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London: South Downs White Cliffs Day Trip with Train Tickets

1. London: South Downs White Cliffs Day Trip with Train Tickets

Embark on a day tour to South Downs National Park from London and admire the beauty of England's stunning southern coast and sprawling green hills. Visit notable landmarks including the Devil's Dyke, Seven Sisters Country Park, and Beachy Head on a guided tour.  In the morning, meet your guide at London Bridge station and catch the train to Brighton, using your pre-booked return train tickets. Upon arrival in Brighton, climb aboard the luxury minibus for your adventure for the day. Arrive in the South Downs National Park and first visit Devil's Dyke to admire the views across the lowland weald. Learn from your guide about how the landscape was formed over thousands of years, as well as how Devil's Dyke got its name. Make your way to Middle Farm, where you can buy cheeses, sparkling wines, or cider from Sussex. Middle Farm will be the lunch stop where the quaint tea rooms serve light lunches, snacks, coffee, and tea. Continue along quiet country lanes to the Seven Sisters Country Park. Make a short stop to visit the Neolithic carving known as the Longman of Wilmington. Next, enjoy a guided walk along Beachy Head and take stunning photos of the white chalk cliffs. Travel to Birling Gap and see the results of accelerated coastal erosion. Arrive at Seaford Head to enjoy the iconic view of the Seven Sisters, one of the most famous viewpoints along England's southern coast. Your guide will then take you on a leisurely walk around the headland to get the best views of the cliffs. Finally, hop back on the bus and be returned to Brighton where you will catch the train back to Central London.

From London: Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace & Downtown Abbey

2. From London: Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace & Downtown Abbey

Tick off some of southern England’s top attractions on a guided day trip by bus from London to Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds villages, including the Bampton filming location of the TV show Downtown Abbey. If you prefer exploring historic towns over attractions, enjoy the flexible tour option. Board your coach in London and head out of the city and towards your first stop at Blenheim Palace. Witness this masterpiece of English Baroque architecture which was also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Visit the stunning State Rooms, brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries (if option selected), and admire the 754-hectare gardens, including an exquisite water garden. Next, head into the charming Cotswolds region for a stop at the authentic village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Explore this picturesque location, complete with many attractive bridges crossing the gently-flowing river at its center. Complete your experience with a trip to Bampton; the film setting for many of the famous landmarks featured in the popular Downton Abbey TV series. See the buildings that played the part of the home of Isobel Crawley, the Downton Cottage Hospital, the church, and also the location for two fictional local pubs, The Grantham Arms and The Dog & Duck.

From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

3. From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

Meet your guide at the conveniently-located Brighton pick-up point. Board an airconditioned vehicle with plenty of space. Relax as you take in views of rolling chalk hills that were created over thousands of years by farmers grazing their animals.  Stop at Devil's Dyke, the largest dry valley in the UK. Admire stunning views of up to 30 miles across the lowland Weald. Learn how this landscape was created from your guide. Visit Middle Farm, a traditional farm that has been in the same family for over 200 years. If Middle Farm is very busy we will take our lunch stop at the nearby village of Alfriston, with a variety of cafes and 14th century pubs.  Continue to the Seven Sisters Country Park and the white cliffs. Pass through old country lanes to see the mysterious and ancient Longman of Wilmington, a huge Neolithic carving on the side of the Downs.  Walk to the top of England's highest chalk cliff, measuring 530 feet. Head to Seaford Head for the iconic views of the Seven Sisters.

From London: Brighton & Seven Sisters Small-Group Tour

4. From London: Brighton & Seven Sisters Small-Group Tour

Leave the city crowds behind and indulge in a relaxing experience through the southeastern coast of England. Drive out of London and into lush beachside landscapes on a scenic route. Visit the famous Seven Sisters cliffs, then enjoy plenty of free time in the picturesque town of Brighton. Begin the day by departing London and traveling through the beautiful scenery of South Downs National Park. Make a stop in Alfriston, one of the prettiest villages in the region, before arriving at the seaside to visit one of the most recognizable sights of Britain’s coastline: the Seven Sisters. Admire a stunning sequence of seven undulating chalk cliffs. Absorb the breathtaking sea views, take a bracing walk along the coastal path, and stop for incredible photo opportunities along the way. Get back on the road on the way to Brighton. Reach the charming town by early afternoon and have some free time to explore. Wander along The Lanes, a collection of quirky narrow streets home to a variety of shopping and eateries. Grab a bite or head over to the famous Royal Pavilion, once the exotic seaside residence of King George IV. Take a relaxing stroll along the waterfront to unwind after a long day and discover the vibrant Palace Pier. Finally, get back on board for the return trip to London.

Downton Abbey and Village Small Group Tour from London

5. Downton Abbey and Village Small Group Tour from London

Become Lord or Lady Grantham for the day, as you visit the film locations used in the BAFTA award-winning Downton Abbey period drama. Hear how the global hit TV series was made and about the actors involved and the wonderful history of the places you visit on this full-day tour. You’ll depart central London in the morning on a drive to the charming Oxfordshire village that has been featured in the series as Downton village. Enjoy a guided tour of locations such as Downton Hospital, the village pub, the former home of Matthew Crawley, and the local church.  Take a short comfort break before continuing on to Highclere Castle, which is the main setting used in Downton Abbey. En route you’ll learn about the thousand-year history of Highclere Castle and life above and below the stairs. Lunch can be purchased at Highclere Castle or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy it on the beautiful grounds. Although guided tours are not allowed inside the castle, you’ll be able to explore the above-stairs area of Downton Abbey independently with the aid of a self-guided information sheet. Imagine life as it was over 100 years ago and enter the world of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants as you wander around the estate. The tour ends in central London.

