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THE SEASIDE IN WESSEX
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 Barnstaple
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Bristol
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Budleigh Salterton
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Clovelly
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Dawlish
Emsworth
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Exmouth
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Hayle
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Isle Of Wight 
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St Mawes
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Sidmouth
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Appledore



Appledore

 Appledore, North Devon
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At the mouth of the River Torridge, where it meets the River Taw, lies Appledore which is a quaint fishing village and anchorage. Surprisingly there is also a large shipyard here which has been in continuous production for around 400 years producing small naval and merchant vessels. There are excellent beaches at nearby Westward Ho which is a holiday resort with many caravan parks and affordable accommodation. The beach is 3 miles long and very wide at low tide - it is also flat and sandy with a large pebble ridge at the back of it which protects the nearby burrows area. There are a lot of watersports in the area with surfing on the main beach and along the coast.  For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

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Beer
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Beer Bay
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Beer is one of those picture postcards you can send home. Forget Portofino this is idyllic.  
The town of Beer is in south east Devon, England, UK. The name is not from the drink but from the English word for Woodland, due to the original forestation that surrounded the town. Close to Exeter, it is a picturesque coastal village that built up around a smuggler’s cove and the caves that allowed storage of the contraband goods. These are now part of the tourist attraction.
Historically, fishing, smuggling, and lace production was said to be the main form of income to the town. Today, it’s tourism and fishing.The geology of the coast line allowed the seafarers of Beer to operate in weather conditions when other towns could not. Beer Bay is just down the road from Seaton and about 20 miles from Chard. Although the beach is pebbles it is secluded and surrounded by high cliffs.here are rows of deck chairs laid out and three beach eating cafes. Here you can taste the wonderful crab being caught in the Bay or many other gastromic delights.The bay is famous for both Crabs and Lobster. On the slope leading down to the beach is a wonderful Wet Fish Shop where you can purchase the locally caught fish at very reasonable prices.  The Fishing vessels are on the beach and you can go out on the boats there.Deep sea fishing trips can be arranged from Beer beach. Contact the following boatmen:Cyril Newton 01297 21460 Kim Aplin 01297 21955. The Village is small but there are some interesting art shops there and pubs and restaurants.Stone has been quarried in Beer since Roman times and, although now closed, guided tours are still given around the old workings. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section
Barnstaple






Barnstaple

 Barnstaple, North Devon
www.devon-online.com
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North Devon is an area renown for its wild, natural beauty; it includes the towns of Bideford and Barnstaple, Ilfracombe and Lynton and Exmoor National Park. The area can be reached via the A39 from the east or the A361, the North Devon link road which spurs off from the M5 at junction 27.Barnstaple is a market town set on the banks of the River Taw which meets the River Torridge downstream. Barnstaple is the administrative centre for the area and is an attractive town in its own right. 

Barnstaple is an ideal place to visit the surrounding area which has much to offer in the form of natural attractions. The beach area at Braunton Burrows is even larger than at Westward Ho and is sandy, wide and flat. Part of the area is a designated nature reserve. the beach is good for swimming and surfing although you need to check the local information as to which part of this huge beach to use.  For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic 36 Boutport Street, Barnstaple , EX31 1RX  Tel:01271 375000
Fax 01271 374037  Email:barnstapletic@visit.org.uk 
Bideford




Bideford Bridge
Bideford, North Devon
www.devon-online.com
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Bideford is a small town and port lying on the River Torridge which flows to the sea at Appledore, two miles downstream. 

Bideford of the past was a thriving port which traded in agricultural goods and china clay. It is now more of a tourist resort but still has some activity at the port. The main quay is the focus of the town with small twisting streets running up from this area in to the town. Bideford has two picturesque bridges - the  one from the past is built of stone with arches that are all different widths and links the main town to East-the-Water, the new bridge is constructed of concrete and spans the River Torridge downstream and carries the A39 the main linking road for North Devon. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic Victoria Park, The Quay, Bideford ,EX39 2QQ  Tel 01237 477676
Fax 01237 421853  Email: bidefordtic@visit.org.uk


Museum of Witchcraft

Boscastle Harbour


Boscastle , Cornwall
 
Boscastle is an idyllic village on the north Cornish coast, with it’s unspoilt Medieval harbour, ancient woods, and white washed cottages dating back to the 15th Century. Take a walk along the harbour or village with it’s jumble of cottages, and, if you listen at low tide the ‘Blow Hole’ can be heard. There are a choice of boat trips on offer that depart from the harbour to Long Island or perhaps sea fishing may tempt you. The quaint shops have much to offer, or why not visit the Museum of Witchcraft which houses the largest collection of witch items in the world. St Juliot church has links with the great novelist Thomas Hardy when he worked on the restoration of it, and is where he met his wife. The old Castle Mound dates back to 1100 AD and is all that remains of Bottreaux Castle, or perhaps follow the coastal footpath along the cliffs to King Arthur’s Castle perched high above the sea at Tintagel, the mystical scenes beguile the visitor, surrounded by legend of King Arthur, and Merlin’s Cave. Three rivers, three churches, three inns, and Boscastle’s magic weaves it’s spell on many a visitor, again and again. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section

Tic

The Harbour Boscastle,Cornwall PL35 0HD Tel/fax 01840 779084
email boscastlevc@btconnect.com
Manager RebeccaDavid
Bridport Harbour




West Bay


Bridport - West Bay, Dorset
www.westbaydorset.com
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Bridport describes itself as 'a delightful West Dorset town' which seems fair enough. It is primarily a market town, situated a mile from the coast. West Bay is a part of the town and is a harbour area overlooking Lyme Bay. 

The town can trace its history back to Elizabethan times when it was first granted the right to hold markets. since then its history has been entwined with Britain's maritime industries in the shape of rope and cable making for the Royal Navy. It now combines its rural market traditions with tourism to give an interesting experience for the visitor. For more details about the attractions click on to our Dorset section

Tic 32 South St, Bridport,  DT6 3NQ 
Tel: 01308 424901 Fax: 01308 421060  
Website:  www.westdorset.com

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Bristol Harbour


Harbour


Bristol
Bristol
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A panoramic view looking over a
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Bristol may be regarded as the gateway to the Westcountry which is more or less right if you are travelling from the north of the country. However there are people in the far west who regard Bristol as being in the Midlands! Which ever view you take Bristol is a fascinating area in its own right and is well worth a visit.

Bristol's early history was as a flourishing port, although situated seven miles upstream from the Seven estuary most ships of that time could navigate the river. In early times this trade consisted of cocoa, sugar tobacco and slaves. With manufactured goods and cloth going in the opposite direction. The dock area of Bristol were constructed at this time but have now been put to other uses. As the size of ships grew the river became to narrow to navigate and maritime trade shifted to Avonmouth and Bristol turned to other trades. At the present time Bristol is a busy city with a wide variety of economic activity and lively nightlife with plenty of clubs and bars. Within Bristol itself there are many things to see and do, stroll along the river front and visit the cafes and restaurants, or head for one of the major attractions that are available within the city. 

The Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the Avon gorge and is a prime example of Britain's industrial heritage. Designed by Isambard Brunel the bridge is 75m above the river and was completed in 1864, having taken 28 years to finish. Bristol Zoo is quite large and has gorillas and a rainforest section among many other features . SS Great Britain is moored in the dock area and was the first large ship to be built of iron and driven by a propeller. This is another of Brunel's stunning achievements and Bristol is justifiably proud of this Victorian engineer who was a resident of the city. For more details about the attractions click on to our Somerset section

Tic Centre Harbourside, Anchor Road, WildWalk At Bristol, Bristol. BS1 5DB
Tel: 0906 711 2191
Brixham Harbour




Brixham Museum
Brixham,Devon
www.theenglishriviera.co.uk
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Brixham is a working port and fishing village on the west side of the bay. There is still a large fleet of fishing trawlers based at Brixham and these can be seen unloading at the quay in the town centre. Around the harbour a maze of narrow, twisting streets to explore and plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can sample the locally caught seafood. Nearby is the towering cliffs of Berry Head where you can get some of the best views of the bay. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section


Tic The Old Market House, The Quay, Brixham, TQ5 8TB  Tel: 01803 852861
Fax: 01803 852939  Email: brixham.tic@torbay.gov.uk
Bournemouth





Bournemouth Gardens

Bournemouth, Dorset
www.bournemouth.co.uk
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Bournemouth lies directly to the east of Poole but they are conjoined - one and the same to all intents and purposes. However there are distinct differences between the two towns. Bournemouth is older than its neighbour, having been established around 1810 as a seaside resort. The buildings in the centre and some of the larger, more established hotels  reflect this foundation in the Victorian era. 

The Victorians were also responsible for the towns magnificent twin piers which are the trademark of the town. The beach in front of the town is excellent and stretches for seven miles, west towards Poole and east towards Christchurch - there is always room somewhere. The seafront area is the epitome of the English seaside resort with plenty of entertainment and refreshments along its length.Bournemouth is well served with transport links. From the east and London take the M3 and then theA31. From the west the A35 via Dorchester leads to Poole and then Bournemouth. Bournemouth has an international airport to the north of the town.Gardens are a major attraction in the Bournemouth area. The Victorian Pleasure Gardens are located in the town. While there is a tropical garden at Alum Chine and an Italian garden at Boscombe. For more details about the attractions click on to our Dorset section

Tic Westover Rd, Bournemouth,  BH1 2BU 
Tel: 0906 802 0234 Fax: 01202 451743 



Crooklets Beach

Bude Stratton Museum
Bude, Cornwall
www.budelive.com

A friendly seaside resort being the most northern town in Cornwall, with Atlantic waves a perfect base for surfers, the sandy and pebble beaches such as Sandy Mouth with plenty of rock pools for explorers, Summerleaze overlooked by Bude Castle built in 1830, was once home to Sir Goldsworthy Gurney an inventor. Crooklets beach was where the first ever ‘Surf Life Saving Club‘ opened, gives weekly demonstrations. Or if a gentle pause is required then the stunning cliff and Valley walks beckons walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers. Near the beach there is trampolines, mini golf, an indoor sea water pool, and even a Laser Dome. The Canal originally dug in 1823 carried the mineral rich sand to Launceston for fertilizer and returned with produce, now only travels a few miles inland, but the pleasure boats or fishing on offer is a delightful way to spend some time. If you fancy a round or two at an 18 hole golf course then why not try Bude Golf Club, the 19th hole is also available for a tipple. Although there are many indoor activities on offer with pubs restaurants and Leisure Centre, the outdoor fun is endless, one is ‘Atlantic Pursuits’ where anyone can enjoy the exhilarating feeling of Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, or Boogie Boarding, have a go if you dare. A mile away is the village of Poughill the Church of St Olaf is home to the unusual collection of bench ends with intricate carvings depicting the ‘Passion‘, and two 15th Century paintings which will definitely please. Bude Museum houses many interesting wonders, or travel just over a mile to the historical village of Stratton where a Civil Battle took place in 1643. Whatever the reason walking fishing sightseeing surfing or painting, Budes’ exceptional beauty entices her visitor to stay. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section

TicThe Crescent Bude Cornwall EX23 8LE
Tel; 01288 354240 fax 01288 355769
                                   e-mail bude-tic@visitbude.info 
                     Manager JackiStephens






Budleigh Salterton
Budleigh Salterton, Devon
www.visitbudleigh.com
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Budleigh Salterton lies to the west of Sidmouth towards Exeter. Although small and peaceful, the town attracts a lot of visitors who are drawn by the unspoilt nature of the area and the beautiful setting. The town is literally a stones throw from the beach with many houses jostling for space along the small beachside area. The beach is made up of  pebbles and is quite steep, it stretches away from the town to the east for a distance of around 2  miles. The beach is overlooked by towering red sandstone cliffs which are part of the Jurassic Coast Heritage Site. There is a sandy,  gently sloping  beach at Lttleham Cove a short walk away. Budleigh Salterton derives its name from the ancient trade of salt panning which used to take place in the area. A further claim to fame arises from the fact that Sir Walter Raleigh was born nearby at Hayes Barton. The foreshore was the setting for the famous painting 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' which hangs in the Tate Gallery.

The  South West Coast Path runs along here and there is a very good cliff top walk to Exmouth, which is around four miles to the west. A small fishing fleet is based on the beach - see above.

Worth a visit are the small beachside cafe and an excellent ice cream shop in the town just off of the sea front at Budleigh. Also there is a good path up the cliff towards Exmouth which is part of the South West coast path route. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton , EX9 6NG 
Tel 01395 445275  Fax 01395 442208  
Burnham On Sea



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Burnham, Somerset
www.burnham-on-sea.com
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Burnham-on-Sea has a fine esplanade and seafront overlooking Bridgwater Bay and the distant Welsh coast. It is situated in the rolling countryside of Somerset with its charming villages and busy resorts. It is also very accessible as it is close to the M5. Burnham-on-sea is blessed with one of the largest beaches in the Westcountry. It stretches for seven miles past the town and on to the villages of Berrow and Brean Sands. At low tide the beach is wide and is often used for sand yachting and kite flying.The tidal range is one of the largest in the world and the tide moves very fast as a consequence of this - it is advisable to check on the tide times before venturing too far. There is a wide range of accommodation available in the town and plenty of cafes and restaurants.   Nearby and well worth a visit are Wells, Glastonbury and Cheddar Gorge. For more details about the attractions click on to our Somerset section

Tic
 South Esplanade, Burnham-on-Sea.
Tel: 01278 787852, Fax: 01278 781282
Email: burnham.tic@sedgemoor.gov.uk
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Clevedon

Clevedon, Somerset
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Clevedon is a seaside town full of Victorian and Geirgian heritage and is well worth a visit. Tennyson and Coleridge were inspired to write poetry while spending time here. Clevedon's treasures include the restored Grade 1 listed pier, perfect for a walk or catch the majestic Waverley and Balmoral pleasure steamers for a trip along the coast. Clevedon offers streets full of small boutique shops and restaurants. Visit the seafront Salthouse Fields where you can watch the bowls, ride the miniature railway, or just enjoy an ice cream and a pleasant walk. For more details about the attractions click on to our Somerset section

Tic
37 Old Church Road, Clevedon, Somerset BS21 6NN Tel: 01275 873498
email: clevedon.library@n-somerset.gov.uk

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Clovelly
Clovelly, North Devon

www.devon-online.com

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Set into a steep hillside, Clovelly is one of the most famous villages in the world. The single cobbled high street winds its way down the hillside through traditional whitewashed cottages festooned with fuchsias and geraniums. The high street drops 122m (400ft) in 0.8km (half a mile) through the 16th century cottages to a small harbour. The policy of the Clovelly estate has maintained - against all the odds - this picture postcard village as a living village. There are no Holiday cottages allowed in the main village, and the mode of transport is either sledges for the Friday deliveries, or donkeys for the visiting tourists. The sledges can be seen at the side of the cottages as you walk down through the village to the Harbour.

