Tired of London? You’re not tired of life, you just need to head out of town, on one of these top-notch day trips from London.
Not for long, you realise. London has too much of a hold over us to leave for long. But these cracking day trips from London will give you a quick escape and refresh your love for this city.
City day trips from London
Did you know there were other cities apart from London? Here are the ones you should explore.
1. Admire the dreaming spires of Oxford.
2. Explore Cardiff, another top UK capital.
3. Go punting in Cambridge.
4. Dip into the Roman baths in Bath.
5. Follow Chaucer’s pilgrims to Canterbury.
6. Visit Cadbury World, the most delicious place in Birmingham (and maybe the world).
7. Catch some Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon.
8. Have a right royal day out in Windsor.
9. Spend the day on Brighton pier.
10. Hop a train to see the remarkable St Albans Cathedral.
11. Experience the urban cool of Bristol.
12. Marvel at King Arthur’s round table in Winchester.
Historical places near London
These day trips from London will give you a glimpse into England’s past.
13. Feel like royalty at Blenheim Palace.
14. Crack codes at Bletchley Park.
15. Divine the mysteries of Stonehenge.
16. Wander around Avebury, the UK’s other famous stone circle.
17. Enter the Battle of Hastings at Battle Abbey.
18. Drink at The Royal Standard of England, the oldest pub in Britain.
Theme parks near London
Life’s a rollercoaster on these day trips.
19. Thorpe Park
21. Paulton’s Park
23. Drayton Manor
24. Alton Towers
Nature day trips from London
Fresh air and stunning scenery on these day trips from London.
26. The Cotswolds
27. Cycle along the South Downs Way.
29. High Weald
30. Make friends with the butterflies at Holtspur Bottom Reserve.
31. Chiltern Hills
32. Swinley Forest
33. Catch an explosion of colour at RHS Wisley.
34. Kent Downs
35. Burnham Beeches
36. Try not to get lost in the magnificent Chislehurst Caves.
37. The New Forest
38. Surrey Hills
Foodie day trips from London
The tastiest day trips around.
40. Eat your fill at The Fat Duck, Heston Blumenthal’s revered restaurant.
41. Dine at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, the idyllic hideaway of Raymond Blanc.
42. Sample fine dining at The Latymer in Pennyhill Park.
43. Try The Hand and Flowers, a two-star Michelin pub run by Tom Kerridge.
Pretty places near London
Drop dead gorgeous day trips to picture perfect spots.
44. Snap pictures of the medieval town of Lavenham.
45. Amble through Castle Combe, star of many a film and TV show.
46. Wander through the charming village of Arundel.
47. Have a gander at Cookham, where Wind in the Willows was penned.
48. Ramble through picturesque Hambleden.
49. Visit Chichester and head to the well-renowned theatre.
50. Explore Shere, a favourite filming location.
51. See East Bergholt, set amidst the landscape which inspired John Constable.
Castles near London
No need to storm the gates on these day trips, because they’re inviting you in.
52. Step inside the real-life Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle.
53. Hever Castle
54. Framlingham Castle (of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle on the Hill’ fame)
55. Leeds Castle, which confusingly is in Kent, not Leeds.
56. Warwick Castle
57. Hadleigh Castle
58. See the former prison of Charles I at Carisbrooke Castle
59. Dover Castle
Literary day trips from London
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a literary day trip will refresh your love for London.
60. Take a tour of Jane Austen’s house in Chawton.
61. Explore Bateman’s, the former home of Rudyard Kipling.
62. See Roald Dahl’s inspiration in Great Missenden.
63. Head on a Dickensian tour of Rochester.
64. Follow the footsteps of Virginia Woolf around Monk’s House.
National Trust properties near London
These ultra-luxe houses are just life goals.
65. Explore Hughenden, the former home of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
66. Fall in love with the chateaurrific Waddesdon Manor.
67. Check out the artwork of Petworth House.
68. Meander round the botanical gardens at Wakehurst.
69. See Chartwell, the family home of Winston Churchill.
70. Get house envy at the stunning Ightham Mote.
71. Wander amongst the flowers of Cliveden.
72. Spend the day at picturesque Mottisfont.
73. Admire the amazing views from Leith Hill Tower (on clear days you can even see the London skyline).
74. Visit Runnymede, the site where the Magna Carta was sealed.
75. Walk amongst the bluebells of Winkworth Arboretum.
76. Be enchanted by Sissinghurst Castle Garden.
Sporty day trips from London
Day trips that are sure to get your pulse racing.
77. Be bowled over by Wormsley, the most beautiful cricket ground in England. (April-September)
78. Don your finest hat for Ascot (June)
79. Make a splash at Henley’s Royal Regatta (July)
80. Visit Cowdray Park to enjoy the highlight of the polo calendar, the Gold Cup. (July)
81. Start your engines for the Goodwood Festival of Speed (July)
Seaside day trips from London
There are some fantastic beaches near London, but if you don’t fancy sandy toes, you can still head to the seaside.
82. Gaze out to sea from Beachy Head, one of the UK’s most beautiful spots.
83. Walk the sandy beach of Great Yarmouth.
84. Grab an ice cream as you explore Broadstairs.
85. Eat seafood fresh as you can get it in Whitstable.
86. Get a taste of “Shoreditch-on-Sea” in Margate.
87. Ride the pier railway line in Southend.
88. Watch the waves break on Hastings seafront.
89. Breathe the sea air on the Isle of Wight.
90. Explore Mersea Island, but don’t get cut off by the tide!
More amazing day trips near London
Still looking for day trip inspiration? Here’s the best of the rest.
91. Rent a sweet party house for an epic blowout.
92. Feel like a giant in Bekonscot Model Village, the world’s oldest.
92. Take to the skies in a microlight flight across Kent.
93. See lions, tigers, and cheetahs at the The Big Cat Sanctuary.
94. Get high with a rope course challenge.
95. Witness an exhilarating race at the Brands Hatch circuit.
96. Hit the slopes at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.
97. Row like an Olympian on Dorney Lake.
98. Get up close to wild animals at Woburn Safari Park.
99. Explore the New Forest on horseback.
100. Take the steam train along the Watercress Line.
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