South East England Coach Holidays
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From the White Cliffs of Dover to the illustrious, dreaming spires of Oxford, South East England is bejewelled with natural and manmade wonders. With enough stately homes, significant history and oil-painting backdrops to keep visitors entertained for years, this adorable corner ensures that coach tours to the South East are popular.
Short coach holidays here are likely to entail exploring natural masterpieces in the Garden of England Kent, living it up or lazing around in the seaside towns of Brighton and Eastbourne in Sussex, heading to Hampshire to follow one of England's most important maritime trails in Portsmouth and finding out about 'The Mary Rose', or winding down the pace on the Isle of Wight. Wherever your tour of the South East takes you, you won't be disappointed.
You'll find fantastic family days out here in the South East where you can let the kids run wild in Drusillas Park, East Sussex which is known as one of the best small zoos in the country. Have a traditional South East coach break where you can build sandcastles on the beach in Folkestone or find out how Charlie and the Chocolate Factory started at the Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire. View the world's largest collection of original cars from the James Bond movie franchise at Beaulieu. Fill your days full of adventure with coach trips to some of the best theme parks and experience exciting new rides at Chessington World of Adventures, Legoland or Thorpe Park.
If you're a fan of the great outdoors then coach holidays to South East England are perfect as the landscape in this delectable corner of the UK allows for a variety of activities to take place such as popular walking and cycling tours. Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation, the South East really has it all from stunning coastlines to rolling rural hills, forests and floral displays that have been around for thousands of years. No matter what you are looking for on a coach holiday, the South East will certainly tick all the boxes!
Things to do
England's South East corner may look like a tiny spot compared to the UK as a whole but there are so many wondrous places to visit with things to see and do that it may be a little overwhelming as to what to visit first. Hopefully, this may help:
Steeped in tradition, Canterbury is a must do for all visitors to the South East. The Cathedral towers over the city, dominating the skyline, and is the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury leader of the Church of England. Canterbury has a wealth of high street chain shops, in addition to independent gift stores and quaint tearooms. In the summer months, you can go on a boat tour, with a guide who will tell you about the city's fascinating history. There is definitely something for everyone here.
This town on the coast of Kent is famous for its picturesque White Cliffs. As the closest port to France, Dover was also an important town during the Second World War. Today, the Wartime Tunnels are a great attraction for everyone, running under Dover Castle you can visit the command centre for 'Operation Dynamo' (the evacuation of Dunkirk) and an Underground Hospital used for injured troops.
No visit to the South East of England would be complete with a visit to the nation's Capital city. Explore the landmarks featured on television; from the London Eye to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Grab some retail therapy and visit Oxford Street, Spitalfields Market or if you are looking for a bargain, Camden Market. Stop of at Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus or maybe even catch a West End Show.
This famous seaside town is a great place to visit for all ages. With an amusement pier which will have your heart pounding as you ride on the 'Crazy Mouse' Rollercoaster with its tight twists and turns or maybe even relive your childhood by riding on the Helter Skelter – it promises to be great fun for everyone. Another place to visit is the Royal Pavilion, a royal palace with such grandeur due to it Indo-Saracenic architecture, you will think you have been transported to India.
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Tips & Advice
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in England, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
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Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
For further information about the South East of England, you should go to the official tourism website at visitsoutheastengland.com