Whilst London might be your first port of call when visiting the UK, by making a little bit of time to see a few sights outside of the capital, you’ll be in for a treat! There are loads of great places to explore on day trips from London, including impressive castles, mysterious archaeological sights and ancient university towns. Here’s our top 4 Places to Visit Outside of London!
Stonehenge is that mysterious place we’ve all heard about that seems to have captured the imagination of people for generations. Built over 4,000 years ago by Neolithic Man, the structure still stands tall and dominates the Wiltshire countryside. Nobody really knows why Stonehenge was built in the first place, but there’s a visitors centre on site that explores all the different theories and legends that explain its use, along with an amazing mockup village that shows the day-to-day life of Neolithic people. Getting to Stonehenge from London can be a little tricky since there’s no public transportation service, but luckily this handy Stonehenge direct bus will get you there hassle free and get to one of the most historic Places to Visit Outside of London!
One of the most wonderful places to see outside of London is Leeds Castle. The site traces its roots all the way back to 1086 and was once used by the legendary King Henry VIII as the home of his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. This is one of the most dramatic castles in England, surrounded by a moat, and set within acres of glorious English countryside. The interiors are impressive, with grand rooms that give a taste of Royal life. And the gardens are breathtaking, with colourful plants and flowers from all over the UK, so definitely on of the top Places to Visit Outside of London. Getting to Leeds Castle is simple, with regular trains that go from London to Bearsted, which is a 6-minute bus ride from Leeds Castle.
The University town of Cambridge should be on everyone’s bucket list when it comes to visiting places just outside of London. Just a 50-minute easy train journey from London’s Kings Cross Station and you’ll find yourself in one of the loveliest towns in England. Cambridge is most famous for its ancient colleges like Trinity, St John’s and Jesus College. But the city is also bustling with life, with a great number of cafes, pubs, and restaurants to enjoy. The chapel at Kings College has become one of the most iconic parts of the city, and is one of the finest examples of English Gothic Architecture, with breathtaking stained glass windows and incredible fan-vaulted ceilings. Opposite the chapel flows the River Cam, and it’s popular to take a traditional punt along the river during the summer months. Cambridge is a beautiful city and one of the most wonderful Places to Visit Outside of London on a day trip.
Blenheim Palace is probably the finest country house in England and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 18th Century, this is the ancestral home and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s iconic wartime Prime Minister. The Palace is located about 75 miles from London in the Cotswolds countryside and with so much to explore, it is one of the most popular places to visit in the area. Our favourite part of Blenheim is to have a stroll through the different gardens which were used in the filming of various Walt Disney films. But an entrance ticket will get you access all of the Palace including the State Rooms, Churchill Exhibition, ‘Untold Story’, Park, Formal Gardens and Pleasure Gardens, meaning you could easily spend a whole day here and not see everything! It has to be one of the most amazing Places to Visit Outside of London!
Getting around the UK.
The great thing about the UK is that it is a small country compared to places like Australia and the US, that means that taking a road trip is the perfect way to take in all the sights. The UK has some great public transport networks but they often are unreliable when it comes to visiting the more rural spots. So hiring a car and exploring all our homeland has to offer is the perfect way to make the most of a trip over to the UK.
Second hand car prices are also good too in England and so buying a car is also an option if you are travelling for a longer period of time, you can then also take this across the channel and onto mainland Europe to extend the adventure and is something a friend of ours visiting from Australia did recently. This is a great option if you don’t have credit card for renting and longer term will also work out much cheaper. Be sure to get your MOT done and make sure the car is in good working order before setting off on your adventure. A great website to use for budget options is www.buycarparts.co.uk
What are your favourite places to visit outside of London?
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