Top 7 Attractions you simply MUST see

The south coast of England is home to some amazing natural and manmade attractions. From activities that are fun for the whole family, both young and old, to days out that will enthral nature lovers and history buffs, every county has something special to offer. Here’s our roundup of those must-see attractions that you’d be crazy to miss…

 
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Paignton Zoo Devon

Rated 4.5/5 by TripAdvisor, 'Paignton Zoo Environmental Park' is the perfect outing for the whole family. Home to over 2500 animals and spread out over 80 beautiful acres, the huge variety of species here will keep you entertained for a full day out. To entertain any younger members in your group there are 2 fun-packed play areas in addition to the 'Jungle Express' train, while anyone left behind can enjoy a variety of tasty food and drink outlets on site.

Where: Totnes Rd, Paignton TQ4 7EU
More info: paigntonzoo.org.uk

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Jurassic Coast Experience Dorset

The first natural UNESCO world heritage site in the country, why not visit 'Lulworth Cove' and 'Durdle Door' along with the best sites along the famous Jurassic Coast in this guided tour that's rated 5/5 by TripAdvisor? Offered as a round trip experience from nearby Bournemouth, this excursion is arguably the best way to see the most beautiful beaches in England. Enjoy scenic views across the shores, famed beaches which have featured in several major films/television shows including "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin" (West Bay), "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (Studland Beach), "Wolf Hall" (Sherborne) and "Broadchurch". Whether you want to enjoy these magnificent sights as a couple or have a day by the seaside with the family, this tour provides the perfect backdrop.

More info: discoverdorset.co.uk

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The Mary Rose Museum – Portsmouth (Hampshire)

Whether you’re a history buff or not, the 'Mary Rose Museum' is a truly unique experience. Set amongst Portsmouth’s historic dockyard, you’ll walk back through time as you pass the 'HMS Victory' on the way to the museum and see the preserved warship of Henry VIII – a ship which was sunk and raised from the seabed some 400 years later. If you’re trying to make the most of your time on the south coast, this museum is unmissable; awe inspiring for all ages while being highly educational too!

More info: maryrose.org

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Escape Rooms Suffolk

Maybe one to experience with the older kids, an escape room is a great group activity to do during your holiday (especially on a rainy day) and is an opportunity to put teamwork to the test! Part of a fun day out in Bury St Edmunds, this escape room offers discounts for larger groups of up to 6 people or you can visit in a pair. These escape rooms have earned their 5/5 rating on TripAdvisor; 2 atmospheric rooms with different scenarios and difficulty levels, you’ll find yourself truly immersed in gameplay as you try to crack the case in under 60 minutes.

In fact these Escape Rooms are so secret we couldn’t find an image!

Where: Harlequin Park, Kenny Hill, Bury St Edmunds IP28 8DS, England
More info: escape-rooms-suffolk.co.uk

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Fudge Kitchen – Canterbury (Kent)

A not-quite-so-hidden gem of Canterbury is 'Fudge Kitchen' – fresh delicious fudge made using an authentic recipe from the 1800’s and offering generous free samples in a variety of delicious flavours, this place has a 5/5 rating on TripAdvisor. There’s no better treat to nibble on while exploring the city’s historic cobbled streets - and a broad range of flavours and vegetarian, vegan and dairy intolerant options means there’s a fudge for everyone!

Where: 16 Sun St, Canterbury CT1 2HX
More info: fudgekitchen.co.uk

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The Bluebell Railway – Uckfield (Sussex)

The 'Bluebell Railway' operates historic steam trains on a scenic 22-mile return trip between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead - calling at Horsted Keynes and Kingscote, it’s one of the best ways to see the Sussex countryside.

In addition to a busy calendar of special events, passenger services run daily from May to September and during school holidays. The heritage railway also runs several premier dining trains, including the Golden Arrow, Wealden Rambler afternoon teas, fish and chip specials and 'Real Ale' trains (if you book in advance and want to make an extra special day of it). The experience to go on these original steam trains is essential if you’re trying to make the most out of your trip – and fit in some nostalgia!

Where: Station Approach, Uckfield TN22 3QL
More info: bluebell-railway.com

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Seal Watching Tour Essex

Get up close and personal with some of the cutest of British wildlife in their own natural habitat – this boat tour promises seal-watching all year round. Taking you past the port of Felixstowe and then around to the Hamford Water nature reserve, you’ll experience a combination of fast open water boat ride, as well as a calm cruise in still waters as you approach the seal colonies. It's something for the whole family to enjoy with sightings of the seals guaranteed – as their website says, ‘seals love rain, wind, sun and clouds, and so do we!’ Extra layers are advisable, and don’t forget your camera!

Where: 1 The Quay, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3HH
More info: sealwatching.co.uk

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