London is a wonderful city to visit, there’s no doubt about it, but if you’re staying in the centre of a huge and busy city for more than a few days, you could be forgiven for feeling a little burnt out. Those who live in London often feel the need to get out of the city and over to somewhere a little quieter for a few days, simply to recharge the batteries; of course, after a few hours they’re also keen to get back into the city and the fast pace everyone is so used to!
If you’re visiting London and you feel the need to see a little of the surrounding area, away from the traffic and busy nature of the capital, here are five suggestions for day trips out of London, showing you some of the different landscapes which are just a stone’s throw from the outskirts of the city.
This is a great day out for the family, and for those who love adrenaline rides. Located around 20 miles from the centre of the city, you can drive here easily or you can get the train to Staines and then the bus. The park is closed during the winter months, but during spring and summer this is bustling with visitors, all enjoying huge rides, such as the famous Stealth rollercoaster, which goes from 0-80mph in under two seconds!
Mersea Island, Essex
True escapism can be summed up here, as this is cut off from the mainland at certain times of the day. You will need to check the tides here, as this estuary island is linked to the mainland by an ancient causeway, but it is easy to reach by train to Colchester and then a local bus, taking just over an hour to arrive. The seafood here is amazing, the scenery is beautiful, and the sunsets are something else.
Famous as a holiday destination for Londoners back in the day, Margate is enjoying a resurgence, with the reopening of the famous Dreamland theme park, opened originally back in the 1920s. You can enjoy old-fashioned seaside fun here, with funfair rides, paddling in the sea, fish and chips, and a stick of rock. Experiencing the English seaside is a must. The journey from London takes around an hour and a half by train.
This university city is famous for punting down the River Cam, and this is something you can easily do as a day trip from London, which takes under an hour on the fast train. You can hire a punt yourself and get your daily work-out, or you can go on a guided tour, which is infinitely better for seeing more of the area and its beautiful scenery. If you want a truly chilled-out day, this is it.
Vera Lynn sang about bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover, and whilst you might not see bluebirds, you will see the iconic sight of these huge white cliffs, famous as being Britain’s closest point to continental Europe, namely France. Dover is known also as being a port town for ferries over the English Channel to Calais, but there is more to explore than that, with a beautiful medieval castle overlooking the town, and many outdoor activities to enjoy. The journey takes around two hours by car from London, passing by some wonderful scenery.
Check out these five suggestions if you feel the need to escape from the city for a day.