the original West Gate Tower, which is still intact, for
breathtaking views across the city.

Leeds Castle

Set atop a lake in a picturesque valley in Kent, with imposing
battlements and a 500-hectare Tudor garden, Leeds Castle has been
described as ‘the most beautiful castle in all the world’. Once a
residence of British Queens and a playground for King Henry VIII, it
has been open to the public for 25 years, revealing the majesty of a
bygone age. With so much to explore, Leeds Castle requires a full day
for visitors to tour the castle, get lost in the maze and picnic in the
gardens or dine in one of the restaurants and tea rooms.
Address: Maidstone, Kent


The charming town of Windsor sits on the River Thames, 20 miles (32km)
west of London, and is dominated by the magnificent Windsor Castle, the
world's largest and oldest occupied castle. The castle was built by
William the Conqueror almost a thousand years ago and has been lived in
by English monarchs ever since; although Buckingham Palace is the
Queen's best known residence, Windsor is her favourite and is where the
Royal Family spend their weekends. Highlights in the castle include the
wonderful State Apartments, and the Waterloo Chamber, built to
commemorate the British victory over Napoleon at Waterloo.

Hampton Court Palace

Situated on the banks of the Thames, 14 miles (23km) southwest of
London, Hampton Court is perhaps the most spectacular royal palace in
England and makes a great day-trip from London. The palace was built by
Cardinal Wolsey in the early 1500s, it later became King Henry VIII's
principal residence and remained the centre of royal and political life
in England until 1737 where many important events took place. Visitors
can see King Henry VIII's Great Hall, King William III's State
Apartments, designed by Wren and completed in 1700, and the unmissable
Tudor Kitchens, which remain largely unchanged since the 16th century
and no doubt used to cater for raucous banquets. The palace is probably
most famous for its grounds and the famous maze, which has entertained
children since it was planted in 1705.
Address: East Molesey, Surrey

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