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Arundel Castle

The massive keep and towers of Arundel Castle rise above the town. Built just after the Norman Conquest to protect this area from sea pirates and raiders, the castle contains a collection of armor, tapestries, and other interesting artifacts.... more

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Ashmolean Museum has a remarkable collection of paintings, tapestries, and sculptures.... more

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Beachy Head is a glorious, windswept place of soaring seagulls and springy turf, which ends abruptly as the earth drops away to giant chalk cliffs plummeting into the foaming sea. This is the starting point for the South Downs Way, a popular walking path. ... more

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The Bear, on Alfred Street, is a tiny old pub dating from 1242.... more

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Birling Gap

Birling Gap, a beach once popular with smugglers but now favored by bathers. The most dramatic scenery, the Seven Sisters, giant, white, windswept cliffs, are an invigorating walk from the visitors’ center.... more

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Blackwell’s is the most famous of Oxford's many bookstores.... more

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The 18th-century Blanket Hall was used for weighing blankets and has an unusual one-handed clock.... more

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Blenheim Palace

On the outskirts of Woodstock are the famous gates of Blenheim Palace, Sir John Vanbrugh’s masterpiece, which was built for John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough. The construction of the house was a gift from Queen Anne to the Duke after his victory over the French and Bav... more

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Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle (NT), a small, picturesque, squat fortress with crenelated turrets surrounded by a wide moat and pastoral countryside. Richard II ordered the castle built as a defensive position to secure the upper reaches of the Rother against French raiders who had ravaged nearby town... more

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Recommended by Ockenden Manor: The Borde Hill Gardens and Park is a must see for garden enthusiasts as well as those wishing a pleasant outing and strill through beautiful scenery. The playground is a destination in itself for those wishing to entertain children. The Borde Hill Ga... more

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Charleston Farmhouse is a remarkable place. The country home of the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group, it survives in an almost unaltered state. As you walk though the house, you can easily imagine Virginia Woolf's sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, busi... more

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Chartwell was the home of Winston Churchill from 1924 until his death in 1965, when Lady Churchill gave the house and its contents to the nation. To visit this large home and Churchill’s studio, full of his mementos and paintings, is to have a glimpse into the family life of one... more

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Particularly worth visiting in Oxford is the Christ Church College with its superb quad and tower designed by Christopher Wren to hold the bell Great Tom.... more

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The Circus

From the Museum of Costume it is an easy walk via The Circus, a tight circle lined with splendid houses designed by John Wood I.... more

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Built c.1730 for the 2nd Lord Onslow by the Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni, Clandon's interior is the most complete example of Leoni's work to survive and is notable for its magnificent two-storeyed, white Marble Hall. The house is filled with the superb collection of 18th-century f... more

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The Lanes

Behind the main village street of Alfriston, in a little cottage garden facing the village green sits the Clergy House (NT) with its deep thatched roof. The cottage was the first building acquired by the National Trust, in 1896.... more

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The Corn Exchange contains an exhibit, Day at the Wells, which traces the town’s growth from the time the spring water became fashionable for its curative powers to its popularity with wealthy Victorians.... more

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This informal garden was featured in the 1985 film, Room with a View. Enjoy great views from the dramatic hilltop location, with the highest tree top in Kent. Noted for its glorious spring flowers and shrubs, and autumn colors. Cafe on the grounds.... more

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Recommended by Ockenden Manor: Glyndebourne is best described as nirvana for opera lovers. The beginning of operas offered at Glyndebourne date back to 1934 when the Christie's opened the doors to their auditorium located on their estate near Lewes. Over the years the auditorium h... more

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At the top of the High Street is a fascinating area that has formed an important part of the city’s defenses since Roman times. Here you find the 13th-century Great Hall, the only surviving part of Winchester Castle and home to the legendary Round Table which has hung on the wall he... more

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The H.M.S. Victory, Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, has been restored to show what life was like on board. Also, visit the adjacent Mary Rose.... more

