International travellers will first think of London when discussing England, but there is so much more to this country than the capital. There are a handful of fantastic places to visit just a short trip to London which are perfect for those visiting the capital or even those that live in London and fancy a break. Here are just a few of the best places to visit.
St. Albans is one of England’s most beautiful and historic cities. Some of the
highlights include the stunning centuries-old Cathedral and the fascinating
remains of Roman Britain. St. Albans has a rich Roman history with remnants of a city wall and a settlement which makes it an ideal day out for those interested in history. You can reach the area easily by getting the train from West Hampstead to St. Albans City making it an ideal day out.
Those that want to be by the sea could jump on the train from London to
Southend-on-Sea, which is a large coastal town which boasts the longest pier in the world, an amusement park with a range of thrilling rides. There are also incredible views from The Cliff Lift out to sea amongst many other highlights and a completely different atmosphere to what you find in London.
Brighton, Portsmouth & Southampton
Other good options for those that want to be by the coast are Brighton,
Portsmouth and Southampton all on the south coast. Each has their own distinct personality and individual highlights and have something for everyone, including history, culture and natural beauty. All are easy to get to and from London as well, so they are perfect for anyone looking for a change of pace and scenery from London and to enjoy some fresh sea air.
Oxford and Cambridge are often lumped together when discussing English
destinations, but it is important to recognise that they are actually very different. While they share the same prestige when it comes to academia, Oxford has its own history and culture which is not to be missed by anyone. There are highlights for all with beautiful architecture, a lively arts scene and the stunning Oxford Botanic Garden.
These are just a few ideas for places to visit near the capital for any visitors or those in London looking for a change of pace. Each place has its own unique character and highlights to discover and will give you a much clearer view of what England is really like.