Ever since I decided to pack my bags and move to rainy England, I’ve been on a mission to discover as many wonderful little gems across the country as possible. For the past three years, I’ve used my weekends and, occasionally, my annual leave, to explore what the UK has to offer – and although I still have a fair bit of exploring to do, I did see some gorgeous places throughout the years.
For those of you who’d like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, even just for a day, I collected some of my favourite day trip destinations below. All nine places are within reach of London and are easily accessible by train – my primary means of transport within the country.
I discovered Hever Castle back in 2014, and it’s been one of my favourite places ever since. Situated in Kent, Hever Castle dates back to the 13th century, and was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Unfortunately, photography isn’t allowed inside the castle so I can’t show you my personal highlights, but trust me when I say it’s worth seeing.
The castle grounds and gardens are also gorgeous (there’s a water maze, an Italian garden, a rose garden, and so much more – you can even rent a boat and take in the beauty and serenity of the lake, if you want to), so make sure to get a combined ticket (castle + gardens) if you’re planning on visiting. And if you’re visiting in summer, get a scoop of ice cream near the lake – it’s delicious!
Distance: 45 minutes
Nearest train station: Hever
Admission: £15.50 (adult) or £8.75 (child), if bought online.
The Seven Sisters
Situated on the South Downs in East Sussex, The Seven Sisters are a series of chalk cliffs between Seaford and Eastbourne. It’s a beautiful place that offers a magnificent view of the entire coastline, and is perfect for a day hike. The closest train station is Seaford, and local buses run to the Seven Sisters Country Park from outside the station. We actually ended up walking, but in hindsight, it wasn’t such a great idea. There’s no pavement outside the city, so your only option is to walk alongside the main road – which, to be frank, isn’t such a rewarding journey.