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Built in the 1750s for Admiral Boscawen the house contains the earliest recorded decorations in an English country house by Robert Adam. On display is the Cobbe Collection, the world's largest group of keyboard instruments, many associated with famous composers such as Purcell, J. C. ... more

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Hever Castle, a small 13th-century moated castle that was at one time home to the Boleyn family. Anne Boleyn was Henry VIII’s second wife and Elizabeth I’s mother. At the turn of the last century vast amounts of money were poured into the castle’s restoration by William Waldorf ... more

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The Hexagon is a multi-purpose arts venue and theatre in central Reading, Berkshire, England. It is so named because it is in the shape of a hexagon. Events include classical music, comedy, dance, drama, pop and rock concerts. The venue has also been used for snooker.... more

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Hidcote Manor Gardens (NT), one of the most delightful gardens in England. Created early this century by Major Lawrence Johnston, it is a series of individual gardens each bounded by sculpted hedges and linked by paths and terraces. Each “mini-garden” focuses on a specific theme o... more

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Recommended by Ockenden Manor: High Beeches Gardens covers 27 acres of magnificent woodland and water gardens, full of rare, exotic and unusual plants; RHS award winning plants, a botanical treasure trove, and one of the great gardens of Sussex. The plant collection includes speci... more

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The exquisite Kiftsgate Court Gardens are known for their exquisite displays of roses.... more

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Knole's fascinating historic links with kings, queens and the nobility, as well as its literary connections with Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, make this one of the most intriguing houses in England. Thirteen superb state rooms are laid out much as they were in the 18th centu... more

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Lamb House (NT) (on West Street near the church) was the home of American novelist Henry James from 1898 to 1916.... more

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The Lanes

The Lanes, narrow streets of former fishermen’s cottages, is now filled with restaurants and antique and gift shops.... more

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Recommended by Ockenden Manor: These English Heritage Grade I gardens are closing June 30, 2010 to the public. If possible, make a point of visiting this stunning valley filled with beautiful plants and gorgeous scenery before then. if you haven't been able to vist keep an eye out ... more

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Magdalen College, the most beautiful college, with its huge gardens making you feel as if you are in the countryside.... more

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The Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s flagship, is housed in a humidified building that preserves its remains, which were raised from the seabed several years ago.... more

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The Mermaid Inn is a fascinating relic of the past. As late as Georgian days, smugglers frequented this strikingly timbered inn and used to sit drinking in the pub with their pistols on the table, unchallenged by the law.... more

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The quaintest street in Rye, Mermaid Street, with its weatherboard and tile-hung houses.... more

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Worth a quick stop is the chapel at Merton College which contains 13th- to 14th-century glass.... more

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Minster Lovell is a few miles to the west along the B4047: to reach the old part of the village, follow the brown signs for Minster Lovell Hall. Park at the end of the lane and walk through the churchyard to see the ruined home of the Lovell family in a field by the river’s ed... more

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The Naval Museum has a display of model ships, figureheads, and a panorama depicting the Battle of Trafalgar.... more

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Nymans Garden is a lovely 20th-century garden, created with great style by three generations of the Messel family. Their outstanding plant collection is still to be found throughout the garden. There's also a romantic ruined house. Cafe on the property.... more

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Enjoy these lovely riverside gardens opposite Magdalen College.... more

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You may want to make your first stop the Oxford Information Centre on Gloucester Green, off George Street, to obtain a map. Walking tours of the town start from here. ... more

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Brighton Pier

Stretching out into the sea, the white, wooden Palace Pier harks back to an earlier age. At the end is a delightful, old-fashioned funfair with a helter-skelter and carousel horses along with other rides.... more

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Penshurst Place, a 14th-century manor house with an Elizabethan front surrounded by magnificent parkland and gorgeous gardens. Here Sir Philip Sidney—poet, soldier, and statesman—was born and his descendant, Viscount de l’Isle, lives today. The enormous, 14th-century... more

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Petworth House (NT), an enormous, 17th-century house in a vast deer park with landscaping by Capability Brown. The house, completed by the 6th Duke of Somerset in 1696, retains the 13th-century chapel of an earlier mansion and houses a proud art collection, which includes a series of ... more