Clovelly has been a place of settlement for many years, but it was a 16th century lawyer, George Cary, who really established the village as a viable community. George Cary, built the stone harbour quay - establishing Clovelly a the only safe harbour between Boscastle in Cornwall and Appledore. The small harbour was sheltered up to 60 fishing boats, but due to the decline of the herring fishery this has now dwindled to a handful of small boats. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Dartmouth








Dartmouth
Dartmouth, Devon
www.dartmouth.org.uk
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Dartmouth is situated in South Devon on the western bank of the River Dart, opposite, on the eastern shore is Kingswear. Both towns are historic ports which used to trade cloth and wine with France; today they are a mixture of tourist resort, fishing port and yacht haven.
Dartmouth lies around five miles from Torbay and can be reached by car via a toll ferry or by the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway. Renown as a centre for sailors Dartmouth has been on the seafarer's map for around 900 years. It has a deep water harbour and is enclosed by steep wooded hills on either side. For many years Dartmouth was a thriving port that traded in cloth and wine from France. It is now a busy holiday resort and port of call for many yachtsmen including many from Atlantic journeys.The Dartmouth of the past was heavily defended from the French and Spanish with an artillery emplacement, which was built in the reign of Henry VIII, at Bearscove Castle. Further down the river is Dartmouth Castle which was the first line of defence for the port. Although the castle is quite small it had several gun emplacements and controlled a chain running across the river which could be raised if there was an attack by the dastardly French.
Overlooking the town is Britannia Royal Naval College where Officers are trained for today's Royal Navy. Officer training has been carried out at Dartmouth since 1863 when the training was conducted aboard HMS Britannia, an old wooden wall warship. The present buildings date from 1905, the architect was Sir George Aston Webb, one of the more distinguished of his day, whose previous commissions included Admiralty Arch and the East Front of Buckingham Palace. Prince Phillip trained here just before the outbreak of World War II and met Elizabeth Windsor, the future Queen, while receiving an award. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic
The Engine House, Mayor's Avenue, Dartmouth , TQ6 9YY
 Tel: 01803 834224/01803 834959 Fax: 01803 835631
 Email: Holidays@DiscoverDartmouth.com
Web: www.discoverdartmouth.com/
Dawlish Sea Front





Dawlish Park
Dawlish, Devon
www.devon-online.com
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Dawlish in South Devon is a small seaside resort with a great reputation for family holidays. The main reasons for this popularity is the magnificent sandy beach at Dawlish Warren and general charm of the town.The town of Dawlish itself is well situated, with gentle rolling hills behind and magnificent sea views to the front. At the centre of the town is an attractive park with a small stream running through it. The town itself is made up of many Georgian and Victorian buildings which add to the general charm of the resort. This is an ideal place to relax and forget the rat race and the traffic on the M5! There are many shops, pubs and cafes and attractions in the area. Look out for the famous black swans of Dawlish.There is a pleasant sea front area of the town overlooking a good beach but the main beach area is Dawlish Warren. , which is nearby. This is a beach and nature reserve that stretches for two miles to the east of the town up to the estuary of the River Exe. This is a fine sandy beach that slopes gently to the sea and is ideal for swimming. The beach has Blue Flag and Clean Beach status. Part of the beach is designated a nature conservation area for the protection of birds insects and plants. It is an ideal area for walking as the South West Coast Path runs through it with waymarked paths and also for field studies and photography. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic

The Lawn, Dawlish , EX7 9PW 

Tel: 01626 215665 Fax: 01626 865985
Email: dawtic@Teignbridge.gov.uk Web: www.southdevon.org.uk

Emsworth Quay

Lord Emsworth

Emsworth Sign
Emsworth, Hampshire
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Emsworth is a delightful village with narrow streets and a busy harbourside with charming pubs and restaurants and a host of small specialist shops.  It is situated on the edge of Chichester Harbour, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and is popular port of call with sailors, artists, naturalists and walkers, as well as tourists and those who live nearby. There are several picturesque short walks around the village, which is the starting point for coastal and cross country walks all over Hampshire. 
Emsworth's long history has given the town distinct characteristics. It was a thriving centre for oyster fishing and boat building which continue today, though on a much smaller scale. Two tidal mill ponds to the east and west of the town centre play host to a variety of birdlife, and the mills, one on each pond, still remain though now converted to a variety of uses - gallery, sailing club, businesses and housing.   The gradual growth of the town has resulted in many attractive streets which are lined by a mixture of brick and rendered Georgian houses with tiled or slate roofs which, combined with the high walled gardens, give Emsworth a genuine feel of the past.  A former Coaching Inn still operates as a public house and there are many fine old houses along Tower Street, South Street, King Street and Queen Street most built in characteristic Hampshire brick except for former boat builder John King's house which is, unsurprisingly, timber throughout.  Emsworth is closely connected to the novelist P.G. Wodehouse - try and spot the place names in Emsworth and its locality which he used for characters in his novels - the first of which were written while he was living at a prep school in Emsworth.  For more details about the attractions click on to our  Hampshire section
Exeter Quay



Exeter Quay



Exeter



Exeter Cathedral
Exeter, Devon
www.exeter.gov.uk
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Exeter is situated in east Devon around five miles from the coast. This thriving city lies on the river Exe which runs through the city and joins the coast at Exmouth. Exeter is a modern city that now styles itself as the regional capital of the Westcountry - however its roots go back a long time to Roman times and beyond. Situated on a small hill on a bend in the River Exe, the site of the modern day city has been occupied for over two thousand years. The Romans built a permanent settlement here around 50 AD to form the administrative centre of the region. The shape of the modern city is derived from this settlement and there are still significant parts of the old roman wall on display around the city.

A thousand years later, in 1068, the walls protected the city from the invading Normans led by William the Conqueror. The city resisted the attackers for 18 days until the walls were breached and the city surrendered. The Normans then constructed Rougemont Castle from which to administer the region. The remaining part of this development now serve as the Court buildings for Exeter.The Normans were also responsible for building Exeter's magnificent cathedral- St Peters. Built on the site of an existing church, St Peters was constructed between 1112 and 1133. The design was unusual for that time and is based on twin transept towers which support the north and south walls. The entrance is via the Great West Front which is decorated with many sculptures which were originally painted in bright colours. Inside there are many examples of medieval craftsmanship with the highlight being the stained glass of the East Window.Exeter has a long maritime history stretching back to Roman times. When the rivers of Britain were the main highways Exeter became a port with ships travelling up the river from Exmouth to offload produce in the city. The results of this trade can be seen at the quay area of the city where there is the Customs House and several old warehouses to be seen, mostly now converted to houses, shops and cafes. Sir Walter Raleigh who was born near Exmouth often frequented the city and Sir Francis Drake was a patron of The Ship Inn and Mols Coffee House both in Cathedral Close.

Exeter also has a fine University, set in landscaped grounds over looking the city. The city has around 12,000 students at various institutions and as a result the bars and cafes and bookshops do a good trade and there is an energetic nightlife.  For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic
Exeter Services, Sandygate, M5 Junction 30, Exeter
 & Civic Centre, Dix's Field, Exeter  ,EX1 1RQ 
Tel 01392 265700 
Fax 01392 265260 
Email: tic@exeter.gov.uk 
Exmouth Beach

Exmouth Beach

Jurassic point

Exmouth Docks
Exmouth, Devon
www.exmouth-guide.co.uk
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Exmouth lies at the mouth of the River Exe around five miles south of the regional capital, Exeter. It can be reached by the A376 which spurs off of the M5 at Exeter.Exmouth is a traditional family holiday resort with a long seafront, a wide sandy beach and lots of seafront cafes, restaurants and pubs. There is also plenty of seafront parking. All of these factors make it a popular destination for locals and visitors alike and as a consequence it can become crowded at weekends. 

Nevertheless visitors will not be disappointed. The beach is wide,  flat and sandy and is ideal for swimming, sunbathing or sandcastle building. There are good walks also along the South West coast path towards the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast and also inland. This is also a good location for water sports such as windsurfing, surf kiting and sailing. At the eastern end of the town is a small harbour, known as Exmouth Dock, overlooked by colourful modern apartments. There are several cafes and pubs in the area and boat trips leave from the harbour to Dawlish Warren and Starcross. The estuary of the River Exe is wide at this point and forms a natural anchorage for fishing boats and yachts.  The river is navigable up to Topsham where there is a quay - and a good pub - The Steam Packet.  Exeter can be reached via the canal but this involves two or three lock gates which are only open at certain times.  The start of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site which stretches from Exmouth to Swanage in Dorset. This section of coast is rugged and undeveloped with huge red sandstone cliffs interspersed with small compact coves and harbours. The South West Coast Path runs along this site. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic
Alexandra Terrace, Exmouth , EX8 1NZ 
Tel: 01395 222299 Fax: 01395 269911
 
Falmouth Harbour

Falmouth life Boat

Falmouth’s natural harbour is the third largest deep-water harbour in the world, the traditional gateway to the Atlantic and one of the world’s great sailing harbours. The world-class National Maritime Museum Cornwall houses the small boat collection and offers unique and interactive displays of boats and their place in people’s lives. The clear water, sheltered creeks and mild temperatures of the Fal estuary provide fine natural oyster beds, sustaining the last remaining oyster fisheries still dredging under sail and oar in Europe. Falmouth’s maritime tradition is regularly celebrated through regattas and festivals. The town’s shopping streets lie just off the waterfront and are connected by small opeways offering tantalising glimpses of the water and link the harbour with a charming mix of shops and art galleries. Cafés and restaurants offer a selection of both world and local cuisine. Within walking distance you will find beaches offering safe, crystal clear waters, sandy stretches and secluded coves ideal for family bathing and watersports. Sightseeing in the Falmouth area could not be easier. Climb aboard one of the many trip boats that ply the local waters, or hop-on and off the road train that in summer links the town, beaches and Pendennis Castle. Population 22,000. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section


Tic
11 Market Strand, Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth Cornwall  TR11 3DR
Tel: [01326] 312300   Fax: [01326] 313457        
E-Mail: info@falmouthtic.co.uk
Fowey

Fowey



A bustling seaport and historic town on the mystic South Coast of Cornwall. Was the centre from which the ‘D’ Day landings launched. Today the natural deep water harbour is a haven for yachtsmen, together with the large ships and cruise liners makes this harbour a bustling port. This is an ideal place for painters and photographers with the colourful yachts and sparkling sea. Stroll along the esplanade and drink in the scenery or walk over the cliffs where the path hugs the coast, with sandy beaches to swim, fish or explore the rock pools. Or head inland and climb the narrow lanes and winding cobbled walkways with Medieval cottages, where in the 18th Century was the preferred haunts of the smuggling fraternity. An interesting place to see is St Catherine’s Point at the harbour entrance, during Medieval times St Catherine’s Chapel stood on top of the cliff acting as a lighthouse. The Fort below was built in the reign of Henry V111 to protect Fowey from French invasion, and can be reached by a pretty woodland walk. There is much to see and do in Fowey such as the Lifeboat Station which has been operating some 150 years. Headland gardens, one and half acres of cliff top gardens with the most astounding sea and river views. Historical guided walks that operate from the Town Quay, to an enjoyable fishing trip or river cruise. One of the most famous inhabitants of Fowey was probably Daphne du Maurier and a visit to the Literary Centre next door to the church is a lovely way to spend some time. Or why not indulge in a trip on the passenger ferry that travels across the mouth of the River Fowey to the neighbouring village of Polruan. Drake, Raleigh and Frobisher all sailed from here, now it’s your turn. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section

Tic
5 South Street  Fowey  Cornwall  PL23 1AR
      Tel: [01726] 833616    Fax: [01726] 834939        
        E-Mail: info@fowey.co.uk


Hayle Old Quay



Paradise Park



Hayle, Cornwall
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Hayle is a town on the north coast of Cornwall, with an impressive industrial past from the Bronze Age to the 18th Century when Harvey’s Foundry was built and produced beam engines for mines all over the world. The sweeping crescent shape of the stunning beach edged by sand dunes is pure pleasure for swimmers and surfers alike. Godrevy lighthouse built in 1859 still looks blinking out to sea, has graced many photographs and paintings and was inspiration for Virginia Wolfe. The town is close to the mouth of the River, and at low tides the jetties and piers are an ideal place to fish for Rays, however the tidal flows are strong and care must be taken. If you prefer to fish for trout or eels then there are lakes close by in a wooded valley. Paradise Park is a fun place to spend some time with lots to offer from the Wildlife Sanctuary, rare parrots, delightful gardens and miniature railway. Whatever the reason for arriving in Hayle whether it’s the beach or seeing the migratory birds visit in their thousands, to the thought provoking coastal walks where seals and wild flowers combine, you won’t wish to leave. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section


Hayle Library, Commercial Road, Hayle, TR27 4DE
Tel: [01736] 753196 Fax: [01736] 755932
E-Mail: hayle.library@cornwall.gov.uk


Aerial View of Hayling Island








Hayling Beach
Hayling Island, Hampshire  
www.hayling.co.uk
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Hayling Island is an unusual and interesting feature of the south coast. It is an inland island in effect surrounded by the waters of Langstone Harbour to the west and Chichester harbour to the east and it is reached by a road bridge from the A27.  Hayling Island is only a small island, but it has much to offer to resident or visitor alike.Hayling's combination of rural and marine environments has left us a legacy of unique natural history and a bio-diversity with walking distances of anywhere on the Island.

Hayling Island also has over 3 miles of beaches right on the doorstep of the Solent as well as the Harbours of Langstone and Chichester. With its safe open spaces, fresh air and sheltered waters, Hayling Island has much to offer those that enjoy sports of all kinds, whether on land or at sea.  The Hayling Billy Trail is a footpath which runs from Havant town centre (New Lane level crossing) southwards through Langstone and onto Hayling Island where it becomes the Hayling Billy Coastal Path. The route of the Trail mostly follows the old 'Hayling Billy' Railway which closed in 1963.The current upgrade to the Hayling Billy Trail is being carried out to provide part of the National Cycle Network being developed by Sustrans, the civil engineering charity.   For more details about the attractions click on to our  Hampshire section

Tic
Beachlands, Seafront , Hayling Island,   PO11 OAG
Tel:023 9246 7111
Fax: 023 9246 5626
Ilfracombe




Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe, North Devon
www.ilfracombe-tourism.co.uk
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Ilfracombe is a small seaside resort and harbour in north Devon, that is also not far from the upland region of Exmoor. There are a number of small coves near to the town but the main tourist beach is Woolacombe, which is large and flat and suitable for swimming and surfing.

Ilfracombe is the largest harbour on the North Devon Coast - this natural harbour has a character and beauty unmatched in the Bristol Channel. The town has been in existence as a port for more than two hundred years and is today an ideal holiday centre from which to explore the many attractions in the surrounding area. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic

The Promenade , Ilfracombe .EX34 9BX 

Tel: 01271 863001
Email: ilfracombetic@visit.org.uk  

Shanklin

Sailing

Cowes Week

Freshwater Bay
Isle Of Wight  
www.iwight.com

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The Isle of Wight is a complete tourist attraction in its own right and deserves more than a fleeting visit. The wonderfully varied and unspoilt coastline scenery is probably the Island’s finest natural asset, from glistening chalk cliffs overlooking clear waters to the tranquil estuaries which meander inland. Whatever attracts you to the seashore, whether it is beachcombing, bird watching, rock pooling, bathing or just watching the world go by, the Island’s coast will certainly provide inspiration as well as contentment.

Here you will find over 25 miles of beaches, many of them are excellent for families and swimming; the unspoilt rural landscapes of the inland area; world renown sailing venues and some first class resorts and tourist attractions. Two of the main resorts are Sandown and Shanklin on the south east coast of the island. The resorts are at opposite ends of the 6 mile long Sandown Bay and both are suitable for families with good, safe beaches. Perhaps the most famous town on the island is Cowes, which is famous the world over as a major sailing venue and home of the eponymous sailing week in mid-summer. Cowes which is separated by the river Medina, -  is split into two attractive towns, named East Cowes and West Cowes. The two are linked together by a unique chain-driven floating bridge which transports car and foot passengers between the two. Cowes is famous of course from being the home of the world renowned sailing regatta, Cowes Week which is an annual event held every August. Cowes is also the home of the Royal Yacht Squadron which oversees sailing in the UK. In 2005 the dates for the sailing week are 30 July - 6 August. Better hurry to get your entries in! The town of Cowes itself is very pleasant with plenty to see and do and lots of interesting places to stop for a meal. 

