Take in the green pastures of England with these weekend getaways near London. We’ll go over some of the nicest areas to escape to for the weekend. With so many B&Bs and boutique hotels, there’s no reason not to take advantage. So, treat yourself or a loved one to an unforgettable weekend away. Enjoy nature, surroundings, wildlife, and relaxation. Will even throw in a few tips on where to stay.
The county of Suffolk has it all. Visitors enjoy the rugged coastline and quaint seaside towns. Kessingland, Dunwich, Ipswich, and Beccles are just a few of the lovely coastal spots to see. There is also an abundance of fresh produce making for some world-class dining. For a particular delicacy be sure to try the bean-to-chocolate bars available at specialty shops. Wherever you’re staying there’s sure to be a host of activities from wildlife parks to medieval towns. Of course, a stunning area also means a wide variety of boutique hotels, B&Bs, and spas so plan accordingly for a relaxing weekend away.
Another county that boasts an impressive coastline. The White Cliffs of Dover is just one reason to visit Kent. Filled with impressive architecture like the famous Ramsgate and castles like Deal Castle and Dover Castle, there’s plenty to see and do. Treat yourself to some of the incredible hotels and B&Bs on offer to enjoy a truly fun and beautiful retreat. Even if you’re not soaking up the sun or sea air you can escape for fine wine and world-class food at one of the many Michelin star restaurants and vineyards. The Mount Vineyard and Gusbourne are personal favourites.
Devon is popular for its diverse range of natural beauty, adventure, and historic cities. It contains not only two coastlines but two national parks. From the incredible Jurassic Coast with its natural landmarks and stunning views to the medieval cities of Exeter and Plymouth, a weekend in Devon might not be enough. Some of the top-rated hotels are in Devon and visitors can choose whether they want to stay in a cosy boutique hotel or a massive country estate, from glamping spots by the sea to B&Bs nestled away in small villages. If you want the best of the beach stay, consider staying in the North of Devon, such as the Torbay area. For country estates, you can look to the middle of the county in areas like Dartmoor or Exmoor. Devon also has some of the best eco-friendly spots in the UK, as well as spa resorts.
While not an entire county, Canterbury certainly is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. Get lost in this incredibly important and historic British landmark. It is perhaps best-known for the famous work of Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales. You can visit its incredible cathedral as well as the other famous medieval architecture, such as Westgate Towers. It has certainly kept its charm over the centuries with mountains of independent shops, theatres, and galleries to explore. If you want something truly and classically British, then be sure to stop for afternoon teas and cakes at Tiny Tim’s Tea Room. For something a little stronger, one of the most beloved bars is The Pound Bar & Kitchen. For a great pub check out The Shakespeare.
Hertfordshire is a county that borders London making it easy to get to for a weekend away. Filled with quaint and ancient towns it’s a beautiful place to visit for some historic tours. Although there are plenty of beautiful hotels and B&Bs to choose from many might enjoy the abundance of manor estates and golf courses. Where you stay though will depend on one of the many towns you wish to visit. Tring is a particularly beautiful town with 19th Century architecture. Hitchin is another town well-worth the visit, particularly in sunnier months. Explore the cobbled streets and old, colourful houses and see the surrounding lavender fields. The church in Hitchin dates back to the 7th Century, making it one of the oldest in the UK. Hertfordshire is recommended if you want a quiet stay with a bit of luxury in the grand old-English estates.