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Tourist Destinations Outside London
Avebury – A village in Wiltshire, famous for its neolithic stone circle. The henge and stone circles are thought to date from about 2500BC to 2000BC, pre-dating Stonehenge.
Aylesbury – Historic market town, 35 miles North-West of London.
Bath. Roman relics, rich in Georgian architecture and makes an easy day trip from Paddington Station.
Berkhamsted – Historic market town, features ruined castle of William the Conqueror, canalside pubs and Ashridge Forest
Birmingham. England’s second city – trains can take as little as 85min from Euston or Marylebone or a coach from Victoria takes 3 hours. Massively regenerated in recent years, this post-industrial city offers fantastic shopping, eating and an amazing variety of architecture.
Bournemouth. Large beach resort on the edge of the New Forest, with seven miles of golden sand, a two hour ride on the train from London Waterloo.
Brighton. Fashionable beach town about 90km (55 mi) south, less than an hour by train from Victoria Station.
Bristol. Arty and bohemian city, 110 miles west of London in South West England. Only 90min by train from Paddington, this historic port town is home to the world’s first suspension bridge at Clifton as well as amazing nightlife.
Canterbury. Site of the foremost cathedral in England, constructed during the 12th-15th centuries.
Chichester. Attractive small city, with a distinct market cross and a cathedral which possesses the only separate bell tower in England. Just outside the city are the well-preserved remains of the Roman Fishbourne Palace.
Colchester. England’s “oldest town” is only an hour by train from Liverpool Street and well worth visiting for its Roman remains, old houses and churches, museum (in the ancient castle) and zoo.
Dover. Port town famous for its castle and white chalk cliffs, symbolising England.
Eastbourne. A leafy, seaside resort town, of ‘timeless’ Victorian architecture, with a lovely pier and bandstand. Famous for Beachy Head chalk cliffs, popular viewing platform and suicide spot!
Ely. Small city in East Cambridgeshire, with an attractive centre which includes the cathedral, Old Vicarage and castle ruins.
Exeter. City in South West England and county town of Devon, yet only 2.5h by train from Paddington. It has a cathedral and other interesting places.
Guildford. County town of Surrey, mid-way between London and Portsmouth. A bustling historic place with cobbled High Street – the most attractive and safe shopping destination in the UK (Hugo Boss, Gant, Armani Exchange and Mappin & Webb). Street market on Fridays & Saturdays.
Hastings. Sea-side town, famous for the Battle of 1066.
Hemel Hempstead. 30 miles north of London, a small town dating back to the 8th century. Also home to the UK’s largest indoor ski slope.
Henley on Thames. About 55km (35 mi) west of London, a quaint and typical English town, great for walks by the Thames.
Lewes. Delightful mid-Sussex town, with a picturesque brewery and famous Guy Fawkes festival in November.
Lichfield. A small Staffordshire city with remarcable cathedral and several low-key museums; easily accessible from London by a direct train.
Manchester. If you have time it is worth visiting Britain’s other great cities and Manchester has very much to offer. Manchester can be reached in around 2 hours by train and is about 320km (200 mi) to the north. It is the 2nd most visited city in England (after London). The nearby port city of Liverpool is about the same distance from London and can be reached in less than 3 hours by train. It boasts numerous attractions such as the Walker Art Gallery and the Liver Building, and, of course, is the birthplace of the Beatles.
Marlow. Attractive quaint Thames-side town west of London.
Medway Towns. Has a strong naval history in Chatham Dockyards, with medieval attractions like Rochester Cathedral and Castle. Has a strong literary connection with Charles Dickens, you can visit his museum and a former residence.
Norwich. City with a medieval castle (now the local museum), several interesting old churches, and a cathedral with the second-highest spire in the country.
Oxford and Cambridge. The university cities make for ideal days out of London.
Portsmouth. Historic home of the Royal Navy, with 12 museums, a pleasure beach, shopping and nightlife. Also offers access to the Isle of Wight, New Forestand South Downs. Can be reached in 90 minutes by train from Waterloo railway station.
St Albans. Small, quaint ‘Cathedral city’ just north of metropolitan London.
Shaftesbury. One of the oldest and highest towns in Britain. This small Dorset town is also considered one of the most beautiful.
Shrewsbury. A very traditional town full of medieval black and white timber-framed buildings along winding, steep, narrow streets set on the River Severn easily reached by taking the train (change at Wolverhampton or Crewe) from Euston. Charles Darwin’s birth place
South Downs and North Downs National Parks offer beautiful, rolling chalk hills for a days stroll or longer hikes.
Stonehenge. Among the most famous landmarks in England. The mysterious stone ring was built thousands of years ago, today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can get there by a guided bus tour or by train (1h30) to the nearby city Salisbury, where you also can visit the 13th-century cathedral with the highest spire in the country.
Warwick. A nice little town famous for its very well-restored Warwick Castle. Lovely hour and a half train ride from London.
Watford. Home of Leavesden Areodrome, where a lot of the Harry Potter movies were filmed – is now home to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, which is a great day out for families. Watford can be reached from London using an Oyster Card.
Winchester. Former capital of England and attractive cathedral city with lots to see, about an hour away by train from Waterloo.
Windsor. Nearby Thames-side town with magnificent castle and Royal residence only one hour by train outside of London. Makes for a very easy day trip.
York. Although about 337km (210 mi) north of London, this historic city can be reached in only 2h30 by train from King’s Cross. It is famous for the Minster (cathedral), Jorvik Viking Centre, and the National Rail Museum.