Whether you are a native Londoner or are visiting England for the first time and have made a beeline for the capital like the majority of overseas tourists, the hustle and bustle of the big city has probably got you wondering if there is anywhere a little more peaceful and relaxed that you can visit. Thankfully, there is. And because we understand that even though London is a great city to visit but sometimes you just need to get away from the madness of it all, we’ve put together a list of the top places to escape to.
Known as the playground by the sea and located in the South of England, Brighton is a great location for those looking to escape the madness of London and has long had a reputation as being a pleasure destination. You’ll be glad to know that it’s only around an hour from London on the train so there’s no long, drawn out journeys involved – in fact, you don’t even have to stay overnight and it’s perfect for fun-filled days out and visits to the beach in the summer.
If you’re interested in literature, Stratford-upon-Avon is a destination that you must visit. Home to the birthplace of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway’s cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon is only around two hours on the train from London, meaning it’s also a great location for those looking for a relaxing day out away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. You can visit the Royal Shakespeare Company to watch a play, enjoy a relaxing boat trip on the Avon River, and a multitude of other activities.
Located in the South West of England, Gloucester is a great city to visit that’s packed with tourist attractions and things to do. For those wanting to learn more about the city’s heritage and history there is the Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery and the Gloucester Cathedral, and if you’re interested in boating there is the Gloucester Waterways Museum, Gloucester docks, and even the option of renting your own boat for the day. If you’re looking to spend a weekend or even longer exploring Gloucester, click here for some fantastic Gloucester hotel deals.
If you are interested in ancient history you will love the Bath, which is home to some of the finest ruins left in England from the Roman era. As the site of a Roman spa from many thousands of years ago, Bath is the perfect location to learn more about ancient Roman Britain. It’s also incredibly beautiful with buildings and structures designed by classic Georgian architecture built in stunning Cotswold stone. From London Paddington, you can expect a journey to Bath to take around an hour and a half.
Do you live in London? Where are your favourite places to visit when you’re in need of a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the busy capital city? We’d love to hear from you – leave your response in the comments below.