The best adventure activities in London and the South West

The best adventure activities in London and the South West

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Adventure activities are a great way to test your mettle and bond with friends and family. From water sports to indoor play areas, there are plenty of options to explore.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or you love the outdoors, our guide to the best adventure activities in London and the South West has everything you need to know.

Adventures in London

A person on a high rope over trees I South Western Railway

From vertigo-inducing high ropes to kid-friendly play areas, there’s plenty of fun for all the family in London.

Gripped London

Staines Rd, Hounslow TW14 0HH

Gripped London is an adrenaline-fuelled adventure above the treetops of West London. An all-inclusive pass allows access to high ropes, zip treks, adventure parks, 50-metre slides and bag jumps (a 3-6 metre freefall with no harness!).

Enjoy 20% off 3 Activity Passes and All-Inclusive Passes with SWR Rewards.

Price: £25+
Age: 4+
How to get there: Walk from Hounslow Station to Treaty Centre Stop S, taking the 235 bus to Green Lane. It’s a 4-minute walk from there.

Shrek’s Adventure London

Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB

Escape to Far Far Away in the middle of London. This action-packed, story-driven adventure is ideal for Brogers (Shrek fans)! Track down Cinderella’s fortune teller and save Pinocchio from Lord Farquaad’s Dungeon. All the while following your tour guide – singing and dancing – through Shrek’s swamp.

Head to the London Eye after with a multi-attraction ticket for a fun-filled day out. Get 10% off Standard Entry Tickets with SWR Rewards.

Price: £24+
Age: 6+
How to get there: Walk 10 minutes from London Waterloo.

Treetop Challenge at Go Ape

Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ

Escape the Big Smoke and conquer your fear of heights at GoApe Battersea’s Treetop Challenge, twice the size of the others. Rise to the challenge and enjoy views over 200-acre Battersea Park, where you can escape and unwind after your adventure.

Enjoy 22% off two tickets with SWR Rewards.

Price: £29+
Age: 6+
How to get there: Walk 19 minutes from Queenstown Road. Or, take the 44 bus from Battersea Park Station Stop C to Harris Academy Battersea. It’s a 7-minute walk from there.

Up at the O2

The top of the O2 in London I South Western Railway

Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

Choose between a daytime, sunset or twilight climb atop the O2. After a 15-minute climb, you’ll have 20 minutes to admire one of the best panoramic views[DF1]  of Greenwich, Canary Wharf and The Olympic Park from your 50-metre vantage point.

Get 10% off with SWR Rewards.

Price: £35+
Age: 8+
How to get there: Take the Jubilee line from London Waterloo to North Greenwich, walking 2 minutes from there.

Adventures in the South West

2 people kayaking I South Western Railway

From driving experiences to water sports activities, the South West has plenty of adventures to explore.

Double Supercar Driving Blast

Claycart Rd, Wellington Ave, Aldershot GU11 1SQ

Take the reigns of an Aston Martin, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche or Nissan GTR and unleash the horsepower! Choose two cars and enjoy six miles of Aldershot Raceway (around 27 laps of the 350-metre track).

Enjoy 22% off with SWR Rewards.

Price: £79+
Age: 17+
How to get thereIt’s an 8-minute taxi from Aldershot Station.

Hobbledown Epsom

Horton Ln, Epsom KT19 8PT

Hobbledown Adventure Park is the perfect place to entertain young animal lovers. Explore outdoor play villages, an indoor play barn, high ropes, an aviary and a jungle-themed Imaginarium with insects, reptiles and sensory play for toddlers.

There’s a hotchpotch of Hobbledown characters, including Rumpletump, Sludgebucket and Skibblers, to meet in the Thinkery.

Get 10% off admission with SWR Rewards.

Price: £11+
Age: 2+
How to get there: Take the E10 bus from Epsom Station to Manor Park, walking 11 minutes from there.

Jurassic Water Sports

Durnford Drove, Langton Matravers, Swanage, BH19 3HG

Jurassic Water Sports operates across Poole and Swanage. Admire the sights while coasteering, swimming, climbing, cliff jumping, kayaking and paddleboarding your way around Dorset’s spectacular Jurassic Coast.

Enjoy 22% off coasteering with SWR Rewards.

Price: £45+
Age: 14+
How to get there: Take the 40 Breezer bus from Swanage Station to Durnford Drive, walking 5 minutes from there.


Bournemouth Pier, Bournemouth BH2 5AA

RockReef is Bournemouth’s outdoor-inspired indoor activity centre for embracing adventure, whatever the weather. It has an indoor play cave, climbing walls, an aerial obstacle course and the world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire!

Price: £10+
Age: 4+
How to get there: Take the 12 bus from Bournemouth Station Stand 5 to Bournemouth Pier and walk 2 minutes from there.

Cumulus Outdoors

Cumulus Outdoors Residential Centre, Cobblers Ln, Swanage BH19 2PX

Enjoy unique views of the Jurassic Coast and the Isle of Purbeck while kayaking, climbing, coasteering and abseiling. Test your accuracy at tag archery (a mix of archery and paintball) and conquer your fear of heights at high ropes.

Price: £35+
Age: 8+
How to get there: It’s a 13-minute walk from Swanage Railway.

With so many adventure activities in London and the South West, why not plan your journey today? Find cheap train tickets by travelling off-peak and using a Railcard, and browse our various ticket types for the right fare for you. If you’re travelling in a group, GroupSave or Family and Friends Railcard could help you save. If you’d like more flexibility, semi-flex tickets offer anytime return trains, or you can choose any train with a Sunday Out ticket.

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