While Essex is a great place to live, everyone needs to take a break every now and again. The problem is a lack of imagination. With London so close, the temptation is always to just jump on the train or into the car and head to the nation’s capital. After all, it’s not like you’re going to run out of things to see and do in the heart of London. The problem is that it can all get a bit samey. If you’re in need of a break from Essex for a day, then here are the best destinations for a day trip that isn’t London. You might be surprised by the choices that are actually on offer once you’ve dismissed tired, old London.
There’s something beautiful and unique about Windsor. If you’ve been putting off a visit because all you can think of is castles and the fact that Prince Harry didn’t marry you there, you might be surprised by what else is you can find. From the gloriously sedate Eton College to the inspirational Legoland, you aren’t going to run out of variety or options. You could even go and sip some champers at Ascot! Food in Windsor is the high quality you’d expect from one of the most historic cities in England, and The Corner House Pub should definitely be your destination of choice after you’ve spent the day exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the country.
It’s got more than just a great cathedral. If you make the trek to Canterbury then you’re following in the footsteps of thousands of years of pilgrims who have made the same journey! It’s not called the ‘garden of England’ for nothing. Calm and tranquil for the most part, Canterbury is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of Essex life. It’s not all about relaxation though, and you would be well advised to head down the road to the Badger Hill farm and cidery. The llamas and ponies are nice enough, but the real draw is the cider! With unique shops and even a Mystical Market, Canterbury might have more to offer than you think.
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Easily within driving range, it’s easy to forget just how simple it is to get to Royal Tunbridge Wells from Essex. If it’s country walks that you’re after then RTW is hard to beat, and there are enough stately homes, estates, gardens, and parks to get those feet aching. There are also some great golf courses scattered around, so if you fancy spending some time ruining a good walk, then you’re going to be spoiled for choice. There are also some good quality music venues too, so if you fancy getting your dancing shoes on and you’ve already exhausted every club in Essex, then a night on the RTW tiles is as vibrant as you could hope for.