If you’re based in or around the capital, then you’ll find an almost never-ending supply of things to see or do. But there does come a point where the big city and all of its manic charm gets a bit much. If you think you’d like to unwind a little, then why not venture a little outside the M25 and see what the rest of the country has to offer? As we’ll see, you needn’t travel all that far. Let’s assess a few would-be destinations.
Just under thirty miles from the capital, Stevenage provides acres of stunning parkland in the form of Fairlands Valley Park. Nearby, you’ll find a sailing centre, where you’ll be able to go windsurfing, powerboating, kayaking or even angling.
Cambridge is probably most famous for its university. But there’s a wealth of other things to do in the city, including vibrant green spaces and historical buildings. The museum of Archaeology and Anthropology houses the university’s collections of antiquities and is surely worth a visit. You’ll be able to pack it in alongside Stevenage, as the Stevenage to Cambridge route makes visiting both cities by train super-convenient.
If you’re a fan of British history and architecture, then there could be few locations more attractive than Canterbury. It’s home, of course, to the eye-popping Canterbury Cathedral, which, along with the nearby St. Augustine’s Abbey, is among the country’s most significant religious buildings. Throw in the Roman Museum Canterbury Castle and you have a recipe for a grand day out.
There’s nowhere in the country quite like Brighton, especially during summer. For those of us looking to take a break on a sunny British seaside, there could be few places better. There’s a vibrant nightlife, along with plenty of unique little shops packed into a quirky little commercial district. If you’ve yet to visit, then there’s no time like the present; if you’ve already been, then there’s no time like summer for a return trip.
We’ll close with another mention of a famous university city, packed with history and culture. There are libraries, museums and castles to visit. You’ll be able to hop on a relaxing riverboat cruise, and, if you’re so-inclined, you might even go on a tour of a few Harry Potter filming locations while you’re at it. Being just a short drive up the M40, it’s hard to find a reason not to visit!