The bustling sea-side city of Brighton is a short train ride from London. Explore the independent shops and beautiful historic boutiques of the Lanes, have a stroll along the pier and be sure to see Brighton Pavilion, a historic royal palace with spectacular Indian-style architecture.
Perfect for a day trip, Cambridge is home to one of the oldest and most famous universities in the world. Explore the historic colleges where the likes of scientist Isaac Newton and poet Lord Byron studied, and be sure to take a punt out on the river. You can stop at a country village for tea and scones – it’s about as English as you can get.
Another of Britain’s famous historic university city’s is bigger than Cambridge, so it’s great for shopping and nightlife as well as heritage. Traditional pubs, live music and great parks are to be found all over the city, and its historic colleges are a must. If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter films, be sure to check out Christ Church, which was used as a location in the films!
4. The Chilterns
One of Britain’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Chilterns is an area of countryside known for its beautiful Beechwood forests and chalk streams. London, you can explore traditional flint cottages and villages and feel miles away from the city.
Once a Roman settlement, Lewes has seen its fair share of history, from Saxon settlers to Norman invaders. It’s a beautiful medieval town in the heart of the rolling hills and pastures of West Sussex, perfect for a day trip or as a starting point for some country walking.
The historic cathedral city of Canterbury is one of Britain’s oldest cities and is ideal for a taste of British country life. Explore the beautiful half-timbered buildings, the cathedral where 12th-century Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket was killed, or take a boat tour on the Great River Stour for a unique perspective of the city.