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Possibly the most fragrant of all England's regions, it is here in the South East that you will find Kent; known as the garden of England for its outstanding scenery and beautifully tended countryside. The Medway towns, Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells all offer a taste of Britain that is a delight to any visitor. There are dozens of gardens to visit, from the world famous Sissinghurst and romantic Nymans, or Cliveden overlooking the River Thames, to the exotic Leonardslee, near Horsham. Fragrant is only the tip of the adjective list you will use when describing your visit here. Dartford, Redhill, Guildford, Portsmouth the Isle of White and Brighton too are in this region and the visitor can be sure to find something of interest in this region. History has generously left a trail easily followed, with magnificent buildings from all eras and all manner of designs; Fishbourne Roman Palace, 12th-century Canterbury Cathedral and wonderful castles such as Leeds Castle in Kent. Brighton is the inspiration for many a music-hall song with its typical seaside image of kiss-me-quick hats, laughing policemen, cobbled streets, promenade delights; but Brighton has evolved too. Evolved to become a thriving cosmopolitan town with much to offer. Individual boutiques line the cobbled streets for shoppers to find one-offs, small, exquisite eateries offer dishes from around the world and fish specialities caught locally, wine bars abound where the fashionable meet the intellectual and an atmosphere is born. Then there is the Pavillion; ageless in the midst of this town of contrast. Once the home of King George IV, who at the age of 21 began to transform a simple beach hut and home into the amazing palace we see today. From 1783 and over a period of nearly fifty years, George and his teams of architects began to change this simple holiday home. Finally John Nash took seven years to add sumptuous state rooms to the Pavilion and recreate the exterior into a wonderful Indian-Chinese edifice. A must see. Staying with the coast, the Isle of Wight is another great place for a break you will long remember. Each season offers something special. The long, hot days of summer attract hundreds of visitors to the coastal resorts to enjoy sailing and traditional seaside pursuits. The island boasts 60 miles of spectacular coastline, with picturesque coves and beautiful bays of golden sand with safe bathing; whilst the countryside is perfect in every season. Walkers and nature lovers alike will enjoy following the many paths and trails that remain unspoilt. Aside from being an internationally renowned centre for sailing, the island offers countless opportunities to pursue every kind of sporting activity. From fishing to golf and windsurfing to flying there is something for everyone. This diamond-shaped isle remembers and reveals the past when dinosaurs, ancient tribes, Romans and monarchs trampled the land. Throughout the ages, reminders have been left behind; offering a fascinating view back into the past. The island was once a frequent haunt of many eminent Victorians, including Charlesens, Lewis Carroll, J M W Turner, Henry VIII and Queen Victoria.