Des excursions en famille depuis Londres

Par Emine Saner

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Looking for family day trips from London? Take a break from the Big Smoke and have a fun-filled day out instead. Explore a new city, take a trip to the seaside or head out on a rural ramble. These day trips are guaranteed to keep the entire family happy, says Emine Saner.


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Easily accessible from London, Brighton is the quintessential beach escape. It may have been heavily gentrified but there are still enough reminders of the classic British seaside – think penny slot machines and a tempting vinegary whiff of fish and chips in the sea air – for a nostalgia fix. Amble around The Lanes, popping your head into colourful shops selling quirky antiques and unique jewellery. Try to win a teddy bear before whizzing down a Helter Skelter and buckling into a dodgem car on the Brighton Pier. Then head to the top of i360 tower, which is even taller than The London Eye, for a seagull’s-eye view of the city and surrounding coastline. If you'd rather stay at sea level, take Volk's Electric Railway: a Victorian train trundling along the seafront.

Malgré son fort embourgeoisement, Brighton présente encore des rappels du bord de mer classique britannique, avec les machines à sous et une petite odeur de vinaigre tentante de fish & chips dans l'air marin.

Comment s'y rendre ?

You can reach Brighton by train from London in around an hour. You can also drive to Brighton in around two and a half hours.

  • Transats sur un ponton à Brighton. © Image Source.

    Vue pour deux

    Les amateurs d'escapades pour la journée se rendent à Brighton par le train depuis Londres et l'ouverture de la ligne dans le années 1840. Suivez leurs traces et découvrez le Brighton Pier en explorant le front de mer. L'amour des embruns ne passera jamais de mode.

  • Penny Lane à Liverpool © George Clerk/Getty Images

    Liverpool beat

    Lieu incontournable pour tout fan des Beatles, Penny Lane a été immortalisé sur l'album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club. Paul McCartney attendait John Lennon à l'arrêt de bus lorsqu'il a écrit la chanson.

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  • Journée en famille à Stonehenge © Jodie Griggs/Getty Images

    Comme une pierre qui roule

    Stonehenge a plus de 5 000 ans, mais des artéfacts d'environ 10 000 ans ont été trouvés sur le site. À ce jour, les archéologues ne savent toujours pas comment il a été construit.

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Liverpool boasts plenty of iconic sites. Take the Ferry ‘cross the Mersey and admire the city’s lovely waterfront. Listen to live music in the very place Beatlemania broke out: The Cavern Club welcomes resident artists to its stage every day from 11:30am until late (kids are welcome during the daytime). The Beatles Story, comprised of two museums exploring the Fab Four, is another top attraction – if your children think The Beatles were simply an ancient version of One Direction, then this is the place to educate them. Want to do a little shopping before you leave? Head to Bold Street. Leaf through vinyl albums and second-hand books in independent stores and enjoy a hearty bowl of scouse (Liverpool’s famous stew) in a local cafe.

Comment s'y rendre ?

Trains take just over two hours from London Euston. By car, the journey from London to Liverpool takes around four and a half hours.

Stonehenge and Bath

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Stonehenge is one of the most famous sights in Britain and an early morning trip (before the hordes turn up) to the mysterious ancient stone circle will enthral children. For more recent history, head to Bath. It’s a beautiful city to walk around – expect plenty of honey-coloured buildings – and you may just feel like you’ve stepped into a Jane Austen novel. The small city also boasts plenty of child-friendly attractions. In The Roman Baths, for example, you’ll find trails for kids of different ages as well as an audio guide narrated by the former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen. As you wander around the museum your family might even run into costumed characters based on real people who lived in the area 2000 years ago.

Comment s'y rendre ?

You can drive from London to Stonehenge in around two hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from London Waterloo to Salisbury and from there get a bus to Stonehenge – the overall journey will take just over two hours.

If you’re renting a car, you can drive from London to Bath in around two and a half hours. Trains from London Paddington to Bath take around an hour and a half.

  • La remarquable Radcliffe Camera d'Oxford est en fait une bibliothèque.

    Découvrez la magie

    Les fans d'Harry Potter voudront examiner de plus près le Christ Church College de l’Université d’Oxford. Le Grand Hall a inspiré le décor du réfectoire des Poudlard dans les films, tandis que l’escalier menant à la salle a été utilisé pour tourner plusieurs scènes.

Oxford et les Cotswolds

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The Cotswolds, with its quaint cottages and thatched roofs, is achingly charming. Just like a Richard Curtis film. You can take a coach tour of the area and stop in pretty little cafes for cream teas. Little ones who love to run free will be delighted with Blenheim Palace – the gorgeous grounds boast an adventure play park, a miniature train and a maze. In Oxford, get your bearings of the beautiful city on foot or by taking a bus tour. There are also Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland tours.

Comment s'y rendre ?

The easiest way to explore different parts of the Cotswolds is by car. You can drive from London to Blenheim Palace in around two hours. You can also take the train from Paddington to Hanborough and catch a bus to Blenheim Palace from there – overall this journey takes around an hour and a half.

If you’re travelling by car, the journey from London to Oxford takes around one hour and forty minutes. You can also get from London to Oxford by train in around an hour.