Short Trips From London

Many visitors to the UK choose London for their base when visiting the country. If you’re planning to stay in the capital, then let’s take a look at some other great locations that can easily be reached for a day trip.

The great thing about staying in London is that it truly is a city that never sleeps. With great entertainment, from musicals to plays, it’s a place where you will rarely be short of things to do.

In the evenings, you’ll find that England’s capital city is a great place to enjoy the nightlife, with top quality restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Be sure that you get out and explore some of the rest of the country too though. There are plenty of benefits in spending time away from the city, including getting to see a bit more of the real England.

My own home county, Hampshire, has plenty on offer. You can reach the the most southerly part of the county in less than 90 minutes by car (or train from London Waterloo) and you’ll find that the short trip is well worth it.

Hampshire includes one of the UK’s newest National Parks, the New Forest. It also has a large number of great unspoilt English villages, complete with thatched cottages, country pubs and village greens. In many ways, this part of the country reflects many visitors ideas of what England should be like.

If you don’t leave London and its immediate surroundings then this may well be a part of the country that you’ll miss out on.

Any discussion of the joys of a visit to Hampshire would be incomplete without making mention of Winchester. Winchester, the ancient capital of England, can be reached in less than an hour by London and has some great transport links.

It’s also heaped in history – this is the place where Jane Austen lived during the final years of her life. It also boasts a Norman Cathedral, the site of William the Conqueror’s Castle and its renowned links to King Arthur.

Winchester is a truly mystical place and is part of a wonderful part of the country – be sure not to miss it.