South East England Hotels
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With a number of vibrant towns and cities primed for exploration, lots of country retreats to escape to, and many of Britain’s best beaches on hand for a seaside break, get away to one of our hotels in South-East England this year. Whether you’re keen to see the white cliffs of Dover or Brighton Pier, this region is famous for its short breaks.
Discover history and prestige in Kent – the Garden of England – and enjoy reconnecting with nature in the Kent Downs or High Weald – designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Alternatively, discover the exciting and ever-popular seaside towns of East Sussex; very often experiencing some of the country’s best weather, our South-East hotels are perfect for a summer break.
- One of England’s top tourist destinations for decades, our hotels in Brighton make for a thrilling short break destination; with unique culture, superb boutique shopping, an infamous nightlife and the gorgeous Victorian Brighton Pavilion to visit too, there’s lots to see and do.
- The region has a wealth of fascinating history that’s simply not to be missed – choose a Canterbury hotel and take the whole family around the gorgeous old town and it’s pretty Cathedral, or head to a Hastings hotel and discover the battlefields of 1066.
- For a quieter coastal break, take a look through our hotels in Eastbourne and enjoy cream tea by the seaside or a relaxing golf break – or sit back and enjoy the town’s famous summer tennis tournament.
An excellent choice for your next short break or getaway, check out our fabulous range of hotels in South-East England in the list below.
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Hotels in South East England
Surrounded by spectacular rolling countryside, hotels in the historic town of Ashford offer visitors a traditional market town with a modern flair. Stroll along the elegant tree-lined streets, admire the beautiful floral displays, enjoy shopping in the Designer Outlets or enjoy an evening at Eureka Leisure. The Ashford area offers an array of interesting family attractions.
- Explore the ancient estate and parklands of Godinton House, a beautifully restored building and gardens that are perfect for spending a few hours learning about the family history of the place
- Showcasing everything form the Neolithic to the now, the Ashford Borough Museum is a great collection of everything to do with the area – originally opened by the all-boys school, it’s a bit of historical gem
- Take a guided tour of Willesborough Windmill and enjoy this restored landmark, followed by tea and cakes in Mrs. Cobbs’ Kitchen#buletend# You’re also only a short drive from the Kent coast, where you’ll find stunning seaside retreats like Folkestone and Sandgate. Straight down the M20, it’s an easy day trip to make. So, whether it’s countryside or coastal, book an Ashford hotel to enjoy a truly British short break.
Brighton is an enchanting, cosmopolitan city, set against the spectacular backdrop of the Sussex Downs and rolling English countryside. The city offers an array of Brighton hotels, museums, a vivacious arts scene, tranquil parks and gardens, along with fine architecture. Must sees include the Royal Pavilion, Regency Town House and the Artist’s Quarter. A short distance from many of the hotels in Brighton you will find the famous pier and pebble beach with its promenade offering plenty of entertainment and activities. Brighton is a treasure trove of things to do and places to go. Make the most of your short break by combining one of our hotels in Brighton with our popular attraction tickets including taking in the sights on the City Sightseeing tour bus or a visit to the fun-packed SEA LIFE Centre. As well as the traditional seaside fun; Brighton has a thriving bar, restaurant and café scene, from Bohemian bars and arty clubs, to high-class restaurants and traditional pubs. Most Brighton hotels provide an ideal base for exploring the area, within walking distance of all the shops, sights and sounds of the town. With a wide choice of hotels in Brighton there is certainly no shortage of places to stay. With stylish, luxury hotels, stunning Regency hotels with sea-front positions, or a great choice of mid priced and budget options. Superbreak offers a great range of Brighton hotels to suit a variety of budgets and needs.
