24 February, 2019
Last updated on 14 March, 2022
Posted by Spaceships Crew
This incredible week-long day tour takes you to some of the most scenic and beautiful areas of South England. This road trip has everything, from classic coastline trails and blissful British beaches to learning more about the nation’s rich history at iconic archaeological sites.
Hop in your Spaceship and embark on our 7-day Southern England driving holiday for a stirring adventure in the south! Highlights include the White Cliffs of Dover, Brighton, Isle of Wight and well-known surfing mecca, the Cornish coast - make sure you pack your swimming gear and sunnies!
Day One: tallest white cliffs
Begin by heading south-west through the Kent region and onto Canterbury. Here, you can check out numerous sights such as Canterbury Castle, the amazing Beaney House of Art and Knowledge and the Canterbury Heritage Museum. Or visit Canterbury Roman Museum the Canterbury Cathedral, where you will learn all about the city’s exciting but violent past.
From here continue south to Dover, which is the iconic departure point for Europe either via the Channel ferries at Dover of the Eurostar at Folkstone a little further along the coast. And here, you will also get to catch sight of the famous White Cliffs of Dover; there are the tallest white cliffs in England and you’ll be able to get some awesome views from Beachy Head.
The coast itself is full of maritime history and a little further north is where the Battle of Hastings took place. The town of Hastings is also a great place to grab some lunch – just don’t forget to check out the castle!
Park up your Spaceship in Brighton and if you’ve still got some energy left in you, hit the town to enjoy Brighton’s notoriously great nightlife; a place famed for its alternative music scenes and home to Fat Boy Slim’s famous beach raves!
Day two: the nautical theme continues
A nautical theme continues as it’s time to visit the pretty city of Portsmouth before catching the ferry over to the Isle of Wight. The island is not just home to the famous Isle of Wight Festival, which once was the largest rock music event ever held. The Island has much more to offer year-round.
If you’ve got time, be sure to check out some of the unique museums and attractions including the famous 18th Century ships, the HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior. Or brush up on your historical knowledge and visit the D-Day Museum or the Mary Rose Museum. The ferry ride is about an hour long so bring a book or stand on the outside decking to enjoy the sea views…
On the Isle of Wight, you can explore some of our favourite beaches (there are so many to choose from). We particularly love St Helens Beach, Bembridge Beach, Sandown Beach or Whitecliff Bay. And for a spot of lunch or dinner, we recommend the seaside town of Shanklin or the seaside resort of Ventnor.
Day Three: interesting history
After breakfast with a sea view (we can’t get enough of The Water’s Edge in Cowes), catch the ferry back to Southampton before heading further northwest through the New Forest to hippie central; the historical site of Stonehenge, the beautiful city of Bath and the hedonistic land of Glastonbury, home to the most iconic festival in musical history!
Stonehenge deserves a good couple of hours and Bath offers some pretty cool sights such as the Roman Baths, Royal Victoria Park and some fantastic galleries for culture vultures. Bath city centre also a great place for shopaholics and if you get a chance, make sure you visit Glastonbury Tor for great views or Glastonbury Abbey for legendary remains.
Days four to seven: from beaches to castles
Heading southwest will take you to the golden sandy beaches of Devon and Cornwall. The perfect destination for the next few days of sunbathing, seafront strolls, castles and ruins and exciting water sports if you’re an adrenaline junkie.
You can park your Spaceship up and throw away the keys (not literally) because there are so many things to see and do at close reach and after a few nights in this stunning part of the south, you’ll never want to leave. Whilst in Devon, you won’t want to miss the town of Torquay and the wonderful stretch of beach, known famously as the ‘English Riviera’, a coastline beautiful enough to compete with the dazzling Cote d'Azur in the Med.
For the final stretch, drive north along the Cornish coast and spend your last overnight stop at the stunning seaside resort of Ilfracombe or amongst the lush green setting of Exmoor National Park, where you’ll be able to embark on a final hike to soak up the spectacular countryside and breathe in some fresh air. And if you want a little tip? Let us tell you that sunsets here are made of dreams; so if you’re hiking or cycling at Exmoor, be sure to bring a camera.
Head back on the M4 the next morning and return to our headquarters in London, where we will collect your trusty Spaceship.