How to Spend 48 Hours Just Outside of London 

Today’s Culture with Travel post is by Adam James

As lovely and exciting England’s capital can be, sometimes curiosity can get the better of us and make us wonder what other gems lay beyond England’s busiest city.

City life can be a bit suffocating and sometimes all you need is a day or two away in some new scenery. Luckily for you, London is very well located for a variety of different places to suit everyone’s tastes.  The UK itself is filled with wondrous gems to visit, however they’re easily missed off due to the bright lights of London.

Here is our guide to some towns and cities less than 2 hours away from London if you’re after some further exploration of the UK’s rich heritage. Every item on our list allows you to spend 48 hours in each place, or less!

Oxford

The City of Oxford is home to one of the world’s most renowned and famous institutions (as well as being the birthplace of Alice in Wonderland!). It’s rich with history, packed with independent vintage cafes and is overall an enchanting place to visit. This destination is easily reached from Paddington or Marlyebone stations.

University of Oxford

 

Walking through the Oxford University colleges and the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology will inspire a scholarly streak and provide you with some truly beautiful sites.

Highlights worth visiting:

  • The University of Oxford
  • Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Choral Evensong
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park

St Albans

A less than 20 minute train journey from St Pancras station gets you into the middle of splendid British heritage. St Albans was previously a Roman settlement of Verulamium and is highly known as a place of ‘pilgramage’ for beer drinkers.  It also happens to be the headquarters of the Campaign for Real Ale and possesses more pubs per capita than any other UK town!

St. Albans Cathedral

Highlights worth visiting:

  • St Albans Cathedral
  • St Albans traditional street market
  • Verulamium Museum
  • Sopwell Nunnery

Brighton & Hove

Known as London on the beach – this flamboyant party city of the East Sussex county is a colourful and architecturally-rich resort worth visiting. Londoners and tourists alike love escaping to Briton for

its pretty, pebble beach, pier and seaside recreation and of course the Indo-Saracenic architecture of the Royal Pavillion.

Brighton and & Hove houses a whopping 365 pubs meaning there’s something for absolutely everybody. It also has a strong focus on its food culture- a day alone here could be solely focused on their fish and chips, or Sunday roasts!

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The Royal Pavilion

Highlights worth visiting:

  • The Royal Pavilion
  • Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
  • Brighton Toy and Model Museum
  • Brighton Pier
  • British Airways i360 – The world’s tallest moving observation tower!

Winchester

If you’re after a bit of medieval culture then Winchester is the place to explore. Located in Hampshire, it was once the ancient capital of Wessex. The place itself has inspired poetry, pilgrimage and royalty for over 2000 years. Along with its stunning Iron-Age and beautiful buildings, the city has a thriving food and drink scene, with farmer’s markets, fine dining and award winning pubs attracting thousands of visitors.

Highlights worth visiting:

  • Winchester Cathedral
  • The Great Hall – one of the finest surviving halls of the 13th Century
  • The Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery
  • Marwell Zoo

Windsor

This quintessentially English Town is where Her Majesty the Queen calls home. Famous for its cobbled streets, races and water sports, activities in Windsor can cater for any needs whilst enriching your experience with true English culture. The doors of Windsor Castle open to teh public during the months of March through to October, with guard changes happening between 11-11:30am. Hopefully knowing this will allow you to skip the rush!

Highlights worth visiting

  • Windsor Castle / St George’s Chapel
  • The Royal Ascot (in season)
  • The Royal Windsor Racecourse (in season)
  • Windsor Great Park

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