The National Trust looks after over a hundred sites in London and South East England, including historic buildings, country houses and gardens, beautiful countryside, stunning coastlines and even pubs.
Did you know that many National Trust sites in the region are accessible by train? Well, there are many, and we’ve selected places that are less than two miles from a railway station.
All aboard, let’s get on track for 10 of our favourite National Trust sites in London and the South East of England that you can reach by train.
10 National Trust Sites to Visit by Train in London and South East England – Quick Links
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- Blackcap – East Sussex
- Box Hill – Surrey
- Ham House and Garden – London
- George Inn – London
- Hughenden – Buckinghamshire
- Knole – Kent
- Morden Hall Park – London
- Mottisfont – Hampshire
- River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf – Surrey
- Winchester City Mill – Hampshire
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National Trust members enjoy:
- FREE entry to over 500 National Trust places
- FREE parking at most National Trust sites
- National Trust Handbook full of ideas and places to visit
- National Trust Magazine three times a year
And, get the latest Railcard offers and discounts to save on your train journey.
Blackcap – East Sussex
The South Downs National Park is hard to beat when it comes to the most beautiful natural landscape in London and the South East. Blackcap is a 623 acre part of the National Park in East Sussex, which runs along a ridge, west of the historic town of Lewes.
It is a classic downland experience with fantastic views over the Weald and the south coast. Take a walk and enjoy the varied flora and fauna at this spot which is steeped in history.
How to get to Blackcap by train
Blackcap is two miles from Cooksbridge railway station which has limited service on weekdays only. Cooksbridge is on the East Coastway line which runs between Hastings and Hove.
Fastest trains to Cooksbridge take the following times from these selected stations:
- London Victoria 58 mins (Mon to Fri only)
- Brighton 21 mins (Mon to Fri only)
Alternatively, you can get to Blackcap from Lewes railway station which is four miles away. Lewes has regular connections every day to and from London Victoria, Haywards Heath, Eastbourne, Seaford, Ashford, Brighton and other stations in South East England.
If four miles walking is not possible, there are buses and taxis you can take from Lewes.
Box Hill – Surrey
Box Hill in the North Downs shot to fame as it formed part of the London Olympics road race cycling route. It is a great place to explore the Surrey Hills with fantastic views across the surrounding countryside. It’s a walkers paradise, and the National Trust has plenty of trails with downloadable maps.
Or, why not take your bike and tackle the famous Zig Zag road? The 1.6 miles (2.5 km) ride with gradients between 5% and 8% is a big challenge for most cyclists, but the views from the top are worth it.
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How to get to Boxhill by train
Boxhill is one and a half miles away from Boxhill & Westhumble train station. It is on the Mole Valley Line which runs between Inner South London and Horsham.
Fastest trains to Boxhill & Westhumble take the following times from these selected stations:
- London Victoria 46 mins
- Epsom 10 mins
- Sutton 20 mins
- Horsham 24 mins
- Clapham Junction 36 mins
Ham House and Garden – London
Ham House and Garden is a grand Stuart era house just a couple of minutes walk from the banks of the River Thames. It has an impressive and internationally renowned collection of paintings, textile and furniture.
The National Trust has restored the formal gardens surrounding the house back to their original 17th-century style. There is also a garden kitchen which produces heritage crops, a wilderness area and summer homes.
How to get to Ham House and Gardens by train
Ham House and Garden are one and a half miles from Richmond railway station. Richmond is on the London Waterloo to Reading line.
Fastest trains to Richmond take the following times from these selected stations:
- London Waterloo 16 mins
- Clapham Junction 8 mins
- Kingston upon Thames 19 mins
- Windsor & Eton Riverside 36 mins
- Reading 1 hr 6 mins
Richmond railway station also connects to the London Overground and the District Line on London Underground.
George Inn – London
If you like traditional English pubs, you are going to love the fabulous George Inn on Borough High Street, Southwark. It is London’s last galleried inn, and the current structure dates from the 17th century.
On the ground floor is a series of connected bars with plenty of “ye olde” style paintings and fittings, while upstairs there are galleried areas that overlook the large cobbled courtyard. The George Inn is a great place to get a feel for the London of times gone past.
How to get to the George Inn by train
The George Inn is less than half a mile away from London Bridge railway station, a well connected central London train terminus. London Bridge has an extensive network of trains that go to and from the station to destinations throughout London and South East England.
London Bridge Underground station also links up to the railway station and is served by the Northern and Jubilee lines.
Fastest trains to London Bridge take the following times from these selected stations:
- London Cannon Street 4 mins
- London Charing Cross 8 mins
- London Kings Cross 21 mins
- Brighton 56 mins
- Bedford 1 hr 12 mins
- Gillingham 1 hr 13 mins
Maidstone East 1 hr 15 mins
Hughenden – Buckinghamshire
Hughenden was the home of Queen Victoria’s favourite Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who lived here for 33 years. Disraeli was also a leading author of that time, and Hughenden Manor provides an interesting insight into his colourful, literary life.
