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 Places to Visit around London

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There are many places to visit near London that exude royal charm, rich history, and extremely unique settings and will give you tons of memories to cherish. From the lively town of Liverpool that is a paradise for every football fan to the educational hub of Cambridge, there is no dearth of stunning attractions in London.

If you wish to appreciate nature then Rye should be your ideal visit. And if you wish to explore the land of castles to have a fairytale experience then Cardiff should be your ideal stopover. Looking to seek some respite from the grind of daily life, then the weekend getaways from London like Bristol and Bath will offer you the much needed dose of relaxation and enjoyment. From the historic town of Edinburgh to the royal city of Windsor, you can indulge in a kaleidoscope of experiences over here.For the perfect seaside vacation, you can even visit Bexhill-On-Sea that is home to some of the award-winning beaches.


Here's a list of best places to visit near London:

01

Bexhill-On-Sea

Bexhill-On-Sea

Bexhill-on-Sea is a remarkable seaside town that is known to be the birthplace of bike racing. It is dotted with some of the most beautiful Edwardian and Victorian buildings along with award-winning pebble and sand beaches, which makes it one of the best places to visit in London.

Egerton Park is another popular attraction here where you can play mini-golf, tennis, and cricket. If you have a keen interest in dinosaurs, archeology, or motorsports, then the Bexhill museum should be your ideal spot. It exhibits plenty of interactive displays and some of the oldest relics and sculptures.

Distance from London: 53 mi.

Best Time: June to October.

How To Reach: You can board a taxi from London that will drop you at Bexhill-On-Sea in 1h and 30 minutes.

02

Oxford

Oxford

Known throughout the world for its unparalleled educational magnificence, the town of Oxford is a global educational hub. It is considered to be one of the best places to visit near London due to its historical buildings and covered markets.

One such amazing place that you must visit here is the Christ Church Cathedral that exudes excellent architecture and beauty. Oxford Castle is another major attraction here that gives you a chance to have a 360 degrees view of London.

You should also visit the Sheldonian Theatre, which houses the Museum of the History of Science. It has a splendid collection of ancient art and antiquities, Greek and Roman pottery, classical sculpture, Far Eastern art, and jewelry.

While here, you should also consider going shopping in Cornmarket Street, which is pedestrian-friendly and sells a range of items. Among many branded shops and departmental stores, this street also has the historic Golden Cross arcade which is well-known for its jewelry and craft shops.

Distance from London: 56.1 mi.

Best Time: August and September, May & July.

How To Reach: Board a train from Paddington Station to Oxford. It will take sixty minutes to reach Oxford from London.

03

Brighton

Brighton

Regarded as one of the best places to visit around London, the city of Brighton has some outstanding attractions and monuments. A must-visit attraction is the Brighton Palace Pier, a perfect example of a Victorian pleasure pier. You can have traditional seaside fun here while enjoying the rides and the delicious street food.

Another great attraction over here is the Royal Pavilion, which was the home of Prince Regent. This pavilion is one of the most exotic and stunning architecture in the British Isles. During your trip to Brighton, you should also visit the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, which includes fashion & style, design & fine art and exciting interactive exhibitions.

Distance from London: 56.4 mi.

Best Time: May to September.

How To Reach: Board a bus from Victoria Coach Station to Brighton.

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Canterbury

Canterbury

Located in the county of Kent, Canterbury is one of the heritage cities of Britain that has retained its old-world charm as well as modern glitz. It houses the Canterbury Cathedral that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous for being the murder site of Archbishop Thomas Becket.

You should also visit the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, which has a facility-part museum, an art gallery, and even a library. It displays a collection of paintings, prints, engravings, European ceramics, Anglo-Saxon jewelry, and Asian porcelain. Canterbury Castle is another major attraction here where you can discover the historical treasures of Canterbury.

Distance from London: 60.8 mi.

Best Time: May & September.

How To Reach: South Eastern train runs regular service from
St Pancras, Charing Cross and London Victoria.

05

Cambridge

Cambridge

Known to be a rival of the Oxford University, Cambridge is claimed to have one of the most preserved historic buildings in England. The King's College Chapel is the most famous attraction over here that is renowned for its 12-bay perpendicular-style interior and incredible architecture.

Besides that, the Mathematical Bridge is the major highlight of the city as it has been built without any nails solely relying on the calculative structuring.

