Ideas for side trips from London

Most visitors to England are immediately drawn to London. However, if you are only spending your time in the capital city, you are missing out on some great destinations the rest of the country has to offer. You may not be able to cover a lot of ground during a brief holiday, however, here are a few destination that make for great side trips since they can be easily be reached by train from London. Travelling across England (or Europe for that matter) doesn’t have to cost a fortune.


Cambridge is a city of academia, green open spaces, and architectural marvels that are laden with history. If like most first time visitors to England, you find yourself in London, then consider making the day trip out to this small city. A few of the must-try activities her include wandering the historic town on foot, watching a rowing race, and trying your hand at punting – this involves propelling yourself in a long wooden boat by pushing a pole against the shallow river bottom, and it’s easier said than don.


Nottingham is an interesting place to visit because it has ties to the well known legend of Robin Hood – you can find his statue just outside Nottingham Castle. Another unique idea when visiting Nottingham is to down a pint at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Inn – this is  a pub that dates back 800 years and is arguably one of the oldest in all of England.


Leeds is the kind of city that charms with its Georgian and Victorian architecture. While travellers wouldn’t immediately think of Leeds as one of the main tourist destinations, this city has plenty to keep visitors entertained, starting in the buzzing city centre. Get started at Millennium Square, a public space that usually has some kind of performance or exhibition going on. From there consider working your way to Kirkgate Market, a traditional British market with indoor and outdoor stands – it’s a great place to grab a quick bite to eat while you explore.

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