4 Best Day Trips from London to Escape the City
London is a fabulous city with a tremendous amount to see and do. Many new visitors can find The Big Smoke slightly overwhelming at times because it is such a busy city filled with both tourists and professionals.
It is for this reason why you should book an excursion to the outskirts of London. Especially if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Read on for a few excellent places to visit that are easy to get to from the capital.
If you have an interest in English history and the Royal Family then you will certainly want to visit Windsor. It is just a short train journey West from London.
Home to the spectacular Windsor Castle and a popular market town, there is a traditional English feel about this historic town. It can be a nice escape from London as it is much quieter with more natural scenery.
RHS Garden Wisley
Just to the south of London is the beautiful county of Surrey. It is home to gorgeous rolling countryside, lively towns and charming small villages.
There are many highlights throughout Surrey but RHS Garden Wisely is, arguably, the best.
It is one of the best and most-visited gardens in all of England. With 240 acres to explore and all kinds of breathtaking plant life found throughout, RHS Garden Wisely is a great place to come if you are feeling overwhelmed by the city.
Travelling between London and St Albans is easy, taking just 20 minutes, and there are all kinds of attractions to keep you busy here. St. Albans is famous for its breathtaking cathedral, it is a shrine to Britain’s first saint.
You’ll find ornamental lakes, shopping opportunities and lots of places to enjoy good food and drink.
It has a character that is completely different to the capital and another historic city certainly worth the short trip.
A short trip to the county of Essex is only about an hour on the train. Colchester is certainly worth a day trip as Britain’s oldest town. This means that you will see all kinds of amazing architecture here.
Including Colchester Castle which is a gigantic Norman keep built on the foundations of a Roman temple.
There is a peaceful atmosphere here with lots of charming shops, classic English pubs and much more to explore.
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These are just a few of your options for day trips outside of the capital. There are many wonderful places on the outskirts of London which are ideal if the busy capital gets too much.
You can explore the rich history and culture found all around England and often it is in these places that you get the most authentic experience.
Do you plan to visit England?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.