Densely populated, and situated around the major metropolis of London, South of England is an extremely popular area for tourism. Quaint towns dot the countryside, as well as one of the newest national parks in the United Kingdom, The New Forest. Oak, ash, and beechwood trees shelter the hordes of wild ponies and deer. The River Thames flows through this region as well, with thousands of students being educated each year at the University of Oxford. Many athletic events take place South of England such as the Henley Royal Regatta.
A few popular areas to stay South of England are:
Isle of Wight: You’ll find Isle of Wight in the English Channel outside of Hampshire. There are plenty of individual beaches for those looking to relax, but really Wight has become a popular spot for young adventurers looking for outdoor activities by land or by sea. Known as “England in Miniature”, the Isle of Wight has some of the oldest and richest quarries in all of Europe. With an active marine and yachting community, its best to visit in the summertime but truly the mild climate tops out at 70 degrees fahrenheit, and bottoms out at 50 degrees, so you can’t go wrong with a visit any time of year.
Hampshire: The British Royal Navy, Army, and Air Force were all born in Hampshire. Two of Europe’s largest ports are located in Hampshire: Portsmouth and Southampton. The area is home to famed writers Charles Dicks and Jane Austen. Settlers from this region created what is known today in the United States as New Hampshire. Football and cricket are major attractions in the area and local fans are maniacal about their favorite teams.
Oxfordshire: Along with the more urban Oxford proper, Oxfordshire offers a bucolic retreat in the South of England. With incredible sightseeing opportunities within hiking or cycling distance, the area is most known for its motorsport companies and the aforementioned University of Oxford. Some of the top attractions in this area are Britain's Greatest palace - Blenheim Palace, Christ Church college or the Ashmolean Museum.
FlipKey has hundreds of vacation rental options available in the South of England region. With the privacy and amenities of home, and for a price typically much lower than those offered by a traditional hotel, vacation rentals are a perfect accommodation for large groups and families. When staying in a rental instead of a hotel you can experience the South of England like a local, on-the-ground and in-the-mix.