Another well known town on the island is Ryde which is one of the main entry points for visitors. This Victoria town has a pier and esplanade in the best traditions of English seaside resorts from this era. For more details about the attractions click on to our  Hampshire section


Langstone Harbour



Langstone Harbour
Langstone Harbour
www.langstoneharbour.org.uk
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Langstone Harbour is the centre of three linked harbours on Hampshire's southeast coast, with Portsmouth Harbour to the west and Chichester Harbour to the east.  The harbour is important for its environmental designations, and commercial shipping, fishing and recreational boating have been supported in the harbour for many years.  For more details about the attractions click on to our  Hampshire section

Kynance Cove

Lizard Point -
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The Lizard
The Lizard peninsular is an interesting area  that is well worth a detour to visit. The most famous site on the peninsular is Lizard Point which is the most southerly point in mainland Britain. Here you will find a lifeboat station and details of the many ships that have got into difficulties in these tricky waters over the years. There is also a shop and cafe from which to admire the view.A steep path leads down from Lizard Point to a small cove and the lifeboat station. The area has been the site of several ship wrecks in the past and there are details of rescues on a board at the top of the path. Nearby there is also a fine lighthouse and walks along the cliffs towards Coverack in the east and Vellan Head to the west.  Also on the peninsular are RNAS Culdrose, from which rescue helicopters fly and Goonhilly Downs which is the World's largest satellite earth station. In the area nearby are Mullion Cove, a tiny fishing village and very picturesque too and Kynance Cove where they collect the serpentine rock, that can be seen in many local gift shops.The Lizard peninsula is almost cut in half by the River Helford and the various creeks and tributaries feeding it. It is totally different to the rest of the Lizard, being a quiet, tree-lined haven of quiet where yachts can anchor at leisure. One of the headwaters, Frenchman’s Creek has been immortalised in the novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier and on the upper reaches of the river lies the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section
Looe









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Lantivet Bay


Looe, Cornwall

Looe is an old seafaring town with a long history of fishing and smuggling. Just 17 miles west of Plymouth. East and West Looe are split by the river running out to sea with a landmark seven arched stone bridge linking the two sides. The town 'centre' is at East Looe, with its cobbled streets, quaint cottages, shops and the busy fishing harbour.

St. George’s Island is a small Cornish island. Better known as Looe Island, it lies just a mile off the southern Cornish coast, near the small fishing village of Looe. The island is 22½ acres in extent, one mile in circumference, and rises up to 150 feet.From the early 1960s until 2003 the island was owned by the indomitable Atkins sisters. The story of how Evelyn and Babs Atkins came to find themselves on the island was told in the bestselling We Bought an Island and Tales From Our Cornish Island by Evelyn, who died in 1997. When Babs died in 2004, she left the island to the care of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.The island has been a popular tourist attraction for decades, as it enjoys magnificent coastal views from Prawle Point in Devon to the Lizard Peninsula. With snow and frost virtually unknown it has an exceptionally mild climate. Daffodils bloom at Christmas, and unlike most small islands it is wooded. A natural sanctuary for sea and woodland birds and one time haunt of smugglers, its known history includes a Benedictine chapel built in 1139 of which only a few stones remain visible. Legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea landed here with the child Christ. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section


Tic

The Guildhall  Fore Street  East Looe  Cornwall  PL13 1AA
Tel: [01503] 262072      Fax: [01503] 265426 
                       E-Mail: looetic@btconnect.com



Lynmouth



Lynmouth

Lynton and Lynmouth, North Devon
www.lynton-lynmouth-tourism.co.uk
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are situated further along the coast from Ilfracombe and are within the Exmoor National Park. Lynton has most of the accommodation while Lynmouth has the harbour and seafront. 
A unique feature of these two towns is that they are linked by a water powered cliff railway so it is relatively easy to travel between the two towns. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic
Town Hall, Lee Road, Lynton,  Tel: 01598 752225 
  E-mail: info@lynton-lynmouth-tourism.co.uk
Beer
                                  Bay

Espalade

The Cob

Side Street

Lyme Regis,Dorset
www.lymeregis.com

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Do you remember that film " The French Lieu tents Woman" ? It Was filmed in Lyme Regis. This is a bustling town with large Sandy Beaches where the smugglers used to come into. It was also where the Duke of Monmouth landed when he tried to take the British throne from James II. Known as the Jurassic close there are many fossils in the area and they date from the Jurassic period. You can either buy the fossils or search for them yourself. Also there is the famous Cob, which stretches out into the sea. There are some lovely little narrow street walks with interesting art and curio shops. Restaurants abound and you can also enjoy much of the local sea food. There is also a fine theatre and very interesting shopping.As you stroll through the streets of Lyme you will feel that you are in a timeless zone.  A delight for the kids and so much of interest. For more details about the attractions click on to our Dorset section

There are many boat trips that you can take.

Tic
Church St, Lyme Regis,  DT7 3BS
Tel: 01297 442138  Fax: 01297 444688
 Website: www.lymeregistourism.co.uk

Lymington











Calshot Castle
Lymington, Hampshire
www.lymington.org
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Lymington is a small, bustling market town with an idyllic location between the New Forest to the north and the Hampshire coast to the south.  It is also important as a marina and mooring, located on the Solent which is always busy with yachts and other vessels. The town itself is a pleasant mixture of Georgian and Victorian architecture but its beginnings go back much farther, to the medieval period when it was a centre for salt production.  There are several castles in the area which formed part of Britain's coastal defences against the French and Spanish. Hurst Castle, built by Henry VIII as one of a chain of coastal fortresses, is located at the end of a shingle spit which extends 1 ½ miles from Milford-on-Sea and overlooking the Solent. The castle was completed in 1544. In 1648, Charles I was imprisoned here before being taken to London for his trial and execution. During the Napoleonic wars and again in the 1860s, the castle was modernised and enormous armoured wings were added to house huge new guns.  Nearby and well worth a visit are Beaulieu Abbey and Beaulieu Motor Museum. For more details about the attractions click on to our  Hampshire section

Tic
St Barbe Museum & Visitor Centre, New Street, Lymington,   SO41 9BH
Tel:01590 689000 Fax: 01590 673990
Mevagissey Harbour

Mevagissey



www.mevagissey-cornwall.co.uk/

Mevagissey is an unspoilt fishing village on the South Coast of Cornwall. This pretty village whose history stretches back to 1313, famed for it’s smuggling and boat building. The paint pallet of cottages perch on the slopes overlooking the harbours, and whether you linger to photograph, paint or simply enjoy it, will be hard to leave, perhaps one of the many boat trips on offer will be one temptation too many, from sea fishing, shark fishing, or a pleasant ferry trip to nearby Fowey. The village with narrow twisting labyrinth of streets whisk you back in time, and are a real pleasure to explore with many treasures to discover.. The Aquarium is housed in the old RNLI Life Boat House, and proudly displays many interesting exhibits. As does the Museum which was previously used for the repair and building of smuggling vessels. The World of Model Railways is an amazing place to visit with over thirty trains, as is The Lost Gardens of Heligan or Caerhays Castle and 60 acres of woodland all are close by . With stunning sandy beaches, harbour and winding streets, not to mention it’s smuggling history and pilchard cellars, Mevagissey weaves it’s spell every time. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section

Tic
St Georges Square  Mevagissey  Cornwall  PL26 6UB
Tel:  0870 443 2928  Fax:  0870 443 2928    
                                    E-Mail: info@mevagissey-cornwall.co.uk

Minehead







Minehead
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Minehead, Somerset
www.minehead.net
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Minehead is a small seaside resort situated on the western edge of Exmoor. It is a traditional resort with a wide sandy beach which makes it ideal for families.Minehead can trace its history back to the Domesday Book when it was described as a market town. At a later stage it became a fishing village but there is not much remaining to suggest this past due to a huge fire in which most of the town was destroyed. Today Minehead is a friendly town with a good reputation for family holidays.

Much of the town is from the Victorian era when the railway arrived and the town first became a resort. In more recent times Butlins continued in this tradition and built a large holiday camp here in the 1960. The town still provides traditional family holidays and is keen to promote short break holidays. It is a good location from which to explore nearby Exmoor. For more details about the attractions click on to our Somerset section


Tic
17 Friday Street, Minehead, TA24 5UB
Tel: 01643 702624  Fax: 01643 707166
Email: info@mineheadtic.co.uk
Newquay

Newquay Surfing

Fistral Beach

Newquay is a lively resort on the north Cornish coast spread over dramatic cliffs, with the curved headland of the harbour and varied nightlife, together with eleven beaches and range of water sports, makes this a fun place to be. With diverse claims to fame such as an Iron Age Hill Fort and the surfing capital of Britain Fistral Beach hosts major international competitions, to the Beatles having filmed part of ‘The Magical Mystery Tour here’. For a busy day with lots to see and do, why not try the Zoo with hundreds of animals, and lush sub tropical lakeside gardens, Tarzan trail and face painting, or perhaps Springfield’s Fun Park and Pony Centre with it’s giant indoor barn, train rides and wet woodland trail. Or how about Dairy Land Farm World, with it’s Animal Ark, bottle feeding and pony rides, mini tractors and trampolines. If all this is not enough then there is always The Owl Sanctuary, or terrific historical Mine, all capped off with unforgettable steam trains on the Lappa Valley which originally opened in 1849. For a more relaxed day the visit to Tunnels Through Time is a true insight into scenes of history and is well worth the visit, as is the impressive Trerice House built in 1573, an Elizabethan Manor House with ornate clocks, needlework and Great Chamber with it’s Barrel Ceiling, and enchanting orchards home to old varieties of fruit. Why not walk the Discovery Trail and learn of Newquay history, myths and legends as you go or the 138 seats on offer at the Lane Theatre, started in 1931and home to a variety of live entertainment, to many Art galleries and specialist Surfing shops and large shopping centre. Whatever the reason for your visit the only problem will be what to do first. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section

Tic
Municipal Offices  Marcus Hill  Newquay  Cornwall  TR7 1BD
Tel: [01637] 854020      Fax: [01637] 854030     
               E-Mail: info@newquay.co.uk
Padstow harbour

Padstow Street

Padstow Harbour

Padstow , Cornwall
Padstow, with its fleet of trawlers, netters and crabbers, and colourful harbour surrounded by pastel-washed medieval houses, is an example of what Cornwall does best - it's a working port which wears a holiday hat.Watching the everyday ebb and flow of harbour life is a perfect way to spend a day in Padstow. And when this gets too hectic, then spread your towel on the nearby beach at Harbour Cove, and watch the sails of the passing river traffic. Or get a sailor's view of the Camel Estuary on a boat trip, sailboard or ferry ride. Take time away from the quayside to explore the port's rich heritage - the hidden curiosities of the Town Trail, the maritime displays in Padstow Museum, and the grounds and lavish interiors of Prideaux Place, home of the Prideaux-Brune family for 400 years and film location for Twelfth Night. On balmy summer evenings there are quayside concerts, where the brass band plays as the sun goes down. And once a year on May Day, Padstow dances to a different tune, when the pagan 'Obby 'Oss is unleashed and the narrow streets throb to the ceaseless drumbeat and wild cavortings of this age-old fertility celebration.
Hotels, guest houses and holiday cottages are never more than a seagull's cry from the water's edge. If Padstow had a visitors' book, it would make for interesting reading. You'd find entries from the prehistoric Beaker folk, from Romans, Celtic Saints and even Viking marauders. Later inhabitants include Sir Walter Raleigh, whose Court House stands on Riverside and the internationally acclaimed Chef Rick Stein. Population 4,000. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section

Tic
Red Brick Building North Quay Padstow Cornwall PL28 8AF
Tel 01841 533449     fax 01841 532356
                           e-mail padstowtic@btconnect.com 
                            Manager Tara Mcburnie.
Paignton Beach




Paignton Promenade
 Paignton, Devon
www.torbay-online.co.uk/paignton

Paignton

Paignton is renown for its great family holidays with its pier, wide lawns and miles of sandy beaches. This is the territory of the traditional family fun seaside holiday with all the essential ingredients - sandy beach, paddler- friendly water, ice cream and candy floss and of course Punch and Judy. In addition to the main beach at Paignton there is an excellent beach at Goodrington. There are great family attractions to see as well - Paignton Zoo, Quaywest Waterpark and the Steam Railway that goes to nearby Dartmouth. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic

 

The Esplanade, Paignton, Devon ,TQ4 6BN
Tel: 01803 558383 Fax: 01803 551959
Email: paignton.tic@torbay.gov.uk
Web:www.theenglishriviera.co.uk


  Penzance

St Michael's Mount

Lands End



Penzance is an historic town set in the far west of Cornwall and is home to 22,000 people. Positioned on the edge of the beautiful, evocative Mounts Bay, where the view of St Michaels Mount raising some 230’ above the sparkling sea has beckoned Pilgrims since Medieval times, whether you arrive by small boat or walk across the causeway at low tide, the stunning view is perhaps only surpassed by the Church or the castle perched at the very top. The working harbour is busy with colourful yachts, boats and a ferry in Summer that journeys to the Isles of Scilly, or there is always the thrill of a deep sea fishing trip or a gentle saunter along the Cornish coast where cliffs, secret coves, and sandy beaches edge the sea. The town is peppered with a patchwork of architecture left by Georgian‘s, Victorian’s, and old Cornish Fishermen’s cottages. A walk through the labyrinth of streets will lead you on a trail of discovery, from a Canon from the Spanish Armada outside of the Library, to the Hotel where Nelson’s victory was announced. Or how about a dip in the Art Deco Open Air Bathing Pool, which is set into the rocks and filled by the sea. For all things Maritime a visit to Trinity House Lighthouse Centre tells a fascinating story of Lighthouses where visitors can sound a foghorn or see what life was like for the Lighthouse keepers. Why not take a stroll along the promenade, or enjoy the wide sandy beach, or perhaps the Maritime Museum is more for you as it proudly displays the reconstructed interior of an 18th Century Man Of War ship. The chapters of time are reversed as far back as Neolithic Lanyon Quoit or how about Chysauster Ancient Village which dates back 2,000 years, or there is always Prussia Cove where infamous smugglers roamed. Penzance has been visited by Smugglers, the Spanish Armada, and Medieval Pilgrims now it’s your turn………………. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section

Tic

Station Road  Penzance  Cornwall  TR18 2NF
 Tel: [01736] 362207       Fax:  [01736] 363600    
           E-Mail: pztic@penwith.gov.uk

The popular resort of Perranporth lies at the southern end of a three-mile beach of golden sand, popular for surfing and land yachting, as well as being a good family beach with lifeguards in the season. The beach is framed by the rugged cliffs of Cligga Head and Penhale Point. These heather clad promontories are complemented by an impressive sand-dune system, which lies immediately inland from the beach and is nationally important for its wildlife. Within the dunes is the site of St Piran’s Oratory, the lost church of ‘St Piran in the sand’. The site is buried again, but a model can be found in the Perranzabuloe Folk Museum, which also exhibits artefacts from the parish’s mining and fishing past. Perranporth Golf Club has a fine 18 hole golf course. The village has a boating lake and the local airfield is used for gliding. Perranporth has many shops, cafes and restaurants, whilst the town’s hotels and guesthouses take in the magnificent views of the coast. Population 6,000. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section

Tourist Offices

8 Tywarnhayle Square,
Perranporth, Cornwall, TR60ER 
Opening Times: 09:00 - 17:30,
 Monday to Saturday
 Email Perranporth
 
Polperro Harbour


Polperro Heritage Museum


Polperro Harbour
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Of all the little fishing villages of southern Cornwall, Polperro is probably the most photographed – thanks to its superb setting at the mouth of a steep-sided valley. The harbour is still a working port for fishing boats, and visitors can see fish landed at the market on the quay on most days. One of the many attractive features of the harbour and the picturesque surrounding streets and lanes is the virtual absence of traffic – the only means of access for most visitors is a horse-drawn bus from the main car park on the outskirts of the village. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section
Polperro,
Cornwall PL13
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Porthleven



Porthleven 
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Porthleven is a village, civil parish and fishing port in the KerrierCornwall,  near Helston. It is the most southerly port on the island of Great Britain and was originally developed as a harbour of refuge, when this part of the Cornish coastline was recognised as a black spot for wrecks in days of sail. Nearby Loe Bar was particularly infamous.  Due to the prevailing westerly winds it was very easy for a ship under sail to become entrapped within the bay and be cast up on the rocks which made up the small fishing coves of Mullion, Kynance and the Lizard.Historically and for local-government purposes, Porthleven was included within the town boundaries of nearby Helston. After years of growth, it now has its own town council. Its population in 2001 recorded by the UK census was 3,190 ]Including tourists and surfers would swell that number considerably. Porthleven has exploited its location and exposure to powerful swells to become one of the best-known and highly-regarded surfing spots in Britain. Waves regularly exceeding 2 metres break on the shallow reef that was shaped by blasting the harbour. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section
Port Isaac



Port Isaac
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has been an attractive fishing village since the early fourteenth century. Its narrow, winding streets are lined with old white-washed cottages and traditional granite, slate-fronted Cornish houses, many of which are listed as of architectural or historic importance. It was the location for the television series of Poldark & the lovely setting for the Doc Martin Television series.  From the Middle Ages until the middle of the 19th century, Port Isaac was a busy port handling various imports and exports, including stone, coal, timber and pottery. After the advent of the railways, it became principally a fishing port. A stream runs through the village, finding its way into the sea over the harbour wall. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section
Port Isaac,  North Cornwall,   PL29
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Portishead

Portishead, Somerset
www.portishead.gov.uk

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Portishead has an impressive quayside development with 159 berth marina and some exciting unusual architecture and Public art. Portishead Lake Grounds stretch along the coast with activities and play areas for children, a cafe and a very popular open air pool.For more details about the attractions click on to our Somerset section

Portsmouth Harbour







Portsmouth Harbour
Portsmouth
www.portsmouth-guide.co.uk

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Portsmouth is the home of the Royal Navy and has been since Henry VII established the first dockyard in the town. The city occupies the Portsea Island peninsula, which overlooks a naturally defensible harbour and these advantages were not lost on the Romans, or Saxons, who both used the harbour here.

