The Internship Programme is a great opportunity for students to spend some time abroad, either in London or Dublin. While the week is dedicated to work and gaining valuable experience in the field of your study, the weekends remain wide open for all kinds of adventures. Explore the city and its secrets, or why not jump on a train and see what lies beyond the urban area? The UK is known for its picturesque villages and green meadows. We have compiled a list of five day trips you should consider during your time in London.

 Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier

1. Brighton

“Bright” is what best describes this seaside town in the very south of the country, easily accessible by train from London. With its view of the sea and hilly location, you often find yourself squinting at the sun. Brighton is also a famous student town with lots of cafes, pubs, second hand shops and counter-culture music venues. We recommend that you come here in the spring or summer, on a sunny day. Start your trip by grabbing some breakfast in the Lanes area, snoop around some of the second hand shops and, when the sun is out, head to the beach and have a picnic. In the summer, the beach gets pretty packed so make sure you arrive before twelve. 

 New Forest is famous for its ponies.

New Forest is famous for its ponies.

2. New Forest

In the densely populated south east of England, New Forest is a haven of heaths, forests, and pasture land and the largest natural reserve in the area. It is famous for its beech forests and free-roaming ponies and there are a variety of walks to choose from, including both short- and long-distance trails as well as 40 miles of coastline. Take the South Western Railway to Southampton and then change to a bus aimed for Colbury Hall. The journey is about two hours long, so make sure you set off early.

 The front entrance of St Alban's abbey

The front entrance of St Alban's abbey

3. St Albans

St Albans is a town located within the commuter belt of London, not far from Watford. Once called Verulamium, it is famous for its Roman heritage and the majestic medieval cathedral, also known locally as “the abbey”, was largely built from the remains of the Roman city. There are centuries-old wall paintings on the pillars aligning the nave of the cathedral. You can also visit the Verulamium museum or the Edwardian home of the famous playwright George Bernhard Shaw. Get here on the Thameslink train line for only £12 return.

 The Balliol College dining hall. Photo by  David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0.

The Balliol College dining hall. Photo by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0.

4. Oxford

You have probably heard of Oxford University, one of the most prestigious places to study in the world? But Oxford is also a very pleasant town with lots of things to see and do, including some majestic Harry Potteresque architecture, dating as far back as 1040. Check out Balliol College and the Botanic Garden, grab a pint at the almost 800-year-old pub The Bear Inn or walk along the path of River Thames. You can get here easily by bus for less than £10 return.

 Bexhill gazebo

Bexhill gazebo

5. Bexhill-on-Sea

Rumour has it that Bob Marley played his first UK gig here in 1972 to raise money for the local swimming pool. That aside, Bexhill is normally known for being a seaside resort of historical and architectural significance (there are lots of nice Victorian and Edwardian architecture here). You can walk around the Manor Gardens or watch the sea from one of the gazebos at The Colonnade. Don’t miss out on Di Paolo’s ice cream cafe, serving home-made gelato. The best way to travel here is by the SouthEastern or Southern train lines. The journey takes approximately about an hour and a half from London.

ADC College organises Internship Programmes in London and Dublin, eligible for funding from Erasmus+. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call our London branch today on +44 208 424 9424 or send a message to info@adccollege.eu. 

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