Coastal landmarks and Islands

English Islands

As an island nation some of our most striking national landmarks are to be found around our coastline. You can stay in a lighthouse, which for centuries guided sailing vessels round hazardous rocks and safely into harbour. Off our shores you can visit one of the smaller English islands. A giant is said to have lived in mystical St Michael’s Mount, reachable by foot from the Cornish mainland when the tide is low. Walk atop the chalk white cliffs of the south coast, marvelling at the array of flora and fauna that line the paths. Humming Vera Lynn’s ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ is compulsory.

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Spend the day taking in Portsmouth’s soaring city sights

Spend the day taking in Portsmouth’s soaring city sights

With great restaurants, entertainment, accommodation and a super-relaxed atmosphere, there has never been a better time for a break in Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Find over 230 ancient monuments and sites on the Isles of Scilly

Find over 230 ancient monuments and sites on the Isles of Scilly

The tiny landmass of the Isles of Scilly is home to 239 ancient monuments and archaeological sites, the UK’s greatest density of historic sites.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Archaeological sites
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Adventure boat trips to Beachy Head

Adventure boat trips to Beachy Head

Jump aboard an adrenaline filled boat trip for a close up view of the stunning South Downs National Park coastline and Beachy Head lighthouse.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Boating
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Get active on the Isles of Scilly

Get active on the Isles of Scilly

Don't let Scilly's tranquility fool you – there is a huge range of outdoor activities to keep every member of the family occupied.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Go glamping near the White Cliffs of Dover

Go glamping near the White Cliffs of Dover

Cosy up together in a tipi under the stars on a romantic glamping holiday on Kent’s iconic seaside coast.

Location: Dover, Kent

Coast
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Take a modern day pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Take a modern day pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Skim over the sands and causeway to Holy Island and prepare to enter another world where a wealth of history and stunning views await.

Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Go seal and puffin spotting on the Farne Islands

Go seal and puffin spotting on the Farne Islands

Visit Farne Islands to see thousands of seabirds and a huge Grey seal colony.

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Visit the remains of the grandest house on the Isle of Wight

Visit the remains of the grandest house on the Isle of Wight

Take a trip round Appuldurcombe House which was bombed during the Second World War.

Location: Wroxall, Isle of Wight

Castles and Historic Properties
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Discover Dorset’s myths and legends

Discover Dorset’s myths and legends

Tour the many landmarks, dotted along Dorset’s beautiful coast and countryside, and uncover their fascinating tales.

Location: Dorset

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Watch Shakespeare performed under the stars on Brownsea Island

Watch Shakespeare performed under the stars on Brownsea Island

See Shakespeare’s The Tempest acted out in the open air, part of this summer’s theatre programme on the National Trust’s Brownsea Island in Dorset.

Location: Poole Harbour, Dorset

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Dee Estuary to Hilbre Island

Dee Estuary to Hilbre Island

A two-mile walk across the sand from West Kirby, the Dee Estuary is an oasis of wildlife.

Location: Hilbre Island, Merseyside

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Picnic within the walls of Portchester Castle

Picnic within the walls of Portchester Castle

Surround yourself with thousands of years of history as you enjoy a picnic in the grounds of Portchester Castle.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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A Bamburgh Escape

A Bamburgh Escape

Plenty of sandcastles and a real one.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

Coast
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Deal to South Foreland

Deal to South Foreland

A stunning coastline walk in Kent from the Deal waterfront to South Foreland Lighthouse.

Location: Deal, Kent

Activities
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Escape to Another Place

Escape to Another Place

Forget crumbly sand sculptures; Antony Gormley’s 'Another Place' is seaside art on a whole new level.

Location: Crosby Beach, Merseyside

Coast
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Discover an overseas paradise on England’s own shores

Discover an overseas paradise on England’s own shores

A group of islands, 28 miles southwest off the Cornish coast, the Isles of Scilly are like nowhere else in England.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

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Walk along the iconic White Cliffs of Dover

Walk along the iconic White Cliffs of Dover

Immortalised by Dame Vera Lynn, take a walk along this impressive stretch of English coastline.

Location: Dover, Kent

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Gruesome goings on at Landguard Fort

Gruesome goings on at Landguard Fort

Mix ghost hunting with bird watching along an unspoilt stretch of Suffolk’s coastline.

Location: Felixstowe, Suffolk

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Step back to the Summer of Love at the Isle of Wight Festival

Step back to the Summer of Love at the Isle of Wight Festival

At the legendary music festival in June you can see some of the biggest names in the business from the past, present and future.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

June events
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Explore Sunderland’s coastline & see what surprises you find

Explore Sunderland’s coastline & see what surprises you find

Come and experience for yourself the beautiful seaside at the newly regenerated twin beach resorts of Roker and Seaburn.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Seaside resorts

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