It was Henry VIII who really established the town as the home of the Navy. During his reign he increased the size of the fleet by ten times so that at the end of his reign the fleet consisted of 60 ships.
Many great navy ships were built here among them the Mary Rose and HMS Victory which Nelson commanded during his great battle at Trafalgar. Having served her country well, she is now one of the country’s top heritage attractions as over 350,000 people visit her in No. 2 Dry Dock, Portsmouth Naval Base.As a major naval base Portsmouth became a target during World War II and much of the town was flattened. The modern town is unremarkable and tourists usually concentrate on the waterfront area which has much to offer. The town is currently in the process of building a landmark tower that will be 170 metres high and in the shape of a sail. The £25m project will be the highest viewing platform in the UK when opened in mid-2005. Numerous ferries operate from Portsmouth to France and the Channel Islands. For more details about the attractions click on to our  Hampshire section

Tic
Continental Ferry Port TIC ,
Terminal Building, Portsmouth, PO2 8QN  
Tel: 023 9283 8635  
& The Hard, Portsmouth, PO1 3QJ
Tel: 023 9282 6722
Fax: 023 9282 2693
Website: www.visitportsmouth.co.uk
Plymouth




Plymouth




Plymouth




Plymouth
Plymouth, Devon
www.visitplymouth.co.uk
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Plymouth is the largest of the Westcountry cities after Bristol which may be regarded as the gateway to the area. Lying on the banks of two rivers, the Plym and the Tamar and facing Plymouth Sound it is perhaps not surprising that Plymouth has a strong maritime tradition that includes both merchant and navy shipping. Plymouth has been a working port for a long time. The Sound has been used as and anchorage and harbour since very early times. The expansion that resulted in Plymouth becoming a major UK port started in 15th century, when larger ships were being built for the Royal Navy which needed a deeper anchorage. Plymouth has since become one of the Royal Navy's main bases with warship often to be seen at anchor in the Sound.

Many epic voyages of discovery and conquest have stared  form Plymouth. The most famous of these is the defeat of the Spanish Armada by Sir Francis Drake and the English fleet. History has it that Drake was engaged in a game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe when the Spanish fleet was first sighted in the English Channel. Drake was not alarmed by this and insisted on finishing his game before setting sail form the port. The English fleet chased the Armada up the Channel to Calais where Drake used fire ships to disrupt the Spanish fleet before launching a devastating attack. The Spanish ships took heavy casualties and scattered further losses occurred off the coast of Scotland when the surviving ships were caught in a fierce storm. The Spanish fleet was devastated and were never again a threat to Britain. Prior to this epic battle Sir Francis Drake had made a name for himself after he had sailed around the world in the Golden Hind. In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America from Plymouth in the Mayflower. Another adventurous voyage was undertaken when Captain James Cook set sail in 1768 in search of new lands. Modern day Plymouth is a lively city with a wide mix of commercial activities and plenty for the visitor to see and do. Plymouth Hoe is the wide expanse of grass overlooking the Sound, this area is also where the military hold parades and the Queen has visited recently to present new colours to the Navy. There is also a lighthouse on the Hoe called Smeaton's Tower that is brightly painted in red and white strips. Also see the Royal Citadel a large defensive camp built at the east end of the Hoe by Charles II in 1670.
The powerboat Grand Prix takes place each year off of Plymouth Hoe in July.Also see the National Marine Aquarium which is billed as the UK's largest with huge tanks containing sharks.
Nearby is Whitsand Bay with its long sandy beach. Also a visit to Looe is worthwhile, a quaint but bustling fishing port with the opportunity to go fishing for sharks . The naval frigate HMS Scylla - below - was recently sunk in the bay to form a reef for scuba divers to visit . For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic

Island House, 9 The Barbican, Plymouth , PL1 2LS 
Tel 01752 304849 Fax 01752 257955 
Email: plymouthbarbicantic@visit.org.uk
& Plymouth Discovery Centre, Crabtree, Plymouth , PL3 6RN
Tel 01752 266030 Fax 01752 266033 
Email: plymouthtic@visit.org.uk

Poole Beach


Brownsea Island


Harbour Quay


Dolhin Quay

Poole, Dorset
www.poole.gov.uk

Poole and its sister town, Bournemouth combine to form a large urban area on the south coast with a population of around 300,000. In spite of this size and the container port and docks at Poole this is still a seaside resort and life is centred on the beaches and seafront area. Poole used to be a medieval port situated on the huge shallow anchorage of Poole harbour. The old town still has the old custom house and many old inns to remind the visitor of this past. The modern town is unremarkable and similar to many other High Street areas but the main attraction of Poole is the long sandy beach area which stretches all the way to Bournemouth. The Sandbanks area is the centre of all watersports activities which include sailing, windsurfing, jet-skiing and water skiing. Fishing is also very popular in the area and trips can be booked from the quay.   Another major attraction for the area are the beaches and nature reserves at Studland Bay which are reached via the Sandbanks ferry. This whole area which is National Trust property must rank as one of the best beachside areas in the country. There is very little development and the beaches are clean and the water quality is very good. A great area for families, watersports and nature. The visitor should note that part of the beach is set aside for Naturists.  Road access is generally good - from the east the A31 via Southampton is a good route. From the west use the A35 via Dorchester. From the north the best route is to use the  A350 via Shaftesbury.  There is an airport at Bournemouth serving international routes. There are ferry connections to France, Spain and the Channel Islands form Poole quay operated by Brittany and Condor ferry companies.   
Also in the area and worth a visit are Brownsea Island in Poole harbour. Poole Pottery on Poole quay. Wareham is a pleasant market town that lies on the quaintly named River Piddle located at the western end of Poole harbour. For more details about the attractions click on to our Dorset section

Tic


Poole High Street, Poole,
   Tel: 01202 253253, Fax: 01202 262684.
 E-mail: tourism@poole.gov.uk
Website: www.pooletourism.com/



Porthpean Beach


Charlestown Harbour
St.Austell, Cornwall
www.cornishriviera.co.uk
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St Austell is one of Cornwall’s bustling towns famed for it’s mining past, and in the 18th Century for the discovery of China Clay, which changed the town forever. A visit to the Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum is a true insight into the history of this industry, housed in a Clay Works with interesting exhibits and even a working water wheel. Of course no visit would be complete without seeing the ‘Eden Project’ with it’s unusual landscape of the Biomes. St Austell Brewery originally founded in 1851, is the biggest brewery in Cornwall, why not take a tour and see the production of ales, made to a Medieval recipe and of course tasting… St Austell’s Port is an enchanting harbour built in 1791, the Georgian architecture and old fishermen’s cottages is an absolute painters delight, the haunting sight of tall ships with their masts and rigging turns back the pages of time, or perhaps a visit to the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre which has over 200 years of Fishing and Mining on Offer. With The Lost Gardens of Heligan, the curved sandy bay, and coves ,shops, bars and restaurants St Austell is like a wide smile, it pleases everyone
Charlestown (Cornish: Porthmeur) is a working port near St Austell,  . Charlestown developed from what was in the late 18th century the fishing village of West Polmear.Charlestown harbour is used by several local fisherman. The harbour itself and two (pebble) beaches (one on either side of the harbour entrance) are owned by Square Sail, a company which owns and sails a small fleet of tall ships, including Kaskelot. One or two of these can often be found at anchor in the harbour, and are frequently open for tours during the summer months. The best-known tall ship to regularly visit the port was the Maria Asumpta - first launched in 1858 and was the world's oldest working square rigger. The Maria Asumpta was very popular with tourists and locals alike. In May 1995 she ran aground and broke up on the north Cornish coast, like so many before her, with the loss of three of her sixteen crew. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section

Tic


By Pass Service Station  Southbourne Road  St Austell  Cornwall  PL25 4RS
Tel: [0870] 445 0 244    
Fax: [01726] 874168     
E-Mail: tic@cornish-riviera.co.uk

St Ives Rooftops


St Ives at Night


West Cornwall offers a holiday venue that is like nowhere else in the UK. The whole peninsular is a haven for walkers, photographers, artists and writers giving inspiration through spectacular scenery, unspoilt beauty and antiquities which are dramatic reminders of our rich heritage.Famous for its wealth of ancient monuments and mining heritage sites, its artistic traditions and working fishing communities, it is a living landscape marked by signs of its Celtic past. There is a captivating atmosphere of mystery and romance throughout West Cornwall that is hard to find anywhere else in Britain. It is generated by the areas stunning natural beauty and by the sense of timelessness that clings to the rugged moorland and to the awesome Atlantic coastline.The beaches of West Cornwall deserve the accolade of being the 'Best and most beautiful in the West'. The choice of beaches suits everyone’s needs, you can simply sunbath on silky soft sand and swim in crystal clear seas that match the best the Mediterranean offers. If you are looking for water sports then you can ride the Atlantic swell with surfboard and bodyboard. West Cornwall has the only two UK members of the 'Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club', St Ives Bay and Mounts Bay. St Ives has also been voted 'Best Seaside Resort in the UK' by the prestigious US published 'British Heritage' Magazine.Home of St Michaels Mount and the Tate Gallery at St Ives, the Lands End peninsular offers a variety of experiences for every season - from the flowers of early Spring, through lively summer festivals to the dazzling lights of Christmas and New Year. Beyond all of this lies the untouched wilderness of the Atlantic coast and the granite moorlands with their wealth of wildlife. Explore it and discover... The West Cornwall Experience. Population 12,000. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section

Tic

The Guildhall  Street an Pol  St Ives  Cornwall  TR26 2DS
Tel: [01736] 796297       Fax: [01736] 798309     
E-Mail: ivtic@penwith.gov.uk

St Just



















St Just is a small town perched on a cliff, is the nearest town to Lands End, and situated on the edge of the moors. The old mining town has rows of granite cottages that glint in the sunlight, the past links to the mining industry and is peppered with mining reminders. With an open air Medieval Amphitheatre, a church although restored was built in 15th Century, houses wall paintings of St George and The Dragon. Cape Cornwall is the most westerly point of Cornwall and with it’s large hump and old mining chimney that’s been there for 138 years makes an impressive site, there is even an 18 hole golf course, although the stunning scenery is guaranteed to take your eye off the ball. All along the coast and around St Just are standing stones and other Prehistoric sites. The Levant Mine and Geevor Mine & Museum, has tours underground and exhibits explain this fascinating industry and shows the Beam Engine. The South West Coastal Path is a joy for walkers, and historians not to mention painters, the colourful scenery and vibrant Atlantic Coast is undoubtedly spectacular, and you may even be lucky enough to see Dolphins or Seals. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section

Tic

The Library  Market Street  St Just  Penzance  Cornwall  TR19 7HX
Tel: [01736] 788669       Fax: [01736] 788586     
E-Mail: stjust.library@cornwall.gov.uk

St Mawes Castle





St Mawes, Cornwall
Harbour in St Mawes, Cornwall
St Mawes is beautifully situated at the southern end of the Roseland Peninsula, and from medieval times was a busy port and fishing harbour. Today it remains a major centre of marine activity of all sorts. St Mawes Castle, the twin to Pendennis Castle across the Carrick Roads, was built by Henry XIII in the middle of the 16th century. It is an easy 2-mile coastal walk from the castle to St Just in Roseland church, described by John Betjeman as “to many people the most beautiful churchyard on earth” A pedestrian ferry runs to Falmouth. The trip takes about 25 minutes, and is a good way to get afloat for a short scenic trip. In the summer months a small ferry runs to St Anthony headland across St Mawes outer harbour. Here there are many stunning walks, a lighthouse and fantastic coastal views. A little further afield on the Roseland Peninsula you’ll find attractive villages such as Portscatho, Tregony, Portloe and Veryan, the latter best known for the five white roundhouses which guard its entrance. There are two beaches in St Mawes, and more beaches further along the coast. They are quiet without the amenities of the larger resorts. Population 1,000. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section
Tic

The Roseland Visitor Centre  The Millennium Rooms  The Square  St Mawes  TR2 5AG
Tel: [01326] 270440      
E-Mail: manager@roselandinfo.com

Salcombe





Salcombe
Salcombe, Devon
www.salcombeinformation.co.uk
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Salcombe is famous as a seaside resort and sailing centre. There are several excellent beaches and stunning scenery. It may be reached via the A381 from Totnes or the A379 from the Plymouth direction.

The town is tiny and hugs the steep hillside that surrounds it - a passenger ferry crosses to the beaches on the far side of the river at East Portlemouth. Salcombe lies on the west bank of Kingsbridge estuary which is a large area of sheltered water that attracts both wildlife and sailors. This area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is also a nature reserve. This is the most southerly of Devon towns and orange and lemons can be grown as well as palm trees. This gives the town a rather exotic feel as if you had be transported to hotter climes. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic

Market Street, Salcombe , TQ8 8DE 
Tel 01548 843927 Fax 01548 842736
Email: info@salcombeinformation.co.uk   
Seaton





Seaton Tram
Seaton, Devon
www.seaton.gov.uk
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Seaton is around six miles east of Sidmouth and is tucked into the Devon hillsides with Beer its close neighbour. Seaton is a small resort town.Seaton is often referred to as "the friendly town by  the sea". Sitting alongside the mouth of the River Axe,  Seaton has a long and interesting history, a proud  present and an exciting future.

The history of Seaton is closely linked to the sea. Stone Age man fished the waters, used the flint from the cliffs to make his tools, and used the readily available salt to preserve his food. Certainly the Romans settled here. Fosse Way passed close to Honeyditches and they quarried stone at Beer. The Saxons followed the Romans in the 7th century when they occupied both sides of the river. The village, then Fleote (the Saxon word for creek) developed over the following centuries, (the parish church of St. Gregory dates from the 12th century), as the salt water marshes became a permanent part of the landscape. At about the time of Edward III, Fleote was replaced by Sea Tun (sea farm).
Henry VIII sold the area to John Frye of Yarty and may have visited in 1544. For the subsequent two centuries, salt made Seaton an important area. When this industry declined rapidly, the town became a fishing village until, in the early 19th century, a quay was built at the river mouth and then the railway came in 1868. Seaton then flourished as a modest resort but it did not witness the growth experienced by other East Devon seaside towns serviced by the railway. However, Seaton has now seen a spectacular rise in its population (from 2500 in 1970 to the current 6500) and it is still rising as more residential housing is built to meet the demand for people eager to live in "a friendly town by the sea". In 2005 Seaton celebrated the one thousandth anniverary of the granting of its Charter. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic

The Underfleet, Seaton , EX12 2TB
  Tel 01297 21660 Fax 01297 21689
Email: inf@seatontic.freeserve.co.uk 
Website: www.eastdevon.net/tourism/seaton

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Fine buildings, gentle walks, stunning views – with so much to nurture, conservation is Sidmouth’s watchword.
Its time warp ambience is the perfect prescription to relax and browse, be it a seafront deckchair for a quiet read or a bracing walk on Peak Hill to wonder at the
magnificent panorama of sea and coast with Sidmouth spread below.For the less energetic there is many a gentler stroll around town, park and garden and along the seafront linked by a walkway to the western beach at Jacob’s Ladder.
The ford takes traffic across the River Sid and this you will find on the popular guided walks from the Heritage Centre that feature the historic landmarks of the town.
As for the greenery of Sidmouth’s famous park, The Byes, it is a delightful riverside walk and yet another sanctuary for peace and quiet.Much of Sidmouth’s history is gleaned from the Blue Plaques on the buildings which mirror the era when the Nobility and members of London Society built fine houses here. Many still exist, while others have become hotels without losing their Regency charm. The cob-walled Old ShipInn, originally thought to be a monastery, dates back to 1350 and it was certainly a smugglers’ rendezvous in the days of brandy for the parson and baccy for the clerk.
Fortfield Terrace is another example of the style of the day. Here, a double-headed eagle commemorates the stay of the Grand Duchess of Russia in 1831. She brought a retinue of 100 gentlemen, ladies and servants and among the guests at a reception she gave was the Sidmouth artist and historian, Peter Orlando Hutchinson, whose diaries and sketches are a vivid picture of 19th century life in Sidmouth. Copies are among the treasures at the Museum next to the ancient parish church of St. Giles and St. Nicholas. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic
Ham Lane, Sidmouth , EX10 8XR 
Tel 01395 516441 Fax 01395 519333
Southampton





Southampton
Southampton
 
www.southampton.gov.uk
Southampton Marina

Southampton is the largest city on the south coast with a population of 221,000. The city dates back to Norman times when it was an important port. The maritime aspect of the city came to the fore during the 19th century when Southampton became the major port for liners on the Atlantic route. The most famous of these great ships was the Titanic which sailed from here on her maiden voyage in 1912. The city was heavily bombed during World War 2 and the modern city is a reflection of these events. Not much remains of the old city but there are a few corners where the city's past may be glimpsed. 

