While larger towns in the area can be easily reached by public transport (and having a car can be a bit of a nuisance), you will need your own wheels to visit most castles, grand country homes, and quiet villages. Major routes radiating outward from London to the Southeast are, from east to west, the A2/M2 via Canterbury (60 miles) to Dover (76 miles); the A21, passing by Royal Tunbridge Wells (42 miles) to Hastings (66 miles); the M23/A23 to Brighton (53 miles); and the A3 via Guildford (32 miles) to Chichester (72 miles).

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