Easy Day Trips From London By Train
If you live in the capital, you may well find yourself longing to leave the hustle and bustle behind at times and just take things at an entirely different pace.
Taking the train out of the smoke can add to the sense of unwinding and decompressing as the concrete, steel, and glass give way to rolling countryside.
Looking for a day trip with a difference? Here are five perfect places you can reach by rail.
Around 90 minutes away from London by train, Bath is a stark contrast to the capital as its centre is incredibly compact and easy to cover in its entirety on foot.
The famous Royal Crescent is a perfect picnic spot, while there are numerous independent eateries if you don’t pack your blanket with you!
Direct services can reach the Cotswolds in under an hour, giving you ample time to explore this rural gem, packed with medieval charm and walking trails to suit all levels of ramblers.
The likes of Asthall, Snowshill, Broadway and Bibury all offer incredible picture-postcard village settings. Bibury’s Arlington Row is particularly popular and often rated as one of the UK’s prettiest streets.
Whether going back in time on a 70s-themed adventure or packing your gear for an afternoon on the beach, Brighton is perfect for adult groups and families alike.
Those on the hunt for quirky shops and eateries will be in their element on The Lanes. Formerly the hub of fishing activities in the area, it is now a maze of unique treasures. With over 600 services running between Brighton and the capital each day, this is always a popular getaway from the rat race.
Three-quarters of an hour from King’s Cross, a walking tour of Cambridge is a marvel for fans of classic architecture, with rich reward for pounding the pavement.
A punt on the River Cam is another fabulous way to see this historic city – and is certainly a bit easier on the feet if that floats your boat!
Walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims of the Mayflower at the cobbled quayside or see the wonders of the ocean at the National Marine Aquarium.
For fans of the countryside, a short onward journey from Plymouth leaves you in the Dartmoor National Park – a lovely spot to spend a long weekend rambling and sampling the delights of the many country pubs en route.