Looking for the best places to visit near London? We covered all – from the countryside to market towns and villages – no place is too far from London!
Someone once said: “if you are tired of London you are tired of life”. Yes, London is an amazing city, with amazing parks, old pubs and cute cafes. But if have seen all the top landmarks in London and ticked all ideas from your list of things to do in London, it’s time to see something else.
It’s time to visit the best places near London!
Where can you go outside of London? There are many options awaiting you – from a short one day trip from London to an amazing weekend trip in the UK. The only question is, how much time you wish to spend outside of London?
Top 5 places to visit near London:
With so many great places to visit in England outside of London, you just can’t miss the opportunity! With that in mind, we present you the best places to visit near London.
Best places to visit near London:
1. Castle Combe
Go for a walk, have Sunday lunch or visit the legendary Castle Combe circuit – there are many reasons to visit this stunning village located in the Cotswolds Area of Natural Beauty in Wiltshire.
With 102 miles west from London, Castle Combe is nearer the capital city than you think!
2. St Albans
Perched about 1 hour north of the capital city, it is one of the best places to visit in near London and a spot that we know you will love!
Let’s face it, there’s always something for you to do in St Albans! With history on every footstep, many great pubs and beautiful places to simply stop and relax, a day trip to St. Albans is always a great choice.
Before you visit this beautiful place, learn more about the best tourist attractions & unusual things to do in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
So, is St Albans on your list of the best places to visit near London?
3. Seven Sisters
Probably one of the best places to go hiking near London, Seven Sisters is a stunning spot in southern England. You wouldn’t believe that you can see such colour of water in England – and you will be amazed!
This just did it for us. We fell in love with this area straight away and it really is up there with the best places to visit near London!
If staring at stones for too long is not your thing, there are many other places to visit near the capital city, including the next one the list – Silverstone!
It really is one of the best places to visit near London… especially for F1 lovers!
I have to confess, that I’m a bit obsessed about Formula 1! If you would like to try your driving skills, then there is no better place to do so than the legendary Silverstone circuit!
Be like Schumacher, Senna or Hamilton for a day – your dream is closer than you think! In fact, it’s near London – only 70 miles away.
I know, cars are not everybody’s cup of tea!
But if you like tea, you could have one with the Queen while visiting Windsor. In case she is busy or not present in the castle there are also other things to do in Windsor – and you will like all of them as much as having a cup of tea with the lady who appears on Bank of England notes 😉
Going back to our list – we couldn’t forget to shout out Windsor as one of the best places to visit near London, could we?
7. Chiltern Hills
If it’s your first trip around London, we know you will find some of the best places to visit in England that are just outside of the capital city.
Being near London, Chiltern Hills area is just perfect for everyone willing to visit quintessential British villages, amazing nature or some of the best market towns in England.
8. Kew Gardens
Why did we include it on our list of the best places to visit near London? To be fair, when you visit this beautiful garden you will really feel like far away from the capital city – and that’s a good reason 😉
Burford is one of our favourite market towns in England and possibly one of the best places to visit near London.
Known as the southern gateway to the Cotswolds this small medieval town on the River Windrush is really worth visiting. Its long high street set upon a hillside is filled with many independent shops and cafes. It really has its own very individual character with so many beautiful stone houses.
10. Cheddar Gorge
This might sound cheesy but Cheddar Gorge really is one of the best places to visit near London!
This limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills, located close to the village of Cheddar in Somerset is probably one of the most spectacular landmarks in England. If you love nature, this iconic gorge is a perfect choice for a family day out. It really is an example of amazing natural wonders in Europe.
About 2 hours from London, the Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural beauty that you will definitely love! Bibury village, one of the most famous villages in Cotswold, is easily one of the best places to visit near London!
If you think that Bibury is just some houses on a row, you can’t be more wrong! There is much more you can see and do in this village, including amazing walks or having lunch in the iconic ivy-clad Swan Hotel.
The English town of Rye, located near the coast in East Sussex, really is one of England’s best-kept secrets!
