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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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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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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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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Enjoy music from around the globe at Rhythmtree

Enjoy music from around the globe at Rhythmtree

Rhythmtree world music festival offers hippy food and happy faces, alongside some of the top global music stars for festival-goers of all ages.

Location: Shalfleet, Isle of Wight

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Tickle your tastebuds on a Scilly-style foodie break

Tickle your tastebuds on a Scilly-style foodie break

Food is an island passion, freshly caught lobsters, island reared beef, local ice cream & delicious tatty cake - come & get your tastebuds tingling!

Location: Isles of Scilly

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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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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

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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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Remind yourself of life’s simple pleasures on a budget break

Remind yourself of life’s simple pleasures on a budget break

Contrary to popular belief, you can visit Scilly on a budget. Sail over on the ferry and camp with your family – the beaches and views are free!

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

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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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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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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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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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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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Kayak around The Needles rocks and lighthouse

Kayak around The Needles rocks and lighthouse

How would you like to get up close and personal with one of the Isle of Wight’s most iconic landmarks?

Location: Freshwater, 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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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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Catch art-house gems at Martin's Film Festival

Catch art-house gems at Martin's Film Festival

Enjoy art house movies to box office blockbusters at the St Martin's Film Festival.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Luxurious weekend breaks at Burgh Island Hotel

Luxurious weekend breaks at Burgh Island Hotel

Enjoy a coastal break at this luxurious Art-Deco hotel off the coast of Devon.

Location: Burgh Island, Devon

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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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