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Punts can be hired from the Cherwell Boathouse at the end of Bardwell road.... more

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Punting (and chauffeured punts) on the River Cherwell can be hired from the boathouse past the Botanic Gardens and under the bridge by Magdalen College.... more

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The circular dome and building of the Radcliffe Camera is one of the most distinctive Oxford landmarks. The word camera means room. It was built 1737-1749 with £40,000 bequeathed by Dr John Radcliffe. It was intended to house a new library. Originally the library in the Radcliffe Cam... more

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Royal Pavillion

At the beginning of the 19th century when the Prince Regent built the fanciful, extravagant Royal Pavilion with its onion domes and gaudy paintwork. An extravaganza of colorful, rather overpowering decor.... more

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To learn more about Rye’s fascinating history attend the sound and light show at the Rye Town Model.... more

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Scotney Castle Gardens is a gorgeous, romantic garden surrounding the moated ruins of a 14th-century castle.... more

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Wonderful gardens including waterfalls and four large lakes. The gardens are noted for their profusion of color throughout the year. An interesting aside is the this was the site of the first England versus Australia cricket match!... more

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Sissinghurst Castle (NT) was a jail for 3,000 French prisoners in the Seven Years’ War. Its ruined remains were bought by Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold Nicolson, in 1930 and together they created the most gorgeous gardens with areas divided off like rooms, each with a ... more

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The half-timbered house, built in the early 16th century was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928 and contains her fascinating theatre collection. The cottage grounds include her rose garden, orchard, nuttery, a wonderful display of wild flowers and the Barn... more

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Snowshill Manor (NT), a Tudor manor packed with collections of musical instruments, clocks, toys, and bicycles, and surrounded by lovely cottage gardens. ... more

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The vast chalk promontory of Beachy Head, rises above the town of Eastbourne. It is a glorious, windswept place of soaring seagulls and springy turf, which ends abruptly as the earth drops away to giant chalk cliffs plummeting into the foaming sea. This is the starting point for the S... more

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This lighthouse on the White Cliffs of Dover was the site of Faraday's work in pioneering the use of electricity in lighthouses, and was the first to display an electrically powered signal. South Foreland was also used by Marconi for his successful wireless telegraphy experiments in 1... more

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Apart from the colleges, visit St. Mary’s Church where you can climb the spire for a marvelous view of the city of Oxford.... more

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A 1989 fire and subsequent restoration adds to the magic of this romantic house. Elegant Georgian interior with paintings, furniture and ceramics. An 18th-century dolls' house with original contents is one of the highlights. The complete servants' quarters in the basement are shown as... more

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Recommended by Ockenden Manor: Another beautiful English Garden Estate located in West Sussex. The country estate, Wakehurst Place, encompasses over 465 acres of gardens and woodlands. The nurturing waters of the on-site lake attracts a wealth of local wildlife   These magnifice... more

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Weald and Downland Museum, an assortment of old, humble buildings such as farmhouses and barns brought to and restored on this site after their loss to demolition was inevitable. Inside several of the structures are displays showing the development of buildings through the ages.... more

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The White Cliffs of Dover are internationally famous. The 'Gateway to the White Cliffs' Visitor Centre has spectacular views and introduces the visitor to 5 miles of coast and countryside through imaginative displays and interpretation. Much of the chalk downland along the cli... more

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Winchester cathedral stands at the center of the city. Construction of the 556-foot-long cathedral began in 1079 and finished in 1404. Treasures include a memorial window to Izaak Walton, a black marble font, seven chancery chapels for special masses, medieval wall paintings, stained ... more

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Just near the cathedral, Winchester College, founded in 1382, one of the oldest public (i.e., private) schools in England. ... more

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Military history buffs will enjoy the five military museums, which offer guided tours by arrangement.... more

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Near the Norman Church is the 13th-century Ypres Tower—formerly a castle and prison, it is now a museum of local history.... more

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