In 1936 nearly 50% of sea passengers arrived at Southampton and this aspect of the port still flourishes today, with many new luxury liners using the port as a base for trans-Atlantic voyages. The most recent new liner to be launched in Southampton was the Queen Mary 2 in January 2004.Another claim to fame for the city is with regard to flying boats which were developed and built in the city during the war years. Sadly these evocative craft are no longer seen in  the waters around the city. In 2006 Southampton is fast becoming one of the most popular leisure and cultural destinations in the south. Its appeal lies in its diverse nightlife, wide retail opportunities, excellent leisure facilities, superb heritage attractions and the charm of a bustling waterfront location.There is no doubt that Southampton is a city and the urban landscape prevails however you do not have to travel far to find open coast and good beaches. To the south east is the old ship building village of Bucklers Hard lying on the picturesque River Beaulieu. To the south west of the city is the Hamble estuary which is a major centre for sailing, with many marinas and moorings and several yacht clubs. The River Hamble area is known as the 'Home of British yachting.' Yachtie heaven! For more details about the attractions click on to our  Hampshire section

Tic

9 Civic Centre Road , Southampton, SO14 7FJ
Tel: 023 8083 3333 Fax: 023 8083 3381
&  SOUTHAMPTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ,
Wide Lane, Southampton SO18 2HG 
Southsea Pier









Spinaker Tower
Southsea  
www.insouthsea.co.uk
Southsea

Southsea is the traditional seaside part of Portsmouth and has a four mile long promenade and plenty of beach space. There's fun and fascination at some of the resort's leading attractions and the chance to relax on the beaches. There are also two piers which offer even more entertainment and wonderful sea views. For more details about the attractions click on to our  Hampshire section

Tic

Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth,  PO5 3PB
www.visitportsmouth.co.uk  Tel: 023 9282 6722
Swanage Quay













Swanage
Swanage, Dorset
www.swanage.gov.uk
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Swanage is a small port and tourist resort that lies to the west of Poole harbour. It maybe reached via the A351 from Wareham which is a spur off of the A35 that links Poole and Dorchester. Swanage lies on an attractive sweep of coastline that is backed by the Purbeck hills, with cliffs to the west and long flat beaches to the east. There is a very nice beach at Swanage itself but the most spectacular beach in the area is at Studland bay which is a long crescent of sand with heathland behind it. a part from the small village of Studland there is no development along this site as most of the land is owned by the National Trust. The beach is idea for swimming and water sports, there is a launching slip in the middle of the bay. Although much of this area forms the east side to Poole harbour there is not much access to the harbour from this side as much of the land is a nature reserve.  Swanage itself is an attractive small town with a good range of accommodation. There are amusements on the seafront and plenty of resautrants and pubs to provide food and drink. There are not a great deal of attractions in the immediate area these are situated more in the Poole/ Bournemouth area, which is only around half an hour by car. There are plenty of natural attractions in the area however.
Just up the road is Corfe Castle with its spectacular ruined castle. The castle was besieged by Oliver Cromwell's forces  in 1646 and it just hasn't been the same since. The surrounding village is built of Purbeck stone which is quarried just a few miles from the village. Look out for the Greyhound pub.   Further west along the coast are Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, which must be two of the most photographed landmarks on the English coast. Lulworth is a small fishing village which sits in a cleft in the hillside above the picturesque cove. Durdle Door is a natural arch carved in the limestone cliffs which juts out to sea. You can swim through it but beware of the strong tidal current.      The South West Coast Path runs along the coast here and provides access to many miles of spectacular scenery. The path goes right past the deserted village of Tyneham, which is a bit eerie even on a summer's day. The reason for its desertion......well that's another story! If you travel along past the main beach at Studland there is a chain ferry that connects to Poole. For more details about the attractions click on to our Dorset section

Tic

The White House, Shore Road, Swanage, BH19 1LB
Tel: 01929 422885

Teignmouth







Teignmouth Shaldon
Teignmouth, Devon
www.teignmouth-town.co.uk
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Teignmouth lies at the mouth of the River Teign, from where its name is derived and is part old port and part modern resort. It is a very popular destination for visitors as it has all of the attributes needed for an excellent seaside holiday - clean water, good beaches and a pleasant lively town.

As with the town of Dawlish just up the coast, Teignmouth is part Georgian and part Victorian in origin. There is a sweeping Georgian crescent on the seafront and the pier was built in the Victorian era. The focus of the town is on the port which is the base for many vessels including freighters and fishing boats as well as recreational yachts and sailing boats. there are also magnificent lawns and flower beds along the sea front. The beach area is sandy with some shingle and is good for swimming and other beach activities. On either side of the town red sandstone cliffs rise out of the sea making for spectacular views. the headland in the photo above marks the entrance to the mouth of the River Teign and the harbour area. On the opposite bank lies Shaldon which may be reached by a road bridge. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic The Den, Sea Front, Teignmouth , TQ14 8BE 
Tel 01626 215666 Fax 01626 778333 
Email: teigntic@Teignbridge.gov.uk
Web: www.southdevon.org.uk


Torquay Harbour

Torquay Front

Torquay's Palms

Marina

Torquay
Torquay, Devon
www.torbay-online.co.uk/torquay

Torquay

Torbay is made up of three towns, Torquay, Paignton and Brixham which all have their own character and charm and overlook Torbay itself. The Torbay area is also known as 'The English Riviera' as it resembles the original Riviera to some extent with its sweeping boulevards, inner harbour and palm trees. Dartmouth is famous as a sailing centre and as the home of the Britannia Royal Navy college.

Torquay is built on several long hills that drop down to the sea and the long crescent shaped beach front that runs around most of the bay. The focus of the town is the marina area which is both old and new - part faded glory from Torquay's Victorian roots and part new development with swish hotels and racy yachts in the marina. Like many British resorts Torquay is constantly having to re-inventing itself as trends and tastes change. The old harbour area has been re-developed into the modern marina and new walkways constructed around the area. There is a splendid new attraction  overlooking the marina - this is called Living Coast which contains many birds from around the world including penguins.

Torquay has access to several excellent beaches with good swimming opportunities. Torre Abbey is the beach closest to the town and a short bus ride away are the cliff fringed beaches of Babbacombe and Oddicombe. Look out for the cliff railway at Babbacombe which provides easy access to the beach from the cliff top gardens. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section.

Tic Vaughan Parade, Torquay , TQ2 5JG 
Tel 0870 7070 010 Fax 01803 214885
Email torquay.tic@torbay.gov.uk
Web: www.theenglishriviera.co.uk


Truro

Truro Cathedral


The historic city of Truro nestles in the valley of three rivers - the Kenwyn, Allen and Truro - just a short distance from the rugged north coast of Cornwall or the gentle beauty of the Roseland Peninsula. The three spires of the imposing turn of the century cathedral provide a familiar landmark for locals and an impressive focus for visitors.A celebrated Georgian street graces the southern entrance of Truro and further elegant architecture is to be found within the cobbled streets of the city's excellent shopping centre. Beautiful parks and gardens, river walks and boat trips allow the visitor to appreciate the tranquility of Truro's quieter corners and surrounding countryside; guided walks reveal the intriguiging history of the city's past. Truro boasts a first-class theatre and modern multi-plex cinema - both sympathetically restored period building in keeping with the city's character. Other rainy-day attractions include the Royal Cornwall Museum, ten-pin bowling, swimming pool and indoor and farmers markets. All tastes are catered for in the city's many pubs and restaurants - continental cafe bars, international cuisine, vegetarian,fast food, Cornish cream teas and, of course, pasties - and in the evening the entertainment continues in the local pubs, wine bars and nightclubs. An abundance of warm and welcoming accommodation is available within the city and surrounding areas, should your requirements be hotel, guest house, B&B or holiday park. Easy accessible by road or rail, Truro makes an ideal base for a family holiday or a quiet getaway. Population 21,000. For more details about the attractions click on to our Cornwall section

Tic

Municipal Buildings  Boscawen Street  Truro  Cornwall  TR1 2NE
Tel: [01872] 274555      Fax: [01872] 263031   
 Email Truro
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Weston Harbour

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Weston-super-mare, Somerset
www.weston-super-mare.com
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Weston-super-Mare is another resort that can traces its roots back to the Victorian era. Today it is a popular resort with families with good beaches and other useful facilities. The town itself is at the north end of the long beach and is situated on a hillside, which makes a dramatic backdrop for this attractive Somerset resort.

The town has a long promenade with two piers built by the Victorians and plenty to occupy the family. There is a wide sandy beach with plenty of room for all. There are numerous cafes and shops along the promenade providing tea and coffee, sandwiches and of course fish and chips. There are also several attractions along the beach area including a Sea Life Centre.The resort is located on the Bristol channel, so don't expect crystal clear water but it is safe for bathing. Cardiff can be seen across the channel and also the twin islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm. 

The town has been involved with aircraft production for many years and there is an excellent museum with a large  display of helicopters nearby.Nearby are Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury and Wells, which are all worth a visit. For more details about the attractions click on to our Somerset section

Tic

Beach Lawns, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1AT
Tel: 01934 888800 Fax: 01934 64174
Email: touristinfo@n-somerset.gov.uk
Weymouth







Fishing

Weymouth lies not far from the border of Devon and Dorset. The main route into the town is along the A354 which leaves the A35 at Dorchester. Weymouth is a major holiday destination on the south coast that attracts thousands of visitors each year. It is also a working port with ferries to France and the Channel Islands and a fleet of fishing boats. Weymouth is also the gateway to the rocky peninsular  known as Portland Bill that juts out 6 miles into the English channel. The resort of Weymouth is an attractive town that is spread along the coast overlooking a beach of golden sand. Much of the town was built in the reign of George III when the town played host to the monarch on many occasions. There are still numerous Georgian style buildings within the town. The inner harbour is home to the local fishing fleet and is an interesting area to visit. 

Weymouth will the base for many sailing events in the 2012 Olympics. The coast at Weymouth is protected by the Bill of Portland and this makes it ideal for many water sports including swimming. In addition there is also  sailing, diving, windsurfing in the area...............Chesil Beach - is one of the longest  in the country stretching 16 miles to the north west of Portland. However it is a pebble ridge and is quiet steep in some places and it is not recommended for swimming. For more details about the attractions click on to our Dorset section

Tic

The King's Statue, The Esplanade, Weymouth,  DT4 7AN
Tel: 01305 785747
Fax: 01305 788092
Woolacombe










Woolacombe
Woolacombe, North Devon
www.devon-online.com
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Mortehoe and Putsborough -Blue Flag beach, nominated as one of the top six beaches in Britain.

Woolacombe sits at the end of a long steep valley (combe) that winds down to the coast, opening up into a three mile long, southwest facing sandy bay, sandwiched between two dramatic peninsulas - Baggy and Morte Points - makes this a truly spectacular and unique holiday destination.

Woolacombe is a lively village with plenty of atmosphere, a fantastic beach, great pubs, restaurants and places to stay. Visitors of all ages will find plenty to do away from the beach. There's a friendly, laid-back atmosphere here which visitors enjoy, bringing them back year after year. For more details about the attractions click on to our Devon section

Tic

Red Barn Cafe , Barton Road , Woolacombe  EX34 7BT 
Tel: 01271 870553
Email: woolacombetic@visit.org.uk
Web: www.woolacombetourism.com
 SOUTH SAXON
SEASIDE RESORTS

Map of South Saxony
From  Emsworth In The West To  Whitstable in the East 
Chichester Market Place

CHICHESTER
Chichester
Chichester is the inland market town that lies at the far end of Chichester Harbour. The harbour itself is a designated Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Chichester is a picturesque town. Founded by the Romans around AD 50 the town has been an important settlement and anchorage for over 2000 years.  For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section

Tourist Offices

29a South Street , Chichester , PO19 1AH  

Tel:01243775888 Fax: 01243 539449

Email: Chitic@chichester.gov.uk web: CHICHESTER CLICK

West Wittering Beach

EAST & WEST WITTERING
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The two towns are typical English seaside resorts with the usual facilities the main attractions are the beaches and the dunes behind them which offers acres of space for relaxation. There are good beaches at both East and West Wittering and they continue east along Bracklesham Bay up to Selsey Bill. This area is a popular for many watersports including wind and kite surfing, sea canoeing, sailing, fishing, scuba diving and surfing.  For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section

West Wittering Estate Plc
The Estate Office, West Wittering Estate, West Wittering. Chichester, West Sussex PO20 8AJ  
Tel : 01243 514143 Fax: 01243 513082
email:office@westwitteringbeach.co.uk  

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Bognor
 BOGNOR
Bognor Regis
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Bognor is one of the oldest Saxon sites on record in West Sussex. The town is recorded in AD 680 as Bucgan ora meaning Bucge's shore. Bucge was one of the few Saxon women to have a place named after her. Over the years this Saxon-landing place became a small fishing village, and as with many places the name changed with time. In 1275 it was recorded as Buggenore and in 1405 as Bogenor. Very little remains of the area's ancient history. A Roman farmstead was discovered in Felpham in 1965 and in the mid-seventies an Iron Age settlement was uncovered during construction work. For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section

Tourist Offices

Belmont Street , Bognor Regis , PO21 1BJ     Tel:(0)1243 823 140 Fax: 01243 820435
Selsey Lifeboat

SELSEY
Selsey

Selsey is a small town that traditionally was engaged in the fishing industry but which now relies more on tourism for its livelihood. Although it is still renown for the quality of its shellfish. 

