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Travel tips coastal route from London (draft)

There are many great road trips you can take from London along the coast of England! Maybe start in Dover:

  • Dover Castle: A visit to Dover Castle is a must. It is an impressive fortress that has protected the English coast for centuries, and there is much to explore inside the fortress.

  • Dover Cliffs: If you are interested in nature, then the Dover Cliffs are well worth a visit. The cliffs rise up to 350 feet and give you amazing views of the sea.

  • Beachy Head: This is another stunning natural beauty located near Eastbourne. It is a high cliff area that offers fantastic views of the coast and is great for hiking and picnicking.

  • Seven Sisters: If you like walking, consider a walk along the Seven Sisters, which are a series of limestone cliffs and coves located east of Seaford. It is one of the most popular hiking trails along the South Coast.

  • Brighton: This is one of the most famous cities along the South Coast and is not far from Eastbourne. Brighton has a lot to offer, including a beautiful seafront, fantastic restaurants and bars, and historic attractions such as the Royal Pavilion.

  • Hastings: Another interesting town to visit along the South Coast is Hastings, which is famous for its old town, Hastings Castle and its fishing port. You can also take a walk on Hastings Pier or visit the local art museum.

  • Rye: A charming little town located near Hastings is Rye. The town has an old world charm with cobblestone streets, historic houses and shops. It is also great for walks along the river and exploring the local shops and restaurants.

This could be an alternative route:

  • South Downs Way: Take a walk along the beautiful South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne. The route goes through picturesque villages and over hills with fantastic views over the English Channel.

  • The Jurassic Coast: Explore the UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast from Exmouth to Studland Bay. The route takes you along the chalk cliffs of Dorset and gives you the opportunity to visit historic sites such as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

  • The Cotswolds: Drive through the beautiful Cotswolds region, known for its picturesque villages, old manor houses and green hills. Start from Cirencester and drive to Stratford-upon-Avon, enjoying great views and sites along the way.

  • Kent Coast: Drive along the coast of Kent, also known as "The Garden of England". Visit places like Canterbury, Whitstable, and Dover, and enjoy views of the White Cliffs and the English Channel.

  • Take a detour back to London. Bath and Oxford are two great historic cities in England and are definitely worth visiting if you have the time. Here are some tips and recommendations:

Whichever route you choose, be sure to take breaks along the way to explore places and landscapes along the way, as well as sample local food and drink.

There is much to discover along the coast of England, and a road trip gives you the freedom to explore everything at your own pace! Absolutely! Here are some tips to get the most out of your stay in these cities:

  • Dover: Dover Castle is a must-see, with stunning views over the city and harbour. A trip to the Dover White Cliffs is also recommended. For accommodation you can check out Castle House or The White Cliffs Hotel.

  • Eastbourne: The long seafront is great for a walk and the Beachy Head is a popular place for walks. Sovereign Harbor is also worth a visit. The Grand Hotel and The View Hotel are two fine options for accommodation.

  • Brighton: Brighton Palace Pier and The Royal Pavilion are two popular tourist attractions, and The Lanes is a fantastic street for shopping and dining. For accommodation, check out Hilton Brighton Metropole or Hotel du Vin Brighton.

  • Poole: Brownsea Island, home to the rare red squirrels, is a wonderful place to visit. The sandbanks are also great for a day at the beach. The Haven Hotel and The

  • Sandbanks Hotel are two good choices for accommodation.

  • Bath: The Roman Baths and Bath Abbey are two must-sees in Bath. A visit to The Jane Austen Center is also recommended. For accommodation, check out The Gainsborough Bath Spa or The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa.

  • Oxford: Oxford University, with its iconic buildings and libraries, is a wonderful place to explore. The Ashmolean Museum is also worth a visit. For accommodation, check out the Old Bank Hotel or Malmaison Oxford.

Here are some recommended inns and hotels in these cities:

  • Dover: The White Cliffs Hotel (Hotel) Castle House (Hotel) The Five Bells Inn (Inn)

  • Eastbourne: The Grand Hotel (Hotel) The View Hotel (Hotel) The Lamb Inn (Inn)

  • Brighton: Hilton Brighton Metropole (Hotel) Hotel du Vin Brighton (Hotel) The Black Lion Inn (Inn)

  • Poole: The Haven Hotel (Hotel) The Sandbanks Hotel (Hotel) The Antelope Inn (Inn)

  • Bath: The Gainsborough Bath Spa (Hotel) The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa (Hotel) The Marlborough Tavern (Inn)

  • Oxford: Old Bank Hotel (Hotel) Malmaison Oxford (Hotel) The Perch Inn (Inn)

All these options are well located and are known for their good service and comfortable rooms. Regardless of whether you choose a hotel or an inn, you will definitely have a great stay in these beautiful cities

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