While London itself has a lot to offer visitors to the city, every now and again you might want to escape the hustle and bustle of the great metropolis and see the sites outside of the city. Thankfully no place is too far from London by train and you can visit some amazing spots during the day and be back by evening. Whether you are interested in history, seeing the finer things or having a day at the beach, here are some of the best places to see on a day trip out of the city.
Spend the day by the sea
Only an hour and a half from London by train you can go from the traffic of the city to the quiet of the seaside with a trip to Brighton. Often called London’s beach because of its close proximity and popularity, Brighton has plenty to offer. One of the city’s oddest sites is the Royal Pavillion, a pseudo-Indian summer palace that seems quite out of place in the middle of the city. If the weather is nice out you can also spend the day on the beach, soaking up the rays and relaxing. If you feel the need to shop you can stroll along ‘the lanes’ where the narrow streets are lined with boutiques, antique shops, and gift shops.
Transport yourself back into the 14th century
Ightham is an idyllic Kentish village filled with 14th and 15th-century houses and pubs that will transport you to another time. The town’s medieval architecture with its traditional Kentish facades is only an hour from London by train.
Here the conspirators of the gunpowder plot met in the shadows to discuss their treasonous plan and its also the town where conspirators met to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne. With a dark history, the town is also the site of some great pubs where you can grab some lunch while catching up with the town’s history.
Appease your inner aristocrat
Just an express train to Oxford and a short bus ride will get you to the magnificent Blenheim Palace estate where visitors can see the 18th century home of the Dukes of Marlborough. This palatial country estate features baroque-style architecture that fits beautifully with the green pastoral landscape of Oxfordshire.
With over 300 years of history, there is plenty to see here and visitors can tour the halls and live out their own Downton Abbey fantasies.