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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?