London and the South East

From sprawling countryside and bracing coastline, to ancient castles and stately homes, the South East has it all.

Places to visit

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Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open. Many houses are also open to visit. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays.

The white garden at Sissinghurst, Kent

Top summer gardens in the South East 

Many gardens in the South East are at their best over the summer. Why not explore one of ‘Capability' Brown’s masterpieces at Petworth in West Sussex, or breathe in the sweet scent of roses at Polesden Lacey in Surrey?

Walkers exploring the chalk downland at Ashridge Estate

Summer walks 

From wildflower meadows, ancient woodland and hilltop trails with a view, there is a summer walking adventure for everyone to enjoy. Make new discoveries on your favourite National Trust walk.

Visitors enjoying a picnic by the lake at Sheffield Park

Perfect picnic spots in the South East 

Gather up your family and friends, pack your favourite summer lunch and seek out the perfect spot to unroll your picnic blanket on a visit to our countryside and gardens in the South East.

What's near you?

Green hills and blue sea entice the walkers on Ventonr Downs

Coast and countryside 

There's coast, downland, grassland, hills to climb, rivers and more for you to enjoy on a day out in the countryside in the South East.