Most visitors to London know the famous sights of the city. Historic places like Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, or world-class museums like the Tate, always top any tourist’s must-see list. London truly has something for everyone. But what about the many interesting places to visit located just outside of the city? Luckily for visitors, there are loads of fascinating locations that can be easily reached from London. Keep reading to discover more!
Hatfield House, built in 1611, is less than an hour’s journey from King’s Cross station in central London. The beautiful house has been used as a filming location for countless films and TV series including Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, and The Crown, so you might recognise the rooms and gardens. Hatfield House is also next to the site of the Old Palace of Hatfield, where the children of King Henry VIII grew up. Famously, Queen Elizabeth I found out she was going to become queen while she was living at Hatfield. Whether you are interested in history and architecture, or just fancy a lovely day in the countryside, Hatfield House is a wonderful place to visit.
For fans of the royal family, Windsor Castle also makes a great day-trip from London. People all over the world watched the Royal Wedding in May, making Windsor a very popular tourist attraction. Make sure you book your tickets in advance to avoid the queues. The surrounding town is lovely, and Windsor Castle itself is over 1,000 years old. It is also one of the Queen’s favourite homes, making it the oldest occupied castle in the world! The castle is huge, so make sure you allow lots of time for your visit.
Whether you are interested in studying English in London, or completing a Celta teaching course, both the city and the surrounding area make London a fantastic place to be a student!