Where to take my father for a day trip from London ? - not too much walking
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Feb 6, 2012 3:54 AM Last Post By: anzinpants
Feb 1, 2012 9:38 AM
Where to take my father for a day trip from London ? - not too much walkingI want to take my father for a day trip from London - less than 1.5h .. and not too expensive on train/bus. Only concern is the place should be easy to walk around (like no castle climbing, hills etc). He is 63 and a bit obese and doesnt enjoy walking too much. My aim is to make him walk but not too much. Was thinking of Windsor/Eton .. everything is close to the Station so looks like a good option ?
Feb 1, 2012 9:57 AM
Feb 1, 2012 1:53 PM
2Southend is a seaside (well, sort of) resort, which is quite pleasant, but hardly a destination for this time of year. Not many people want to go on the beach in Southend, or anywhere in England, in February, but you haven't said when you are planning this trip.
What are his (or your?) interests? Old buildings, museums, sailing ships, forests, cathedrals, railway museums...?
Feb 2, 2012 1:47 AM
Feb 2, 2012 2:12 AM
So - you originally post that he doesn't enjoy walking and you don't want him walking too much (no castle), I suggest the beach (purely because it's easy and totally flat in Southend - and quick and easy to get to and very easy walking, oh and I couldn't see any date for travel) - but now you prefer him to walk up and down castles.
Feb 2, 2012 5:17 AM
Feb 2, 2012 11:56 AM
6Brighton is a good suggestion. A good promenade and pier. Also the shopping centre and lots of nice places to grab some fish and chips.
Eastbourne is like Brighton but for more older people. Again a nice promenade but less buzzy and less things to see.
Both stations are in the town centre. Eastbourne 90mins from Victoria, you can get to Brighton in an hour.
Feb 3, 2012 9:51 AM
7I know that Greenwich is part of London, but a river boat trip from central London is an enjoyable journey, and there are lots of places to walk to when you get there - Cutty Sark (soon to reopen after renovation & fire), National Maritime Museum, Royal Obseratory, Greenwich Park etc - not too steep hills, but worthhile destionations that might encourage an obese 63 year old man to walk.
Feb 4, 2012 4:42 AM
Feb 5, 2012 12:11 AM
9Agreed Winchester is a good option. I would strongly recommend Canterbury... it's all flat and has cathedral, plenty of old architecture and a town wall which you can walk on and view the city from.
Feb 5, 2012 8:21 AM
10Hampton Court. 40 minutes on train from Waterloo, cross the river and there it is. If it is between October and March access to the gardens is completely free, they are flat and there are plenty of seats. The palace is pricey (£15 and lots of walking, some stairs) but pick a nice day and the gardens will occupy you for hours.
once summer time kicks in you have to pay for the formal gardens but it's not too bad.
Feb 6, 2012 3:54 AM
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