Welcome to the south of England, the sunniest region in the British Isle! Alongside being the region with the warmest average temperature, the south if filled with the most beautiful places to visit in England. It is the ideal destination for a motorhome holiday, as this will allow you to truly soak up the gorgeous weather and see as much of this region as possible. There is something for everyone, with countless places to visit and things to do in South England. Whether you plan on heading to the rugged but stunning coasts of Cornwall in the west, or cycling one of the many trails of the South downs, you will be absolutely spoiled for choice! Read on to learn about the 6 places that ensure the South of England is on the top of your bucket list!
There is no place on the English mainland further West then the county of Cornwall. An area with a rich history and independent culture, Cornwall is a great destination for those who like to keep active, as it is home to great England tourist attractions. The county has become a hotspot for surfing and camping in the summer months. There is many an adventure to be had on this rugged coastal county and no shortage of great places to have a meal and a pint. Renowned for its seafood, you won't have to go far fto find a good seafood platter, or a crisp cider to wash it down. Newport is a popular destination for surfers and holidaymakers wishing to enjoy a summer of partying and meeting people from all over the UK and further afield. There are motorhome sites all up and down the country with higher concentrations near surf spots and beaches. Cornwall really is motorhome country, as public transport isn't as comprehensive as in less rural counties. Having the freedom to travel around as you please will give you that true sense of independence and adventure!
Another surfing hotspot in the UK, Devon has two separate coastlines on either ends of the county. The Bristol channel in the north of the county, is across the water from Wales. The other, runs along the south coast on the English channel. A county with a long maritime history and plenty of ports, Devon is a must see for those who love the sea. This stunning coastline earns its title as one of the most beautiful places to visit in England. The county is also historically important from Roman times as its capital Exeter, was southwesterly end to the Roman roads system and therefore the extent to the empire in Britain. Devon has a lot to offer for those with a passion for nature and wildlife, with its many beaches and coves, as well as conservation areas and even an otter sanctuary! There are a plethora of motorhome campsites in the county and many of them are near one of the two coasts. Travelling by motorhome is the perfect way to see Devon, as it's attractions are dotted all over the county. Devon will ensure that the highlight of the trip isn’t just the destinations, but the journey between them, a journey filled with gorgeous sights!
One notable thing about Somerset is that it is the home of cheddar cheese. For those of you who are still reading and haven’t got on the first bus to the county, it is also renowned for its beautiful farmland. One of the most important things to do in South England would be to try the native cheddar cheese, for it is like no other you’ve ever tasted! The county is also host to Glastonbury festival and so has a wonderful balance of traditional rural Britain, mixed with a somewhat more quirky and alternative demographic. Pull on some wellies and enjoy this weekend of good taste, and you can pick up some cheddar to feed your during it. Somerset is close to Bristol, which is a city full of history, culture and music, ensuring you will never be bored there. It is also close to the counties of Devon and Cornwall. This makes it an ideal stop off on your way to a surfing holiday or to see other places on the West coast of the UK. Driving around the Mendip hills is a beautiful experience, full of tranquility and beauty. There are also plenty of other sites to visit, and their rural locations make a motorhome the perfect way to explore this cheese filled county!
Dorset is primarily on our places to visit in South England list due to its insanely beautiful coastline. Dorset has one of the most stunning coastlines in the UK, molded over centuries by waves and tides. Visit the Jurassic coast, a World Heritage site named after its abundance of fossils from the Jurassic Period. This is one of the best England tourist attractions for families, as your kids will be entertained for hours searching for fossils. Dorset has beautiful campsites, lovely footpaths for hiking and beaches that look like something out of a pirate film. Lulworth Cove is a popular choice with holidaymakers and has beautiful clear water for those daring enough to take a swim in the not so warm sea. Another site worth seeing is Durdle Door, a large naturally formed limestone arch, that has formed over a paltry 140 million years. A popular holiday destination for motorhome users, this county is well set up for parking your motorhome and going for beautiful rambles up and down the scenic coast. Camping is also highly popular for the county so you will easily be able to find places to stay.
#5 South Downs National Park
Spanning over much of the South of England this extensive series of chalk hills and forests is quite the wonder of nature. To get an idea of its size, the National Park spans 3 different counties (Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex). But the Downs list of attractions doesn't stop there, as it has some of the top things to do in South England. It is rich in history, boasting such sites of interest as prehistoric burial mounds, Iron Age hillforts and several historically important battlefields. There are also several castles in the area, including Arunel Castle, which was restored in the 1800's and is one of the best surviving examples of a castle in the UK today. There are plenty of scenic and exciting bike paths to ride in the area so a bike rack would be of great use on this holiday! There aren't too many motorhome sites in the south downs. This is part of the appeal of the place as it doesn't really get overcrowded by tourists. Make sure you bear in mind however, it is best to book a site in advance to ensure you get the best spots!
#6 Seven Sisters National Park
Located in the country of East Sussex, this beautiful area is both stunning and quintessentially English. The Seven Sisters National Park technically falls within the boundaries of the aforementioned South Downs, which is a further reminder of just how vast it is. With its white cliffs and rolling hills, it is a truly marvellous place to go for a stroll. The name comes from the 7 distinguishable hills that face the sea that all have names - which we won’t spoil for you. After all that walking you will probably have worked up quite the thirst. Not to worry! There are several pubs located on the fringes of the park for you to grab a pint of locally brewed beer or even a pub lunch after your scenic workout. This place is something of a pilgrimage spot for people touring the UK. The area is splendid for hikes as well as being near Lewes, a gorgeous medieval town. Furthermore, Brighton, a thriving cosmopolitan seaside town is less than an hour away and a great place for people visiting the UK to go for delicious cuisine and lovely boutique shops. Several motorhome friendly campsites can be found in the area with full amenities for you to use after a fun day out.
Now that you know the 6 best places to visit in South England, it is time to find a motorhome and start exploring! Use your next bank holiday or kids half term break to visit the sunniest part of the British Isles and learn more about wonderful England.