20 Excellent Day Trips To Take From London
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20 Excellent Day Trips To Take From London

We love London.

And not just because it’s a bustling, vibrant metropolis.

But also because 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 either car or rail.

And we’ve put together a convenient list of the best 20 of them…

PAINSHILL PARK

This 250-acre park was designed to be unique. And boy, is it. Created in the 1700s, it features a fake ‘ruined’ abbey, a Roman amphitheatre, an Alpine valley, a Gothic temple, a cool grotto, and more.
How far are we talking? 1hr by car, 45mins by train.

AMERSHAM

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.

WINDSOR

So, obviously the big draw here is Windsor Castle, but there’s a lot going on here besides, from lunch cruises on the river, to the racecourse, to Legoland, to the dozens of museums.
How far are we talking? 40mins by train, same by car.

HEVER CASTLE

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? Only 45-ish mins by train (with a 20min walk from the station), or an hour by car.

COLCHESTER

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? 1hr on train, 2hrs by car.

WINCHESTER

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? 1hr by train, 90mins by car.

SALISBURY

Yes, we all know about Stonehenge. And frankly, it’s getting a little old. But Salisbury also has other stuff, you know, like the Magna Carta and a cathedral boasting Britain’s tallest spire.
How far are we talking? 90mins by train, 2hrs by car.

CAMBRIDGE

Slightly smaller than Oxford, its spiritual sibling, Cambridge gets a double-first in amazing museums & jaw-dropping architecture.
How far are we talking? 1hr by train, 2 by car.

OXFORD

Slightly larger than Cambridge, its spiritual sibling, Oxford gets a double-first in amazing museums & jaw-dropping architecture.
How far are we talking? 1hr by train, 2 by car. And while you’re there you’re only a stone’s throw from,

BLENHEIM PALACE

If you like learning about world leaders who helped save civilisation itself from the Nazi menace during the ’40s, and seeing where they grew up, then look no further than Blenheim Palace.
How far are we talking? 2-ish hrs by car, 1hr by train (going to Hanborough station)

BRIGHTON

Deck chairs. Fish & chips. The world’s oldest aquarium. Piers. Big wheels. Cool, Indian-style pavilions. Flea markets. If you’re into these things, you need to go to Brighton.
How far are we talking? 1hr by train, 2 by car.

CANTERBURY

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/train. And while you’re there you can visit…

WHITSTABLE

As seaside towns go, Whitstable is tough to beat. They’ve got fresh oysters sold on the beach (and a dozen restaurants serving them), a castle, a museum, a harbour market, and more.
How far are we talking? 90mins by train or car.

STATFORD-UPON-AVON

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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/train.

ELTHAM PALACE

Created for a pair of millionaires back in the ’30s, Eltham is an Art Deco dream wrapped in a pre-Tudor coat.
How far are we talking? It’s literally in London. Greenwich, to be precise. So, however far away from that you are.

BEXHILL-ON-SEA

This gorgeous little seaside town has both Tudor cottages, and the famed modernist De La Warr pavilion. Grab a pint and look out over the channel.
How far are we talking? About 90mins by train, slightly longer by car (depending on traffic).

HUNTINGDON

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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? 1hr by train, 2 by car.

HENLEY-ON-THAMES

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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. There’s even a rowing museum.
How far are we talking? 1hr by car or train.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

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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 the gorgeous Pantiles shopping arcade, some stunning parks, and the restorative waters known to cure any 18th century disease.
How far are we talking? 1hr by train or car.

THE COTSWOLDS

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… train is more problematic. You’ll need to go from Paddington to Worcester, and it’ll take a couple of hours minimum.

 


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