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Best small towns to visit in England outside of London?

Where are the best towns in England to take a road trip from London? Willing to drive 5 hours outside of town. I love small, picturesque little towns. Thanks! 

5 Answers

answered by
Robert from Eindhoven

Dear Emily,

There are several beautiful villages/small towns around London:

Bibury, Castle Combe, Lacock,  are all villages with typical cottages and they are all close to each other. Bath, is very famous for its Roman Bath, Crescent and cathedral and is close to London/Bristol. The latest is a city but i was surprised by its beauty. Beautiful area around the river in which you can do some kayaking. Cambridge (England), the university village; in my opinion much more beautiful than Oxford because it is much smaller. Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth place of Shakespeare is a great day out with lovely typical cottages. Lower Slaughter a beautiful village.

These are just a few options directly around London. When you choose to take the train up north there are many more options for you like Lincoln, York (very touristic but so beautiful), Whitby, Harrogate, Buxton.

Good luck with the many options you have. But where ever you choose to go to, I'm sure you will have a great time.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bibury (attraction)
  2. Castle Combe (city)
  3. Lacock (city)
  4. Bath (city)
  5. Cambridge (England) (city)
  6. Stratford-upon-Avon (city)
  7. Lower Slaughter (attraction)
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answered first by
Maria from Dublin

Go to the Cotswold District via Oxford It's a really lovely part of England. Visit some of the small towns like Stow-on-the-Wold Moreton-in-Marsh  Minchinhampton Bourton-on-the-Water and NailsworthThere are great walks through the countryside and lovely little pubs and wine bars to recover in! Try The Ox House Wine in Northleach Your drive from London will be under 2 hours.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cotswold District (attraction)
  2. Oxford (attraction)
  3. Stow-on-the-Wold (city)
  4. Moreton-in-Marsh (city)
  5. Minchinhampton (city)
  6. Bourton-on-the-Water (city)
  7. Nailsworth (city)
  8. The Ox House Wine (attraction)
  9. Northleach (city)
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answered by
Caitlin from Toronto

Bath was an amazing experience! It's a hilly small town but it is beautiful!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bath (city)
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answered by
Ridhima from New Delhi, India

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lake District National Park (park)
  2. Cornwall (attraction)
  3. Oxford (attraction)
  4. Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre (attraction)
  5. York (city)
  6. Salisbury (England) (city)
  7. Brighton (England) (city)
  8. Cambridge (England) (city)
  9. Stonehenge (attraction)
  10. Wivenhoe (attraction)
  11. Avebury (attraction)
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answered by


You should definitely visit Oxford and maybe even Cambridge (England). If you want to go to the coast of England, I suggest you Brighton (England) and Hastings (England). Bath should be a nice little town as well.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Oxford (attraction)
  2. Cambridge (England) (city)
  3. Brighton (England) (city)
  4. Hastings (England) (city)
  5. Bath (city)
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