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Isle of Wight: Osborne Admission Ticket

1. Isle of Wight: Osborne Admission Ticket

Admire the opulent Royal Apartments and private family bedrooms within the mansion. See the twin desks where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert worked. Explore the magnificently decorated Durbar Room. The furniture and artifacts reveal intricate details about entertainment at Osborne, from state banquets to family meals. Currently, only the lower floor of Osborne House is open for visitors to view. See where the royal children played house and tended their own gardens down at the Swiss Cottage. There's a room dressed as it was on 11th July 1861, when the children prepared afternoon tea for their parents, not long before Prince Albert's tragic death.  Stroll in the pleasure gardens, alongside historic trees, and enjoy the Victorian Walled Garden much as the royal couple did. Take a trip down to the royal family's once jealously guarded private beach, with Victoria's restored bathing machine.

Portsmouth: Historic Dockyard Ultimate Explorer Ticket

2. Portsmouth: Historic Dockyard Ultimate Explorer Ticket

Visit the exhibitions at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth in any order you want, and at any time you want within a year. Family and individual entries are available. Explore historic ships, including Lord Nelson’s world-famous flagship HMS Victory, Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior, the First World War’s HMS M.33 and the new Horrible Histories Pirates exhibition. Marvel at Henry VIII's Tudor warship the Mary Rose, which is now included in the all-in-one ticket for 2021. Take the complimentary waterbus to Gosport and explore the Cold War submarine, HMS Alliance. Take a Harbour Tour to cruise around Portsmouth Harbour and see the ships of the modern Royal Navy.

Portsmouth: Spinnaker Tower Ticket

3. Portsmouth: Spinnaker Tower Ticket

Experience the south coast’s most spectacular view. Spinnaker Tower stands at 170 meters tall, offering breath-taking 23-mile views over Portsmouth Harbour, the city, the Solent, the South Downs and the Isle of Wight. The iconic landmark boasts a high-speed lift and three sky-high viewing decks. Venture across the thrilling glass ‘Sky Walk’ at 100 meters above sea level; discover stories behind the surrounding sites with informative touchscreen displays; try vertigo-inducing virtual reality, breath in the view from the open air ‘Sky Garden’; relax in The Clouds with a coffee, a glass of bubbly or a decadent High Tea; and enjoy delicious meals made with locally sourced ingredients in the Waterfront Cafe.

Oxford: University and City Walking Tour with Alumni Guide

4. Oxford: University and City Walking Tour with Alumni Guide

Step inside Oxford University and explore the grounds on a guided walking tour. Admire the iconic architecture and learn about university life from your student guide. Visit one of the university’s oldest colleges and the Bodleian Library. Learn about the history of the university colleges, including All Souls College, Trinity College, Oriel College, Hertford College, and Merton College, the Radcliffe Camera, and the University Church of St. Mary. Get an equally in-depth history of the town. Hear about ceremonies at Oxford, famous graduates, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and also how the most powerful Archbishop of Canterbury was burned at the stake in Oxford.

Dover Castle Admission Ticket

5. Dover Castle Admission Ticket

Step into the vibrant world of Henry II’s medieval royal palace and follow lifelike hologram figures round the private chambers, guest rooms, and great hall, along with the kitchen and armories. After immersing yourself in life at the 12th-century court, climb to the roof of the Great Tower for amazing panoramic views over the huge medieval castle, which was one of the strongest in England. Enjoy the unique experience of the secret wartime tunnels, telling the story of the 1940 Miracle of Dunkirk using film, audio, and archive photography. Witness the evacuation of over 300,000 British and allied troops as the rescue operation is played out before your eyes.

Brighton: British Airways i360 Ticket

6. Brighton: British Airways i360 Ticket

Enjoy views across Brighton, the South Downs and the Sussex coastline from a fully enclosed futuristic glass pod. Learn about the many area landmarks seen from BAi360, using the free viewing map and free app. Enjoy a drink at the Nyetimber Sky Bar, serving a range of local drinks including Nyetimber, an award-winning sparkling wine. Visit the beach building for the British Airways i360: How it Was Built exhibition. Enjoy a meal at West Beach Bar & Kitchen or West Beach Cafe, or browse the BAi360 shop for a range of gifts and souvenirs, many created by local Brighton artists.

Brighton: Royal Pavilion Admission Ticket

7. Brighton: Royal Pavilion Admission Ticket

The Royal Pavilion has a colorful history stretching back 200 years. Built as the seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, it has also served as a civic building, First World War hospital, and has become an icon of Brighton. In the mid-1780s George, Prince of Wales, rented a small lodging house overlooking a fashionable promenade in Brighton. Brighton was developing from a decayed fishing town to an established seaside retreat for the rich and famous, being close to London, and after George was sworn in as Prince Regent in 1811 he commissioned John Nash to begin the transformation from modest villa into the magnificent palace that we see today. Walk through the lavish state rooms on the ground floor including the banqueting room, the music room, the magnificent recently restored saloon, and the great kitchen. Explore further rooms upstairs, including Queen Victoria's bedroom. Learn about the use of the building as a military hospital for Indian soldiers during the first world war.

