Travel: Top four places to visit out of London

In need of a summer trip away from the city? We round up some glorious places to visit, within driving distance of the capital.

With an abundance of heritage homes across Britain, it can be overwhelming to attempt to see them all. As most look further afield, there are hidden treasures just an hour or two’s drive away from London’s outskirts. From Sussex to Kent take a trip to estates that are rich in history this summer.


Country escapes

Built in 1598 by Stephen Borde, grandson of Henry VIII’s private herbalist and physician Andrew Borde, Borde Hill (above) is a haven of beauty nestled in West Sussex, just an hour and a half drive from London.

The 2,300-acre Elizabethan estate, of which 383 acres are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has stayed true to its botanically-rich heritage. This summer, Borde Hill is hosting a range of family events.

Until early September, open your child’s imagination with The Band of Bears Kids Summer Trail. On 11 August, Children’s Outdoor Theatre will show Bad Dad, written by David Walliams.



Spend a day fit for royalty at the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The annual and popular Jousting Tournament takes place on 12-13, 19-20 and 25-28 August.

Witness action, stunts, galloping horses and more in this fully costumed reenactment. Or take a spin with Supercar Sunday, where a fleet of super cars will be on display.

As Lamborghini celebrates its 60th birthday, the event promises a showstopping and very rare super car.

Hever Castle takes an hour and a half to drive to from London.



Renowned for its motorsport and horsing events, the Jacobean estate continues its tradition of a dynamic calendar this summer. The Qatar Goodwood Festival, a highlight of the British Flat Racing Season, takes place from 1-5 August.

For younger members of the family, Goodwood’s series of forest adventures with the Goodwood Education Trust will be full of activities, ranging from shelter building to campfires, outdoor cooking and more. Sessions are guided by experienced Forest School leaders.

Goodwood Estate is a two hours’ drive from London, making it the perfect day trip for car enthusiasts.



Opulent Cliveden House is surrounded by 376 acres of gardens and woodlands. Nestled beside the River Thames, just an hour’s drive from London, immerse yourself in waterside escapism.

You’ll find lovingly restored vintage launches, self-drive or skippered boat trips, and a picnic or Champagne cruise. With illustrious royal ties, celebrate the coronation of King Charles III with the hotel’s new Royal Garden Afternoon Tea running throughout 2023, created by executive head chef Christopher Hannon.

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