Selsey Bill refers to the headland on which the town is located that juts out into the English Channel. There are good beaches all around the town with the eastern beach being the most popular. Swimming is generally safe along the main beach area but not around the headland where there are strong currents. A lifeboat station is located on the headland.  For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section


Worthing

WORTHING
Worthing

With a population of around 100,000, Worthing is the largest town in West Sussex and a bustling modern commercial centre . The town lies on the coastal plain bounded to the north by the outstanding natural beauty of the South Downs and to the south by the English Channel.It is the towns geographical situation , offering as it does the dual attractions of beautiful countryside and the sea , which over the years has been the primary reason for the town's popularity and growth . Worthing has all the amenities one would expect in a town of its size. It is the premier shopping centre in West Sussex with an excellent variety of specialist shops, well-established family businesses, department stores, chain stores and supermarkets. The modern town centre is located just off the seafront and is mainly pedestrianised. Over the years Worthing has been chosen by a number of national and multi - national companies for their headquarters and as their main operating bases . Today firms such as Norwich Union and Glaxo Smithkline are established within the the town's boundaries. Entertainment is an important part of the life of any town and Worthing is no exception. There are seven multipurpose venues offering a full range of first class entertainment featuring some of the top names of stage and TV fame. There is also a lively nightclub scene for younger residents. In fact there is something to suit everyone!There are two leisure centres, and together with other sports venues, they provide a wide range of sports and activities from squash to weight training. There are regular tuition courses held to develop new sports. Health and Fitness Suites at Worthing Leisure Centre and the Aquarena (the indoor swimming complex) offer individual monitoring with some of the latest computerised equipment. There are also facilities to allow customers to relax and unwind. From the five miles of seashore other sports can be enjoyed, such as swimming, windsurfing, yachting and fishing. There are also golf courses, putting greens, tennis facilities and bowling greens (Worthing is known for its national bowling championships). For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section

Tourist Offices

Chapel Road , Worthing , BN11 1HL  
Tel: 01903 210 022 Fax: 01903 236277
 email: tic@worthing.gov.uk 

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Littlehampton
LITTLEHAMPTON
Littlehampton
 A Coastal Gem Sheltered by the South Downs, at the mouth of the River Arun . For family fun and fantastic weather - Littlehampton is hard to beat. A European Blue Flag winning beach, harbour and a stunning riverside development make Littlehampton a seaside town with space, style and lots of sunshine. Littlehampton is lucky to have two contrasting beaches to offer visitors. The East Beach is traditional sand and shingle and perfect for families. Its European Blue Flag and Seaside Award confirm it is safe and clean. West Beach, on the opposite side of the river, has unspoilt sand dunes, rare plants and wildlife protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.   The riverside walkway links the seafront with the East Bank and the town centre. Head for the Look & Sea! Visitor Centre for a delightful café overlooking the river, interactive maritime exhibition displays, games and fantastic views from the Tower across the River Arun, out to sea and northwards to Arundel. On the seafront is Harbour Park amusement centre – an all-weather adventure village offering family fun for visitors of all ages. A Seafront Promenade Train runs between Coastguards Tower and Norfolk Gardens. There is summer entertainment on the promenade including Punch and Judy, live music and magic shows. Littlehampton Miniature Railway runs between Mewsbrook Park and Norfolk Gardens. For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section

Tourist Offices

Look & Sea Visitor Centre , 63-65 Surrey Street , Littlehampton   Tel: +44 (0)1903 713 480  Fax: 01903 721866
email: tourism@arun.gov.uk   
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Shoreham

SHOREHAM
Shoreham

Shoreham-by-Sea enjoys a unique location, bordered on the north by the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the west by the open valley of the River Adur and on the south by the river and Shoreham Beach. Such close proximity to the South Downs, river and coast make Shoreham-by-Sea a very desirable place to live.Shoreham-by-Sea is situated on the South Coast of England approximately 6 miles west of Brighton and 5 miles east of WorthingThe town and port of New Shoreham was established by the Norman Conquerors towards the end of the 11th century. Shoreham’s strategic location and proximity to Normandy made it a logical place to improve facilities for travel and trade. The magnificent church of St Mary de Haura was built in the decade following the Doomsday Survey of 1086 and the town laid out on a grid pattern. The 12th century building in Shoreham High Street, the Marlipins Museum, is one of the oldest surviving secular buildings in the UK and dates from this time. The rise of Brighton and Worthing and the coming of the railway in 1840 prepared the way for Shoreham’s rise as a rapidly growing Victorian sea port with several shipyards and an active coasting trade. Shoreham Beach to the south of the town, is the shingle bank thrown up over the centuries by the sea. Converted railway carriages became summer homes around the turn of the century, and Bungalow Town, as it was then known, became home for a short time to a flourishing film industry. It was cleared for defence reasons during the second World War and is now completely developed for modern houses. However the Church of the Good Shepherd, built in 1913, still stands. For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section

Tourist Offices

SHOREHAM Civic Centre, Ham Road BN43 6PR    Tel: 01903 221307 Fax: 01903 236227
email: tic@worthing.gov.uk   SHOREHAM CLICK
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Proposed New Development of Hove



Hove

HOVE
Hove

Hove is a town on the south coast of England immediately to the west of Brighton. The former towns form a single conurbation together with some smaller towns and villages running along the coast. As part of local government reform Brighton and Hove were merged to form the borough of Brighton and Hove in 1997. In 2000 the conjoined towns officially attained city status.Hove is between Brighton on the east and Portslade-by-Sea on the west. The pre-1997 borough of Hove, formed in 1974, included Portslade-by-Sea. For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section

Tourist Offices

Church Road , Hove , BN3 3BQ Tel:01273 292 589
Brighton

BRIGHTON

Since Regency times, Brighton has been a pleasure ground for visitors, with a wealth of attractions full of charm, style and eccentricity. From the unique Royal Pavilion  to the Victorian Brighton Pier, the Volks Railway to Brighton & Hove Museums, Brighton's attractions are a mix of heritage, seaside fun and cultural experiences.  Whatever time of year you visit there is sure to be something that you want to see. Click here for a downloadable guide to some of Brighton's best attractions For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section

Tourist Offices
Bartholomew Square , Brighton , BN1 1JA Tel: 0906 7112255 (calls cost 50p per minute)
email: brighton-tourism@brighton-hove.gov.uk.


Seaford

SEAFORD
Seaford

The town of Seaford is a quiet seaside resort in East Sussex, U.K. It is located on the foot of the South Downs, a range of hills stretching from Winchester to Eastbourne. It is a great place to have a break.
Things to do: For many, the main attraction in Seaford is the beach. This has an obvious attraction in the summer, when the sea reaches temperatures up to 20 degrees Celsius. But the sea is equally attractive in the winter. The town has a shopping centre, with enough shops to spend a good afternoon looking around. For the out-and-abouts there is plenty of hills to get on with, as we are situated at the foot of a hill range called the South Downs. The Seven Sisters Country Park is just around the corner, and so is the famous Long Man of Wilmington, a massive feature carved out in the rocks. For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section

Tourist Offices

25 Clinton Place , Seaford , BN25 1NP    
Tel: 01323 897 426     Fax: 01323 897426
Email: seafordtic@lewes.gov.uk
Website: Seaford Tourist Information Centre   http://www.lewes.gov.uk/leisure/1497.asp

 Eastbourne
EASTBOURNE
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Boat trips to Beachy Head Lighthouse. Dining ‘al fresco’ at the cosmopolitan Marina. Having fun on the Victorian Pier. Relaxing to music at the seafront Bandstand. Messing about on the beach. Exploring the picturesque South Downs countryside. Watching fantastic air displays or top class tennis at our international events. Enjoying flumes and waves at the Sovereign Centre leisure complex. Taking a ride on the seafront Dotto Train. Being entertained in one of our four theatres. Shopping for antiques, bargains or sticks of rock. Browsing in our museums and art galleries. Having a fish and chip supper. Paddling in rock pools. Watching the sun rise over the sea or just having an ice-cream and watching the world go by... Just some of the things that you can enjoy in award-winning, sunny Eastbourne! Why not come and experience it for yourself? For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section

Tourist Offices

The Tourist Information Centre, Cornfield Road, Eastbourne BN21 4QL
 (0)906 7112212  (premium rate line charged at 50p local rate)
mailto:tic@eastbourne.gov.uk
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Newhaven

NEWHAVEN
Newhaven

Newhaven is a prosperous and unique town tucked away from the main A259 East West Coast route between Brighton and Eastbourne. The town was originally called Meeching but when the estuary of the Sussex Ouse was diverted in the 1539 from nearby Seaford to near where it is today the town became a ‘New Haven’. The Marina is one of Sussex coast's hidden gems. The town is central to some of the most beautiful countryside in the South East, including the South Downs and the Seven Sisters. It is linked to Lewes and Brighton by rail; there are two stations: Newhaven Town and Newhaven Harbour. It is also a great launching spot to France on the Transmanche Ferries. The huge Fort built on Castle Hill in the 1860s, the original site dates from the Bronze Age. It offers a wide variety of activities and is the main Heritage Site in the area. There is also the allure of the unique shopping experience and the South's leading gardening and horticultural centre that is Paradise Park. The town holds a few surprises, including one of Sussex's rare sandy beaches and a market day frequently attended by French traders offering magnificent cheeses, pastries, leather goods and craft items, a must for those with an eye for a bargain! For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section


 

Hastings Castle
HASTINGS
Hastings

Hastings is a flourishing seaside resort which is popular with the French. This popularity originated in 1066 when William the Conqueror landed nearby and got into a bit of a barney with the locals. The legacy of that invasion is still with us today in the shape of - baguettes, au pairs and Beaujolais. The successful invasion of England by William the Conqueror was probably the most significant event in our history. On October 14 1066 William landed at Pevensey with around 700 ships and 7000 men. they marched rapidly towards Hastings to confront Harold the English King. The battle actually took place at the place now called Battle in honour of the conflict. Harold had an army of equal size, around 7000 and two armies clashed in bloody conflict that lasted half a day. The turning point came when William's men appeared to retreat and the English army began to pursue them. This action left a gap in their line and the French turned on them and broke their lines. During this final phase Harold was fatally wounded by an arrow in his eye and died shortly afterwards. William marched for London and was crowned King in December 1066. And so we all became Normans! For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section

Tourist Offices

The Stade , Old Town , Hastings , TN34 1EZ      Tel:  01424 781 111Fax: 01424 781186
Email: hic_info@hastings.gov.uk
Website: Visit Hastings  
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Bexhill

BEXHILL-ON-SEA
Bexhill-on-Sea

A select seaside resort of comparatively recent growth, 4 miles East of Hastings. At the turn of the last century it was a small village, but its development has proceeded along well planned under the guidance of the Earls of De La Warr, Lord of the Manor. The beaches are of firm sand providing excellent bathing and a fine playground for children. The sea fishing is good (Plaice, codling, whiting and huss).Of the old village, there remains the manor house dating in part from the fourteenth century, which was once owned by the Bishop of Chichester, several period houses and a Norman Church. Let into the wall of the later, is a child's coffin, curiously carved, which was found during restoration work in 1878. For more details about the attractions click on to our Sussex section


Tourist Offices

Bexhill-on-Sea Tourist Information Centre

51 Marina , Bexhill-on-Sea , TN40 1BQ  Tel: +44 (0) 1424 732 208
 http://www.1066country.com/getPage.aspx?pageTopId=12


Hythe

HYTHE
Hythe, Kent

The small seaside resort and town of Hythe, in the District of Shepway, (derived from sheep-way, since shepherds drove their flocks across Romney Marsh and the Downs) is one of the five original Cinque Ports on the south coast of Kent, in England. Although it is beside a broad bay on the English Channel, four miles to the west of Folkestone, silting of the coast has removed any sign of its port and harbour. For more details about the attractions click on to our Kent section

Tourist Offices

Red Lion Square, Hythe, Kent CT21 5AU - England, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1303 267799 - Fax: +44 (0)1303 261161
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Discover more about Hythe and the surrounding area at Hythe Tourist Information Centre, situated on the south east coast of England close to Folkestone, Kent. The information centre is packed with lots of useful travel and tourism information to help you plan your holiday. Whether you are looking for help with ferry, bus or train timetables, want to find and reserve bed & breakfast or hotel accommodation in Hythe, or just want to know more about the Hythe tourist attractions you can visit, then call in and let us offer you some advice.
Folkestone

FOLKESTONE
Folkestone

Folkestone operates as a port rather than a resort but however there are plenty of attractions and beaches nearby. There is a beach at the town and this is reached by a lift that takes you down the 200 foot cliff face. Folkestone's beach doesn't offer much in the way of charm. A wide expanse of shingle is all that greets you however there is an large amusement park as well which should keep the kids happy. There are other beaches to the west of the town towards Dymchurch. Here you will find St Mary's Bay which stretches for several miles and is a mix of sand and shingle. There are a few facilities along here such as cafes and shops and a small fun fair.  For more details about the attractions click on to our Kent section

Tourist Offices

Harbour Street, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1QN - England, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1303 258594 - Fax: +44 (0)1303 259754

Discover more about Folkestone and the surrounding area at Folkestone Tourist Information Centre, situated on the south coast of England close to Dover and Hythe. Our information centre is packed with lots of useful travel information to help you plan your holiday. If you’d like help with bus, train and ferry timetables, are looking for bed & breakfast and hotel accommodation, or just want to know what tourist attractions you can visit, then call in and let us offer you some advice. The area has lots to offer, including the Battle of Britain museum and Rural Heritage Centre.


White Cliffs Of Dover
White Cliffs of Daver

St Margarets Bay
St Margarets Bay
DOVER
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Dover is probably the UK's best known port and acts as the gateway to England - or Europe depending on which way your going! As with many of the countries major ports it has a long history that is bound up with our maritime past. 

Dover's history goes back to Roman times and beyond but it was the Normans who built the towns most famous landmark, Dover Castle. The castle dominates the towns landscape and is still in remarkably good repair after defending the town for 800 years. During the second World War the castle was the base for the planning of the evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk. There is a network of tunnels under the castle which now house a museum with exhibits from the war time period. There are beaches within the Dover area, notably Kingsdown to the north of Dover offers a natural undeveloped shingle beach. there are shops and cafes in the village centre. The the other outstanding  landmark of Dover, of course, is the world famous white cliffs which stretch for ten miles on either side of Dover. The best place to view these is from one of the cross channel ferries and they provide a spectacular view when arriving in the country. There are excellent walks along the cliffs in both directions.  For more details about the attractions click on to our Kent section

Tourist Offices

Townwall Street, Dover, Kent CT16 1JR - England, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1304 205108 Fax: 01304 255 409  Email: tic@doveruk.com
 DOVER TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE CLICK

At Dover Tourist Information Centre, we are here to help you with a range of tourism information on the port town of Dover and other nearby places such as Folkestone and Deal. We can help you find hotel or bed & breakfast accommodation in Dover, provide maps and help with the ferry timetables and give independent advice on the Dover visitor attractions. Attractions in Dover include Dover Castle, the Pines garden and the famous White Cliffs of Dover which is often the first view of England that travellers from Europe have.


Deal

DEAL
Deal

Deal is a thriving seaside town full of historical places to visit and things to see. Deal's past is filled with fishing and smuggling and many major historical events took place here. Deals pier extends 1/4 mile into the sea and gives excellent views back across deal seafront. The beach is shingle and is fairly long there is adequate parking.  For more details about the attractions click on to our Kent section

Tourist Offices

Town Hall, High Street, Deal, Kent CT14 6BB - England, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1304 369576 - Fax: +44 (0)1304 380641 Email: info@deal.gov.uk

Discover more about the Kent town of Deal and nearby places at the Deal Tourist Information Centre, situated on the coast between Dover and Ramsgate. Our centre is packed with lots of useful tourist information ranging from finding and booking accommodation in Deal to finding more information about the local visitor attractions. There are a number of attractions around Deal including the Walmer Castle and East Kent Railway.


