Nathan Howard. I'm a second year student living in London. I like to share my experiences with other's to inform them on London and what it has to offer!
Published July 19th 2017
Stamford town, Stamford
Spending a day in Stamford was a lovely experience. This idyllic country town is only an hour away on the train from London, with magnificent views and surroundings it makes a perfect retreat.
With its old cobbled streets and traditional stone houses, this town has all the looks suited for a scene in Downtown Abbey! Expect quirky coffee shops, book shops and even a market every Sunday which brings locals together with fresh local produce at their stalls.
Just a 10-minute walk from the station, you're a short way from Stamford's town centre, where you'll find everything you need for a perfect day out. With high street shops such as M&S, Fat Face, Boots and more you have all your conveniences despite Stamford being quite remote in comparison to London. The cathedral is one of Stamford's highlights and a popular visit with visitors. With its imposing architecture and opportunity to visit on Sundays weekly church practice here, it's a great place to visit and learn about the town's foundations.
If visiting on a sunny day, there's plenty of parks to choose from for a relaxed day or picnic in town. Whether visiting their biggest park central, with tennis courts and fun for the kids or choosing a quieter spot of grass by the cathedral... Stamford is a great picnic choice hot spot!
Shopping here can be great too, with a lot of high street brands you can find all your favourite shops in town. Alternatively, you can visit Stamfords smaller boutique stores, including dainty shops selling dainty items whether goods for your home or hiking gear for walks across Stamfords countryside. If none of these take your fancy, a short drive to Portsmourth's Westfield shopping centre will fill all your shopping needs!
For an evening stroll, I visited a near by reservoir and nature park, 'Rutland Water'. A short drive from the town's centre, this park is an even more remote space for some peace and tranquillity. With a trial running across the reservoir you can either walk or hire a bike to get a full scenic view around the nature park. With coffee pop up stops and plenty of places to stop by with a picnic, it's a great place for families. A newly made 'beach area' also occupied part of the park, with sand, games and a section of the reservoir for kids to swim, a great fun space to keep kids busy! Why not pop into the reptile room afterwards for a tour around a range of animal and reptile species! With plenty to do... you'll never get bored!