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The South Travel Guide

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Plan Your South Vacation

Cathedrals, stately homes, stone circles—the South, made up of Hampshire, Dorset, and Wiltshire counties—contains a variety of notable attractions as well as several quieter pleasures. Two important cathedrals, Winchester and Salisbury (pronounced sawls-bree), are here, as are classic stately homes such as Longleat, Stourhead, and Wilton House—and remarkable prehistoric

sites, two of which, Avebury and Stonehenge, are of world-class significance.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Salisbury Cathedral Crowned with England's tallest church spire, this impressive cathedral offers spectacular views over the surrounding countryside from the roof and spire, accessible by daily tours.
  2. Stonehenge The power and mystery of this Neolithic stone circle on Salisbury Plain is still spellbinding.
  3. House and garden at Stourhead The cultivated English landscape at its finest, with an 18th-century Palladian stately home and beautiful gardens adorned with neoclassical temples.
  4. The New Forest Get away from it all in the South's most extensive woodland, crisscrossed by myriad trails that are ideal for horseback riding, hiking, and biking.
  5. Literary trails Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, John Fowles, and Ian McEwan have made this area essential for book buffs, with a concentration of sights in Chawton, Dorchester, Chesil Beach, and Lyme Regis.

When To Go

When to Go

In summer the coastal resorts of Bournemouth and Weymouth are crowded; it may be difficult to find the accommodations you want. The Isle of Wight g...

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