London is known for having a wide range of things to see and do but also a selection of day trips that you won’t want to miss. That is to say, there are so many places and attractions to visit outside of London and these include idyllic countryside, ancient remnants and historic landmarks. But what should you actually go see?
In this article, I’d like to take you through some of the best day trips to take from London and why you might want to spend a little more time outside of this iconic city.
Top 5 Day Trips to Take from London
1 .Witness the Infamous Stone Circle at Stonehenge
Let’s start with the most obvious attraction for day trips to take from London - Stonehenge. This is arguably the most iconic site in the UK and was built by pagans several thousand years ago. You can take a tour to Stonehenge from London and explore the visitor center, while walking around this mystical area. Learning about this 5,000 year old site is worth the trip but even the sight of this majestic landmark and these picturesque surroundings should leave you with a great sense of wonder!
2 .Experience “Outstanding Natural Beauty” in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is quite possibly the most beautiful piece of countryside that you will encounter near London. It’s an area known for rolling green landscapes, quaint villages and thatched roofs and was declared an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” in recent times. You don’t need awards to tell you about the beauty of these 800 square miles, and a trip to the Cotswolds is a day trip from London that enables visitors to see a truly authentic and quintessential piece of the countryside in England.
3 .Venture into Royal Territory at Windsor
The area is best known for Windsor Castle which has been a Royal Family residence since the 12th Century. This is also the longest occupied castle in all of Europe and believe it or not, more than 500 people live and work here. Located close to Heathrow Airport in Greater London, this is also a short day trip and one that also takes in some beautiful countryside. Whether you are interested in the Royal Family or not, there is something special about the heritage and history behind this magnificent façade.
4. Enjoy Roman Heritage and Many More Surprises in Bath
Fancy exploring some Roman heritage? It’s rather crazy to see the extent of Roman times in the English countryside. Bath is a beautiful city with such remnants at every turn and more than enough cafes, restaurants and amenities in between. Aside from Stonehenge, it’s one of the most visited destinations outside of London and the colored houses really make this city stand out in terms of architecture. The Royal Crescent and Bath Abbey are two such examples, but the Roman Baths is undoubtedly the most famous and due to the historic nature of these buildings, taking a walk is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend time. Along with these Roman ruins and ancient landmarks, you will also find natural hot springs. In fact, Bath is full of surprises and one of the best options for day trips to take from London.
5. Marvel at the Mighty Cliffs of Dover
You might have heard about the Cliffs of Dover? These stunning white cliffs face south toward France and strike an awe-inspiring sight from any direction. Stretching for over 8 miles, the chalky cliffs look rather unique due to their color but also the sheer scale at which they stand. This natural scenery is enough reason to take a day trip from London but then there is also Dover Castle which stands atop these mighty cliffs. Dover Castle is also the largest in England and continues to stand in spite of many invasions over the years. With just 80 miles between London and Dover, this is also a reasonably short day trip from the city and one that ticks many different boxes - castles, cliffs and ocean views being just a few to mention!
And that’s my top five day trips to take from London. But maybe you have a suggestion of you own? Let me know in the comments!
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