Framed on one side by towering white chalk cliffs and the other by rolling pastureland, the South Coast of England is literally packed with things to see and do. Whether it’s exploring a national park on bike, learning how to windsurf or dive, marveling at Regency and Victorian architecture, or learning about the unusual customs of past inhabitants.
Southern Coast Of England
The immediate area surrounding a nuclear power station might not sound like the ideal tourist destination, but the eerie other worldliness of Dungeness is definitely worth a visit.
The desolation is offset by the ramshackle self-built cottages seemingly randomly dotted about the place – these were erected by people in the aftermath of WWI when housing was at a premium.
As one of the largest shingle expanses in the world, Dungeness is of vital ecological importance, playing host to over 600 plants and designated as a National Nature Reserve, a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation.
No visit to the South Coast is complete without a trip to Brighton – the region’s most notorious city – re-live Regency England with a stroll down the promenade and a wander round the opulent Brighton Pavilion. Sample the city’s wild nightlife and vibrant cultural scene. When the bustle gets too much, the newly designated South Downs National Park is less than half an hour away.
With its hilltop castle, winding streets and independent spirit, the historic market town of Lewes is a wonderful place to explore. In the 16th century, seventeen Protestant martyrs were burned at the stake in front of what is now the Town Hall.
To enjoy Lewes at its explosive best however, wait until early November to visit, when the town begins its bonfire night celebrations. The event sees various ‘bonfire societies’ dressing up and parading through the streets letting off firecrackers and carrying flaming torches. The proceedings are anarchic to say the least and justifiably famous.
The South Coast is ideal for language students hoping to see as much of England in as short a time as possible. For those studying at an English school London provides easy access to towns and cities along the entire coast – for example, for those enrolled in Portuguese classes London to Brighton takes less than an hour.
Traditional Local Foods To Try In Britain
Britain has some incredible holiday destinations, and many choose to rent a little cottage for a few days on the British countryside to truly soak up the British culture and traditions.
But sadly many people forget to seek out the typical British cuisine, since there is such a variety of exotic foods in Britain.
In London, especially, will you be able to find Chinese and Indian restaurants much easier than a traditional restaurant serving British cuisine.
But by making that extra effort, we can promise you won’t be disappointed.
Here are three cheap eats that will give you a true taste of Britain, and will be easy to find…
Eel, Pie and Mash
if you ever find yourself in London – which you likely will on a holiday to Britain, you might want to try something which is very much a London-invention.
Eel, pie and mash is a traditional London working class food, dating back over 300 years. In the 18th century eels were cheap, in fact they were just swimming about in the Thames, but strangely enough the dish didn’t become popular until later on when there were no longer any eels in the polluted river.
Today you get other variations with fillings like minced beef and onion.
Fish and Chips
Fish and chips are fillets of deep fried fish served with French fries. The chips are plain and doused with salt and vinegar, which are great when on the move, and barely have time for a full course meal. They serve the fish in tartar sauce, a white sauce made of egg yolk based mayonnaise, finely chopped prickles.
You will find this dish in pubs as well as fish and chip shops all over the country, but have a look online for some recommended places in the city you’re in because quality varies highly!
Scones With Cream And Tea
Visiting a proper tea house on a visit to Britain should almost be customary. The afternoon tea is more than just a snack in Britain, it’s an important and respected tradition, and the tea houses like to keep it traditional.
Order a pot of tea to share, and a couple of scones with cream and jam (often there will be a range of different kinds of scones, our favorite are the date scones!).
Visiting a tea house is a fun experience that you will want to do more than once.