Brighton

An eccentric seaside town that inspired Graham Greene’s novels, Brighton is only an hour from London by train and is a very cosmopolitan city with many bars and clubs. The Royal Pavilion, a 19th-century party palace built by the Prince Regent, is a must-visit and sets the scene for Brighton’s bohemian hedonism.

Things to see and do:

i360, Royal Pavilion, SEA LIFE Centre

Rail Travel Time:

London Victoria > Brighton 1hr

Oxford

Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, The Grand Hall of Oxford’s mighty Christ Church College, Bodleian Library and New College will be recognisable to Harry Potter film fans. Admire the famous ‘Dreaming Spires’ of medieval churches while enjoying strawberries and Champagne as you take a leisurely punt down the river.

Things to see and do:

Blenheim Palace, City Sightseeing Oxford bus tour

Bath

Founded on top of natural hot springs and home to one of the world’s best-preserved Roman bathhouses, this sophisticated city is where grand Georgian architecture and buildings such as The Royal Crescent and the Assembly Rooms evoke the romance of Jane Austen’s novels – the author did spend five years of her life here after all.

 

Things to see and do:

Roman Baths, Thermae Spa, Jane Austen Centre

 

Rail Travel Time:

London Paddington > Bath 1hr 25mins