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17/03/20


21 Excellent Day Trips From London

We love London.

And it just so happens that whoever founded it conveniently decided to put it smack bang in the middle of a bunch of great road trip destinations, all two hours away by car.

Amazing coincidence, really.

So we’ve put together a convenient list of the best 21 day trips from London that won’t take hours to make…

Main image: Blenheim Palace   |   Last updated: 2nd August 2020


 

AMERSHAM

Amersham day trips from london

This mind-bogglingly cute little chocolate box town is where much of Four Weddings and a Funeral (and a dozen other films) was shot.

How far are we talking? It’s literally on the tube network, so, not very far. About an hour-ish from central London, and it’s an easy drive.

MARGATE

Day trips from London: Margate

In 2011 Margate became home to the Turner Contemporary art gallery, which in turn provoked a wider refresh. Their renowned theme park Dreamland under went a £25m revamp, and new cafes, restaurants, and boutique B&Bs starting popping up throughout town. The beach is big, and sandy, and you can walk the Viking Costal Park to nearby Botany Bay.

How far are we talking? It’s about an hour and a half by train from St Pancreas. Or a two hour drive from central London.

WINDSOR

So, obviously the big draw here is Windsor Castle, but there’s a lot going on here besides. Like the 4,800-acre marvel that is Windsor Great Park, complete with a vast three-mile-long thoroughfare lined with trees.

How far are we talking? 45 mins-ish by car.

HEVER CASTLE

Hever Castle day trips from london

Built in 1270, this was Anne Boleyn’s childhood home, and it’s been amazingly well preserved since then. There’s regular jousting, festivals, oh, and it has its own water maze, with step-boards built on a lake.

How far are we talking? An hour by car.

COLCHESTER

Colchester day trips from london

It’s literally Britain’s oldest recorded town. In fact, it used to be the capital city (presumably on account of it being the only city), so you’d technically be going from one capital to another.

How far are we talking? 2hrs by car.

WINCHESTER

Winchester day trips from london

If you like fancy architecture, then Winchester Cathedral, Winchester College (they claim to be the oldest school in the UK), and Winchester City Mill would all like a word.

How far are we talking? 90mins-ish by car.

SALISBURY

Salisbury day trips from london

Yes, we all know about Stonehenge. And frankly, it’s getting a little old. But Salisbury also has other stuff, you know, like a cathedral boasting Britain’s tallest spire.

How far are we talking? 2hrs by car.

CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge day trips from london

Slightly smaller than Oxford, its spiritual sibling, Cambridge gets a double-first in jaw-dropping architecture.

How far are we talking?  2hrs by car.

OXFORD

Oxford day trips from london

Slightly larger than Cambridge, its spiritual sibling, Oxford gets a double-first in jaw-dropping architecture.

How far are we talking?  2hrs by car. And while you’re there you’re only a stone’s throw from,

BLENHEIM PALACE

Blenheim palace day trips from london

If you like seeing where world leaders who helped save civilisation itself from the Nazi menace during the ’40s grew up, then look no further than Blenheim Palace.

How far are we talking? 2-ish hrs by car.

BRIGHTON

Brighton day trips from london

Deck chairs. Piers. Big wheels. Cool, Indian-style pavilions. Iconic stoney beaches. If you’re into these things, you need to go to Brighton.

How far are we talking? 2hrs by car.

CANTERBURY

Canterbury day trips from london

Home to a little thing called Canterbury Cathedral that people literally make pilgrimages to. You should consider making one yourself.

How far are we talking? 90mins by car. And while you’re there you can visit…

WHITSTABLE

Whitstable day trips from london

As seaside day trips from London go, Whitstable is tough to beat. They’ve got fresh oysters sold on the beach, and what a beach it is…

How far are we talking? 90mins by car.

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Stratford Upon Avon day trips from london

Flickr / Martin Pettitt

Birthplace of William Shakespeare, it’s safe to assume that this sweet little town is at least a little bit inspiring.

How far are we talking? 2hrs by car.

BEXHILL-ON-SEA

Bexhill On Sea day trips from london

This gorgeous little seaside town has both Tudor cottages, and the famed modernist De La Warr pavilion. Grab a bench and look out over the channel.

How far are we talking? Roughly 2hrs by car (depending on traffic).

HUNTINGDON

Huntingdon day trips from london

Sean Hickin / Flickr

Chartered by King John in 1205, this town is filled with comparatively cutting-edge Tudor houses. Also, Oliver Cromwell was born here, and they have the only museum to him, literally anywhere.

How far are we talking? 2 at least by car.

HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Henley on Thames day trips from london

Timo Newton Syms / Flickr

If the name rings a bell, it’s because they have a regatta here every year in which Oxbridge students race each other on the Thames.

How far are we talking? 1hr by car.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Tunbridge Wells day trips from london

Ben Sutherland / Flickr

Okay, so there are tons of London workers who visit Tunbridge Wells every day, you know, to go home. But for those who don’t, you’re missing out on one of the great destinations for day trips from London, thanks to its gorgeous Pantiles arcade, some stunning parks, and the restorative waters known to cure any 18th century disease.

How far are we talking? 1hr by car.

THE COTSWOLDS

Cotswolds day trips from london

So, this one’s a biggie – it’s 800 square miles. But apparently every inch of those miles looks stunning. If we were a betting publication, we’d put money on the fact that the term “rolling hills” wasn’t invented here.

How far are we talking? 2hrs by car if you hustle…

 

RYE

Rye, Sussex
Image: Garry Knight

A quaint cobbled town in East Sussex, Rye offers up everything from up-cycled furniture shops and timber-framed inns for boozing, to ancient moated castles and long beach walks along nearby Camber sands.

How far are we talking? An hour and fourty by car

 

Main image: Blenheim Palace


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