There’s plenty of outdoor space to explore; from restored formal gardens to vast woodlands, and parklands with walking trails.
Also, discover how the estate was used as an intelligence centre in World War Two.
How to get to Hughenden by train
Hughenden is just under two miles from High Wycombe railway station. It is on the Chiltern Main Line which runs between London and Birmingham.
Fastest trains to High Wycombe take the following times from these selected railway stations:
- London Marleybone 23 mins
- Banbury 32 mins
- Leamington Spa 50 mins
- Solihull 1 hr 12 mins
- Birmingham Snow Hill 1 hr 24 mins
- Birmingham New Street 1 hr 31 mins
Knole – Kent
Knole is six hundred years old and comprises of a house, courtyards, deer park and lots more to explore. The house showrooms have a fantastic collection of paintings, furniture, tapestries and hidden treasures.
The deer park is one of the highlights of Knole and the last medieval one of its kind in Kent.
The National Trust is in the process of renovating the place and will add a new visitor welcome centre and bookshop in 2015.
How to get to Knole by train
Knole is one and a half miles from Sevenoaks railway station. It is on the South Eastern Main Line which runs between London Charing Cross and Dover Priory.
Fastest trains to Sevenoaks take the following times from these selected railway stations:
- London Bridge 22 mins
- London Charing Cross 31 mins
- Ashford International 45 mins
- Maidstone East 48 mins
- Hastings 57 mins
Morden Hall Park – London
Morden Hall Park is a great place to get away from the city to enjoy wildlife and nature. You can explore wetlands, meadows, trees, and the River Wandle and channels which meander through the park.
The Stable Yard visitor centre is a model in energy efficiency, and you can learn about green living inside. There’s also a restored waterwheel, and while it no longer turns, there is modern hydro-electric waterwheel next to it.
How to get to Morden Hall Park by train
Morden Hall Park is one mile from Morden South railway station. It is on the Thameslink line which runs from Luton to destinations in South West London.
Trains to and from Morden South take the following times from these selected railway stations:
- London Kings Cross St Pancras International 48 mins
- Wimbledon 7 mins
- London Blackfriars 36 mins
- Luton 1 hr 20 mins
- St Albans City 1 hr 8 mins
Alternatively, both Morden (Northern Line, London Underground) and Phipp Bridge (Tramlink) stops are closer to Morden Hall Park.
Mottisfont – Hampshire
Mottisfont is steeped in history and full of surprises that date back to when it was a priory in the 13th century. In more recent times it was a vibrant hub of artistic activity, and today it has an art gallery with changing exhibitions.
Outside, there is a diverse collection of walled and winter gardens, wide varieties of trees, and a riverside walk. The estate is 1,600 acres of woodland and farmland accessible to the public, with walking and cycling trails.
How to get to Mottisfont by train
Mottisfont is one and a half miles from Mottisfont & Dunbridge railway station across some well sign-posted fields. It is on the Wessex Main Line which goes from Southampton Central to Bristol Temple Meads.
Fastest trains to Mottisfont & Dunbridge take the following times from these selected railway stations:
- London Waterloo 1 hr 48 mins
- Salisbury 17 mins
- Southampton Central 19 mins
- Eastleigh 35 mins
- Bournemouth 57 mins
- Basingstoke 1 hr 16 mins
River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf – Surrey
The River Wey and Godalming navigations are nearly 20 miles of part-river and part-canal which runs from Godalming to the Thames river at Weybridge. A towpath along the full length makes it accessible to walkers.
There are six lengths with locks along the way, including the Thames lock where the River Wey joins the Thames. Dapdune Wharf, Guildford is the hub of the Wey navigations and where the barges that used the waterway were built.
How to get to the River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf by train
There are six railway stations on the route which are all less than a mile away with regular trains from London and the surrounding area. Each of them shows how many minutes walk it takes to get to the waterway.
- Guildford 3 mins walk
- Godalming 3 mins walk
- Byfleet & New Haw 10 mins walk
- Shalford 8 mins walk
- Farncombe 12 mins walk
- Weybridge 18 mins walk
Winchester City Mill – Hampshire
Winchester City Mill is a rare example of an urban working corn mill which was restored to its original use by the National Trust in 2004. You can see the water wheel in action grinding corn which is powered by the River Itchen.
There are plenty of family activities available, and you can learn about the history of milling with working models, presentations and demonstrations. If you are lucky, you may get to see some of the otters that live in the river.
How to get to Winchester City Mill by train
Winchester City Mill is less than one mile from Winchester railway station. It is on the South Western Main Line which goes from London Waterloo to Weymouth.
Fast trains to Winchester City Mill take the following times from these selected railway stations:
- London Waterloo 58 mins
- Eastleigh 8 mins
- Basingstoke 14 mins
- Southampton Central 15 mins
- Farnborough 33 mins
- Bournemouth 45 mins
Great National Trust Days Out by Train
There’s plenty more great days out in London and the South East by train, so check out the National Trust website. And don’t forget to save money on National Trust memberships and train fares before you set off.