Some interesting statistics from Visit Britain has got us thinking…. Their research shows that 54% of US visitors to the UK do not travel beyond London due to a reluctance to get behind the wheel of a car, and that only 33% travel outside the capital. Now I happen to think that our roads in the UK are great – well maintained and well signposted. With hire car companies frequenting the major airports, and many also having hubs in regional centres, including Brighton, it couldn’t be easier to either collect a car once you’ve touched down on British soil to continue on your onward journey, or travel by train to your destination and then utilise one of these regional hubs. They can even deliver to you! London Gatwick offers easy train links into central London, and there are a number of car hire companies operating from there too. It could be a fair point that visitors to the UK might not be keen on driving in our busy capital (something I’m less than keen on myself if I’m being honest), but perhaps staying outside of London, in wonderful Sussex, could be the answer! England is famous for its beautiful countryside, and historic towns which Sussex most certainly has plenty of.
Come and stay in the fascinating West Sussex town of Arundel, and a day trip to London is easily accessible, with direct trains taking around 1 hour 30 minutes. Famous for its historic castle
, which was founded in the 11th Century, Arundel is a quintessentially British town with independent boutiques and restaurants – it’s great to visit in late August to see the town come to life with its annual festival! A little further west and Chichester is a great holiday location with easy access to the sandy beaches of The Witterings, and the city itself is a holiday destination in its own rights. Visible from afar is the city’s famous Cathedral
, which has been welcoming visitors for over 900 years. With its unique architecture, it’s a must-see if you are staying here. Once again a trip to the capital isn’t out of the question, with direct trains taking around 1 hour 45 minutes.
If you fancy a base in East Sussex, then the “sunshine coast” of Eastbourne, home to the Beachy Head cliffs, offers direct trains to London in around 1 hour 30 minutes, or Hastings and 1066 Country (make sure you check out its newly renovated pier) to London in 1 hour 45 minutes. Also on the coast, and with easy trains to the capital is vibrant Brighton! With its Royal Pavilion
, which was the summer palace of the Prince Regent, Palace Pier and array of unique shops in “The Lanes”, it’s around 1 hour by train from London. Check out the new British Airways i360
, which is becoming an eye catching feature of the Sussex coast, and gives panoramic views across the coast and the South Downs. The cinque port town of Rye is English heritage at its best, with its cobbled streets and timber frame buildings. Check out Landgate and Ypres Tower, an ancient defensive structure – the town is steeped in history and just 1 hour 30 minutes by train from London with one change.
A holiday cottage in Sussex is likely to offer better value for money than accommodation in London, and offers up the opportunity to see a greener part of our lovely country. With easy transport links to the capital, it is surely the best of both worlds. Click here
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