Nestled between the English Channel and green rolling hills of the South Downs, Rye with its half-timbered houses and medieval feel is a must-see in the part of southern England.
It really is one of the best places to visit near the capital city.
This charming English village is one of the most popular places to visit in the Cotswolds. Located on the River Windrush it is known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses. It is also often called the “Venice of the Cotswolds” so if you already visited the original Venice in Italy or Little Venice in London, you just have to visit Bourton-on-the-Water!
Bourton-on-the-Water really is a strong contender for the best places to visit near London!
Its reputable university makes it one of the most famous cities in England and it is definitely a great place to visit near London.
Oxford is brimming with things to do! In fact, the historic city of Oxford is one of the most popular places to visit near London. Whether you go for a day trip from London by car or you spend a family day out, the city is just great.
The most obvious reason for visiting Oxford is its famous university, which is the second oldest in the world. But you should also spend a bit of time in the Oxford Botanic Garden or Christ Church Meadow – the city is more than the university and other old buildings 😉
15. Richmond Park
Perched south-west of London, about 20 minutes drive by car, it really is one of the best places to visit near the capital city – especially for all nature-lovers!
Richmond Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and probably one of our favourite parks in London. The good news is that the park free of charge and the only fee you have to pay if the parking fee – if you are visiting the park by car.
There are many great things to do in Richmond Park, from watching deer to cycling and walking. You should also spend some time in Richmond enjoying an afternoon on the riverside.
16. Broadway Tower
If you are seeking inspiration for your next trip out of London, the Broadway Tower definitely should be a strong contender. it really is one of the most unique places to visit near London and a must on any UK bucket list!
Located near Broadway in Worcestershire, Broadway Tower is a must-see place in the Cotswold. The 65 feet or 20 metres high tower is one of England’s outstanding viewpoints and the second-highest point in the Cotswold. Some even say that this is one of the most iconic landmarks in England.
Whether you agree with that or not, without a doubt the surrounding area is worth visiting and the 5-miles-long Broadway Tower Walk is also known as one of the best places for hiking near London.
17. New Forest
All across southern England, it is filled to the brim with some of the best places to visit near London – and New Forest is definitely one of them!
With its clifftop walks, idyllic villages and some of South East England’s most picturesque countryside, New Forest is definitely a great idea for a UK bucket list.
From kayaking, bike riding and of course watching the windswept native ponies, there are so many things to do in New Forest. If you even have the opportunity to experience this magical place near London, do it! You will fall in love with its magical landscape.
Nestled between the southern coastline and the New Forest, Bournemouth is full of attractions and number one resort town in Dorset.
Stunning coastline views and golden sands make Bournemouth one of the best places to visit for a seaside family break. The town was once voted the country’s best coastal resort so you have to visit at least once.
You will honestly be blown away by how beautiful this place is and really is one of the best places to visit near London.
19. Stow on the Wold
Anyone going to the Cotswolds has to visit the charming market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. With its large and lively market square, many tiny tearooms and cosy pubs is definitely a must-visit on a trip from London.
Stow-on-the-Wold is also known as one of Britain’s best locations for antique shops.
Definitely one of the most picturesque areas in the heart of the English countryside!
20. Isle of Wight
Perched on its own island, the Isle of Wight is possibly one of the most unique and best places to visit near London.
The beautiful Isle of Wight is one of the most rural and quiet places you can visit in southern England. It is known for its stunning beaches and amazing seafront – some even call it one of the best islands in Europe. OK, that will be mainly Brits living on the island 😉
21. Blenheim Palace
Located near Oxford, Blenheim Palace is one of England’s most popular tourist destinations. This Unesco World Heritage Site, known for its famous landscape was the birthplace of Winston Churchill, making it a must-have on any UK bucket list.
The Palace is a bit expensive to visit but there are a number of public footpaths cross the park around the palace, so it is possible to visit the green areas without the need to buy a ticket.
It really is one of the best places to visit near London.
Which of the above places near London are you going to see next?
Without a doubt, there is a huge selection of stunning places to visit near London. Whether you travel a few miles or over 100, there is a bit of everything for everyone to explore just outside of the capital city.
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