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13 Best Places To Visit In South-East England – Hand Luggage Only

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England is an absolutely beautiful country to explore. With historic cities, beautiful National Parks, and stunning regions like the Cotswolds, it’s perfect for a road or rail trip, especially in the South-East of England. That being said, there are many beautiful and best places to visit in South-East England.

You’ll find many places around the South-East of England, even if you’re visiting some of the top places for a day trip from London on a short day trip.

So, to help you get the most out of your trip, I’m sharing our top places to visit in the South-East of England. Have an amazing time visiting England. 

1.) Rye

Rye is an absolutely stunning and historic town in Southeast England, around a 1.5-hour drive from London. Yes, it might be small, but don’t let that discourage you from visiting. It’s centuries old and a great day trip as you head towards the south coast.

Once you’re here, make sure to visit Mermaid Street, which is one of the prettiest streets in England. It’s stunning, and you can easily pop by the Mermaid Inn while you’re here.

This traditional pub has been around for hundreds of years and was once a local drinking spot for smugglers.

Be sure to book a table if you’re staying for dinner; seats can fill up fast at peak times. We tried the pan-fried Rye Bay Skate, and it was delicious.

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Also, don’t forget to visit all the little antique shops just off The Strand. The Old Grain Store is right next door and has some delicious homemade cakes. 

Once you’ve filled up, head over to see Landgate, which once protected the town centuries ago. You’ve also got Knoops for their homemade hot chocolate. It’s so velvety and delicious. 

Finally, if you’re driving around the area by car, stop by Bodiam Castle. It’s been standing for over 700 years and is incredible to explore. 

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2.) London

Look, London needs very little introduction. It’s a city known worldwide and is incredible to visit, not least because of all the unique areas of London.

For me, London feels like 20 different towns with quirks and identities. This makes London one of the best places to visit in South-East England, especially if you fancy a city break. 

Once here, explore Covent Garden, a beautiful area of lanes, restaurants (and the famous market) worth visiting. For lunch, book a…

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