Brighton: i360 and Upside Down House Explorer Pass

6. Brighton: i360 and Upside Down House Explorer Pass

Admire sweeping views from a height of 450 feet across Brighton from the Brighton i360, and walk on the ceiling and reach for the furniture at a family attraction that allows you to take mind-bending photos at Brighton's Upside Down House with this Explorer Pass. Enjoy a fun-filled day out in Brighton with combo tickets to two side-by-side on Brighton seafront. At Brighton's Upside Down House, enjoy priority entrance with your ticket and get an exclusive souvenir – an Upside Down House fridge magnet or key ring. With your ticket for Brighton i360, step into a doughnut-shaped glass pod that acts as both a lift and a viewing platform, carrying you up and down the tower while providing unobstructed panoramic views. Also, get access to the Nyetimber Sky Bar.

From London: Sussex Villages and White Cliffs Guided Tour

7. From London: Sussex Villages and White Cliffs Guided Tour

Get to know Sussex and the South Downs National Park on this guided tour. Meet your guide at London Bridge train station, and commence your tour. Visit a number of villages, including Rottingdean, and learn about the local area. Take in the views at the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters. Begin your tour by meeting your guide and group at London Bridge train station. Let your guide take care of the tickets, which are included in the price. Make stops at the villages of Rottingdean, Alfiston and Litlington with their ancient churches, village greens, and old flint stone cottages. Let your guide tell you about local points of interest and show you some of the most spectacular views in England, including the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters. Take plenty of pictures. After the tour is over, head back to London on the train.

Brighton: View i360 Ticket and Cream Tea

8. Brighton: View i360 Ticket and Cream Tea

Start your adventure by ascending 138-meters in a futuristic glass viewing pod. Take in panoramic views of Brighton and the South Coast from a glorious height. Spot various natural and architectural landmarks from a spectacular vantage point. Be sure to take truly memorable photos for you to enjoy later. Continue on your outing as you head to the beach view café to enjoy your cream tea. Each cream tea includes one plain and one fruit scone served with jam and clotted cream as well as a selection of sweet treats. You also receive a bottomless tea or filter coffee.

Brighton: Coastline E-Bike Tour

9. Brighton: Coastline E-Bike Tour

Seafront and South Downs Guided E-Bike Tour: Take the afternoon Sunset Tour!!! =========================================================== ***Please Note £5 Holding deposit remaining payment £55 Per Person ( Pay on the day ) *** For a thrilling adventure to kickstart your day in Brighton, embark on an "electric" mountain bike ride along the magnificent Brighton coastline. Whether you're an early riser, prefer a midday jaunt, or fancy an evening ride, this unforgettable experience will cater to your preference. As you embark on your expedition, don't hesitate to quiz your knowledgeable guide about Brighton and the surrounding areas to maximize your visit. Alternatively, if you'd rather move at your own pace, your guide will lead you to the seafront, then grant you the freedom to explore solo after a brief orientation. Prior to taking off, select the appropriate bike size, grab a helmet, and give the bike a quick spin to boost your confidence. Once you're all set, brace yourself for an exhilarating ride that will take you along the Brighton seafront, passing landmarks like the iconic British Airways i360 tower and historic piers.If you're a newbie or fancy a gentler ride, the Undercliffs trails provide the ideal route. Upon reaching Rottingdean, you may either follow the bike lane atop the cliffs or opt for the coastal trail, which offers a more daring experience. Whichever path you choose, the awe-inspiring view of the Sussex coastline from the cliff's edge is not to be missed. Details: All Tours are guided with experience qualified guide Water and snacks provided. Detailed Briefing on how to use the ebike. Options: I can also pick up from a local hotel or campsite/hostel( extra charge depending on distance) More information: Call +447576306575 or www.cannonballbikes.co.uk ( you can reserve here)

Wakehurst: Botanical Garden Entry Ticket

10. Wakehurst: Botanical Garden Entry Ticket

Visit a wild botanical garden in the heart of Sussex with an entry ticket to Wakehurst in Haywards Heath. Traverse woodland landscapes inspired by the eastern Himalayas, visit the Mansion Gardens, and much more. Spend the day exploring and discover the garden's seasonal delights. The Winter Garden is a horticultural spectacle, full of sensory delight and the perfect place to lift the spirits on a cold winter’s day. Alongside the meadow, the Rock Walk offers a fantastic hiking experience. Wander along a path filled with looming rock outcrops, gnarled yew tree roots, and shafts of light breaking through the deep shade. If you're visiting with your little ones, make sure to stop by the Children's Walled Garden open during the summer months. Watch as your kids play in the mud kitchen or help them pot up their very own seed to take home in the potting shed. Wakehurst is also home to the Millennium Seed Bank. Learn about the underground collection of over 2.4 billion seeds from around the world and enter the glass atrium to watch scientists at work, hearing about their mission to protect wild plant biodiversity. Whatever the time of year, Wakehurst offers visitors a wealth of interesting landscapes to explore. And if you get a little hungry during your visit, a garden café provides the perfect spot to enjoy a tasty treat (cost not included). 

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Very good day trip and Adam was excellent. Although he mentioned they were a small private owned tour group, they did not come across that was as everything was very well planned and executed like any other established tour company. Very professional and would certainly recommend them.

Tour was amazing. Thom was kind & made sure we arrived at Brighton safely. Adam took us the entire day with his deep knowledge about the area & outstanding hospitality. More importantly the beauty of the nature was legit. Overall highly recommended!

Our guide Adam was one of the most passionate tour guides and he gave us so much of interesting information at each place and plenty of time for us to go around by ourselves too! 10/10 would recommend!

Service in cafe, under pressure. Hot drink arrived way before food.

Kevin was fabulous. Looked like he was enjoying as much us.