Discover retirement living to the full in Southern England

A region of variety, retirement in Southern England offers something unique around every corner.

Coastal towns as diverse as they are charming

The south coast offers a retirement that’s different every day. For a family day at the beach, you need look no further than Bournemouth, with its traditional pleasure pier and quintessential English beach huts lining the seven-mile stretch of Blue Flag beaches.

Ruins of Roman villas, castles of English kings and the private beach of Queen Victoria can all be found on the magical Isle of Wight, all set against the backdrop of towering white chalk stacks in the English Channel. 

From meat-stuffed pasties to clotted cream, regional Cornish delicacies accompany spectacular coastal views, dramatic granite moors and quaint harbour towns in the country’s most south-westerly region.

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Cities brimming with culture and history

Retiring to one of Southern England’s cities brings days filled with exploration, whether that be of the region’s fascinating past or of local eateries, attractions and boutiques.

Oxford’s spires, domes and gargoyles tower above its cobbled streets that have been walked by many a notable alumni, from Stephen Hawking to Oscar Wilde. Take a peek into the quadrant lawns of university colleges, go punting on the River Isis and sample a beer or two in one of the city’s many old English pubs.

With a colourful history, Bath’s curved streets of Georgian townhouses and columned Roman public baths give the city a grand, majestic atmosphere. Take in the ancient thermal springs at a spa, stroll through one of its many Victorian parks and explore medieval abbeys in this fascinating city.

And, in Bristol, grand maritime history meets a thriving community of artistic talent. Voted the UK’s best place to live in 2017, Bristol combines iconic attractions with world-class eateries and nightlife, excellent hiking opportunities with fascinating festivals, including the International Bristol Balloon Fiesta, a hot air balloon extravaganza.

Wide open green spaces spread throughout the region

If you’re looking for a retirement centred around the outdoors, the region’s many national parks and green spaces offer something for everyone.

Explore the hilly open moorlands that characterise the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Discover the idyllic glades and ancient woodland of the New Forest. Or ramble among the rolling green hills of the Cotswolds, speckled with thatched medieval villages and grand stately homes.

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