There are countless things to do and activities to enjoy in London! You can visit Trafalgar Square, St.Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and countless museums; it seems like the list is endless! However, a change of scenery is always fun. Why not take some day trips from London? London is in easy reach of some fabulous cities and sites, from Leeds Castle to Canterbury Cathedral. Do you need a break from the bustle and buzz of the capital? Maybe you want some fresh forest air or to explore some famous spa towns. Here is a list of activities from London that offer a wide selection of day trips to enjoy!
First of all, let’s look at Oxford: “The City of the Dreaming Spires”. Oxford is one easy hour outside the capital. The city of Oxford is most noteworthy for its internationally renowned University, but also its architecture.
You can take a train or bus from the center of London. Or, for hassle-free travel book your day tour to Oxford from London directly. Therefore you can ensure a day packed to the maximum with activities! Spend the day exploring the historic University Colleges. These include Christ Church, the Bodleian Library and New College (all filming locations for Harry Potter!). You may also have time to check out an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum or watch a play at the Sheldonian Theatre before heading back to London. You could even squeeze in a pint at one of Oxford's world-famous pubs!
Why go to Oxford when you could go to Cambridge? The rivalry between these two famous University towns is well-known. So why not go to the sister city of Oxford and compare them for yourself! Cambridge is well-connected to the capital, and this is one of the best cheap day trips from London that you can take. Cambridge is most famous for its achingly beautiful University colleges. The best way to explore the Cambridge University Colleges is by boat - go on a punting tour through the canals and travel in style! After a day drifting down the river, perhaps you could check out the Fitzwilliam Museum? Or you could treat yourself to a traditional English dinner in one of Cambridge’s many gastropubs.
Fancy a day in the baths in Bath? To get to this famous spa town from London takes 1.5 hours from Paddington Station or a 2.5-hour drive. Alternatively, book one of the day trips out of London and get ready for a relaxing day away from the London crowds. If you are a fan of Jane Austen books, thermal Roman Baths or you just want to explore the boutique shops (with an occasional break for a glass of wine or a scone and cream), then the city of Bath is the day trip for you! The historic Roman baths are a must-visit, but if you need to relax after some hectic days in London then take a trip to the Thermae Bath Spa and soak up views of the city from the rooftop pool!
One of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments, Stonehenge is also a cheap day trip from London! The origins of this mysterious rock formation continue to baffle historians and experts. Jump on a train heading to Salisbury and see it for yourself! Furthermore, the cities of Bath, Oxford, and Windsor are all located on the way to Stonehenge. This route is perfect if you want to book a combined tour to pack the day full of activities.
Canterbury is a must-visit for fans of English literature and history. It is a quick one hour by train from St Pancras in London. Not only is it the site of Chaucer’s famous “Canterbury Tales” the city Cathedral is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered at this site in 1170. If you are feeling cultural, complete your visit with a trip to the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge. Finally, end the day by joining the student population for some evening drinks!
Just 40 minutes on the train from London, Windsor is a great day trip. In Windsor town, you could book an open top bus tour or take a trip on a boat. Most visitors come to see Windsor Castle, the official residence of the Queen of England. The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, the opulent State Rooms reflect the history of English royalty for over 900 years, it is, therefore, a must-visit for history buffs and Royal fans alike.
If you prefer beaches to museums, then Brighton is certainly the day trip for you! Britain's most famous seaside town, Brighton is famous for its Royal Pavilion, pier, and is a guaranteed great night out! Have a fun day dodging seagulls and eating ice-cream by the beach. If you fancy checking out the night-life, change it from a day trip out of London and book a weekend getaway!
Arguably the most beautiful countryside in England, the Cotswolds are known for their rolling green hills, fabulous food, and quaint villages. Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the legendary playwright William Shakespeare, or explore Blenheim Palace, home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. For a day trip from London to the Cotswolds or the area of “Outstanding Natural Beauty”, you can drive along the M4 motorway or get a train from Paddington Station.
No, there are plenty of direct trains and buses from central London to many towns and attractions outside the city. Train tickets may be expensive on the day, so book ahead! If you want to get the best deal, reserve one of our excursions from London. This way you can make the most of your day out!
For all of these visits from London, you can choose to go alone, with friends or as part of a guided tour. Choose a short excursion on your own or a guided tour from London, it depends on how you like to travel! If you are short on time, I would recommend booking a guide. This way you will get expert insider knowledge and ensure smooth travel!
Most of the sites included on these day trips from London are free to visit. Alternatively, you can buy tickets on the day if they are required for entry. In high season, however (summer and school holidays) it is best to ring in advance or book ahead to avoid disappointment!