Sandwich Quay

SANDWICH
Sandwich

There are many historical sites and places of interest in the town of Sandwich as it's history dates back to well before medieval times.Sandwich itself, has a population of around 4,500, but it is surrounded by small villages, such as Eastry, Ash, Worth and Woodnesborough, which have always been regarded as part of the Sandwich area. It is a walled town and although parts of the town wall still remain, it is now mainly replaced by the footpaths, known as the Ropewalk, Millwall, Bulwarks, and the Butts. For more details about the attractions click on to our Kent section

Tourist Offices

The Guildhall, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9AH - England, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1304 613565 Alternate Tel: 01304 617 197 Fax: 01304 613 565 Email: info@ticsandwich.wanadoo.co.uk
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Discover more about the small town of Sandwich and nearby places at the Sandwich Tourist Information Centre, situated close to Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs and Deal in South East Kent. The premises are packed with lots of tourism information to help you plan your holiday or break in the area. If you’d like help with transport timetables, are looking for accommodation in and around Sandwich, or just want to know what tourist attractions you can visit, then call in and let us offer you some advice. The area has lots to offer, including White Mill folk museum, Sandwich Bay bird observatory, Sandwich Bay Beach and the Richborough Roman fort.
Ramsgate
RAMSGATE
Ramsgate

Ramsgate presents an enticing mix of maritime history, cosmopolitan pizzazz and traditional seaside appeal. The town has a good harbour and marina, sandy beaches and stunning views from the nearby cliff tops. Much of the town is Victorian or Regency in origin and the town has had some distinguished visitors. Ramsgate was granted ‘royal’ status for its harbour in 1821 in recognition of the hospitality given to King George IV when he sailed from Ramsgate with the Royal Squadron on his way to Hanover. For more details about the attractions click on to our Kent section

Tourist Offices

19 - 21 Harbour Street, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 8HA - England, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1843 583333 - Fax: +44 (0)1843 591086 Email: tourism@thanet.gov.uk
RAMSGATE TOURIST OFFICE CLICK

At Ramsgate Tourist Information Centre, we are here to help you. We have information on the seaside town of Ramsgate on the north Kent coast and other nearby places such as Margate and Broadstairs. Find accommodation in a hotel or bed & breakfast or just get some independent advice on some of the best tourist attractions in the area.
Broadstairs
BROADSTAIRS


Broadstairs is renown for two things - its seven sandy beaches and for being the location of Charles Dickens holiday home, Bleak House which overlooks the town. The main beach is Viking Bay, which was given the name as it was the landing place of these Norse invaders many years ago.  For more details about the attractions click on to our Kent section

Tourist Offices

6B High Street, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1LH - England, UK Phone: +44 (0)1843 862242 - Fax: +44 (0)1843 865650  Email: tourism@thanet.gov.uk

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Discover more about Broadstairs and the surrounding Kent countryside at Broadstairs Tourist Information Centre, situated close to Ramsgate and Margate in South East England. Our information centre contains lots of useful travel information about Broadstairs and our helpful staff can assist you with a various services from transport timetables to finding & booking accommodation in Broadstairs. We can also provide information on tourist attractions around Broadstairs and Kent such as Salmestone Grange historic house, Broadstairs Museum and Crampton Tower.



Cliftonville
CLIFTONVILLE
Cliftonville
Cliftonville is a coastal area of the town of Margate, situated to the east of the main town. It also contains the area known as Palm Bay. The original Palm Bay estate was built in the 1930s as a number of large, wide avenues with detached and semi-detached houses with driveways, garages and gardens. This land was sold by Mr Sidney Simon Van Den Bergh to the Palm Bay Estate Co on 23 June 1924. Such avenues include Gloucester Avenue and Leicester Avenue.The estate covers the eastern part of Cliftonville and was fields when the first was built. It extends east beyond Northumberland Avenue and has been developed in phases. An earlier phase covered the northern ends of Leicester and Gloucester Avenues and the whole of Clarence and Magnolia Avenues; the later phase extending eastwards of Princess Margaret Avenue is a Wimpy style housing estate with small houses largely identical in appearance and of less substantial build quality than the original 1930s estate.The eastward expansion of Cliftonville has included much of the former parish of Northdown including Northdown Park and House.West Cliftonville as originally developed was largely small private hotels and guest houses which catered for the many visitors to what was in the first half of the twentieth century the thriving holiday resort of Margate but is now a less affluent area with the hotels converted to flats and bedsits. Thanet Council has recognised this and is offering grants to improve housing quality (2006) and restricting planning permission for one bedroom flats (2007). The seafront area once included many large hotels, including at one time a large Butlins complex. For more details about the attractions click on to our Kent section
Margate
MARGATE
Margate

Margate is well known for its 9 miles of sandy beaches and traditional seaside pleasures such as cockles and winkles, fish and chips, amusements and attractions. Indeed some of the greatest seaside icons were invented here. In 1736 John Barber, a local glove maker invented the first covered bathing machine and Margate was the first resort to have donkey rides in 1790 and the first to introduce deck chairs in 1898. Now your more likely to find kite surfing and sailing boats as the town responds to the changing tastes of its visitors.   For a contrast to the traditional beach entertainment, head for Margate Old Town where the harbour area mixed 17th and 18th century buildings with boutiques, cafes and bars. For more details about the attractions click on to our Kent section

Tourist Offices

22 High Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1DS - England, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1843 220241 - Fax: +44 (0)1843 230099 Email: tourism@thanet.gov.uk
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Margate Tourist Information Centre is situated in the coastal town of Margate, close to Ramsgate and Broadstairs on the North Kent coast. Nearby tourist attractions include Salmestone Grange historic house, Theatre Royal and The Margate Winter Gardens. Call in and we can give you more information on these and other visitor attractions. We can also help you choose from the great selection of hotels and bed & breakfast accommodation in Margate.
Birchington
BIRCHINGTON
Birhington

Birchington, Kent`s largest village, is situated on the Isle of Thanet in the North East of the county within  easy reach from the M2.  There have been settlements in and around   Birchington since pre-historic times.  The present-day community of around 14,000 people is centred on the square and its parish church, with its origins in the 12th century, together  with the neighbouring welcoming public houses.  The sea shore includes sandy bays, rock pools  and paddling pools and forms part of the Thanet Coast project.  Dante Gabriel Rosetti,  painter and poet, is buried in the churchyard. For more details about the attractions click on to our Kent section

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Westgate On Sea WESTGATE ON SEA
Westgate
Beautiful Beaches including Westgate Bay and St. Mildreds. The Quieter  part of Margate- Marvellous for younger children and older  visitors. For more details about the attractions click on to our Kent section
Herne Bay
HERNE BAY
Herne Bay

Herne Bay, north of Canterbury, has attractive seafront gardens with a distinctive clock tower and bandstand, home to free concerts. The town's story, including the fate of its famous pier, is told at the local museum. Built as a resort by the Victorians, Herne Bay still offers the same pleasure to visitors. A long open beach with a promenade and bracing sea air to dispel the smoke and fumes of the city.  A popular destination for day trips. For more details about the attractions click on to our Kent section

Tourist Offices

12 William Street, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 5EJ - England, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1227 361911 - Fax: +44 (0)1227 361911  Email: hernebayinformation@canterbury.gov.uk
 HERNE BAY TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE CLICK

Herne Bay Tourist Information Centre is situated in Herne Bay, close to Whitstable and Canterbury. Call in and we can give you more information or assist you with finding a place to stay. There is a great selection of hotels, bed & breakfast and self-catering accommodation locally

Whitstable
WHITSTABLE
Whistable
Whitstable is known world-wide for its Oysters but this is only part of the town's maritime story which stretches back from Roman times upto the present day. There is still a thriving fishing industry at this small Kent town and it has plenty of seafood restaurants in which to try the recent catch.There is a nice shingle beach at the town which is part owned by the local oyster company.  Look out for The Neptune pub which is right on the beach so you can watch the kids make sandcastles while you enjoy a pint! For more details about the attractions click on to our Kent section

Tourist Offices

7 Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1DB - England, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1227 275482 - Fax: +44 (0)1227 275482  Email: whitstableinformation@canterbury.gov.uk

Whitstable Tourist Information Centre is situated in Whitstable on the North Kent coastline near to Herne Bay and Canterbury. Call in and we can give you more information or assist you with finding a place to stay from a great selection of hotels, bed & breakfast and self-catering accommodation in Whitstable.

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Bedruthan Steps Bessy Cove Boobys Bay Bossiney Haven Bude Cadgwith
Cape Cornwall Carbis Bay Carlyon Bay Carne Castle Beach Chapel Porth
Charlestown Church Cove Constantine Bay Coverack Crackington Haven Crantock Beach
Daymer Bay Downderry Duckpool Fistral Beach Godrevy Gorran Haven
Gwithian Towans Gyllyngvase Hannafore Point Harlyn Bay Hayle Hemmick Beach
Holywell Bay Housel Bay Kennack Sands Kenneggy Sand Kingsand Kynance Cove
Lamorna Cove Lantic Bay Lansallos Beach Looe Maenporth Marazion
Mawgan Porth Millendreath Millook Haven Mother Ivey's Bay Mousehole Mullion Cove
Nanjizal Bay Newquay Northcott Mouth Padstow Par Sands Pendower Beach
Pentewan Sands Penzance Perran Sands Perranporth Piskies Cove Plaidy
Poldhu Cove Polkerris Polperro Polridmouth Polurrian Cove Polstreath
Polzeath Port Gaverne Porthcothan Porthchapel Porthcurno Porthcurnick
Portheras Cove Porthgwarra Porthgwidden Porthluney Cove Porth Joke Porth Kidney Sands
Portholland Porthleven Porthmeor Porthminster Porthpean Portscatho
Porthtowan Portmellon Portloe Portreath Praa Sands Portwrinkle
Readymoney Beach Rock Sandy Mouth Seaton Sennen Cove St Mawes
Stanbury Mouth The Strangles Swanpool Talland Bay Towan Beach Trevaunance Cove
Trebarwith Strand Trevone Bay Treyarnon Bay Vault Beach Watergate Bay Whitsand Bay
Widemouth Bay




Beaches of Devon

Anstey's Cove Babbacombe Bantham Barricane Beach Beesands Bigbury-on-Sea
Blackpool Sands Bovisand Branscombe Breakwater Beach Broadsands Budleigh Salterton
Challaborough Churston Cove Combe Martin Corbyn Head Coryton Cove Croyde Bay
Dawlish Dawlish Warren East Portlemouth Elberry Cove Exmouth Fishcombe Cove
Goodrington Sands Hallsands Hele Bay Hollicombe Beach Hope Cove Ilfracombe
Instow Lee Livermead Beach Lynmouth Bay Maidencombe Meadfoot
Mill Bay Mothecombe Mouthwell Sands Northam Burrows Oddicombe Paignton Sands
Preston Beach Putsborough Sands St Marys Bay Salcombe Saunton Sands Seaton
Shaldon Shoalstone Beach Sidmouth Slapton Sands Soar Mill Cove South Sands
Strete Gate Teignmouth Thurlestone Torre Abbey Sands Wembury Westward Ho!
Welcombe Wild Pear Bay Woody Bay Woolacombe Wringcliff Bay

Beaches of Dorset

Alum Chine Avon Beach Boscombe Bournemouth Central Bowleaze Cove Branksome Chine
Canford Cliffs Charmouth Chesil Beach Church Ope Cove Hive Beach Durdle Door
Durley Chine Fisherman's Walk Friars Cliff Beach Hamworthy Hengistbury Head Highcliffe
Highcliffe Castle Kimmeridge Bay Lulworth Lyme Regis Mudeford Sandbank Overcombe
Ringstead Bay Rockley Point Sandbanks Seatown Shore Road Southbourne
Studland Swanage West Bay Weymouth


Beaches of Hampshire
Calshot Christchurch Bay (Barton-On-Sea) Eastney Hayling Island - West Beachlands Hayling Island - West Hayling Hayling Island - West of Eastoke
Hill Head Lee-on-Solent Lepe Milford-on-sea Old Portsmouth Beach Solent Breezes
Southsea Southsea (300m west of EC site) Stokes Bay Weston Hard Woolston

ISLE OF WIGHT BEACHES
Bembridge Colwell Bay Compton Bay Cowes Cowes-East Gurnard
Norton Ryde - Spring Vale Ryde - West Ryde-East Sandown Sandown - Yaverland
Seagrove Shanklin Shanklin - Welcome Beach St Helens Totland Bay Ventnor
Whitecliff Bay Yarmouth



Beaches of Kent

Allhallows Botany Bay Broadstairs - East Cliff Broadstairs - Main Beach Deal Castle Dover Harbour
Folkestone Folkestone - The Warren Greatstone Beach Hampton Pier - East Hampton Pier - West Herne Bay
Herne Bay - Central Hythe Joss Bay Kingsdown Beach Leysdown-on-sea Littlestone
Margate - Fulsam Rock Margate - The Bay Minnis Bay Minster Leas Palm Bay Ramsgate
Ramsgate Main Sands Reculver Beach Sandgate - Town Centre Sandgate Beach Sandwich Bay Shakespeare Beach
Sheerness Beach St Margaret`s Bay St Marys Bay St. Mildreds Bay Stone Bay Tankerton Beach
Walpole Bay Westbrook Bay Westgate Bay Whitstable West Beach

Beaches of Somerset

More information on: Blue
                                      Anchor Beach

Blue Anchor Beach, Nr Minehead, Somerset

The unique rock structure makes this beach interesting for fossils and crystalsThe fossil bearing Jurassic limestone on this beach contains an abundance of pink crystals, which are striking in appearance. Access to the beach is good, but the rocky terrain makes walking difficult. For more information on Blue Anchor Beach, click here

More information on: Berrow
                                      Beach

Berrow Beach, Nr Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

A seven mile stretch of sand Berrow beach forms part of a seven mile stretch of sand running from Burnham-on-Sea to Brean Down. With the second highest tidal range in the world, there are extensive flats, perfect for walking and beach sports.For more information on Berrow Beach, click here

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                                      Burnham-on-Sea Beach

Burnham-on-Sea Beach, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

Seven mile stretch of sand with considerable tidal range and mud flats This beach is part of a seven mile stretch of sand from Burnham-on-Sea to Brean Down. A considerable tidal range, leaving mud flats at low tide. The esplanade runs along the length of the beach, facing the hotels and private houses.

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                                      Weston-Super-Mare Beach

Weston-Super-Mare Beach, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

Traditional sandy beach resortA traditional sandy resort beach with excellent facilities for the family day out. Attractions include historic pier, miniature railway, sea-life centre, amusement arcades, land train and the famous Weston Donkeys.

For more information on Weston-Super-Mare Beach, click here
More information on: Minehead
                                      Beach

Minehead Beach, Minehead, Somerset


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More information on: Brean
                                      Beach

Brean Beach, Nr Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

Part of a seven mile stretch of sand.Brean sands lies below the National Trust headland of Brean Down and forms the northern most part of a seven-mile stretch of sands. It has extensive flats at low tide and it ideal for walking and beach sports.

For more information on Brean Beach, click here
More information on: Brean
                                      Cove Beach

Brean Cove Beach, Somerset

A quiet sandy beach.The beach at Brean Cove is a quiet sandy beach, forming part of the Brean Down, one of the most striking landmarks of the Somerset coastline. For more information on Brean Cove Beach, click here

More information on: Porlock
                                      Weir Beach

Porlock Weir Beach, Nr Minehead, Somerset

A pebbly four mile long beach of archaeological and geographical significance.Popular for swimming, fishing, surfing and sailing - although care needs to be taken when swimming, and surfing should only be undertaken by experienced surfers. 

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More information on: Dunster
                                      North West & South East
                                      Beaches

Dunster North West & South East Beaches, Dunster, Somerset

Large, spacious beaches, big enough to drive your car onto! Large sand and shingle beaches which you can drive your car onto. Safe for children. There is also a large picnic area.


