the arches that take trains out to Greenwich were originally built in the 1840s, and the section between Deptford and Bermondsey Spa (no longer a station) is the world's oldest.Landmarks here include the Cutty Sark (not worth going inside), the Maritime Museum (see Museums) the old Naval Academy - recently restored, the splendid Painted Hall of the Naval Academy, recently sold to a polytechnic which became 'Greenwich University' - the beautiful buildings belie a bad academic reputation.Hiring a car is a viable proposition but parking can be a problem - see our A-Z page for details. That said following years of cuts in the railway service, many beautiful places are not really accessible by train.New for 2003 is the possibility of day trips (eg Canterbury, Salisbury, Bath) by Steam Train - see here for details - more costly than other outings but if you're a fan of steam you probably won't care!The DLR runs through the old docks on the north side of the river, as well as Canary Wharf - a futuristic development (the tube station there won a major architectural award) and the trip is really worth it - try to get a front or rear seat on this driverless train.Should you travel by normal overland train you are on the first passenger railway...The palace is less than 5 minutes from Hampton Court station, which is 30 minutes from Waterloo. Website 2) - We've worked out what we think is the ultimate roadtrip.
The only negative thing about Brighton is that it thinks too highly of itself, and got a mention in 'The Idler guide to crap towns' for that reason. 5) - famous for the being world's largest inhabited castle, largely restored after a huge fire. If you're into castles a day trip to Warwick (easily do-able by train) might be a better bet, though, of course, it's not inhabited by the Queen.
You certainly wouldn't want to spend time visiting both (our daytrip sees the main highlights of Oxford anyway and a host besides).
It's also an ideal way to experience tradition and history - as well as rubbing shoulders with the brainiest people in the world. Worth a whole day though you could fit it into a half day, especially if the weather's not good. More details Also features on our Norfolk overnighter.
4) - Georgian seaside town, famous for its meandering 'Lanes' - a royal playground.
A lively gay community means there's always something going on and the food is above average.