5 South England destinations for a weekend escape that are not London
Are you a Londoner who already traversed the city on the tube, bus, bike, foot or by car? Perhaps you’re and adventurer, looking for some unusual South England destinations? Or just someone who looks for a bit quieter and less overwhelming experience on the South of England? Maybe you’re in need of some inspiration for your next adventures? Whatever it is, we’ve got you sorted!
Here’s our list of five great South England destinations for a weekend escape!
Brighton – Londoners’ getaway
Although Brighton is definitely not London (duh!), it has an intrinsic and deep connection to the capital city. It’s every Londoner’s favorite destination for a weekend off when it’s warm and sunny! We’re not at all surprised – with its beautiful beach and a promenade, Brighton makes for a perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Just make sure to grab a pair of flip-flops – the rocky beach doesn’t quite invite barefoot enthusiasts!
If sunbathing in a crowd is not really your thing, Brighton still has a lot to offer. Once you’re on the beach, visit the Brighton Palace Pier. Yes, it’s a palace. On a pier. Filled with bars, restaurants, arcade games and even an amusement park! How cool is that?
Walking off the pier, head to the Royal Pavillon. Once a place of royal glitz and razzmatazz, now amazes with architecture and interiors inspired by East Asian cultures.
Done with excesses of kingly life? Time for something completely different! Brighton Flea Market is this one special place that allows you to submerge in the colourful world of vintage tchotchkes. It’s open seven days a week from 9 am until 5 pm, so there’s no excuse for you to miss it!
Portsmouth – where the old meets the new
Portsmouth’s history is inexplicably bound to the sea. For years, it served as a heavily fortified base for the British Navy as well as a shipyard. Royal warships are still stationing in the harbors of this city. So, if you’re crazy about maritime history, Portsmouth, also called Pompey by locals, is a perfect South England destination for your next weekend escape.
Walking around the city is a bit like taking the best history lesson of your life. Plenty of its former defences and docks are not in use anymore and are available for you to see. You can also get on board of historic ships, most notably the HMS Victory, a vessel famous for its role as Admiral Nelson’s flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar.
Not really into history? Portsmouth is also famous for the Spinnaker Tower. Being 560 feet tall, it’s the tallest accessible structure outside of London (remember, we do not talk about London in this article!). Its height is enough to give you a perfect view of the British coast, the Portsmouth harbour bay and the nearby Isle of Wight. Apart from the tower, you might also enjoy the Blue Reef Aquarium, which boasts a massive collection of mesmerizing exotic fish!
Isle of Wight – the most southern of South England destinations
If after reading the previous paragraph, you’re already booking your tickets to Portsmouth, consider extending your weekend to visit the Isle of Wight. It literally takes a single ferry trip to get from Pompey to this island and it’s definitely worth your while!
The Isle of Wight is a perfect South England destination if you’re looking to disconnect. People flock to the island for the very purpose of walking or cycling across its beautiful scenery. Being not too densely packed with cities, the IoW offers plenty of space for you to recharge, organize your thoughts and prepare for another week of work. And when we talk about plenty of space, we really mean it – around half of the island’s area is emphatically called The Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural beauty.
But it’s not only the nature that makes Wight worth visiting. It’s also home to the UK’s oldest amusement park, Blackgang Chine as well as plenty of cute little villages and cottages you might encounter during your walking trips.
Polperro – how about a tiny fishing village?
We’ve already featured this cute Cornish fishing village on our Facebook page, but it deserves more praise. Polperro is your textbook seaside area. It’s got colourful buildings, quaint narrow streets and a lovely closed-off harbor filled with ships.
The best thing about Polperro is how scenic it is. Walk down its vibrant, colourful streets and you’ll get what we’re talking about. Honestly, for us, it’s one of the best and most effective to relax and recharge. Just take a walk, watch the ships go, listen to the seagulls, get yourself a nice place of fish and chips. Holidays are not always about intensity. Sometimes it’s an opportunity for you to slow down, live in a moment a bit more and appreciate the little things in life that truly matter. We believe Polperro is one of the places that embodies and reinforces this way of perceiving the world. Go and see for yourself!
Bath – more than bath houses!
The United Kingdom is full of artifacts from the period of the Roman invasion. The legions came here, saw the potential and… left a long-lasting architectural legacy in plenty of South England (and not only!) destinations you might have a chance to visit. However, nowhere is it more evident than in Bath.
Just like the name suggests, the city is full of bath houses, some of them still active. If you’re in the city, make sure to visit one and get ready to have relaxation redefined for yourself!
But there’s more to Bath than its Roman past. It’s the type of city where you can discover beauty around every corner. The 18th century saw Bath transform into a Georgian fairytale thanks to its high class. Bath became a true old European city, a place that takes you to sunkissed Italy and luscious France. But, hey, you can still get a pint! That’s exactly what makes Bath so special – it’s everything at the same time and it’s waiting for you to get overwhelmed by it.
We’re hoping you enjoyed our list of South England destinations for your next weekend escape. Have we overlooked any? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t be shy to share your experiences visiting the South of England – we’d love to hear those!
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