You should also visit the  Cambridge University Botanical Garden stretching across 40 acres in Cambridge. This garden boasts of having more than 8,000 plant species from across the world. Another must-visit place is the Fitzwilliam Museum, which is an architectural masterpiece. It displays collections of Egyptian antiquities, illuminated manuscripts,  potteries of English, China, Greek, and Roman origins.

Distance from London: 64.0 mi.

Best Time: June & July.

How To Reach: ThamesLink Runway and The Great Northern Runway runs the fastest train to Cambridge.

06

Winchester

Winchester

Winchester functioned as a former cultural and political capital of England until the 13th century. It is home to some of the best places to visit around London, such as the Winchester museum, which is one of Europe's largest cathedrals.

Another such attraction is the Highclere Castle: Aka Downton Abbey that was featured in the English TV series of the same name. The Castle includes a spectacular gothic saloon, a library with 5,650 rare books and historic portraits.

Another popular attraction over here is the Hospital of St. Cross, which is England's oldest almshouse. It features the 15th-century Hall of the Brothers, a kitchen, and a chapel.

Other must-visit places are Winchester City Mill, Winchester's Military Museums, Marwell Zoo, and Winchester City Museum.

Distance from London: 67.8 mi.

Best Time: May to June.

How To Reach: Take a train from Waterloo to Winchester.

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07

The New Forest

The New Forest

The New Forest is an unenclosed pasture area of northern England that is renowned for its forest trails, native ponies, and heathland. It is the hotspot for many interesting outdoor activities such as paddle boarding, horse riding, and hiking.

The New Forest National Park is the prime attraction of this area where you can have a picnic with your family, or you can witness deers, tigers, rhinoceroses, and wild buffalo in the region. You should also visit the Hearst castle that is an artillery fortress designed by Henry XIII.

Apart from that, Exbury Gardens is the ideal weekend getaways from London for a family day out, and you can even have an Exbury steam railway ride here.

Distance from London: 69 mi.

Best Time: May to September.

How To Reach: You can board a train from Waterloo that will drop you at The New Forest in 90 minutes.

08

St Albans

St Albans

If you're looking for one of the best places to visit around London, then St Albans should be your topmost choice. It is a vibrant city located in the northern belt of London known for its centuries-old medieval cathedrals and scenic parks. Verulamium Park is one of the beautiful spaces in St Albans that houses an ornamental lake, and you can witness here the remains of ancient Roman walls.

If you wish to trace the rich history of this city, then the Verulamium Museum should be your ideal stopover. It has displays of gold coins, mosaic structures, and second-century Roman theater.

Distance from London: 69 mi.

Best Time: May to September.

How To Reach: You can take a flight from Gatwick and Luton airport. Both these airports are linked directly to London.

09

Mersea Island

Mersea Island

This is a small fishing town with sandy beaches and an impressive collection of cafes, shops, and restaurants. Due to its old-world charm and impressive landscape, it is considered to be one of the best places to visit around London.

Mersea Island Vineyard is a popular destination here that is known for producing local and traditional wines, while also offering an enthralling view of lush greenery of nature. Get a glimpse of the history of Mersea Island by visiting the Mersea museum that houses the oldest sculptures and archeological relics.

Distance from London: 69 mi.

Best Time: May to September.

How To Reach: You can catch a train from Liverpool Street to Colchester train station. From here you can board a taxi to Mersea Island.

10

Margate

Margate

Margate is considered to be one of the best places to visit near London due to its sandy beaches and contemporary art galleries. The modern Turner art gallery is the most famous attraction over here where rotating exhibitions are held.

Dreamland Margate is a paradise for the kids and families who wish to have fun-filled rides and water based activities during their vacation. Other than that, the chic eateries and vintage shops located here offer the perfect mix of fun, frolic, and entertainment.

Distance from London: 69 mi.

Best Time: May to September.

How To Reach: You can board a train from Liverpool Street to Margate.

11

Rye

Rye

One of the beautiful and charming villages in South East England, Rye, is a haven for nature lovers. This adorable fairy-tale town has medieval cafes and inns, winding streets and quirky shops. It houses the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve that is spread in around 1,000-acres and has over 4,000 species of animals.

Another attraction is the Rye Castle Museum and Ypres Tower, which has two sites, East Street and The Ypres Tower. The East Street site includes collections of the museum and is the best place to know about the rich history of Rye.

You should also visit the Parish Church of St. Mary, Rye, which houses magnificent stonework and exquisite stained-glass windows. Another must-visit site is the Mermaid Street, lined with crooked timber houses and quirky cafes. It is considered to be one of the most photographed streets in Rye.

