Feeling like you’ve had enough of your day to day London life? Need a speedy, spontaneous getaway from the buzz of the city?
With the four day Easter weekend coming up, it is the perfect excuse to get away for a day or two and escape the land of 9am lectures, cheesy chips and pizza every day.
Lucky for you we have done all the research for you, so all you have to do is hop on the train…
Train time: 56 minutes
Loved by Londoners, Brighton is a small city with huge character. Brighton has plenty to offer for a fun day out, with its famous pier consisting of great sea views, a large arcade and fair ground rides. It’s the ideal place to spend an hour or two, come rain or shine! It also offers a long stretch of pebble beach to walk along – perhaps with some fish and chips – along with cute little seaside shops amongst the tiny back streets ,that you can easily lose yourself in! As well as this, in the centre of Brighton you will find the Royal Pavilion, built in 1787 as a seaside retreat for George IV – definitely worth a visit!
Southend on Sea
Train time: 54 minutes
A typical English sea side town with a twist; Southend has the longest pleasure pier in the world, at 1.34 miles - fear not, if you’re feeling lazy there is a train that will take you to the head of the pier! If it is stunning sea views and the feeling of tranquillity you’re after, you are in for a treat.
Southend also offers Adventure Island, its very own theme park if you need a bit of a thrill to top off the day – open all year round!
Train time: 1 hour 30 minutes
For a slightly longer train journey you can find yourself in the historic Roman city of Bath. Take a walk around the town and up to the famous Crescent, where you can see across the city. Have lunch at one of the many cute little cafes scattered about and then enjoy a tour round the Roman Baths. If you’re really looking to relax, you can visit Bath Thermae Rooftop Spa!
Walk along the River Avon that runs through the centre of the City and take in the beautiful sandstone buildings that make Bath so iconic!
Train time: 58 minutes
For one of the smaller cities in the UK, Oxford is bursting with plenty of things to do, whether you want to spend a day or a couple. Visit the High Street where you’ll find shops and the Covered Market. Scrub up on your natural history knowledge at the Natural History Museum, or take a walking tour round all the historic buildings in Oxford, such as the Bodleian Library and Christ Church College Gardens, which sits beside the River Thames.
Oxford is also the scene of many of the filming locations from the Harry Potter movies!
Train time: 48 minutes
The home of another world famous University, Cambridge is a much loved city famous for its historic buildings and picture perfect upper-class feel. If you have never experienced punting, this is your opportunity (it’s harder than it looks!), hire a boat for around £20 and take in the sights! Visit one of the many museums and then take a stroll to the market in the centre to treat yourself – you can find everything from jewellery to clothing to fresh food!
Join the ‘Oxford or Cambridge’ debate, which do you think is better?
Oh, and make sure to dress warm, we all know how unpredictable the English weather can be!