Whether you live in the British capital or if you are visiting here, taking day trips from London is a very good way to get to know another England other than the one that London offers.

We still get into tourist mode once in a while and take the opportunity to spend a day or two in other cities outside of London, especially when we have visits from family or friends in Barcelona. We have already talked about many of these cities in the blog, but we wanted to group in a single article our 10 favorite day trips from London – a very useful list if you are starting to plan your holiday in England and getaways from London!

Best ideas for day trips from London

1. Oxfordday trips from London

It is one of the most famous and well-known cities in the United Kingdom worldwide, thanks to the University of Oxford and to be the scene of many films. This is why when we had been living in England for a couple of months we decided to spend a day in Oxford, this being one of our first getaways from London. Read our post A day in Oxford for more information.

Distance and transport

Coach

Journey time: 1h 30min

Price: from £ 8 Train

Journey time: 1h

Price: from £ 12

2. Cambridgeday trips from London

The other university city of England par excellence is Cambridge, being also one of the most visited from London. It was also one of the excursions we did shortly after arriving in London, repeating a few years later to take a family who came to visit. Read our Cambridge post, much more than a university for more information. It is one of the best ideas for day trips from London.

Distance and transport

Coach

Journey time: 2h

Price: from £ 6 Train

Journey time: 1h

Price: from £ 14

3. Canterbury  day trips from London

Who has not heard of the famous cathedral of Canterbury? This is another one of the day trips from London that we did during our first year here but that we repeated time later with family. The cathedral is imposing but it is the charm of the rest of the historic center that captivated us. Read our post Excursion to Canterbury for more information.

Distance and transport

Coach

Journey time: 2h

Price: from £ 10 Train

Journey time: 1h

Price: from £ 18

4. Dover  day trips from London

The white cliffs, or white cliffs, are next to the castle of Dover the main attraction of this town in the southeast of England. Walking along the cliffs on a sunny day is a joy, being able to dazzle the French coast on the horizon. Read our post The White Cliffs of Dover for more information.

Distance and transport

Coach

Journey time: 2h 30min

Price: from £ 10 Train

Journey time: 1h 10min

Price: from £ 18

5. Bath

The city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Bath is one of the essentials. You can perfectly spend a weekend or a few days here, but it is also possible to visit it on a day trip from London, especially if you do a walking tour of the historic center, as we did the first time we went. Read our post Bath, one of the most charming corners of England for more information.

Distance and transport

Coach

Journey time: 2h 45min

Price: from £ 10 Train

Journey time: 1h

Price: from £ 12

6. Stonehenge day trips from London

An impressive set of stones from the Bronze Age and even more impressive history and legend. We made our visit to Stonehenge as part of our trip to Bath but we recommend doing it as part of an excursion to another city in the Wiltshire area. Read our post-Stonehenge: of aliens, druids and huge stones for more information.

Distance and transport

Coach

Journey time: 2h

Price: from £ 35

7. Stratford-upon-Avon day trips from London

Costwolds is one of the most beautiful places we have been lucky to visit in England. To enjoy the charm of this area in conditions it takes a few days but for a day trip from London, Stratford-upon-Avon is ideal. Read our post-Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the hometown of William Shakespeare for more information.

Distance and transport

Coach

Journey time: 2h 40min

Price: from £ 10 Train

Journey time: 1h 55min

Price: from £ 20

8. Whitstable

Whitstable is another one of those cities that we have visited a couple of times, the first a few years ago and the second time with family that came to visit. On a spring or summer day, Whistable is beautiful. It is ideal to visit together with Canterbury if you have a full weekend. Read our post-Whitstable, a breath of fresh air on the coast of England for more information.

Distance and transport

Coach

Journey time: 2h 30min

Price: from £ 12 Train

Journey time: 1h 15min

Price: from £ 16

9. Windsor

With the royal wedding taking place at Windsor Castle this year, this beautiful city is more fashionable than ever. Getting to Windsor from London is very easy and fast, making it ideal for those who don’t want to get too complicated with transportation. Read our post-Windsor Castle, the home of the British royal family for more information.

Distance and transport

Coach

Journey time: 1h 10min

Price: from £ 8 Train

Journey time: 30min

Price: from £ 10

10. Hever Castle day trips from London

If everything that has to do with history and the British royal family interests you, a one-day exclusion from London to Hever Castle in Kent is essential, as this was the childhood home of Anna Bolena, the most popular of the wives of King Henry VIII. Read our post-Visit Hever Castle & Gardens for more information.

Distance and transport

Train

Journey time: 38min

Price: from £ 10

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