London is one of the most exciting cities in the world. No matter what time of year you visit, there’s always something going on whether it’s music festivals, art exhibitions, or sporting events. But even though London is jam-packed with things to do, sometimes it can be hard to leave the city center and explore outside of your neighborhood. With that said, if you’re looking for some activities outside of central London but still within reach (by either foot or public transportation), we’ve got you covered!
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is a children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, first published in 1910. The novel was initially unsuccessful but eventually went on to become one of Burnett’s most famous works. It has been adapted into many different formats over the years including a musical and a movie starring Colin Firth and Maggie Smith.
St. Albans is a market town in Hertfordshire, about 20 miles from London. It’s known for its Abbey and cathedral, which date back to the 11th century.
St. Albans makes for a great day trip from London it’s easy to access on public transportation, and there are plenty of places to stay if you want to stay overnight.
Brighton is a great place to go for a day trip.
You might want to visit Brighton because:
- You have kids who are bored with London but still want something exciting.
- You live in London but haven’t been able to explore much beyond the city limits.
- Your friends have never been on vacation before so it would be nice if they could experience something new while they’re here too!
Winchester and Stonehenge
Winchester is a great place to visit and Stonehenge is a must-see, but it’s not just for the day trip. The city itself has plenty of things to do and see as well.
From Winchester, you can easily get access to Stonehenge by buses or trains running from London. Winchester itself is worth spending some time in.
Oxford is a great place to go on a day trip. Oxford is known for its beautiful architecture, which includes the university buildings and the Radcliffe Camera which was built in 1737.
Oxford also has many shops in the city center where you can do some shopping if you want to eat or drink something while you’re there.
Canterbury is a small city in Kent, about an hour from London by train. It’s most famous for Canterbury Cathedral, which can be seen from almost anywhere in town. The cathedral is one of the oldest Christian sites in England and has been an important place of worship since its completion in 597 AD; it also holds the remains of St. Thomas Becket (1118-1170), who was martyred after opposing King Henry II’s taxes on clergy and refused to grant him absolution when asked to do so by four knights who visited him at the church where he had been praying.
The Cotswolds is a beautiful area to visit, with many towns and villages. It’s also a great place to get away from the city for a few days. There are plenty of walking opportunities in this region, as well as other activities like visiting stately homes and gardens.
Margate is a seaside resort town in Kent, southeast England, 8.6 miles from Canterbury and 8.9 miles from Whitstable.
The architecture is varied but generally of a high standard with extensive areas the regenerated building so that it now has an attractive character with many periods represented: Tudor Revival, Regency, Neo-Gothic (Broadgate), Art Deco (Regal Cinema), and Modernism (Michael Rennie Pavilion).
Cambridge is a university town located 50 miles north of London. The city has plenty to offer visitors, including great restaurants and shops. You can also walk around the city and visit one of England’s oldest universities, founded in 1209.
Blenheim Palace and Woodstock!
Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s easy to see why. The gargantuan palace was built in 1705 by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and commander-in-chief of the English army during the War of Spanish Succession (1702–1714). It was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh on a scale that would befit his military successes.
Leeds Castle is a castle in Kent, England. It was originally built in the 11th century and has been open as a tourist attraction since 1952. The castle is located on the River Len in Leeds. It’s surrounded by a wide moat and has many gardens, including the Italian Garden and Arab Garden. It’s been used for many different films shoots including Sense & Sensibility (1995), Doctor Who (1965-present), Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves (1991), The Young Victoria (2009), and Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone (2001).
It’s also popular as a wedding venue due to its romantic setting.
Rye, Battle, and Bodiam Castle
Rye is a historic town with a picturesque cobbled high street, while Battle is the site of a famous battle. Both are located in East Sussex and can be reached by car, bus, or train. Bodiam Castle a medieval castle built in 1385 is also within the same area and makes for an interesting stop on your way back to London.
If you have an hour, head to Stratford-upon-Avon. This town is steeped in history and there’s plenty to do if you have a whole day. If you’re feeling more energetic, visit Warwick Castle for the day, which also has a large water park. Or if you want to venture further out of London, check out the Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
London is an amazing city, but it can be hard to get away from the hustle and bustle. Luckily, there are so many amazing day trips that you can take from London! The options are endless you just have to decide which one suits your taste best. Whether it’s visiting a castle or visiting museums and historical sites, there’s something for everyone.