Day Trips To Take from London
Although the capital is bursting with fun and unique activities to do and sights to be seen, sometimes a day away from the bustling city can be very much needed. There are many beautiful towns and cities to be explored all a short journey away from London, see our top spots to visit below.
The New Forest region is known for its forest trails, ancient woodland, open moors and cliff top walks, but most famously its wild ponies, cattle and deer which roam free. The New Forest provides a haven of nature where you can escape the everyday hustle and bustle of the city for a day of tranquillity.
Getting there: One hour 30 minutes by train from Waterloo to Brockenhurst; around two hours by car.
Hastings, located on England’s southeast coast is best known for the 1066 Battle of Hastings, fought on a nearby field where Battle Abbey now stands. Visit the historic town and be greeted with a shingle beach, and the ruins of Hastings Castle, overlooking the English Channel.
Getting there: One hour 30 minutes by train from London Bridge; around two hours by car.
Whitstable is a seaside town located on the north coast of Kent. Hop on a train and be met by all things which define the seaside from fresh market seafood to a visit to the harbour. Also offering art galleries, independent shops and eateries, Whitstable is the ideal place for a day trip to escape the city.
Getting there: One hour 20 minutes by train from Victoria or one hour 10 minutes from St Pancras International to Whitstable; around one hour 40 minutes by car.
Margate is an intriguing seaside town on the southeast coast where tradition meets modern chic. You can discover a shell grotto, museums and theatres near the sandy beach as well as plenty of trendy contemporary bars and restaurants.
Getting there: One hour 25 minutes by train from St Pancras International; around two hours by car.
A quintessentially English market town located just South of London within the endearing county of Surrey. Guildford offers 17th century picturesque surroundings, medieval cobbled streets and historical architecture. The town provides a quiet oasis of calm amongst the backdrop of the Kent Countryside, decorated in cottages and age-old pubs, providing a unique setting just a short distance from London.
Getting there: One hour by train from Victoria, Blackfriars or London Bridge; around two hours by car.
Brighton is an inclusive, free-thinking seaside city in the heart of Sussex. It is one of the country’s most colourful and creative cities, making it a popular day trip destination. Take a stroll along the famous Brighton Pier, before watching the sunset on the iconic pebbled beach. Brighton is also home to a host of independent coffee shops, restaurants and bars, so a bite to eat is always on the agenda.
Getting there: 30 minutes by train from Waterloo; around one hour by car.
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