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Hidden Gems of the South East

75 great trip ideas
In association with Southeastern

From some of the UK’s best wineries to brilliant watersports, there’s more to the South East than meets the eye. Did you know, for example, that Margate in Kent is home to a shell grotto, discovered in 1835, that we still know almost nothing about? Or that you can eat utterly delicious Thai food in a bookshop in Hastings, East Sussex or attend a concert in Chatham’s Historic Dockyard?

The best bit is that all these things can be reached easily from London by rail, thanks to Southeastern, and we’ve teamed up with them to celebrate 75 of the best hidden gems in the South East, handily grouped into the five categories you can find below. It's time to get exploring...

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