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Day Trips Near North London - Seaside towns

When the sun shines, there's nothing nicer than heading out of London with a bucket and spade and an itch to see the sea. These are the best seaside towns that are doable in a day trip from North London (by train or car). Get up early and you can really make a day of it and still be home in time for bedtime. Enjoy.


The ultimate seaside trip from London needs no introduction. Here's a post we wrote about a good family day out in Brighton that we had last winter. If you're heading there for the day or for the weekend, check out www.brightonmums.com who review local attractions and feature family friendly things to do in Brighton and Hove.

Whitstable, Margate, Broadstairs - Kent

These towns along the Kent coast are fairly easy to get to and very charming once you arrive. Whitstable is perhaps the most famous and also the nicest although the beach is stony. It's a fairly easy drive or train from North London. You can also visit Whitstable Castle which has a great children's playground. There are lots of great places to eat and nice art galleries and shops. Enjoyable for a day trip or a weekend.

Leigh-on-sea, Essex

About 35 miles from London so definitely doable as a day trip, this is a really sweet town. It's part of a nature reserve and there is a lovely sandy family beach perfect for building sandcastles on. Best to visit when the tide is high. Old Leigh high street is very quaint with nice restaurants serving sea food and family friendly pubs.

Maldon, Essex

North London Mums visited Maldon over the bank holiday weekend and reviewed it in detail here. A nice day trip from North London.

Southend, Essex

Another well known tourist spot, there really is loads for families to do in Southend including a large theme park - Adventure Island is free to enter, a mini railway, and a Sea Life Adventure.  There are also a number of nice and clean sandy beaches. There are also some great museums in Southend.

West Wittering, Sussex

Recommended by one of our readers who said it is an "amazing unspoilt beach" that is about 90 minutes drive from North London. It has high quality water good for swimming too. See more details here

Looking for a different kind of day trip? Follow the links below for some other ideas:

Stately homes near North London
Musuems near North London
Zoos and farms near North London.

If you fancy something closer to home and the weather is nice, these are our favourite family parks in North London and if (let's hope not) it pours, here are our favourite indoor things to do with kids in North London

Now all we need is some sunshine!

These are our favourites. Do you have any other places you recommend that are doable by car or train in a day from North London? Do let us know. 

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