The nation’s capital has events, activities and excitement in abundance — but sometimes, it’s nice to have a break from the hustle and bustle of London’s busy streets. Fortunately, there are plenty of worthwhile day trip and getaway locations in the surrounding areas and a little further afield.
While there’s no doubt that a jaunt around a big city like London is full of fun things to do, there’s a lot to be said for taking some time out and hopping over the metaphorical city walls. With so much diversity in regards to activities and locations, a quick train or car journey (many of which are an hour or less) is of little sacrifice for a memorable trip.
The historic seaside pier, its 5.4-mile long beach and endless shops, cafes and pubs amidst The Lanes are just a few of Brighton’s prime tourist locations. Whether you want a leisurely seaside stroll with a bag of chips or a jam-packed day of activities, Brighton has something for everyone.
Museums and galleries offer visitors a keen look at the artistic nature of the town, while an abundance of shops and boutiques show off Brighton’s ability to stay at the forefront of alternative fashion and trends.
With so much to see and do, you may find that a day trip to Brighton won’t be enough to experience all it has to offer, so the short train journey from London and a ticket fee (around £20) that does little damage to your bank account will come in handy for future trips.
THE NEW FOREST
A mere ninety-minute train journey from London’s Waterloo Station will see you arriving in the enchanting environment of The New Forest. With plenty of nature to explore and wildlife to see, a diverse range of activities and events going all year round, The New Forest is a must-see and must-do for any Londoner looking for a change of scenery.
There’s no doubt that you’ll be able to find places in London where you can enjoy outdoor activities or see animals at the zoo, but with The New Forest, you have an environment where you can enjoy various outdoor activities in scenic locations and observe an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat.
Whether it’s a family trip, weekend adventure with a group of friends, or a romantic getaway, The New Forest really does have a bit of everything. Walks through the countryside, exciting activities, shopping, museums, spa days; it has something to fulfil most people’s idea of the perfect weekend getaway.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES NEAR THE CITY
London has a humongous range of activities, suited to the needs of a wide variety of people — but the problem is that the majority of these activities will be indoors. Stepping beyond the city limits and off the beaten track will allow you to experience some exciting activities, while embracing the great outdoors.
If you fancy making a change from the hectic foot traffic of London’s busy streets, a leisurely stroll in the countryside will be the breath of fresh air you need. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised with the amount of scenic walking locations nearby. If you’d prefer something a bit more extreme in similar locations, there are plenty of off-road cycling paths and downhill mountain biking courses.
For those of you who are looking for an activity that’s outdoorsy, exciting, energetic and highly competitive, look no further than paintballing. You won’t have to go far to find the best paintballing London has to offer — as well as the best paintballing deals London has to offer. There's little that rivals the excitement of exploring diverse outdoor combat scenarios, while being immersed in the adrenaline-fuelled action of paintballing.
Many people would think paintball is reserved for days out with friends or stag dos, but specialised equipment means that the sport is safe to play for anyone aged 8+. This means families can attend for an exciting day out, or plan a children's paintball party. The possibilities are endless, so it’s worth checking out the exciting paintball London has to offer.
While the streets of London are riddled with historical relevance and beautifully aged by memories of the past, the locations that make up the surrounding areas are just as worthwhile to check out and embrace your inner historian.
From the Roman bathhouses of the rather aptly named Bath, to the wonderful medieval craftsmanship of Canterbury Cathedral, you’ll find locations that are a brilliant insight into Britain’s past. Other sites such as Stonehenge are known all over the world for the mystery behind its original purpose — an opinion that has been debated for many generations.
Neighbouring cities such as York and towns like Winchester are packed with history, scenic countryside and quirky buildings that make visitors instantly fall in love with the atmosphere and change of pace from a bigger city.
Whether you’re a Londoner looking for a break away from the city, or a visitor in search of some nearby gems while you spend some time in and around the capital, it’s pretty safe to say you won’t be disappointed. Scenic strolls in the countryside, historical tours of the local area, or intense, adrenaline-rushing fun of paintball; it’s all within a short distance of London and definitely worth making the trip.
*Please note, this post has been contributed.