Oxford: River Thames Sightseeing Cruise

8. Oxford: River Thames Sightseeing Cruise

Cruise along the glorious River Thames on a short but scenic boat ride departing from the quaint Folly Bridge and heading toward the charming Iffley Lock. Admire your beautiful surroundings, made up of lush trees and cozy brick cottages, immersing you in the lovely old-town vibe of Oxford. Board your boat to begin your journey, throughout which your skipper will point out all the major sites and answer any questions you may wish to ask. Marvel at the views of Christ Church meadows, college boathouses, and a mix of wildlife and countryside, whilst enjoying your time on board. You will either ride a stunning traditional-style vessel or a more modern cruiser. Either way, rest assured you'll have a spacious boat to sit back and relax on.

THORPE PARK Resort: Entrance Ticket

9. THORPE PARK Resort: Entrance Ticket

With over 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events, Thorpe Park Resort is an island like no other and the UK’s must-visit destination to share endless fun with family and friends. Crafted by the master of mind control Derren Brown, this one-of-a-kind 13-minute experience promises to blow your mind by fusing five multi-sensory experiences of grand illusion, live-action, next-generation technology, 4D special effects, and physical transit. Then fly into ANGRY BIRDS LAND, home to the world’s first ANGRY BIRDS 4D experience, where the feathered flock roost on the 100ft rapid drop tower ride Detonator, while Red Bird and the Bad Piggies go bump to bump on a classic dodgems attraction. Enjoy world-class rides such as the UK’s first winged rollercoaster THE SWARM, Stealth, one of Europe’s fastest and tallest roller coasters, and the 100ft ‘beyond vertical’ drop of the movie-themed coaster SAW-The Ride. PLUS five water rides including the super-soaking Tidal Wave, Storm Surge, and Logger’s Leap guarantee the thrills and fun. Alternatively, visit the park during Halloween and book tickets and passes for the ultimate theme park Halloween event by choosing the FRIGHT NIGHTS Special Option. Every FRIGHT NIGHTS day ticket includes the chance to enjoy 7 scare mazes and attractions.

City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

10. City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Home to the oldest University in Britain, Oxford is an architectural marvel. You'll get fantastic views of its honey colored buildings as well as tantalizing glimpses of the hushed courtyards of its many Colleges. Visit the International award winning Oxford Castle Heritage area and you'll travel by the Ashmolean, the Sheldonian, the historic Carfax junction - see this and more on the City Sightseeing tour of Oxford. Your Tour Itinerary Stop 1 - Railway Station Stop 2 - Park End Street Stop 3 - Bus Station Stop 4 - New Road Stop 5 - West Gate  Stop 6 - Speedwell Street Stop 7 - Christ Church Stop 8 - Brasenose College Stop 9 - The Queens College Stop 10 - The Plain Stop 11 - St. Cross Road Stop 12 - South Parks Road Stop 13 - Sheldonian Theatre Stop 14 - Trinity College Stop 15 - Parks Road Stop 16 - Banbury Road Stop 17 - Woodstock Road Stop 18 - Browns Restaurant Stop 19 - Magdalen Street East Stop 20 - Randolph Hotel

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What people are saying about South East England

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This was a well organized and lovely excursion. Logistically: instructions for meeting location spot on, departed and returned on schedule, stopped mid-way through bathe drive for a “bio break”, comfortable & clean coach, and very informative. Both the tour guide and driver were friendly and helpful people. The village tour was a lot of fun and we had plenty of time. Our guide, Emma, provided a lot of information about the locations used for filming and a bit of history. We also had plenty of time allotted to tour inside and wander the grounds (which I was expecting and they were spectacular). I would recommend this excursion and your company. I had a really nice day.

Very organized tour and guide was very helpful. The bus left an arrived on time. Unfortunately our tour of Windsor castle was cancelled since the Queen passed but we appreciate that we were still brought to the castle grounds to walk around and see tributes to the queen.

Mark was our guide and very knowledgeable on Blenheim Palace and did an excellent job of explaining the historical background. We would highly recommend Mark fir anyone who needs a tour guide.

I would honestly do this trip again as it was absolutely phenomenal!! Lots of history explained, lunch at a local restaurant, lot's of photo opportunities and amazing sceneries

Very enjoyable Didnt realise so much occurred at brooklands