Beaches of  East Sussex

Bexhill Birling Gap Brighton - Kemp Town Brighton - Palace Pier Brighton - Portobello Broomhill Sands
Camber Cooden Beach Cuckmere Haven Beach Eastbourne Eastbourne - East of Pier Eastbourne - Western Parade
Hastings Hastings - Bulverhythe Hastings - Fairlight Glen Hove Newhaven Newhaven - West Quay
Normans Bay Pevensey Bay Saltdean Seaford Bay Seaford Dane Southwick
St. Leonards Winchelsea



Beaches Of West Sussex
Bognor Regis Bognor Regis - East Bognor Regis - Pier Bracklesham Bay East Wittering Felpham
Goring Beach Littlehampton Littlehampton - Coastguard Station Littlehampton - Norfolk Road Middleton-on-Sea Pagham
Selsey Selsey - Hillfield Road Shoreham - Kingston Beach Shoreham-by-Sea Beach South Lancing West Wittering
West Wittering - East Head Worthing Worthing - East Pier


Au Nature 

Nudist Beach

Naturist Beaches
Beach
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South West
South
Barnstaple Saunton Sands, Braunton Burrows Barton On Sea Hants
Bridport, Dorset Cogden Beach Brighton,East Sussex
Bude Flexbury Beach Christchurch, Dorset
Budleigh Salterton Budleigh Salterton (West End) - OFFICIAL BEACH Fawley Hants
Combe Martin Wild Pear Bay Gosport
Fowey Gribbin Head, Nr. Menabilly Gosport, Hants
Lynmouth Sillery Sands Dover, Kent
Mevagissey Porthluney Cove, Nr. Portholland  
 
Mevagissey Vault Beach, Gorran Haven Hastings, East Sussex
Mullion, Near Helston, Cornwall Gunwalloe Cove Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Near Swanage, Dorset Studland Bay - OFFICIAL BEACH Isle of Wight
Perranporth Perran Beach Little Atherfield, Isle of Wight
Sidmouth Weston Mouth Lymington
Slapton, Near Dartmouth Slapton Sands Lymington
St Austell, Cornwall Polgaver Beach, Carlyon Bay Nr Fawley, Hants Lepe Beach 
Torquay Petitor Nr Lee-on-Solent, Hants Meon Shore 
Zennor, St Ives Porthmeor Portsmouth, Hants Eastney Beach - OFFICIALBEACH 
Zennor, St Ives Porthzennor Cove Sandown, Isle of Wight Culver Beach 
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SURFING CLUBS IN THE UK
The BRITISH SURFING ASSOCIATION (BSA) was founded in 1966 to promote the sport of surfing and represent the interests of all surfers in Great Britain and the Channel Islands. The BSA is recognised by the Government as the National Governing Body (NGB) for surfing and is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA). The British Surfing Association, International Surfing Centre, Fistral Beach,  Newquay,  Cornwall   TR7 1HY.
 Tel: 
01637 876474  Fax:     01637 878608        E-mail : info@britsurf.co.uk

Click on club of your choice for further details
Aggie Boardriders
01872 552574 
Army Surfriders 
ARWS
01305 825519 
Baise ma Chu
01481 56346 
Bournemouth Lifeguard Corps
B.L.G.C.
BOURNEMOUTH 
British Boardriders Club
01637 876083 
British Bodyboard Club
01326 318236 
Chapter Hotdoggers Longboard Club
01271 817171 
Croyde Surf Club
01271 890933 
Extreme Acadamy
01637 860840 
Fanatix Boardriders
01823 353543 
Gloucester Boardriders
01452 859681 
Green Tube Surf Club
01263 512537 
Guernsey Surf Club
01481 54218 
Hotdoggers Longboard Surf Club
01271 890272
Isle of Wight Surf Club
01983 866269 
London Surf Club Newquay Boardriders Nottingham Surf Club
0115 9703002 
PGL Surf Club
01805 622902 
Plymouth Boardriders 
RAFWRA
07866 682143 
RAWS South East Surf Club
01702 354487 
RN/RM Surf Club
01326 574121 
Royal London Hospital Surf Club
0208 7811576 
Saunton Longboarders
01271 812736 
Scarborough Malibu Surf Club
01723 364772 
Scarborough Surf School
01723 354263  
Sennen Surf Club
01736 871458 
Shore Surf Club
01243 672055
South Coast Bodyboard Club
01425 615815 
Surf Life Saving Cornwall 
The Hotdoggers Surf Club
01271 328489 
Tribesman Surf Club
01271 815926 
Watergate Bay Surf Club
07966 259 839 
Wessex Surf Club Westward Surf Club
01237 479590 
Woolacombe Boardriders
01271 870509 
Woolacombe Longboarders
01271 863517

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English Volleyball Association Ltd , SportPark , 3 Oakwood Drive  , Loughborough  LE11 3QF Tel: 01509 227722  Fax: 01509 227733
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This is the list of Volleyball Clubs in Wessex
South West Area
Ace Volleyball Club Michael Lawrence Stanchester Sports Centre  
Ashdown Vc Paul Dallyn Ashdown School 01202 604222
Barry Island Beach Volleyball Club Claire Bolton Barry Island Beach Volleyball Club  
Bath VC (Aquae Sulis) Steve Spurlock Bath Sports & Leisure Centre 07771658058
BODO (Pars) Siamak Gheissari Sir David English  
Bournemouth Falcons Atef Elabed David English Sports Centre  
Bournemouth University Amanda Kevern Bournemouth University  
Accreditation Level 1 Bournside Kevin Lewis Bournside School 01452 610337
Bridgwater College Donna Smith Bridgwater College  
Bristol Volleyball Club Sigrit Altmaee Clifton College S.C.  
Budmouth Volleyball Club Kevin Dyke Budmouth Technology College  
Caldicot Theresa Cole Caldicot Leisure Centre 01633 877596
Calne Volleyball Club unknown Calne Leisure Centre  
Cardiff Ladies Jill Salter Llanshen Leisure Centre 02920 656386
Cardiff University Volleyball Club Francesca Stanton-Reid Talybont Sports Hall  
Cardiff Volleyball Club Steve Ham UWLN Caerleen Campus  
Accreditation Level 1 City of Bristol Simone Campostori University of Bristol  
Cornwall College Ryan Holland Cornwall College  
Accreditation Level 1Countrymen Chris Semmens Ludgvan Community Centre 01209 717257
Denbury Eagles Steven Barr HMP Channings Wood  
Accreditation Level 1 Devizes Matthew Stevens Lavington School 07843584696
Devon Laura Wilson Ashmoor Recreation Centre  
Eggbuckland Graham Pearson Eggbuckland Community College 01753 720039
Exeter College Arthur Mosley Exeter College  
Exeter University Addison Tailford Exeter University Sports Centre  
Exmouth Beach Volleyball Club Ali West Exmouth Beach  
Farmor's Fairford David Tatlow Sports Centre  
Filton Phoenix Volleyball Club Andrew Kingston Monks Park School  
George Ward School Sue Pierce The George Ward School 01225 811127
Gloucestershire College Will Merivale Gloucestershire College  
Gloucestershire Police VC Mark Ravenscroft Gloucestershire Police HQ Sports Hall 0845 0901234
Gorseinon College Bryan Evans Gorseinon College  
Hartpury College Graham Withers Hartpury College  
HMYOI Exeter Dean Rees HMYOI Exeter  
Jets (Jersey) Ellen Parker St Michaels Preparatory School  
King Alfred School Sarah Johnson King Alfred Sports Centre 01278 784881
Accreditation Level 1Kings Volleyball Club (Devon) Sara Dawe Colin Tooze Sports Centre  
Lydney Craig Maller Whitecross Sport Centre 01594 843390
Marjon (St Mark and St John University) Kathryn Kearney UCP Marjon  
Melksham Sue Brennand Christie Miller Sports Centre 01373 824004
North Devon College Ruth Lovell North Devon College 01271 338112
Olympiad Laurence Gillham Olympiad Leisure Centre  
Plymouth Kevin Hamblin Coombe Dean School 01752 345683
Portishead Volleyball Club Jenny Groves Parish Wharf Leisure Centre  
Priory Community School Ron Richards Priory Community School 01934 511411
Salisbury Lynsay Scratchley Godolphin School 07548 180533
Sandbanks Matthew Stammers Sir David English Sports Centre  
Sandford V. C. Mark Horseman Pates Grammar School  
Sandkickers Volleyball Club Matthew Morel La Petite Etoile  
Sigma VC Mike Silvester Sir David English Sports Centre  
Spike Monkeys Neil Bottomley Oakmead College of Technology  
Sportset.com James Robertson Sir David English  
St Austell Spikers Paul Bartlett Polkyth Leisure Centre 07847 589731
Strictly Kirton Andy Nicks Exeter School  
Stroud Stuart Webb Stratford Park Leisure Centre 01453 883652
Swansea College Rob Baynham Swansea College Sport Centre  
Team Bath Tom Lord Founder Complex  
Team South Wales Carly Stewart UWIC 02920 454932
The King's School Matt Cantell The King's School  
Torexe Alan Liebermann Riverside Leisure Centre 01392 493392
Truro College Vicky Pring Truro College  
Truro Volleyball Club Dave Hugo Truro Leisure Centre 01209 216742
University of Bristol Kathleen Lucas University of Bristol, Indoor Sports Centre  
University of Glamorgan Debbie Downes University of Glamorgan  
University Of Gloucestershire Gary McLean University of Gloucestershire  
UWIC Gareth Tibbetts UWIC  
Volleyball Taunton Ian Sidwell Richard Huish College  
Wanderers Chiefs Volleyball Club Martin Oram Exeter School 07968 484521
Accreditation Level 1 Wessex Lynn Allen Carter Community College 01202 740021
West Cornwall Volleyball Club David Robson Cornwall College 07988700459
Weymouth Beach Peter Bennett Weymouth Beach  
Weymouth College Ben Heath Weymouth College  
Wiltshire Mavericks VC Andy Smith Christie Miller SC 07913 256785
Wootton Bassett Richard Howells Lime Kiln Centre  
Yeovil Jason Brinck Bucklers Mead Sports Centre  
Yeovil College Louise Bugler Yeovil College  
SOUTH EAST AREA
Club Contact Location Contact
ACS Cobham International School Dave Schuchter ACS Cobham International School 01932588336
Adur Volleyball Club Tom Holt Southwick Leisure Centre 07760 287790
Accreditation Level
                                              2 Ashcombe Dorking Freda Bussey The Ashcombe Volleyball Centre 01903 824281
Aylesbury Vale Volleyball Club Tim Chandler Stoke Mandeville Stadium 07801 843017
Barnehurst Junior School Kevin Drury Barnehurst Junior School  
Barnes Cray Primary School Anne Turpie Barnes Cray Primary School  
Barnhurst Infant School Emma Johnson Barnhurst Infant School  
Barton Peveril College Andrea Griffin Barton Peveril College  
Basingstoke Volleyball Club Andrew Bickle Queen Mary's Collage 07954150293
Belmont Primary School Leanne Scott Belmont Primary School  
Belvedere Infant School Karen Rumbold Belvedere Primary School  
Belvedere Junior School Roger Trevena Belvedere Junior School  
Brockenhurst College Louise Hall Brockenhurst College  
Bucks New Univeristy Volleyball Club Ross McLaughlin Bucks New Uni Sports Hall  
Canterbury City Volleyball Club Fiona Brock Body and Mind 01843 843387
Castilion Primary School Emily Owen Castilion Primary School  
Chichester College VC Jessica Smith Chichester College  
Christ Church C of E Primary School Christine Reeves Christ Church C of E Primary School  
Colyers Primary School Friedel Kotze Colyers Primary School  
Cranleigh Ladies Susan Quinn Cranleigh School Sports Hall 01483 202682
Crook Log Primary School Ann Straker Crook Log Primary School  
Croydon Volleyball Club Emanuel Balsamo Thomas More Catholic School 07974 428211
Dartford Graham Kirrage Acacia Hall 01322 275290
Dolphin VC Tom Hay The Dolphin Leisure Centre  
Dorking Margaret Beale The Ashcombe School 01293 821236
Durrington High School unknown Durrington High School  
East Hants Tom Wesselmann The Taro Leisure Centre (023)9222-1545
Eastbourne Andrew Cumming Brighton University Sports Centre  
Egham Shirley Young Egham Leisure Centre 01753 841 389
Epsom VC & Epsom College Juniors Neil Sapsed Epsom College Sports Centre  
Erith School Lorraine McCormack Erith School  
Farnborough Lisa Fixter Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre  
Folkestone VC Andrew Rice Folkeston Sports Centre  
Friends Provident Andy Rafferty Friends Provident 0845 2683012
Guildford International Darren Heath American Community School 07770 880972
Holmewood House School Sharon Porritt Holmewood House School  
Howbury Education Centre Julia Arnold Howbury Education Centre  
Isle of Wight Volleyball Club David Roberts    
Jubilee Primary School Jenny Washbrook Jubilee Primary School  
Kings Volleyball Club Simon Lewis Kings Leisure Centre 07917 328871
Lessness Heath Primary School Debbie Clarke Lessness Heath Primary School  
Maidenhead Sam Yip Magnet Leisure Centre 01628 776717
Marlborough School Sandra Bird Marlborough Special School  
Marymount International School David Picot Marymount International School  
Milton Keynes Andreas Whitley Woughton Leisure Centre  
MK City VC Dasha Ivkina Woughton Leisure Centre 07810 804543
Mole Valley Mike Herrity Friends Provident Sports & Social Club  
Morgan Ashurst Ladies Emma Mallett Meadowside Leisure Centre 07813 056673
New Forest Volleyball Club James Kemp Applemore Health & Leisure 07827 915 391
Accreditation Level
                                              3 Newbury V.C. Sue Sayers Trinity School 01488 638 650
Normandy Primary School Laura Thompson Normandy Primary School  
Northend Primary School Michelle Branch Northend Primary School  
Northumberland Heath Primary School Sarah Childs Northumberland Heath Primary School  
Northwood Primary School Christine Hewitt Northwood Primary School  
Oakwood Special School Jo Leadbetter Oakwood Special School  
Ordnance Survey Vollyball Club James Terry Oasis Academy Lord's Hill 07815 124156
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School Elaine Quinn Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School  
Oxford and Cherwell College Tim Martin Oxford and Cherwell College  
Oxford Brookes University Sarah Queralt Centre for Sport  
Accreditation Level
                                              1 Oxford University Claire Churchhouse Oxford University Sports Complex  
Oxford Volleyball Club Neil Smith Headington School 07737 138619
Parkway Primary School Carolyn Kelly Parkway Primary School  
Peter Symonds 6th Form College Lynne Holmes Peter Symonds 6th Form College  
Pfizer Volleyball Club David Fradet Pfizer Social Club  
Accreditation Level
                                              2 Portsmouth Marla Baldwin Priory School and Tennis Centre 02380 776161
Queen Marys College Andy Pryce Queen Marys College  
Reading Aces Karen Davies Kendrick School Sports Hall 07815 002653
Reigate VC Brian Collins The Warwick School  
Roke Manor Volleyball Club Richard Bryant Oaklands Community School  
Royal Holloway University Julia Proshina Royal Holloway Sports Hall 01784 486320
Shenstone Special School Bernie Lesch Shenstone Special School  
Slade Green Infant School Suzanne Mawhood Slade Green Infant School  
Slade Green Junior School Dickon Geddes Slade Green Junior School  
Accreditation Level
                                              1 Solent Helen Snaith Woodlands Community School 023 8059 6410
South Hants Volleyball Club Paul Rodgers Purbrook Park School 07843 582664
Southampton University VC Federica Pace Southampton University, Jubilee Sport Hall  
Spelthorne Volleyball Club Rachel Kane Matthew Arnold Sports Hall 01932 221 395
Spikeopaths Jane Froggatt Lodden Valley Sports Centre 07977 206912
St. Catherine's RC School for Girls Stephanie Valentine St. Catherine's RC School for Girls  
St. Columba's Catholic Boys' School J P Smit St. Columba's Catholic Boys' School  
St. Fidelis Catholic Primary School Samantha Hill St. Fidelis Catholic Primary School  
St. John Fisher Catholic Primary School Sarah Griffin St. John Fisher Catholic Primary School  
St. Mary & St Joseph's Catholic School Jason Bevan St. Mary & St Joseph's Catholic School  
St. Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School Siobhan Goodwin St. Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School  
St. Stephen's Catholic Primary School unknown St. Stephen's Catholic Primary School  
St. Stephen's Catholic Primary School Debbie Ward St. Stephen's Catholic Primary School  
St.Augustine C of E Primary School Jacqueline Britton St.Augustine C of E Primary School  
St.Joseph's Catholic Primary School Marilyn Sharp St.Joseph's Catholic Primary School  
St.Thomas More Catholic Primary School Sarah Hancock St.Thomas More Catholic Primary School  
Storrington Scorpions Martin Fisher Impulse Leisure 07866 426541
Strood Ian Ruddock Strood Leisure Centre 020 7356 1955
Taunton's College Joanne Bull Taunton's College  
Accreditation Level
                                              1 Team Southampton Tim Nash Crestwood College 07825 557624
The Bexley Business Academy (Primary) Kirsty Hughes The Bexley Business Academy  
The Bexley Business Academy (Secondary) Vicky Hallett The Bexley Business Academy  
The Sixth Form College Farnborough Alan Reed The Sixth Form College Farnborough  
The Skinners Volleyball Club Graham Drake The Skinners School  
Tonbridge Ebru Smith Angel Centre  
Townley Grammer School Linda Blazeby Townley Grammer School  
Trinity School Jill Hopper Trinity School  
UK Fire Service Volleyball Grant Eager   01323 720846
University of Chichester Lucy Sullivan University of Chichester  
University of Kent Caroline