If you, like me, live in London you must know that you are living in one of the greatest and most beautiful cities on earth. But after a while, no matter how big, every city becomes familiar. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it’s mostly good. It feels nice to know your way around the city and to had experienced a lot in it throughout your time there. It also had a bad side to it; you might get that wanderlust feeling. You want to explore new places and see other cities. Well … good thing that within two hours by train from London Waterloo there are five wonderful cities to visit.
The beautiful Brighton, also known as ‘London at Sea’, lies within one hour and 15 minutes by train from London itself, and only 30 minutes away from Gatwick Airport. Brighton Station is right in the city centre so you will be able to smell the sea as soon as you step off the train.
Discover amazing things to do and attractions such as the Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion. Whether you visit Brighton for the first or the hundredth time, you will also want to come back for another amazing day at the beach.
It will only take you one and a half hours by train or two hours by car to get to the University City Cambridge. There’s something for everyone when it comes to entertainment in Cambridge. A choice of galleries showcases an impressive range of art, from the contemporary to the classic, a buzzing theatre and performance scene presents drama, dance and family shows and you can enjoy all kinds of live music.
You can go punting on the River Cam, enjoy a picnic in the park, join a walking tour of the city or explore further afield from the seat of a bicycle following the excellent network of cycle paths in and around the city. A great day for everyone!
One and a half hours by train west of London you will find another University City, this time: Oxford. There are always things to do in and around Oxford, whether it’ll be visiting some of the local tourist attractions and historical places of interest, dining out in one of Oxford’s quality restaurants, enjoying the local music scene, seeing a film at a nearby cinema, or visiting one of the local pubs, bars or cafes. Oxford is an alive and vibrant city and will definitely not disappoint.
On the very edge of the two-hour travel circle around London, you will find Bath, known for its Roman-built baths. Bath is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in naturally hot spa water and original Roman Baths, making it the ultimate spa break destination for thousands of years.
Although the city is famous for its beautiful architecture, iconic sights and fascinating history, all of which attracted visitors for thousands of years, there are plenty of other things to do in Bath too. For example hot air balloon flights, motorsports at Castle Combe Race Circuit or amazing concerts and theatre performances. And don’t forget to take a trip to the close by Stonehenge!
Known from the ancient, but famous, tales and only one hour and 32 minutes by train east from London Waterloo. The Canterbury district offers you so much to see and do during your visit with a huge variety of attractions and indoor and outdoor activities to suit all tastes and interests. Visit all the historical places, have a great time on a tour through the city or enjoy one of the museums.
If you are staying in England for a longer period or are road tripping through it, I would advise you to visit all of them.
Enjoy your travels!