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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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Vintage escapes on the Isle of Wight

Vintage escapes on the Isle of Wight

Spend the weekend in a traditional 1960's bungalow, vintage caravan or other relic.

Location: Isle of Wight, Hampshire

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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

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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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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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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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Dinner at the Duver

Dinner at the Duver

Looking for a relaxing picnic spot to watch the world go by? Head to the former Victorian golf course at St Helen’s Duver.

Location: St Helens, Isle of Wight

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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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Walk along the iconic White Cliffs of Dover

Walk along the iconic White Cliffs of Dover

Breath in England's timeless beauty with a walk along this world famous stretch of coastline.

Location: Dover, Kent

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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, history. The Isles of Scilly have a range of attractions and activities for culture connoisseurs.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

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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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Walking boots on for Walk Scilly Weekend

Walking boots on for Walk Scilly Weekend

Take a weekend country break with a difference and choose from a variety of themed, guided walks across the Isles of Scilly.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Go all One Direction in North Somerset

Go all One Direction in North Somerset

Visit Clevedon Pier where boy band One Direction filmed their ‘You and I’ video and cruise on the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.

Location: Clevedon, North Somerset

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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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