The elegant city of Canterbury in the south east of England has many Canterbury hotels to choose from and is home to the famous Cathedral, a Norman Castle and many other historical structures. The inspiration for many writers and artists over the centuries, this beautiful city is perfect for a short break as there are plenty of hotels in Canterbury near to the ancient attractions. Steeped in literary history, the city of Canterbury was the birthplace of Shakespeare’s contemporary, playwright Christopher Marlowe, and was the inspiration for the classic The Canterbury Tales. Those staying in our Canterbury hotels can step back in time at the Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction to explore the recreated medieval life of the city. Discovering the city’s past can also be enjoyed at the Roman Museum which is easily accessed from our range of Canterbury hotels. The rich history of the city is complemented by an exciting array of modern bars and restaurants. Spend an evening soaking up the vibrant atmosphere before returning to one of our hotels in Canterbury. Whether you discover the historical gems or indulge in the nightlife, our hotels in Canterbury are perfect for your short break to this south eastern city.
For a relaxing short break in the Garden of England, our hotels in Dover & Folkestone are an excellent choice. Discover this incredibly scenic corner of the country – full of history, and a great base from which to explore Kent, the area is more than just a stop on the way to continental Europe.
Whether you choose to take it easy and indulge in afternoon tea by Dover’s pretty harbour, go hiking on the headlands, or head out on the sightseeing trail, a short break in the south-east is as chilled-out or high-octane as you make it. Easily accessed from the A2 and the M20, and within easy driving distance of must-see Canterbury and vibrant Ashford, our hotels in Dover & Folkestone are ideally located for a getaway.
- Our hotels in Dover are perfect for a visit to the singularly impressive Dover Castle; the largest castle in England and originally founded in the 12th century, it dominates the skyline. Home to a long, fascinating history, it’s a must-visit
- History enthusiasts should also check out the Dover Western Heights – one of the country’s most impressive fortifications – and the Victorian-era boldbegin#Dover Museum
- Our hotels in Folkestone are in a great position for visiting local attractions too, not least the Kent Battle of Britain Museum – one of the country’s best World War II dedicated museums.
- Every bit as pretty as Dover’s white cliffs, the Folkestone Leas are naturally beautiful, and have wonderful views out to sea; for comedy gigs and music concerts, the Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall is difficult to beat
With a reputation for being the sunniest place in England, the seaside town of Eastbourne is a popular destination for a coastal break as there are plenty of hotels in Eastbourne to choose from. Visitors staying in Eastbourne hotels can indulge in British seaside favourites including sweet shops and cafés along the tree lined promenade. There is over 4 miles of shingle beach to discover lined with traditional Victorian Eastbourne hotels and guest houses, giving the resort a timeless and classic feel. Our hotels in Eastbourne along the waterfront provide easy access to the iconic Eastbourne pier. Dating back to the 1860s, the Victorian pier today houses amusement arcades, fish and chip shops and even a nightclub making it a popular attraction for those staying in our Eastbourne hotels. The town’s coastal location also means it’s a great destination for water sports with a selection of local scuba diving and snorkelling clubs. For those who prefer to stay on dry land there is also a good range of golf courses to choose from, including the 130 acre course at the popular Royal Eastbourne Gold Club. Whichever seaside activities you discover during your stay, our hotels in Eastbourne are a fantastic choice for your coastal break.
An ideal choice for a short break in the countryside, discover the best of the south-east when you stay in our Forest Row hotels. Easily reached from the A22, and set in the north-west corner of East Sussex – on the border with West Sussex, Kent and Surrey – Forest Row is perfectly located for exploring the region.
Making up part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ashdown Forest is a breath-taking and scenic part of the country. With all the facilities of nearby towns close by should you need them, our Forest Row hotels offer a wonderful place to escape the city, relaxing retreats away from it all.