Distance from London: 76.7 mi.

Best Time: June to October.

How To Reach: No direct train runs from London to Rye. You can however board a train from
St Pancras.

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Portsmouth

Portsmouth

Portsmouth is one of the most famous places to visit near London that serves as the base of the Royal Navy and contains around two-third of the surface fleet of the UK. It houses some of the most popular ships such as the Tudor carrack Mary Rose, HMS Warrior and HMS Victory.

Further, the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard gives you a chance to discover the eight hundred-year-old maritime histories of the town. You can also visit the Blue Reef Aquarium to witness the diverse species of aquatic animals housed here.

Distance from London: 74.8 mi.

Best Time: March to November & January to February.

How To Reach: Board a train from Waterloo to portsmouth.

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Dungeness

Dungeness

The stark landscape and the otherworldly beauty of Dungeness make it one of the best places to visit near London. It boasts of having the largest shingle beach in Europe where you can enjoy sunbathing, and you can also relish the seafood at the cafes and beachside shacks located here.

Also, the RSPB Nature Reserve is an absolute paradise for the wildlife watchers as you can witness here a dazzling variety of migratory as well as domestic birdlife. Another major attraction that you must visit here is the Pilot Inn that is known for serving the best chips and traditional seafood.

Distance from London: 77.8 mi.

Best Time: March to May.

How To Reach: Board a train from
St Pancras to Ashford International. Board a taxi from Ashford to Dungeness.

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Chichester

Chichester

Surrounded by sandy beaches, fishing villages, and family attractions, Chichester is one of the most popular weekend getaways from London. West Wittering Beach is one of the prime attractions of Chichester that has been awarded the Blue Flag for its cleanliness. It is a sandy and long beach where you can enjoy sunbathing and boating.

Chichester Cathedral is also an important attraction that is the sacred church of the Holy Trinity and is the seat of Bishop of Chichester. Also, the city center is the main shopping arena of Chichester, where you can buy a variety of elite brands.

Distance from London: 80.8 mi.

Best Time: June to Early September.

How To Reach: You can board a train from Victoria to Waterloo station.

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Windsor

Windsor

Situated on the southern bank of the River Thames, the small town of Windsor has a medieval appearance with its cobblestone lanes, half-timbered houses, and winding alleyways. It is most well-known for the Windsor Castle that is Britain's most beautiful and elegant castle that has been the home to around thirty-nine monarchs.

Apart from the castle, you should also visit the Frogmore House & Gardens, which is the final resting place of Queen Victoria. The Savill Garden is another popular attraction over here that is considered to be an integral part of the royal landscape of Windsor. Some of the other noteworthy sites include Legoland Windsor Resort, Eton College, and Ascot Racecourse.

Distance from London: 102 mi.

Best Time: September to November & February to May.

How To Reach: Catch a train from Waterloo to London. You can also catch a flight from Heathrow airport to Windsor.

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Bath

Bath

Well known as an elegant spa town since Roman times, Bath is built for relaxation and pleasure. This is one of the best weekend getaways from London where you can have an aromatic spa or Roman Baths to relieve your senses.

It is a gorgeous city dotted with exquisite architectural monuments and cobblestone streets. Nestled between Somerset and Mendip Hills, it is considered to be one of the best places to visit near London because of its honey-colored Georgian houses and beautiful gardens and parks.

Bath Abbey is also a popular site over here that is a Gothic cathedral with beautiful paintings and architecture. Furthermore, another popular attraction is Pulteney Bridge that is considered to be the departure point for various fun river excursions.

Distance from London: 114.6 mi.

Best Time: January to February.

How To Reach: Frequent trains run from Paddington station to London after every thirty minutes.

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Bristol

Bristol
Bristol is one of the best places to visit around London to witness its thriving musical scene and street-art culture. The perfect way to get one of the best views of Bristol is by visiting the Clifton Observatory.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is another great site over here, which provides an intimate experience of getting closer to flora and fauna. Aerospace Bristol will give you a chance to step aboard the Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last airplane of its kind.

A good family experience should be visiting the Wild Place Project that provides adventurous play and learning experience to the kids about the environment. It has a very serene environment and has won the European Green Capital award, making it one of the best
weekend getaways from London.

Distance from London: 117.6 mi.

Best Time: August and September, May & July.

How To Reach: You can board a train run by Great western from Paddington Station to Bristol.
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Cardiff

Cardiff

Also known as the capital of castles in Wales, the city of Cardiff is known for its vibrant culture and stunning landscape. Among many places to visit around London, Cardiff should be an ideal stopover in your itinerary due to its beautiful castles and historic houses.

