ATTRACTIONS OUTSIDE LONDON
Attractions outside London
If your stay is bit longer and you want a break from crowded and busy London, exploring attractions outside the London might be a good idea.
It is very easy to take off for a day from London, daily coaches leave London for day trips to places located around London.
You can also choose to travel by train which is economical. You can enjoy the benefit of lower fares if you have a travel card and you get a train after 10 a.m. For those above 60 years of age with a senior railcard you will get concessionary travel throughout Britain.
The strikingly beautiful city located in the West Country. This incredible city, declared as World Heritage Site, was founded by the Roman's. Later on the first spa of England was established. The most famous of all, the Bath Abbey was built in 1499, in the centre of city. You can enjoy wandering around the markets, the museums, theatres, some cultural venues and old houses of Georgian times. All this makes Bath a centre of sightseeing and attraction for almost 3.8 million visitors. The city also has its modern face with institutes of information technology and colleges.
Nearest Train Station: Bath
Althorp, the ancestral home of Spencer family for the last five hundred years, is one of the best historical houses of England. Althorp welcomes its visitors to see the interior of the house. This nineteen room house is the private property of Spencer family, furnished with fine pictures, paintings and photographs by Van Dyck, Rubens and Reynolds. You can enjoy sitting in Althorp café, or visiting exhibition of Princess Diana’s life. Visit the beautiful ornamental lake outside the home and pay a visit to the final resting place of Princess Diana.
Address: Northampton, NN7 4HQ
Entrance Fees for Adult: £11.50, for Child: £5.50 Opened from July to September.
York is a city where you can feel the contrast of the old and new. You can visit the historic museums and cultural festivals. This is a city of picturesque with stunning architecture. The city is developing fast while keeping its ancient part alive too. Don’t miss the exquisite English cafés of the city.
Stratford is a place where you can get a real feel of old England, Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth place of Shakespeare.
Address: Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire
Nearest Train: Stratford Upon Avon
Hampton Court Palace was a mansion owned by Cardinal Wolsey in 1514, who later on converted it into a splendid Palace. This was handed over to Henry VIII in 1528, who raised it to its present state. Hampton Court Palace is a sticking mix of Georgian and Renaissance architecture. It is decorated with painting, furnishings and embroidery. The royal family has not resided here since 18th century. The palace is famous for its beautiful gardens and oldest tennis court of the Britain. These days festivals and shows are organized here. It is a wonderful place to spend a day, relaxing with the family.
Address: East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Entrance Fees, Adult: £12.30, Child: £8.00
Stonehenge is definitely the most well-known monument of ancient times in Britain. This national icon of power, mystery and fortitude is standing here since 3000 BC. Why was this marvellous thing built and what was its purpose? Perhaps it was a place of worship but it is still a mystery who constructed it. .
Entrance Fees: Adult: £4.40, Child: £2.20
Nearest Train: Salisbury
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. Edinburgh is a unique city due to its natural dramatic position, this incredible city stands on seven hills. Edinburgh has a bundle of attractions coupled with its natural beauty, the most significant is Royal Palace Holyrood established in 11th century. Holyrood Palace is still residence of Royal family during their stay in Scotland.
Apart from this you can visit the historic and haunting Edinburgh Castle that has seen manywars of Scotland. There is also the National Museum, Museum of Scotland, Museum of Edinburgh, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Edinburgh Zoo. Summer is a good time to visit as you may get a chance to attend theatre, and other festivals of art. The Edinburgh Festival is famous all over the world.
Nearest Train: Edinburgh
Oxford is centre of learning from last past 800 years. The magnificent buildings date back to the 15th century.
Nearest Train: Oxford
Sissinghurst Castle was constructed in the 16 century. In 1930 a poetess Vita Sackville-West took possession along with her husband Harold Nicolson and started the castle's renovation.
Sissinghurst Castle is now famous for its gardens all over the world; its colours do not fade any season of the year.
Address: Sissinghurst, nr Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2AB
Entrance Fees: Adult: £6.50, Child: £3.00, Opened March to November.
Nearest Train: Sissinghurst
Donnington Castle was constructed during the tenor of King Richard II.
Thorpe Park or the water park was opened in 1970. Today Thorpe Park is considered one of the best parks of England. It is home of thrilling roller coasters.
Address: Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8PN
Nearest Tube/Train: Staines
Entrance Fees: Adult: £17.00 - £23.00 Child: £14.50 - £18.00
This amazing castle provides an insight into Medieval times