London is one of my favourite cities in the world. If you spend more than a week there, I guarantee you will feel the same way too! Even though London feels like a second home to me, it can also be a bit suffocating. Even if you are just visiting London for a short time, it’s worth leaving the city behind for a day and see what the rest of the UK has to offer. There is so much to do and see only a short train or bus ride away. These five ‘day trips’ take under 2 hours by train and are all well worth leaving London for a short while.
What to do?
Walk through the colourful lanes and through the famous Brighton Pier. Grab some fish and chips and sit on the pebble beaches to enjoy. Have a look at the world oldest operating Sea life Aquarium with tickets starting from £10.
Trains from London to Brighton leave from London Bridge, London Victoria, London St Pancras Intl or London Blackfriars, and there are several departures an hour. A direct service will take just under an hour from London Victoria. Tickets start from £10.50 each way.
4. Bath & Stonehenge
What do to?
The Roman Baths are an absolute must! A well preserved historical Roman site for public bathing as well as a vast museum. Admission is £15 and includes a free audio guide. Walk through the Royal Victoria Path past beautiful historical buildings like 1 Royal Crescent and The Circus. If you’re in bath it’s obligatory to go to Stonehenge. One of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.
Bath is around 90 minutes direct from London Paddington and train fairs start from around £32.50 return. For cheaper options National Express Coaches leaving from Victoria start from £5 one way with the fastest route taking 2 hours and 35 minutes.
It takes around 50 minutes to get from Bath to Stonehenge. There are dozens of companies that run transport services between Bath and Stonehenge. Scarper Tours offer adult entry including Stonehenge entry price for £35
What to do?
For rainy days visit the Birmingham Museum and Art gallery. Walk around the city center and go up to the 7th floor garden terrace of Birmingham library to see a panoramic view of the city. Unwind with a bit of retail therapy with the bull ring revamped indoor Bullring mall. Eat delicious brunch at York Bakery Cafe.
Virgin and London Midland services run from London Euston taking on average 1 and a half hours direct. Train fares start at £15.50.
What to do?
Explore Cambridge University and see the Cambridge University botanical gardens. Walk across the River Cam and enjoy the scenery. Grab a bite to eat at the market square and peruse through the stalls.
Cambridge is 80km north of London and is easily accessible by train and bus. Trains depart from Kings Cross and Liverpool St and take anywhere from 50 minutes to an hour and a half. A standard off peak ticket will cost you around £30, although depending how far you book in advance and departure times you can get tickets for £18.
Catch a National Express bus from Victoria bus terminal for as little as £5 each way. The fastest route will take 1 hour and 45 minutes.
1. St Albans
What to do?
Take a stroll through Verulamium Park past the St Albans cathedral. If you’re there Wednesday or Sunday visit the St Albans traditional street market or indulge on delicious Waffles overlooking the river Ver at Waffle House.
St Albans is only 20 minutes direct from London St Pancras. Thames link and Southeastern train services both go to St Albans for as little as £15 return.