London is one of the greatest cities in the world, there’s always something new going on, and you can visit 100 times without doing all there is to do, and seeing all there is to see. However, there are plenty of things to discover outside the capital! If you have a day or two extra, take the opportunity to get out of London and see some more of the UK. There are plenty of great day trips to take from London, and here are 10 of the best ones to inspire your trip!
Probably one of the cutest and most picturesque places in England. The Cotswolds are slightly less known to international visitors, but becoming a more and more popular destination. It’s not the easiest thing to visit the Cotswolds without a car, making it slightly difficult to get there and get around all the pretty little villages. A good tip is to book an early train from London and book a full day tour in advance.
Bath, Windsor Castle, and Stonehenge
A trip to Bath, Windsor Castle and Stonehenge is one of the most popular day trips from London. There are plenty of options to choose between, I went with GoldenTours for a full day tour, and would highly recommend it! More info about the day tour here, do some research and pick the option that suits you best!
Alternatively take a full day trip to Bath, and explore the Roman Baths and maybe Bath Spa, spending some time in this beautiful little town.
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Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, (and let’s face it, who isn’t??) you absolutely need to make your way to the studio tour and explore everything about the films and how they were made. It’s the ultimate experience for any and all Harry Potter fans, and it’s just outside London. You can book cheap buses from the capital taking you to and from the studio, and make sure to book the tour in advance as it fills up quickly!
A cute little fishing village a little over an hour outside of London. Here you’ll find the oyster festival, delicious seafood, and some great donuts. Can’t say there’s too much to do here, but it’s a great place to spend a day and get away from the busy capital! Head here in the summer, go swimming, eat lobster, and enjoy this cute little place.
Related post: Day trip from London, Lobsters and oysters at Whitstable
Cambridge is, just like Oxford, a little less than 2 hours away from London, and just as beautiful as Oxford. Buses and trains run frequently, making it a perfect way to spend a Saturday getting away from the city.
Brighton is Englands most popular seaside destination, barely an hour away from London, and filled with fun things to do. I would recommend you to visit Brighton during the summer, as a beachside town is best enjoyed in the summer! Head to the pier for some fun rides, eat fish ‘n’ chips while looking out over the water, or go shopping by North Leine.
Related post: A quick guide to Brighton
Canterbury is a town in Kent, it’s a historic English cathedral city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s one of the most visited places in the UK, and is filled with historical structures, including a city wall founded in Roman times, the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey, and a Norman castle.
Another very popular day trip from London is to Oxford. I took the bus from London, taking me a little less than 2 hours, and costing me £14 roundtrip with the Oxford Tube. If you make your way here for a day, there are plenty of free universities to visit, pubs to have lunch in, and cute little streets to explore. Take the bus 20 minutes to visit Blenheim Palace, or drop into Woodstock, a small town next door.
The Jurassic Coast in Dorset
If you don’t know about this place, you need to discover it! It’s a beautiful place on the south coast, it’s a World Heritage Site running around 155 kilometres, and in 2005 the Jurassic Coast was named as the fifth-greatest natural wonder in Britain.
Yup, you can actually make it to Paris for a day! Paris is just a little over 2 hours away from London with Eurostar, making it perfectly possible to explore the French capital for a day! It’s not nearly enough time to spend in Paris, but it sure will be one great day!