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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Absorb the art of Lundy Island

Absorb the art of Lundy Island

Artists of all kinds are attracted to north Devon, and currently it is the perfect location to view works by Damien Hirst and Antony Gormley

Location: Ilfracombe and Lundy Island, Devon

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Experience Cumbria’s soaring coastal cliffs at St Bees Head

Experience Cumbria’s soaring coastal cliffs at St Bees Head

Discover towering red sandstone cliffs, a perfect sandy beach and a rich past – part of England’s only Heritage Coast between Scotland and Wales.

Location: St Bees, Cumbria

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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

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Shine a light into history at Souter Lighthouse

Shine a light into history at Souter Lighthouse

The world’s very first electric lighthouse, this iconic landmark has proudly stood guard over the northeast coastline for nearly 150 years.

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

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Climb Smeatons Tower for Gorgeous Views

Climb Smeatons Tower for Gorgeous Views

Feel the exhilarating sea air when you climb the 93 steps to the top of Smeatons Tower, and then look out over the Hoe and Plymouth City.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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See thousands of cute puffins on the Farne Islands

See thousands of cute puffins on the Farne Islands

Around 150,000 breeding pairs of seabirds make the Farne Islands their summer home. Take a boat trip to see, and hear, them up close.

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland

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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

See some of the biggest names in the business from the past, present and future at this legendary music festival in June.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

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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 the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and prepare to enter a world where a wealth of history and stunning views await.

Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

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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

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Savour local treats at Tresco and Bryher Food Festival

Savour local treats at Tresco and Bryher Food Festival

Celebrate the very best in Scillonian produce this autumn with a host of local producers, chefs and suppliers on the Isles of Scilly.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Catch art-house gems at Martin's Film Festival

Catch art-house gems at Martin's Film Festival

From art house movies to box office blockbusters, the St Martin's Film Festival (in the first week of October) is now in its second year.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Uncover the Isle of Wight arts scene

Uncover the Isle of Wight arts scene

It’s a rare opportunity to get invited into an artist’s creative space, but in July they fling open their doors for you to come and take a look.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

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Discover spectacular Lundy Island

Discover spectacular Lundy Island

A rare experience is to be found on the beautiful and wild Lundy Island just 12 miles off the North Devon Coast in the Atlantic Ocean.

Location: Lundy, Devon

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Head to St Michael's Mount

Head to St Michael's Mount

It’s not often you get to follow in a giant’s footsteps...

Location: Marazion, Cornwall

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Escape on an autumn adventure to Scilly

Escape on an autumn adventure to Scilly

Stay in a 16th Century castle, a 19th Century Townhouse or a harbourside inn and enjoy a romantic break on the stunning Isles of Scilly.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Get writing at The Grange

Get writing at The Grange

Are you the next Raymond Carver ready to boil down the minutiae of every day life into the shortest of stories?

Location: Shanklin, Isle of Wight

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Explore the High Seas at Hallsands

Explore the High Seas at Hallsands

The atmospheric ruined fishing village of Hallsands stands as testament to the power of the sea and the danger of over exploiting natural resources.

Location: Hallsands, Devon

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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

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Enjoy a romantic weekend retreat on Scilly

Enjoy a romantic weekend retreat on Scilly

Experience real island life and hunker down for the ultimate romantic coastal retreat this winter.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Walk through sand dunes to Bamburgh Castle

Walk through sand dunes to Bamburgh Castle

This seat of the former Kings of Northumbria tells a spellbinding tale from its awe-inspiring position on the edge of Northumberland’s coast.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

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