Europe has so many beautiful places to visit for anyone looking for a vacation location. Whether you are looking for romance, adventure, art and history, or time at the beach, there are many places to choose from. One of my favorite places to visit is London. It is rich in architecture, art and history, and entertainment of the highest variety.
Having lived in London for four months gave me the opportunity to realize just how beautiful the city is. However, although London was where I spent most of my time, I also took the opportunity to visit towns outside of London. Spending time in a major European city has its many advantages, but also spending time in a smaller town outside of the city can give you the chance to see what small town charm has to offer. While in London I took day trips to Bath, as well as to Oxford, and I highly recommend both.
Bath is a town located in the South West of England, and the best way to get there is via the train, or the Tube as it is referred to in London. It is a 90 minute journey from London Paddington Train Station to Bath Spa Train Station. Travelers can also get to Bath Spa Train Station from London Waterloo Train Station. Once you arrive in Bath, its beauty is unavoidable.
There are a few attractions you must visit if you go to Bath: the Roman Baths, The Pump Room, and Abbey Church Yard. Majority of the Roman Baths actually used during Ancient Room are still intact, and visitors are allowed to walk around the baths and to explore as they wish. Audio guides are also available to provide commentary to you as you walk around the site.
The Abbey Church is another beautiful sight to see while in Bath. Its architecture is elaborate and elegant, and it draws many tourists throughout the year. Throughout Bath there are many trinket shops which sell a variety of souvenirs ranging from knick knacks and postcards to glassware and household items. It is easy to spend an entire day in Bath basking in its beauty and history.
Much like in London, the weather in Bath can vary. It has its cold and windy days, but it also has its days of warmth and sunshine. When dressing for Bath, it never hurts to bring along a light jacket just in case, but the weather tends to be rather moderate.
My second favorite day trip outside of London was to Oxford City. Famous for the university and the town’s history, Oxford City has a lot to offer. Direct trains run between London Paddington Train Station and Oxford Train Station, and the journey takes approximately one hour each way.
At first glance, Oxford may appear to be a boring town with very little to do, but once you begin to walk around and to see the beauty of the city, you realize that a visit to the town is worthwhile. The most prominent place to visit is of course Oxford University. The university has some of the most beautiful architecture and there is so much history.
Another place to visit for Harry Potter fans is Christ Church where several scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Anyone who enjoys the Harry Potter films will appreciate being able to look onto the Christ Church courtyard where the Quidditch scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed, as well as being able to visit the room where the scenes in the Great Hall were filmed. The weather in Oxford City is particularly beautiful during the fall months. The sun is shining and the temperature is comfortable. Bring a light jacket, and don’t forget your shades!
Europe has so much to offer in terms of vacations and day trips, but sometimes there is more to be seen in the smaller towns outside of the major cities. One of the many things Bath and Oxford have in common is that there are many great places to eat. Often times, small towns in Europe offer charming restaurants for tourists, and they are not to be missed if you are going to visit either one of these towns. Next time you are planning a trip to Europe, make some time in your itinerary to visit a small town outside of London or Paris or Berlin. What you find might surprise you.