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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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

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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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Enjoy a picnic in the woods that’s by the sea and a fort

Enjoy a picnic in the woods that’s by the sea and a fort

Fort Victoria Country Park is a walk and picnic spot with visitor attractions, woods, and a beach thrown in.

Location: Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

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Peel away the layers of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Peel away the layers of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Trace a history that goes back millions of years as you meander Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast, England’s first UNESCO Natural World Heritage site.

Location: Dorset

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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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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

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Head to Scilly for a rural retreat

Head to Scilly for a rural retreat

Head to England's remotest and most southwesterly islands of the Isles of Scilly, and experience English countryside with a twist.

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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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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Experience a little bit of island culture

Experience a little bit of island culture

Open-air theatre, art and craft galleries, music and history… the Isles of Scilly have a range of attractions and activities for culture connoisseurs.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

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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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Go walking with dinosaurs

Go walking with dinosaurs

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk alongside the dinosaurs that once roamed the earth? Well now you can…

Location: Sandown, Isle of Wight

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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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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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Journey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Journey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

A visit to history-rich and beautiful Lindisfarne, cut off twice daily from the rest of the world by fast-moving tides, is an adventure not to miss.

Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

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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

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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

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Shakespeare and Nature on Brownsea Island

Shakespeare and Nature on Brownsea Island

See Shakespeare 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

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Wander Sparkling Scilly Beaches

Wander Sparkling Scilly Beaches

With sparkling white sands reminiscent of the Caribbean, Scilly is a tropical break that is close to home.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

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Experience world renowned art on Ilfracombe harbour

Experience world renowned art on Ilfracombe harbour

Damien Hirst’s monumental statue ‘Verity’ provides a new landmark in this historic seaside town with a growing reputation for art and culture.

Location: Ilfracombe, Devon

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