If you’re looking for a place in the UK to head to where you’ll be spoilt for choice of things to do, London is pretty tough to beat. As well as boasting a huge range of attractions and activities within the city itself, you’ll also find lots of entertainment around the capital too.

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Here, you’ll discover just 5 must see places in and around London you should absolutely add to your list.

1. Canterbury

Just an hour’s train ride away from London, Canterbury is a picturesque cathedral city. Although it now has a fairly big student population, the city still boasts a laid-back, cultural atmosphere. There’s lots of great sights to take in, including the breath-taking Canterbury Cathedral and the fascinating Canterbury Roman Museum.

Some things not to be missed while you’re there include a trip down King’s Mile and taking in the culinary delights at the indoor farmer’s market. Save money on your trip there by travelling during the week with super off peak tickets.

2. The London Eye

Opened in the year 2000, the London Eye is a must-see when you’re in the capital. Up until 2013 when the Shard was constructed, it provided the highest view of the city. Take a trip up to the top to witness London in all of its breath-taking glory. However, if you’re not good with heights don’t worry! You can still enjoy the sheer sight of this landmark from the ground.

3. Southend

Enjoy a seaside getaway and head to Southend, one of the few old-fashioned seaside towns in the country. It boasts the longest pier in the world, totaling 1.34 miles in length! If you’re taking the kids, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to the Adventure Island theme park. There you’ll get to enjoy lots of thrills and delicious ice cream.

4. The Natural History Museum

If you’re looking for a more cultured trip, the Natural History Museum in London is a must-see. Situated on Cromwell Road in South Kensington, the museum is free to enter and it’s sure to delight even those who aren’t usually a fan of museum trips. Even its architecture alone is outstanding.

You’ll get to discover the history of dinosaurs and mammals, the planets evolution, and view scientists hard at work within the popular Darwin Centre. You can even take a walk through the museum’s tranquil wildlife garden. You could spend an entire day here taking in the sights.

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5. Rye

Finally, if you want to venture out of London, Rye is a great place to check out. Famous for its picturesque cobbled streets, the town boasts the look of the Cotswolds, while benefiting from a coastal location. It’s one of the further destinations on the list, though it can be reached by train from London.

So there you have it – 5 must-see places in and around London you won’t want to miss. Whatever type of break you’re hoping to enjoy, there’s something in and around the capital to suit you. Don’t forget, you can save money by travelling during off peak times and by booking in advance if you’re planning on using public transportation.

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  1. Canterbury is one of my favourite places in Kent, and I love the Natural History museum too. I’ve never been to Southend or Rye though.

  2. love this post! I have a trip planned for London in March with my best friend (it’ll be her first time there, my second), and these are some great tips! I went on the Eye the first time I visited London and LOVED it, but I didn’t know about the Natural History Museum. definitely carving out a day for that in my upcoming itinerary 🙂


  3. Interesting recommendations. I might have to make use of my railcard and give both Southend & Rye a visit. I love Canterbury! I need to return there too!

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