Recommendations for places like Fountain Abbey or Bolton Abbey that's an hours drive away from London

(9 Posts)
SabsFabulous Tue 29-Mar-16 00:39:46

Hi, over the past couple of years when visiting family up North we visited first Bolton Abbey and then Fountain Abbey and Brimham Rocks and absolutely loved it. Looking for similar places to go to that are an hour or so drive away from East London. So places to walk around, have a picnic with nice views. DC's are nearly 3 and 6 so good to have pitstops along the way to break up the walking. TIA

reynoldsnumber Tue 29-Mar-16 00:56:00

Trent park near Cockfosters, Epping forest ivinghoe beacon.

I'm going to knebworth this week, hoping that will be good.

But as there are less hills and more people down south it's not going to be the same as Bolton abbey etc as in your op (I'm from the north originally)

Interested to hear others suggestions too.

houseeveryweekend Tue 29-Mar-16 01:01:16

West Wycombe Park, Hellfire Caves. The Devils Punchbowl in Surrey is very beautiful. Rochester, theres a castle and its quite a nice town to look round. Waltham Abbey. x

houseeveryweekend Tue 29-Mar-16 01:09:16

Also its an hour and a half away but Winchester is really worth a visit if you like stuff like that... its got beautiful architecture and lovely walks! x

antimatter Tue 29-Mar-16 01:14:23

Well worth the visit:
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/home-of-charles-darwin-down-house/

Can you venture further down towards English channel?

Then go to Rye. It's lovely.

Tartyflette Tue 29-Mar-16 01:22:05

Anglesey Abbey (in Cambs, not Wales!) might be a bit further than an hour.
In fact there is lots to see and do in and around Cambridge but it can get busy.
The Gardens at Easton Lodge, Gt. Dunmow, including an Italian sunken garden .
Dedham Vale nr Colchester. (Constable country)

Tartyflette Tue 29-Mar-16 01:26:42

Audley End house and gardens, near Saffron Walden
Petworth House and gardens, Surrey
Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury

SabsFabulous Tue 29-Mar-16 12:40:59

Thanks, all of these are great suggestions. Will look them up

FfionFlorist Wed 30-Mar-16 15:49:55

Virginia Water, Egham

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