There is so much to see and do in London, and with excellent transport links it is easy to reach smaller towns and the countryside if you want a break from city life! Here are some ideas from our team at Hampstead School of English of places that are easy to get to from London without a car:
Discover the British seaside in the vibrant and colourful city of Brighton. An energetic hub of activity for both tourists and locals alike, it is famous for its Victorian Pier and long pebble beach, and is perfect for a sunny day!
Photo: Brighton Seagull © John Edwards
Approximate journey time: 1.5 hours by train from West Hampstead Thameslink
2. Saint Albans
Only 20 minutes away from West Hampstead, the English cathedral city of Saint Albans is an old Roman town, full of ancient architecture and also home to the original hot cross bun, a traditional British tea-time delight!
Photo: Hot Cross Buns © Tim Collins license for reuse under Creative Commons 2.0
Approximate journey time: 20 minutes by train from West Hampstead Thameslink
3. Hampton Court Palace
Complete with a haunted gallery, Tudor kitchens, Henry VIII’s state rooms and over 60 acres of gardens, Hampton Court Palace is one of the royal palaces, and was the notorious King’s favourite residence!
Photo: Hampton Court Palace gardens © Copyright Christine Matthews and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons 2.0 Generic
Approximate journey time: 1 hour by train from Waterloo Station
4. Oxford, Cambridge or Bath
If you’re looking for accessible quintessential English locations outside of London, these easy-to-reach iconic cities are your answer. Known for their world-class universities, Cambridge and Oxford offer a range of activities from exploring ancient campus grounds to punting on the river. The beautiful town of Bath is renowned for its historic Roman baths and natural thermal hot springs.
Photo: The Hot Spring at Bath © Alun Salt, licensed for reuse under Creative Commons 2.0 Generic
Approximate journey times:
Oxford: 1 hour by train from Paddington Station
Cambridge: 1.5 hours by train from Kings Cross Station
Bath: 1.5 hours by train from Paddington Station
Visit the prehistoric stone circle of Stonehenge, located in the West of England in Wiltshire. A true wonder to behold, the monument was constructed by our Neolithic ancestors and is thought to have taken more than 30 million hours of labour to build!
Photo: Stonehenge © Pixabay
Approximate journey time: 2.5 hours by train and bus from Waterloo Station via Salisbury.
You can also take organised day trips from London to Stonehenge by coach.
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