When you think about touching down on English soil, you most likely imagine heading straight to the capital to see and do as much as possible within your allotted time. While you absolutely should explore London for all of its intricacies, relics, heritage, and culture, there’s so much more fun and adventure to be had across the scope of England, and in particular on the South East coast of the UK – where you’ll find the delights of Brighton, Portsmouth, and Bournemouth.
The South Coast features some real gems in the English landscape, and there’s ample opportunity to saunter through walled cities, eat and drink in insular and traditional pubs and coffee houses, as well as frolic on the West Wittering sand dunes.
Yes, you’re spoilt for choice in terms of public transport in the larger UK cities such as London, Manchester, Newcastle, and Nottingham, but the further you travel outside of these hubs, the more challenging it will be to find public transport to take you from A to B. This isn’t to say that it’s impossible, but you’ll likely be relying on taxis to get you around, and these can incur quite steep fees.
So, if you can afford to, and agree that hiring a car for the duration of your stay is a good idea, then take the time to book and hire the use of your own vehicle.
Go to the beaches
No trip to the south coast of the UK would be complete without a stop at some of the most glorious beaches the whole of the UK has to offer. Brighton beach and pier is renowned for being thoroughly entertaining, and a rite of passage for all vacationers looking to enjoy the lively and vibrant side of coastal existence.
While you’re in Sussex, you should make your way to West Wittering beach in order to frolic in the sun and upon the white sand dunes. The nearest large city to here is Chichester, and it’s a quaint city with a large cathedral and bustling feel with plenty to keep you entertained from morning ‘til night. If you have the time to spare, try to spend at least two days here in this beautiful city, and walk the Roman walls, visit West Dean Gardens if you’re a fan of exquisite horticulture and immaculate gardens, and pop into one of many traditional pubs such as theholeinthewall-pub.co.uk serving pub grub and coziness in abundance. This will give you a true taste of traditional English food in a family-friendly environment, and it will leave you wanting to come back for more.
Travel in Summer
At risk of stating the obvious, it’s best to travel to the UK in Summer, as the days are longer, and the weather is by far warmer. With this said, you’ll probably still need to pack in your suitcase a lightweight rain jacket, as it’s true what they say about British weather – it’s largely unpredictable and partial to a spot of rain every so often, and then some.
Before traveling to the South Coast, conduct some research into the kinds of walks you’d like to embark on, the bevy of luxurious accommodation available to you, and into booking your place to on cultural visits to museums, art galleries, and theater shows to ensure that you don’t miss out.