The South-east of England is often the first place that visitors from the continent will visit as the Port of Dover, one of the World’s busiest ports, is where many people first catch sight of the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover. The region is filled with attractions such as royal castles, wonderful countryside, rivers, Oust houses and quaint villages and yet is close to the busy Capital city of London and all that it has to offer.
Hampton Court Palace started from humble beginnings in the 11th century to become one of the finest palaces in the world. It has not been a royal residence since the 18th century and is today open to the public and is a major tourist attraction. The first buildings on the site belonged to the Knights Hospitallers of St.John of Jerusalem…..Read more
Windsor castle is located in Windsor, England. Berkshire has one of the most famous castles and also the oldest one. The palace is the seat of the Queen Elizabeth and she spends most of her time enjoying in this grand and magnificent castle. After some years it was expanded into apartments for various purposes…..Read more
The Cathedral, with St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church, form part of the UNESCO world heritage site. The Cathedral Church was founded in 597 AD by St Augustine whose original cathedral lies beneath the floor of the nave. The original Saxon church was destroyed by fire in 1067 and rebuilt again by the Normans in 1070……Read more
Leeds Castle, set in 500 acres of parkland in the midst of the Kent countryside, takes it name not from the city of Leeds but from its first owner, a man named Leed, or Ledian, who built himself a wooden castle in 857. The first stone castle was built in 1119 on an island in the lake, and was later rebuilt and xtended by Edward I……Read more
The palatial castle at Arundel has grown from its modest origins as a motte and bailey castle built by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, around 1068. A shell keep was added to the top of the motte in about 1140, and curtain walls, a chapel and a garden…..,Read more
The appearance of Bodiam Castle is exactly how most people imagine a medieval castle should look like, with its square of walls, a round tower at each corner, and a square tower midway along each wall, entirely surrounded by a moat……Read more
One of the largest castles in the country, strategically located at the shortest crossing point to continental Europe, Dover Castle has played a prominent part in national history. Its origins lie in the Iron Age, and a Roman Lighthouse and Anglo-Saxon church can still be seen within the grounds…..Read more
Sir Roger Fiennes was granted a licence to build Herstmonceux in 1441. The castle was one of the earliest to be built of brick and was constructed in a lake so that the water acted as a large moat. The castle was well appointed, designed more for comfort than for defence…..Read more
Hever Castle is an attractive fortified manor house surrounded by a moat. The original moated castle was built in 1270 and consisted of a massive gatehouse and a walled bailey, approached by a wooden drawbridge. In the late 15th century the castle became…. Read more
Walmer Castle was built by Henry VIII in 1539-40 as an artillery fortress to counter the threat of invasion from Catholic France and Spain. It was one of three forts constructed to defend the Downs, an area of safe anchorage protected by the Goodwin Sands. The other forts were at Deal and Sandown…….Read more
The pretty little village of Bekonscot is situated in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire and although there are plenty of houses and shops and even a regular train service no-one actually lives here! why not? It is in fact a model village and is the oldest original model village in the world……Read more
From the Somme to Tiananmen Square or D-Day to Desert Storm the tank has played a part in shaping history – and it continues to do so today. This unique collection of over 300 vehicles is regarded as the best in the world and includes the world’s first ever tank, the feared German Tiger tank and the modern Challenger 2……Read More
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