Just a little over an hour away from the city, Dover is a great spot to spend a weekend out of London. And this town is more than just the Channel Tunnel! You’ll find plenty of great things to do whilst in Dover, including exploring the stunning White Chalk Cliffs and visiting Dover Castle, one of the most beautiful in Britain. Trains run from Victoria, St Pancras and London Bridge, and the standard fare costs around £25, making it a cheap and easy destination to get to.
Located only 90 minutes away from London is the historic Bath. Home to Britain’s only natural hot spring and some of the best Roman ruins left in England, this is an ideal spot for an educational yet relaxing break from London. Due to its UNESCO World Heritage status, you’ll find lovely sights wherever you turn, from the iconic Royal Crescent to the classic Georgian Architecture that line the streets of Bath. Advance train tickets cost around £20 and leave from London Paddington.
This traditional country city is another excellent place for Londoners to spend a weekend break. Full of Roman, Viking and Medieval Heritage, you’ll find yourself surrounded, quite literally, with ancient history and culture. A trip to York is not complete without a visit to York Minster or a walk through The Shambles. Complete with a vibrant café culture and street performances throughout the city, York really has something for everyone. Catch a train from London’s Kings Cross station, and in just two hours, you’ll be transported to this quaint English city for the perfect weekend break.
It’s one of England’s ancient university towns and is the ideal escape from London for the weekend. For a lazy day activity, you can choose to spend your time relaxing on the river whilst taking part in a little punting. Or if that doesn’t sound like your type of thing, why not explore the many lovely colleges and incredible architecture that call Cambridge home. Bookshops, galleries and museums should also be on the agenda when in town. Trains to Cambridge depart frequently from Kings Cross station and take just under one hour.
A weekend breaks list would not be complete without England’s other famous university town. Just one hour from London Paddington, Oxford is a hassle-free destination to get to, with lots to offer those who visit. Make sure you check out the Covered Market, the oldest in Britain, as it is a fantastic destination for all you shoppers out there. Oxford is also a book lover’s paradise, with an array of wonderful book stores, and libraries such as Bodleian, which are just willing you to while away your days inside. And just like Cambridge, you can also take part in a spot of punting during your weekend jaunt from London.
By Sage Fitzpatrick