I recently moved to London and I really want to get out of town this weekend. Any suggestions for a great weekend trip? I would prefer not to need more than 2-3 hours to get to a destination so I can spend my time exploring instead of in transit. Thanks!
Depends where you are in London, but if you are close to the centre then visiting Piccadilly Circus is a must! Just by Piccadilly Circus there is a China Town, Leicester Square, Fortnum and Masons and St. James Park (Home of the Queen). Although you will find many tourists there, at least it is almost impossible to get lost!! Hope you enjoy it =] about 8 years ago
A great day out is taking the train to Hampton Court palace along the Thames past Kingston on Thames. If it's nice weather and you're fancy a good stretch of the legs, walk from Kingston on Thames along the river to Hampton Court. Great pubs in Kingston and Hampton to enjoy a pub lunch. Another good day trip is Windsor castle past Heathrow. The other one is going to visit Churchill's home in the country Chatwell and you can see his studio where he painted. Further afield:
Brighton, and easy to get to from Victoria station (I think)
Have fun! about 8 years ago
Cambridge is easy to do by train or bus - only a couple of hours - and is an amazing city - you could also visit Ely and the Fens which are pretty wonderful too.
Suffolk and Norfolk are both within your reach - lots of nice seaside places - I love the kitsch of Cromer, Southwold, Aldeburgh, Sherringham etc.
You could also head to the South East coast - Whitstable, Kent, Romney Marsh etc. about 8 years ago
Bath, then travel by the Cotswolts to Stratford on Avon and back to London. You'd probably need a long weekend for that.
Alternatively head towards southeast England. I visited a beautiful castle surrounded by a moat, think it migt have been Bodiam Castle.
Head further south to the pretty town of Rye and on further south to see the White Cliffs of Dover. If you've time to visit Canterbury on the way back all the better.
Alternatively and less challenging given their proximiity to London, you could head north and visit the Royal town of Windsor with its castle and then the university town of Oxford.
Or you could opt to explore the Thames area. Head west from London on the river and you come to the magnificent Hampton Court with its famous maze. Head east and you come to Greenwich famous for its maritime history and observatory for starters.
Further east on the river will bring you to the Thames Barrier. It is really worth taking a boat trip down the Thames, you see London and its surrounds from a different angle. almost 8 years ago
last year we walked from Weymouth to Swanage via Lulworth Cove (Dorset). We did it in 3 days, but it can be done as a weekend trip aswell. It's beautiful down there.
Highlights :) - World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Impressive Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Superb cliff top coastal walk of The South West Coast Path National Trail. Relax in Studland Bay - miles of white sand backed by sand dunes. Boat trip along Impressive Old Harry Rocks. Great seafood :)
Check my photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/101114789248574649486/DorsetSWEnglandJihozapadniAnglieJurassicCoastCorfeCastleLulworthCoveDurdleDoor02
Enjoy your weekend,
(walking in Dorset: http://www.mintytrips.co.uk/dorset_jurassic_coast.html) almost 8 years ago
I'd have to agree with Sam Richards. I live in London but am from Cambridge and have taken many of my friends tehre who all agree it is a wonderful city - a perfect escape from London! If you do go, have a look at the famous colleges! Kings College is amazing and located on a lovely cobbled street (Kings Parade) in Cambridge. On the same road they have an amazing old vintagey looking fudge shop where they make their own fudge. There are also some nice tea rooms around the parade. Also the Eagle pub is round the corner. Not only is it a great pub, its where scientists realised what DNA was/ how it worked! (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186225-d1629033-Reviews-The_Eagle-Cambridge_Cambridgeshire_England.html)
I'd also recommend going punting if you are in Cambridge, it's classic! It's like being on a gondela (sorry about the spelling there) in Venice!
Enjoy! almost 8 years ago
We found Salisbury to be a sweet village to visit and it is very accessible for a weekender.
Salisbury Cathedral is awe inspiring and of course Stonehenge, Silbury and Avebury are near by if you enjoy archeological, megalithic sites. They may be a bit crowded on weekend. almost 2 years ago