4 South-East Day Trips by Train

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Violet has a new obsession! I’m sure it’s similar to any two year old, but it’s with trains. She absolutely loves building her train set, whizzing the train down over the bridge saying ‘choo choo!’ and ‘Weeee!’. She’s only been on a train a handful of times in her life and I think she’d probably be too young to remember, so this year I want to take Violet and Pearl on some real train trips! They are going to love it! Here are a few of the places we are hoping to visit:


Of course, the first place I think of to visit via train from Brighton is London! I always think it will cost a lot but with anytime tickets, it can be quite reasonable. We took Violet on her first trip to London when she was only 12 weeks old. We had an awesome day out to The Tower of London to see the crown jewels, she might not have realised what she was looking at the time but she loved all the sparkles! We’ve been saying we want to take Pearl for the same experience very soon. Of course, there is so much more to see and do in London too – a trip to the National History Museum to see the dinosaurs is a must too!


Situated on the South Downs, Arundel is a gorgeous place to visit in the summer. The medieval castle sits looking over the town, where you can shop in local independent shops or have cream tea in one of the many tearooms. There is a beautiful lake where you can take out a rowing boat and plenty of ducks to feed too! Violet will love seeing a ‘real life’ castle, like she’s seen in the fairy tales.



A ride on the Bluebell Railway was one of my favourite days out we had before the girls came along! I’m actually pregnant with Violet in that photo, but only a few weeks so you can’t really tell! Violet would absolutely love to see a steam train, I think she’d be in awe!


Of course living in Brighton we wouldn’t travel here by train, but if you are not local, it’s so easy to reach via train as it’s on the mainline down from London and the line along the coast too! We are hoping to have lots of days out in Brighton this summer. In fact we have a few trips planned using a Brighton Explore Pass, which is a cheaper way to see some of the cities top attractions. It includes the SEA LIFE centre (one of our favourites!), the British Airways i360 observation tower and visiting The Royal Pavilion! Can you believe in all the years I’ve lived in Brighton, we have never been?! This year we are going to do all the ‘touristy bits’ that are right on our doorstep. Plus, we could incorporate a train ride into our visit by going on the Volks Railway too!

Where are your favourite places to visit on the train?

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