The South Travel Guide


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Plan Your The South Vacation

Cathedrals, stately homes, stone circles—the South, made up of Hampshire, Dorset, and Wiltshire counties, holds all kinds of attractions, and not a few quiet pleasures. Two important cathedrals, Winchester and Salisbury (pronounced sawls-bree), are here, as are stately homes—Longleat, Stourhead, and Wilton House, among them—intriguing market towns, and hundreds of evocative prehistoric remains, two of which, Avebury and Stonehenge, shouldn’t be missed.


The South Hotels

Modern hotel chains are well represented, and in rural areas you can choose between elegant country-house hotels, traditional coaching inns (updated more


The South Restaurants

In summer, and especially on summer weekends, visitors can overrun the restaurants in small villages, so either book a table in advance or be prepared more

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The South Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Salisbury Cathedral: At one of England's most spectacular cathedrals, try a tour around the roof and spire for a fascinating angle on this must-see... Read more

  • Fossil Hunting on the Jurassic Coast

    Besides the dramatic beauty of its jagged cliffs and hidden coves, the lure of the Jurassic Coast for visitors is fossils and fossil hunting... Read more

  • The South's Ancient Sites

    Prehistoric monuments dot Britain's landscape, silent but tantalizing reminders of civilizations long vanished. Ceremonial stone circles, barrows... Read more

  • Hardy's Dorset

    Among this region's proudest claims is its connection with Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), one of England's most celebrated novelists. If you read... Read more


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