The South East
Famous for its university, history echoes through every street and alley and the city also has its fair share of great museum attractions and lively arts venues. Located just 16 miles from London, Surrey is a county steeped in history, with fine market towns and an excellent range of attractions. For days out, there are a number of excellent free museums, plus also the likes of Mercedes-Benz World, and The Brooklands Museum to enjoy.
Surrey's galleries host some of the most exceptional works in the South East, from those of a renowned Victorian artist, to contemporary local and nationally famous artists. Guildford's Watts Gallery Watts Gallery is dedicated to the work of the Victorian-era painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts, providing a celebration of his collection, with events and exhibitions.
The other famed historic dockyard in South East England is Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in Hampshire. Discover maritime history on-board some of the most famous war ships in British Naval history and find out what life was like for sailors in years gone by. Car enthusiasts should head for the world-famous National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in Hampshire's New Forest.
Back along the coast, both East and West Sussex has many great destinations - such as Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings, and visitor attractions throughout the county that are well known to groups. Cosmopolitan Brighton is the place to head for if you are looking for arts and culture. Still very much a classic relaxed English seaside town.
Brighton Pier and the city's Regency promenades offer a stylish glimpse of the past. And don't forget The Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, a 36 acre open-air site dedicated to preserving the industrial heritage of the south east.