Sometimes the best thing about London is how easy it is to get away. Don’t get me wrong—I love this city. But when I want to travel it’s incredibly convenient to do so. With train stations galore and roads leading all over Britain, weekend getaways from London are easy.

Weekend Getaways from London

Weekend Getaways from London

There are 7 lovely weekend trips I recommend. All of them are within a couple hours’ drive or train ride from London (with one notable exception, but it’s a fun one). From country escapes to beach trips, there’s no shortage of options.

The best weekend getaways from London are:
1. Chipping Campden, The Cotswolds
2. New Forest, Hampshire
3. Rye and Camber Sands, East Sussex
4. West Sussex
5. Faversham, Kent
6. Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
7. St Ives, Cornwall

Bretforton, England

Chipping Campden, The Cotswolds

Chipping Campden is one of my favorite towns in the Cotswolds. Full of the region’s signature beauty and storybook atmosphere, it’s a great base for exploring the area. On a recent trip I fell in love with Chipping Campden‘s Cotswold stone houses and used the town as a jumping off point for visiting Broadway, Bretforton, and Hidcote Manor Garden.

Bretforton, England

New Forest, Hampshire

The New Forest is one of my favorite weekend getaways from London. It’s beautiful at any time of year, but it really comes alive in autumn with the bright foliage of the season. Long walks and cozy fires are imperative, and I always make sure to keep an eye out for the famous New Forest ponies.

New Forest, England

Rye and Camber Sands, East Sussex

Rye makes a great day trip from London, but the surrounding area means it’s worth a full weekend. The town itself is by far the prettiest I’ve seen in the UK. Its Tudor-style facades and cobbled streets are straight out of a fairytale. But nearby Camber Sands is also worth a visit. It’s one of my favorite beaches in England, not least for its wide pebbled stretches and dunes.

Camber Sands Beach

West Sussex

Earlier this year I discovered West Sussex. I couldn’t believe how close it was to London and how worthy it was of a weekend getaway. I particularly enjoyed the South Downs Way, Charlton, and Petworth, a chocolate box town full of pretty streets and shops. It’s home to the impressive Petworth House, a 17th-century stately mansion with an amazing art collection and grounds designed by landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

South Downs Way

Faversham, Kent

Kent is one of my favorite places to travel in England, not least for its gardens, castles, and vineyards. From the oysters in Whitstable to the grounds at Hever Castle, I could spend weeks here. But if I only had time for a weekend getaway from London, I would stay in Faversham. Easily accessible from London and located near many of the county’s highlights, it’s also a beautiful destination in its own right.

Faversham, Kent

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

I can’t get enough of Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. I’ve already visited twice this year, and each time I’ve gained a greater appreciation of its wealth of walking trails and lovely towns and villages. From hiking Pen y Fan to indulging at the Abergavenny Food Festival, the area has something for everyone at any time of year.

Brecon Beacons National Park

St Ives, Cornwall

Out in Cornwall, St Ives isn’t exactly next door to the UK capital. But the overnight train from London to St Ives makes it an easy weekend trip. My boyfriend and I did it last September and loved having the whole beach to ourselves when we arrived at sunrise. Even when the rest of the world awoke we enjoyed exploring the town, soaking up its artistic atmosphere, and eating on the waterfront.

St Ives, Cornwall

More Weekend Getaways from London

These 7 trips should keep you busy for a while, but if you need more weekend getaways from London, see my 16 best weekend trips in the UK post. And if you only have a day, head over to my 15 best day trips from London post.

What’s your favorite weekend getaway from London?

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18 Comments on Lady’s 7 Lovely Weekend Getaways from London

  1. Ashley
    October 3, 2016 at 6:40 am (12 months ago)

    I’ll be sure to focus on more getaways when I’m in London in the future. There’s so many places in the UK that I want to visit, specifically York, Bath and Cambridge!

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    • A Lady in London
      October 3, 2016 at 10:13 am (12 months ago)

      Yeah! Those are all great places to visit in the UK.

      Reply
  2. Chinonye
    October 3, 2016 at 7:21 am (12 months ago)

    Oh I love London. Thank you for this I now know where to visit when return to London.

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  3. Tanja
    October 3, 2016 at 7:47 am (12 months ago)

    nice ideas!

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  4. Miranda | Miranda's Notebook
    October 3, 2016 at 10:03 am (12 months ago)

    All such wonderful suggestions! I visited Rye for the first time this year and fell completely in love with it. It made me reread Mapp & Lucia all over again – so fun! xxx

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  5. Suzanne Jones
    October 3, 2016 at 10:30 am (12 months ago)

    So glad you included Rye on your list – such a gorgeous little town. Have you thought about visiting Alfriston in East Sussex and the Rathfinny Wine Estate – I think you’d like it 🙂

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    • A Lady in London
      October 3, 2016 at 11:16 am (12 months ago)

      Yeah, Rye is amazing! I haven’t visited Alfriston, but will have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  6. Rebecca
    October 3, 2016 at 9:30 pm (12 months ago)

    What great suggestions! Does the overnight train from London to Penzance (which is the one I assume you’d get to St Ives) still run?

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    • A Lady in London
      October 4, 2016 at 7:53 am (12 months ago)

      As far as I know, but you can always check online.

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  7. Patrick
    October 4, 2016 at 9:07 am (12 months ago)

    Looks amazing!
    Thank you for your suggestions.

    Nice pictures.

    Patrick

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  8. Faye
    November 22, 2016 at 6:19 pm (10 months ago)

    Hi! I’m looking to go to Cornwall with my boyfriend in January for a short trip. We’ve never been! Where do you recommend to stay?

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    • A Lady in London
      November 23, 2016 at 9:01 am (10 months ago)

      There are so many great places to stay that it’s hard to choose just one. I love St Ives, though.

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  9. Blaise
    April 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm (5 months ago)

    This is a great list with great ideas, thank you for posting it!

    Reply

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