There’s a lot to love about London, but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the capital every now and again, and there’s no better way to explore the sights outside of the city than by rail. Here are our best day trips to take by train out of London.
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Only 20 minutes from London is the 2000-year-old Roman city of St Albans. Here you’ll find a wealth of history and culture, alongside a thriving café culture and independent boutiques. Head to the cathedral and explore its history, best known for the shrine of St Alban, Britain’s first Christian Saint, or simply wander around the historical streets. Verulamium Park close to the city centre comprises 100 acres of beautiful parkland, and the Roman City walls can still be seen today.
From central London, take the train to Stevenage to Welwyn Garden City, and on to Knebworth House. This impressive historic house has made a name for itself in recent years as a legendary concert venue and has hosted numerous artists including The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Oasis. Set in 250 acres this 500-year-old home makes the perfect place to take a day trip. Enjoy a picnic in the scenic surroundings of the formal gardens or enjoy a house tour and get to know Knebworth’s fascinating history.
Arrive in the historic Cambridge in under an hour from central London and take a stroll along the river-or a punt if you’re brave enough- passed the happily grazing cows. Head to the gothic King’s College Chapel in the centre of the city and marvel at the architecture and acoustics of this gargantuan creation, or simply stroll through the hallowed halls. A trip to Cambridge is like stepping back to simpler times and offers light relief from the hustle and bustle of central London.
Situated only a 50-minute train ride from London, Tumbridge Wells was, and still is a favourite destination for Royals. Probably the best-known attraction in the town is the picturesque pedestrianised boulevard, The Pantiles. This is how every quintessential English town should look with splendid Georgian architecture lined with trees. Home to boutiques, restaurants and art galleries it’s a sophisticated place to escape.
There’s no better place to take a day trip to than the seaside location of Brighton. A combination of cultural and cosmopolitan, this pretty seaside town has Londoners flocking here on weekends, not to mention it has some of the best fish and chips in the country.
Whether you’re looking to get out and explore the historic houses that surround London, head to another cosmopolitan city, or merely for a stroll in the countryside, travelling by rail will help you get out and about.