London truly is the god of rail connections in England, with suburban and high speed services to some beautiful locations across Britain.
We’ve chosen 5 top ideas for a short break, all within a 2 hour train ride from the capital.
Brighton is the quintessential British seaside town. Offering visitors landmark buildings like the Royal Pavilion and Marina, as well as incredible shopping in the form of the Lanes and Churchill Shopping centre. Oh, and did we mention the legendary beach and Brighton Pier? Brighton is around 1 hour from London on the train. Hotels in Brighton range from the seafront Brighton Grand to the humble bed and breakfast, so there’s lots to choose from.
Trains to Brighton run from London Victoria (Southern trains every 15 minutes) and London St Pancras (Thameslink trains every 30 minutes)
Bath is stooped in so much beauty and architecture that’s it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bath is unique in that it is the only place in the UK where you can experience original Roman style baths, and bathe in natural hot spa water. For an extra thrill, you can get a full 360 degree view from the air on a Hot Air Balloon flight. Bath is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in naturally hot spa water and original Roman style baths, making it the ultimate spa break destination for thousands of years. There are plenty of hotels in Bath to choose from, both inside and outside the city centre.
Canterbury is a Cathedral city, with much more to discover than just historic buildings. In addition to the world famous Cathedral and historic sites, Canterbury has a unique range of museums, art galleries and theatres to enjoy. Check out the Canterbury Roman Museum and St Augustine’s Abbey. If you fancy a jaunt to the seaside, Whitstable and Herne Bay are a short journey from the town centre.
Part time home of Her Majesty the Queen, Windsor is a beautiful town in South West London. Major attractions include Windsor Castle, Legoland, and Windsor Great Park. Nearby Runnymede also houses the Magna Carta memorial, and is widely considered the birthplace of modern democracy. Fancy making a long weekend of it in Windsor? Find a Windsor hotel and put your feet up.
Windsor is really accessible by trains from London Waterloo (South West Trains every 30 minutes, journey time approximately 50 minutes)
5. Stratford Upon Avon
Birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford Upon Avon is a medieval market town in the West Midlands, and a great choice for a break within a short train ride of London. Catch a Shakespeare play at the Royal Shakespeare theatre, take a walking tour around traditional houses or keep the kids entertained at the Mad Museum.
Trains to Stratford Upon Avon run from London Marylebone, and take approximately 2 hours.
Contributors: Chris Lomas