Exploring the UK: 5 incredible day trips from London
Living in London is great but sometimes you need a break from the city, even just for a day or two. Luckily London is very well connected, and you can easily get to a number of different and exciting cities and villages in a short few hours. Here are some of our favourites cities in the UK to head to for a London escape:
Oxford is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the UK, and only one hour away from London Paddington by train! If you’re looking for a cheaper option, there is also a bus that leaves regularly from Buckingham Palace Road and takes 1 hour 40 minutes.
While you’re there, check out the gorgeous and historic colleges of Oxford University. Several are open to tourists and for a small fee, you can look around and lounge about in the sun on the glorious quads. Take a walking tour from the city center if you’re interested in hearing about the history of the university.
Feeling cultural? Visit the Ashmolean Museum and then the Pitt Rivers Museum – both are fascinating. Keener on relaxing? Have a drink at the historic Turf Tavern or walk into Jericho to enjoy a cocktail at Freud’s, a trendy bar housed in an old church.
If you’re planning on staying for another day, consider spending a few hours at Blenheim – a beautiful palace 20 or so minutes from Oxford. Walk around the incredible grounds and then have a bite to eat at the Oxfordshire Pantry or one of the cafes on the palace grounds.
Just 30 minutes from London Paddington and costing £8 for a return, Windsor is the perfect destination for an easy and cheap day trip from the city.
One of the biggest attractions is obviously Windsor Castle so be sure to spend a few hours exploring it. If it’s a nice day, follow this up with a leisurely stroll around Savill Garden.
Keep an eye out for the lovely little bakeries and cafes around the town for when you need sustenance and be sure to finish off the day with a drink at the iconic Duchess of Cambridge pub.
Come summer time, there’s no better way to spend a sunny day (or weekend) than at the seaside. Luckily there are a number of easily accessible and beautiful seaside towns to visit from London. One of our favourites is Whitstable.
With a great sea front perfect for swimming, make sure you pack your swimming costume and towel. Spend a few hours frolicking on the beach and sunbathing before walking up to the Duke pub just off the beach. Enjoy an ice-cold pint before heading to lunch at Waltshaw's Kentish Pantry – a local gem serving the most delicious food.
Get there in an hour and a half from London Victoria.
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Just as beautiful as Oxford and with colleges to rival, Cambridge is the perfect day trip from London as you can get there in just 1 hour 30 minutes by train.
Go on a sunny day and spend a few hours strolling around the town, looking at the colleges and walking along the river. Be sure to check out the beautiful Botanical Gardens and follow it up with a boat cruise along the river Cam. You can even have a go at punting if you’re up for it.
There are also plenty of great pubs and restaurants to enjoy when you need a break. Have a pint at The Free Press or The Cambridge Blue and grab some food at Urban Shed.
A UK classic, you cannot live in London without going to Brighton for a day or two to soak up this buzzy seaside town’s incredible atmosphere. Take the train from Victoria, where the journey will take you one and a half hours.
Once you’ve arrived, head down to the beach and take a walk before ending up at the historic pier. Play some games, admire the view, eat cotton candy – tick of all the must-dos before checking out Sea Life Brighton, the world's oldest operating aquarium.
Make sure you have fish and chips while you’re there – one of the best spots for this is Bardsley’s.
There you have it, some of the best places to escape to from London and explore the UK! Start booking your weekend escape now.