A Guide to Spending the Weekend in the South of England

The south coast of England is well known for its beaches and countryside, picturesque small towns and cities, and wonderfully cosy country pubs.

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It’s not hard to stay entertained while staying down south, however, it’s advised that you devise a plan in order to keep you on track, and know what’s happening from day-to-day. You’ve got a short space of time to see and do as much as you can, so you should crack on and know what’s going to happen.

Assuming you have both the Saturday and Sunday to explore and unwind, here is a handy guide on how to navigate around and invest your time most efficiently.

Hire a Car Service

Chances are, you’re thinking of hiring a car or driving down to the south coast in your own and then navigating your way from A to B yourself. Good idea, as you’re going to need a car. Tbut what about a driver too? Hire a car serice and the driver is at your beckon-call. Tere’s no need to begin listing the long string of conveniences that having your own driver-led vehicle affords, so just duly note that you’ll need one to take you down winding country roads.

Visit the beach

Heading down to the coast is a must-do if you’re spending a weekend down south, and some of the very best include the likes of Eastbourne – where you can walk along the heady heights of the Seven Sisters cliffs, onto the famous Birling Gap, and Beachy Head. A short drive (about 30 minutes with little traffic) away is Brighton beach. Brighton is a must-see if you’ve not been before, but be warned that the beach and pier will be incredibly busy if you plan to visit in the height of summer.

Further activities

Another two great beaches, famed for their white sand and sand dunes are West and East Wittering, respectively. They are both situated nearby the city of Chichester, which is a place well worth swinging by only if it’s just to gaze at the large, nearly one thousand years old cathedral, visit The Novium Museum and Fishbourne Roman Palace, and West Dean Gardens, providing you’re into horticulture. If not, then you can visit Chichester Gate to enjoy a game of tenpin bowling and/or let the kids loose at the Air Arena trampoline park. Stop for a spot of sustenance and a well-deserved sit down at a pub serving traditionally British grub at a local pub. You can check out The Hole in the Wall menu online in advance and discover the range of food they have on offer, which will get your stomach rumbling.

Visiting larger cities

 Although the small cities are appealing and insular, it’s good to get a wider scope on the south coast of England and venture to see some of the larger ones, such as Portsmouth and Bournemouth. Portsmouth is a port city and is bustling. It has plenty to offer a hungry and adventurous traveller. If you’re interested in going to affectionately termed ‘Pompey’, then a visit to the dockyard to see the wooden warship The Victory should be on your list, before sauntering along to Gunwharf Quays to enjoy the long parade of shops, restaurants, and docklands.