England packs a lot into its little land mass, and plenty of excellent places get lost among the cosmopolitan heavyweights. Take the South of England, for example: housing some of the most ancient Celtic sites, incredibly diverse nature, and fun-loving towns the country has to offer, many travelers move right through. But this is the region of sunny days, warm hospitality, and impeccably preserved architecture (ranging from Medieval to Georgian), and it brings a whole new perspective on the UK. Rent yourself a car and explore these 8 lovely and memorable sites that line the southern reaches of this proud northern nation.
A Kentish castle taken from the pages of a storybook, Hever is an idyllic setting of English Medieval legend. The little stone structure shoots turrets up at all its sides, and the stone walls are surrounded by a tidy moat and sculptured gardens. Famous first for being the childhood home of Ann Boleyn, then a Tudor manor under Henry VIII, the ancient castle has gone through a few incarnations, but retains a lot of its Tudor character. You can tour the grounds and the castle itself, and enjoy the exhibitions hosted here throughout the year, including lots of fun activities for the kids. Looking for the ultimate taste of English luxury? You can spend a night at the Bed & Breakfast in the Ann Boleyn wing of the castle (for a small fortune).