Samuel Johnson, the great 18th century poet, moralist and literary critic is credited with saying “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford”. And so we agree, London is pretty great. But we’ll let you out, just for a day though. Check out our picks for the top 5 day trips from London…
Step back into authentic Elizabethan days by visiting the birthplace of the playwright and poet William Shakespeare. Trains leave London Marylebone Station every two hours, and bring you to a place where time stands still. Take a cruise along the gently flowing River Avon, stop by at a traditional riverside pub, while away the afternoon in a peaceful garden, or catch a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Brighton on the South Coast is a fast one-hour train ride from Victoria Station, and the service runs from early morning to late at night. It’s well known for being a party city, and boats the Brighton Pavilion (built by George IV), a colourful Victorian pier and beautiful Georgian architecture. These days ‘The lanes’ also boast countless opportunities to browse collectible antiques and the latest fashions, after which you can grab a lazy lunch, or dinner at a chic eatery. Check out our Brighton City guide by Clicking Here for more information.
Take an African Safari in the heart of Britain. Leave the train at Luton Station and take the Centrebus (Route X31) to one of Europe’s largest conservation centres and the UK’s largest Zoo. This is no ordinary experience. Kids can become junior keepers for the day. Open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. Avoid queues – shop for tickets on the internet. Adults £18.00. Children over 3 £14:50. Website
Epsom Downs Race Course
Rub shoulders with the UK’s elegant horse racing fraternity. Take the train from Victoria or Waterloo. Choices at Epsom Station include a shuttle bus or taxi ride. Dress casual but smart – you never know who you might meet there. The food’s good and you can have traditional fish and chips or Tapas and Champagne, and most things in between. Prices depend on what’s happening on the day, check their website for details. Website.
Fishbourne, Isle of Wight
Take a high speed catamaran to the playground of the rich and famous. Catch a train to Portsmouth Harbour Station and connect to an invigorating 18 minute crossing. Once there you’re in walking distance of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Other attractions include the romantic ruins of a Norman Abbey. The local buses are reliable. Enjoy quality dining at the legendary Fishbourne Inn.
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