It houses the Cardiff Bay Barrage, which is located in a stunning maritime setting, perfect for a bike ride or a relaxing stroll. You should also pay a visit to the Albany Gallery and the Martin Tinney Gallery that depict some of the greatest art collections in the world.

Some other attractions that you must visit over here are Hensol Castle Distillery, St. John's Parish Church, and Forest Farm Country Park. For a calming experience after a busy day of touring, you should surely visit the chic Mermaid Quay to have a romantic dinner with your partner.

Distance from London: 150.6 mi.

Best Time: Early June to Late September.

How To Reach: 27 trains operate in a day from London to Cardiff. You can board any of the trains that will drop you at Cardiff in 2hrs and 28 mins.

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Manchester

Manchester

Manchester is one of the most lively and vibrant cities in London, throbbing with architectural splendours and creative spaces. It houses the most popular football club in the entire world known as the Manchester United Football Club.

Moreover, a paradise for the foodies, Manchester has a huge variety of street food markets as well as elegant cafes and restaurants. The city is also home to some of the oldest libraries, such as the Chetham's and John Rylands library that houses a collection of novels and books spanning across five millennia.

Distance from London: 208.4 mi.

Best Time: June and August.

How To Reach: Take a bus from Victoria bus station to Manchester.

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Guildford

Guildford

Guildford is a beautiful town located on the southern periphery of London. It is considered to be one of the best places to visit around London because it is home to historic cathedrals and castles that offer peace and tranquility like none other.

Apart from that, the city seems to be brimming with an array of pubs, restaurants, bars, and shopping venues as well. Moreover, the Odeon Cinema is a paradise for the film fanatics, and you can watch some of the best Hollywood movies over here.

If you're a shopping enthusiast, then Tunsgate Quarter should be your ideal spot as it is home to some of the branded stores such as Cath, Loaf, and Kidston.

Distance from London: 208.4 mi.

Best Time: June and August.

How To Reach: Direct buses don't run from London to Guildford. You can however board a bus from Victoria Coach Station and arrive at
Friary Bus Station.

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Liverpool

Liverpool

Home of iconic music-band, The Beatles and Liverpool Football Club, the city of Liverpool, is one of the best places to visit near London. To start the tour of this city, you should visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum, which has an impressive collection of artifacts and sculptures.

Another such attraction is the Pier Head area of Liverpool, which houses the Three Graces,  the traditional trio of harbor buildings.

Moreover, the Museum of Liverpool celebrates the city's distinct history, geography, and culture with several displays. It houses various collections of decorative art and period costumes and other archaeological materials. Liverpool also has some of the best gardens and parks, such as the Sefton Park Palmhouse, that is lush with greenery and large varieties of flowers.

Distance from London: 220.5 mi.

Best Time: May to June.

How To Reach: Board a train from Euston station in London to Liverpool.

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Newcastle

Newcastle

Situated at the heart of north-east England, Newcastle houses distinct architectural monuments like Georgian and Victorian buildings, and amazing art galleries. Among the many places to visit near London, you must see the Newcastle castle from which the city derives its name.

Built-in 1080 AD, this roman castle now has a great museum that houses the ancient relics and sculptures. You should next visit the Great North Museum: Hancock, which is one of the oldest yet a very well maintained site in Newcastle, portraying the natural history of the city, along with Egyptian mummies, and some other ancient artifacts.

Besides that, Newcastle also houses one of the very few Grade I listed theatres in England known as Theatre Royal on Grey Street. Here you can attend concerts, dramas, musicals, and many more events during your visit.

Distance from London: 282.5 mi.

Best Time: June to August.

How To Reach: Board a train from
London North Eastern Railway that operates after every 30 minutes and takes 3 hours to reach Newcastle.

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh

One of the best places to visit around London is the city of Edinburgh that is divided into an elegant Georgian New Town and a medieval Old Town. It houses the Edinburgh Castle that consists of the Stone of Destiny, Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the National War Museum of Scotland, and many more sites.

Edinburgh Zoo is also a popular attraction over here, which houses over 1000 beautiful, rare and endangered animals from all over the world. This zoo is also home to koalas and the UK's only giant pandas.

Other popular attractions of Edinburgh include the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the National Museum of Scotland, and royal yacht Britannia cruise experience.

Distance from London:
402.5 mi via A1(M) and M1.

Best time: June to August.

