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Weekend Getaways: 6 Alternatives to London

We know what it’s like. Week in, week out, you’re stuck in the same old routine.

If you’re based in London, you’re probably all too familiar with this feeling. After all, it’s a great place to live and work, but it can quickly become too much.

When that moment comes, it’s time for a break, and luckily for those of you based in London, there are plenty of great weekend getaway spots relatively nearby.

Today, we’re now going to take a closer look at some of these alternatives to London – and trust us; they’re all well worth a visit.

a river and a bridge in london


Oxford has been a popular weekend getaway spot since time immemorial (well, since the Victorians, at least).

This is primarily down to its rich history, plentiful attractions, and picturesque scenery. If it’s the culture you’re after, then there are umpteen galleries and museums you can visit – not to mention the iconic Oxford University itself.

And let’s not forget the endless shops, pubs, and restaurants you can enjoy while in town.


If it’s a change of scenery you’re after, then Exeter is the perfect weekend getaway destination.

Located on the River Exe and surrounded by rolling hills, it’s an outdoor paradise. Not only this, but it’s also home to a plentiful array of attractions, including the incredible Exeter Cathedral.

In addition, there are many retail outlets, pubs and restaurants – as well as plenty of fantastic tour companies you can book a tour with if you desire.


Bath is one of those cities that feels like it’s been plucked straight out of a storybook. Located in the South West, it mesmerizes all who visit with its golden stone architecture and plentiful attractions.

Whether you’re visiting the famous Roman baths, the iconic Jane Austen Centre, or the many museums and galleries, there is something on offer for everyone. And, when you’re done, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, soak up the unique atmosphere and even take in some top-notch live music.


Okay, so Swindon might not be the first place that jumps to mind when you think of weekend getaways – but it’s definitely worth a second look.

Not only is it home to a plethora of attractions, such as The MECA and STEAM Museum, but it’s also located incredibly close to the Wiltshire countryside.

In particular, the nearby Cotswolds are perfect for those looking for a rural weekend away, as you can explore the rolling hills and quaint villages. You can even stumble across some beautiful castles on your travels!


Brighton is the perfect weekend getaway for those who have a little longer on their hands (or just need a break).

Located on the English Channel, this seaside town is renowned for its iconic pier, vibrant atmosphere, and plentiful shopping opportunities.

It’s also home to a wide range of attractions, from the iconic Royal Pavilion to the fascinating British Airways i360. And, of course, the beach is unbeatable for those of you looking for a peaceful spot to relax and enjoy the summer sunshine.


Cambridge is ideal for those looking for something a little more cultured.

The city is renowned for its iconic colleges that sprawl across the city, its rich history, and plenty of sightseeing opportunities. It’s also home to many museums, some of which are dedicated to the city’s rich history and plentiful science attractions.

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