If you’re heading to the capital for a short trip or long weekend away, why not take some time out of the hustle and bustle of the centre and venture to the outskirts. With so much greenery, areas of natural beauty and historic landmarks to see, escape the city and experience everything the outer areas of London have to offer.
Leeds Castle, Kent
This idyllic destination is a sight to behold. Stood in the middle of its own lake, Leeds Castle is a popular visitor destination that sits in rural Kent rather than Yorkshire as you may think. With a hedge maze and plenty of other areas for the whole family to explore, it has something for the whole family to enjoy. With adult tickets at £27 and family tickets starting at £80, take a visit to Leeds Castle on your next adventure to the south.
Warner Bros Studio, Euston
For all the Harry Potter lovers out there, the Warner Bros Studio Tours are a must! Tucked away in Hertfordshire and only a stones throw from the capital, here you can explore two soundstages and a perfectly preserved exhibition spaces. Wander through Dumbledore’s Office and past the front of No.4 Privet Drive and immerse yourself in the wonderful Wizarding World! You can even grab the shuttle-bus connection from Watford Junction to get there for as little as £2.50 return.
Hatfield House, Hatfield
The picturesque Hatfield House offers something for everyone. The home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family, the estate has been in the Cecil family for over 400 years. With parks and gardens, woodland walks and monthly events there is something to do and experience for every generation. If you’re relatively total then even better! If you’re wanting to leave the car at home it’s easy to hop on one of the trains from Potters Bar to Hatfield.
RHS Wisley, Waterloo
With an astonishing 240 acres of beautiful gardens, greenhouses and other attractions, RHS Wisley should definitely be on your list of places to visit outside of London. Take a step back from the busyness of every day life and experience the wonders of nature around you. Here you can wander around the shops and plant centres and also treat yourself to a spot of lunch or afternoon snack in the café on site.
No matter where you choose to visit on your adventures around the outskirts of London, there are so many things to do and places to see if you’d like to get away from the countries capital for a while.