How to reach from London: Trains depart everyday from
Kings Cross Station of London to Edinburgh.

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Glasgow

Glasgow

Resting along the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow is known for its educational institutions, including Scottish Ballet and Scottish opera. This is one of the best places to visit around London that will keep you entertained during your trip with its legendary night clubs and casinos. To admire the great architectural heritage of this city, you must visit the Glasgow Cathedral, which is a perfect example of medieval architecture.

You can also visit the St Aloysius' Roman Catholic Church, which boasts of having an elegant Renaissance design. For a relaxing experience, you must visit Glasgow's Botanical Gardens, especially the Kibble Palace that has a greenhouse featuring marble statues surrounded by tropical palms, vivid flowers, and the National Collection of Tree Ferns.

Distance from London: 412.0 mi.

Best Time: March to August.

How To Reach: You can take a direct flight from Heathrow Airport to Glasgow. You can even take a train from Euston station of London to Glasgow.

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Belfast

Belfast

The capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast is the birthplace of the sunken ocean liner, RMS Titanic. To recall the legacy of the ship, the Titanic Quarter has been built, which pays tribute to Belfast's maritime history.

Another major attraction over here is the HMS Caroline museum, which houses one of the last surviving vessels to have witnessed service in both world wars. This floating museum also displays history related to WWI and WWII.

You should also visit St. Anne's Cathedral, which is a neo-Romanesque style of a basilica featuring a beautiful mosaic ceiling and elegant stained-glass windows. Other worthwhile visits in Belfast are the Grand Opera House, Crumlin Road Gaol, the Belfast Castle and the Belfast Zoo.

Distance from London: 470.0 mi.

Best Time: April to October.

How To Reach: Board a train from Euston station to Belfast. You can also take a car ferry from London that takes ten hours and four minutes to reach Belfast.

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In these days we every bit of London as soon as possible we could. Never thought we could go through many places in some days! It was nicely planned and smoothly executed.
I booked this tour as a solo trip to Europe,and being a person with a lot of interest in history, It was the perfect opportunity for me to take this package. As we visited many monuments and cities and as we visited it became more and more exciting!Will visit again, it is a complete package one could ask for.
11 February 2020
Excellent
The cruise was really grand and no matter where you are sitting you will have a wonderful view of the outside. The journey lasts for around 40 minutes and you get to explore a number of sightseeing spots around London. The best time to enjoy the ride is around sunset but it is also the time when a lot of tourists visit. I recommend you reach the place a little in advance if you want to capture a good seat for yourself. All in all, you should definitely give it a try.
14 December 2019
Excellent
I got to see some of the most amazing animals that I didn't expect I would have ever seen. I am not a big wildlife fan but my 9-year-old is a fanatic. I was very pleased by the entire decorum of the place. We took a lot of photos and not just my boy but I too had a great time. Getting so close to the animals was fun.
14 November 2019
Excellent
It was a great experience touring around the iconic Stonehenge. I always wanted to visit there and although I knew a bit about the place the guide gave me some great insight about the place and the grand mysteries that surround it. I suggest everyone who is visiting London to make a visit to the Stonehenge & Windsor Castle.
09 November 2019
Excellent
If you love to explore and are a fan of the arts like me, I would definitely recommend you to go the Buckingham Palace Queen's Gallery.The entire tour will not take more than 2 hours to explore and I assume you that it will be worth it. The gallery is one of the best places to learn a lot of London and it's past.
06 December 2019
Excellent
What a magical experience it was, I mean from the structures to the ambiance everything gives a very ancient vibe that I really loved. Upon reaching I just had to show my ticket and I got an entry just like that. Pretty cool. I would like to recommend it to everyone visiting London.
04 January 2020
Excellent
Transportation in London can be really expensive. I was looking for a cheaper option and I found that there was a Gatwick airport transfers in shared coach. I was traveling solo and believe me this was the best option. The rates were very reasonable. Upon arrival, finding the coach was easy and the ride was overall very comfortable.
13 January 2020
Excellent
One of the best ways to tour around the city and enjoy a number of destinations would be to take the London Pass Hop On Hop Off London. The ride is very comfortable, and we get to explore a ton of tourist spots. I would recommend that you visit the meeting spot well in advance so that you can grab the best seats for yourself.
10 December 2019
Excellent
The best place to enjoy a night in London. Me and my friend got direct access to the pubs and had a fun time throughout the night. The music was really good and we enjoyed a lot of local drinks there. Cheers.

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