If you ever get bored of London , which does eventually happen, sometimes very quickly, then you will need a few different things to do. Or, perhaps, you get caught in one of the few heatwaves and really cannot face the queues and going around buildings with air-conditioning and need something different to do. Whatever your reason, we’ve got you covered with our list of places to visit near London
The city of Bath has been a centre of pleasure and relaxation since Roman times. The waters are still a huge attraction, both at the ancient Roman Baths, which come highly recommended, and the more up-to-date Thermae Bath Spa, which houses the only natural thermal hot springs in Britain that you can actually bathe in, and why not?!
It should also be added that Bath isn’t just about the baths themselves, there is also a great city in there as well, combining old architecture with modern services. It played home to Jane Austen (if you’re into that sort of thing) and is still home to the royal crescent.
The City of Dreaming Spires, is known all over the world for its University as well as it’s history. Since 1096 (arguably), it has been a centre of scholarship and learning, and since the 9th century an established town.
Much like Bath, it’s a beautiful mix of old and new. Old narrow, cobbled streets are used to join the new main roads. Thanks to being a student city, it is still vibrant and active with a constant flow of youth which helps to maintain this marvelous mix.
There is arguably no better place to admire beautiful architecture (especially the university buildings) than Cambridge, although I’m sure the faculty and students at Oxford would have something to say about that given their rather intense rivarly which comes to fruition during the university boat race that takes place every year (yes, that sentence was incredibly British)
Meander your way along quaint alleyways situated around the historic market place and university buildings, where something rather tranquil can be found.
Just so you know before you go, you don’t row a boat in Cambridge, you punt the river cam – you’ll know what I mean when you get there.
Brighton is most likely our best and most loved seaside town (most definitely in terms of a day trip from London, anyway. If anyone tells you it’s Southend-on-sea then they’re just crazy). Its beach is full of amusement arcades and Regency-era buildings. Brighton Pier (pictured above) opened in 1899 and now has rides and food kiosks.
Brighton is also very much known for it’s nightlife and thriving LGBTQ+ community. It is an incredibly friendly and tolerent place so no matter who you are you’re bound to be accepted.
As a rather interesting side note, and what a side note it is, there is also a huge building called the Royal Pavillion that looks rather like the Taj Mahal, definitely worth checking it out.
Dover is something special to the English. I think it’s because we don’t seem to have many parts of our culture that are specifically “ours” we tend to hyper value anything in our heritage and the white cliffs are definitely one of those things. I remember many a trip from Calais to Dover on the ferry feeling immediately a sense of home seeing them. Weird, I know, but true regardless.
This is definitely a place to go for a walk along the cliffs or the beach and just take some time to enjoy being in nature. Sure, there are some castles and war memorials, after all Dover was many times the first line of defence, but nature is the real winner here.
Walk in the footsteps of your 5000 year old family at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world.The exhibition and visitor centre has over 250 ancient objects that let you really get to know more about our ancient ancestors.
Stonehenge has changed a fair bit as a tourist attraction over the recent past. There was a time, not so long ago, that you could get right up to the stones, but that is no longer true – unless you’re Obama. Now you have to admire it from a decent size run away. Is it still worth it? Of course, but my recommendation is that if you’re really not into history then you can actually see it on the road that goes past it and simply drive it on the way to something else.
The family home to British kings and queens for over 1,000 years.
It is the biggest and oldest occupied Castle found anywhere in the world and it’s where The Queen spends the majority of her private weekends.
You may or may not be surprised to find out that she will most likely be there at the time of your visit (assuming you are there are at a weekend). Just look to see if the royal flag is flying and you’ll have your answer!
The whole trip around the castle and the gardens etc will take you roughly 3 hours, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy it and have a comfortable day trip, without having to rush around like crazy people.
Many of the buildings that survive today would have been familiar to Shakespeare, and if that doesn’t get you interested then I don’t know what will. This is the birthplace of England’s most famous writer / person / bane of the life of students.
The town itself is about 800 years old, and not much has changed, so it really is a sight to behold.
On a brutally practical note I have to say that eating in Stratford is not going to be easy on your wallet. If you are not completely out-of-this-world rich then I suggest eating in a chain of pubs called Weatherspoons. The food isn’t going to be mind blowing, it’s standard pub food, but your wallet is going to thank you for it.
It’s a castle with a moat, you can’t get more English than that.
The most English place that you will ever go to. It’s somewhere that I always want to go to every time that I return to the UK and I guarantee you will have seen many photos of it, and you’ll probably have seen it many times in TV series and movies.
The Cotswolds covers a huge area – almost 800 square miles – that’s 800 square miles of beautiful little towns along with fantastic chances to take photos of red phone boxes and letter boxes. It’s all so beautiful!
Bristol bills itself as something different from the rest of the UK, so rather than me trying to describe it I’ve decided to let them do it for themselves. Hopefully you’ll be able to find something that you’d love to do there and make it worth visiting (which it is!)
Beautiful heather, horses and houses.
This really is an escape to a different world where ponies, cattle, donkeys and deer roam free and it’s only a couple of hours away from London.
It’s a fantastic place for a drive around due to just how different it is, especially in comparison to the rest of the UK. With places like this you will slowly start to realise what people mean when they say you really should get out of London to see England. There really is so much more to do and see if you give it a chance, it may just surprise you.
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