- Naturally enough, Ashdown Forest itself is the main draw for visitors to the area; the original setting for AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories, other highlights of the forest include Vachery Forest Garden, Nutley Windmill and the Ashdown Forest Llama Park
- Originally a 13th century country house, and the former home to two of Henry VIII’s wife, Hever Castle is within easy driving distance and is a must-visit for history enthusiasts
- Not to be missed, nearby Royal Tunbridge Wells is full of fashionable boutiques and fine dining – the historic town is famous for being one of the most affluent in the region
- Vibrant Crawley is also well worth a visit, and is a retail hub with the area’s best nightlife; the sports and leisure facilities at K2 Crawley are a fun day out for the whole family
Escape to the south coast and enjoy a relaxing break on the south coast when you choose one of our hotels in Hastings. Simply oozing with fascinating history, there’s so much to discover on a getaway in Hastings; visit the 1066 battleground at nearby Battle, and explore the many must-see attractions in the town itself.
Whether you’re looking for a break by the seaside or a retreat in the country, our Hastings hotels have you covered. The endlessly pretty South Downs are primed for exploration, but if you fancy a chilled-out afternoon tea by the shore, it’s just as easy to put your feet up; a getaway in Hastings is as relaxed as you make it.
- Built in 1070 by the Normans, Hastings Castle is a Grade I listed landmark that’s a must-visit for history-lovers – little remains of the building, but you can enjoy fantastic views over the town from the picturesque ruin
- Offering another fascinating insight into a different period of our history, Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves is a popular and interactive attraction – the impressive caves themselves are worth the visit alone
- Take a trip on one of the town’s charming funicular railways up the cliff-face and go hiking on the Saxon Shore Way – a 163 mile coastal path running from Hastings to Gravesend, walkers from around the country are drawn to this naturally beautiful trail
- Attracting an incredible number of visitors annually, the Hastings Fishermen's Museum is one of the town’s top attractions, and a must for all fans of maritime history
The county town of Kent, enjoy a relaxing short break in one of our hotels in Maidstone and get away from it all. Full of must-visit attractions, this historic town and the surrounding Kent Downs are primed for exploration.
Whether you opt for a little retail therapy, go on a relaxing cruise up the River Medway or simply experience the town’s fabulous fine dining, a break in Maidstone is as relaxed as you make it. A great base from which to explore the Garden of England, our hotels in Maidstone make for an ideal getaway destination.
- Lying around 4 miles outside of Maidstone, Leeds Castle is the stunning, moated former residence of both Edward I and Henry VIII’s wife Catherine of Aragon; picture-perfect, and Grade-I listed, it’s a must-visit for history fans
- Home to a large collection of artefacts – including a fine Anglo-Saxon collection, much of which was excavated locally, and one of the most important Japanese art exhibitions outside London – the Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery offers an excellent day out
- Enjoy the open space of beautiful Mote Park – covering 450 acres, it’s a great place to play golf, try out some water sports, bike on the BMX track or simply enjoy the great outdoors
- One of the best theatres in the region for comedy gigs, music events and local productions, check out the ever-popular Hazlitt Theatre
Escape to the south coast and choose one of our hotels in Worthing – ideal for a break by the seaside. Home at one time or another to Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter, discover this picturesque and inspirational corner of the country.
Nearby Brighton is home to a host of exciting attractions, fabulous boutique shopping and an infamous nightlife; there is, however plenty to enjoy on a quieter break away from it all in Worthing itself. Gain a gorgeous view of the seafront from Worthing Pier, and enjoy a relaxing break when you choose one of our Worthing hotels.
- Worthing is an excellent base from which to explore the stunning South Downs National Park – highlights that are close by to the town include Castle Goring and pretty Arundel Castle
- The largest museum in West Sussex, the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery is Grade-II listed and exhibits a number of impressive works, including one of the finest costume and textile collections in the country
- Also Grade-II listed Dome Cinema is one of the oldest surviving cinemas in the country – originally opened in 1911, the Edwardian building is something of a pilgrimage site for film-lovers
- Worthing co-hosts the International Birdman competition – in which participants attempt to fly off of the town’s famous pier – each year in mid-summer; the Worthing Festival also draws big crowds in the summertime, usually taking place in late July
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