Easy Day Trips from London

When I first moved to London I had no idea that it was so easy to get to so many cracking places on a day trip from there. Once I realised how many options were open to me I spent most weekends heading out to destinations like the following ones.


I travelled on train to Windsor and I seem to remember it taking about an hour, although it appears that there is now a fast train that only takes 30 minutes to get out there. It is a lovely little town which is dominated by the giant castle. If you like to stretch your legs then Windsor Great Park is an amazing place and seemed to be bizarrely deserted every time I went there. It is a lovely, green park which appears to stretch on forever. Another good idea is to cross the bridge to Eton and soak up the atmosphere there. I liked going to Windsor on Sundays for a relaxing stroll and would definitely recommend it.


The famous historic city of Oxford is a hugely popular day trip destination from London. You can get there by train or by bus and it is a short, easy journey. There are probably too many things to do here to really soak it all up in a day but it is a great start on finding out about Oxford. Maybe after your day trip you will consider spending a weekend there to find out more. In the meantime, the university, the book shops and some of the famous pubs should be on your list of things to do.

Stratford upon Avon

If you don’t mind going a bit further then this pretty market town will help you feel as though you are a world away from the busy streets of London. It is about 2 and a half hours by train but if you love travelling by train as much as I do that won’t be a problem. In fact, during the winter months I used to make long day trips as much for the train journey as anything else. There are few things better for me than sitting back and watching the beautiful British countryside roll past on a crisp winter morning. Of course, Shakespeare fans will be itching to just get there.


Brighton is a fascinating, quirky seaside town which offers great shopping and some splendid architecture. This was one of the world’s first seaside resorts, as rich tourists went there to enjoy the supposed curative powers of seawater. It is now a cosmopolitan town with a buzzing nightlife and a good music scene. With it being such a short journey here by train you might find it to be the ideal destination for a weekend break during the summer. I liked to get away from the city during the warm weather and this is one of your best options for doing so.


cantI had a great day in Canterbury one weekend. It takes a couple of hours on the bus but the trip whizzes past if you decide to press your nose against the glass and see what you pass on the way. Once you get there the Cathedral is obviously the big draw and it is pretty blooming amazing as well. However, there is a lot more to do here too. I realised too late that a river cruise was an option and I will definitely give it a try if I am even in Canterbury again. In the end, I took another bus trip down to Dover before heading home after a long and interesting day.


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