Favourite Five

Favourite Five: Solo Sightseeing in England

There is nothing wrong with venturing out on your own. Go on, one weekend, just jump on a train and get outta dodge. Pack you ear phones, ipad, a bottle of water, a camera and maybe even an overnight bag just in case. It gives you an opportunity to re-charge and discover what is on offer outside zone 6! Below are some of our favourite spots to city hop to.

We all know Oxford. It is famous for its universities and what gorgeous buildings they are. You can grab the Oxford Tube (a coach) from Victoria Station or train from Paddington and then there are buildings galore to explore. Pass by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History which was founded in 1860. Here you will find geological and zoological specimens in this site of impressive neo-Gothic architecture. There is the Sheldonian Theatre with its cupola giving you 360 panoramic views of Oxford. Plop Oxford Castle and St. Peter-in-the-East on your list too. About Oxford.

Kings Cross station, then up you go! So the first thing you notice about Cambridge is that there is a lot of punting going on here. It is a great way to see what the city offers, but if you prefer to be firmly on solid ground – it’s not a huge place to wander around. Cambridge University is a gorgeous sight, from the river or land. There is also St John’s College, as well as King’s College with its beautiful chapel. There are also loads of open green spaces to take in if the weather is good. About Cambridge.

Of course, the first thing that springs to mind is Windsor Castle, which is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. If you head over on a Saturday or Sunday, you may bump into the Queen as it’s her weekend getaway home. Then there is Eton College, with famous alumni including Prince William, Prince Harry, Eddie Redmayne, Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston (soz no girls allowed). There is also lego land nearby, but you will need a car for that trip. About Windsor.

Not as well know as the above, but just as fun a city break. There is Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest in Europe. Then there is Wolvesey Castle and Winchester City Mill. Jane Austen is buried at Winchester Cathedral and was born in Hampshire, so there are some fun walking tours that help you discover more about her life. There is also the Jane Austen House Museum which is essentially where she spent the last eight years of her life. Worth a visit. About Winchester.

Now this is a curve ball. Not an obvious choice but there are a couple of reasons here. Portsmouth has fantastic maritime history with attractions spanning some 800 years. Basically, it is a historic waterfront city. Grabbing a spot of lunch on the wharf is a must-do. Aside from that, you have outlet stores which means designer names at high street prices. What more could you want, some fresh air, boat/ship spotting, quayside dining and then cheap Michael Kors. Do it. About Portsmouth.