London certainly has a lot to offer; world-class museums, Michelin-starred restaurants, iconic buildings and an amazing range of shops and markets are just a pick of its amazing attractions. But every now and then clients staying in our London vacation rentals ask us to recommend interesting day trips from London when they fancy a little break from the city.
With the capital being such a cosmopolitan area attracting visitors from all over the world, it definitely has a different flavour from other cities near London. Therefore, venturing off on a day trip from London will give you a little taste of the other British traditions and unique towns that the UK has to offer.
Here's 5 of the best day trips out of London that we think are close by enough so that you can be back for dinner!
Forget thoughts of golden sands and warm, crystal waves. English beaches are much more likely to be made up of shingle with water that you'd have to be incredibly brave to swim in! However, English beaches have a unique charm of their own and Brighton is one of the best beaches near London.
Grab yourself some fish and chips and relax in the stripey decks chairs on the beach looking out to the sea. Once you've fueled up, head out to explore the rides on Brighton Pier and climb up the Helter Skelter where you can see out to the Isle of White. Check out the ghostly beauty of the dilapidated West Pier before buying a stick of rock for your journey home!
How to get there: A train from London Bridge, London Victoria or London Blackfriars will take just over an hour.
Home to one of the most renowned universities in the world, Oxford is packed with beautiful, old architecture which earned it the title, the 'city of dreaming spires'. Bookworms should check out the Bodleian Library, which is one of the oldest public libraries in the world before walking around their picturesque, cobbled streets and taking a break in one of the cosy, independent cafes.
Oxford is also a must-visit for Harry Potter fans as the grand cloisters and quadrangles of the university's colleges were used as a setting for many of the films' famous scenes. Hogwart's Hall was even a replica of the Great Hall in Christ Church College.
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One of the most beautiful cities near London, architecture fans won't be disappointed with Bath's stunning Georgian buildings. However, its most popular attraction is the Roman Baths, which are wonderfully preserved religious baths dating back to the Ancient Roman era. Britain's only hot spring filled the bathing complex which is still topped up with natural hot water to this day.
You can also find out more about one of Bath's most famous residents, Jane Austen, by heading on a walking tour of the city and seeing her books come to life through the buildings and streets mentioned in her novels. After a hard day of sightseeing, relax in the pools of the Thermae Bath Spa which is the only place in Britain to bathe in naturally warm waters.
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4. Stratford-Upon-AvonVisit the home of another of the UK's most famous residents, William Shakespeare. Set in the rural countryside, this picturesque town sits on the banks of the river Avon and was the birthplace of, arguably, the most famous playwright in the world.
Wander around the quaint side streets, river banks and historic, half-timbered buildings to get a taste for Medieval England. Of course, a visit to the house where Shakespeare was born as well as the Royal Shakespeare and Swan theatre and Anne Hathaway's cottage are all must-sees!
How to get there: A train from London Marylebone will take around 2 hours.
5. StonehengeOne of the UK's most unusual attractions, Stonehenge is a ring of standing stones dating back to the prehistoric era. A shroud of mystery surrounds the ancient monument as speculation remains over the reason it was built. However, possible explanations include astronomy and human sacrifice!
Whilst in the area, also check out the thriving markets, historic buildings and independent tea rooms in the city of Salisbury. Packed with history and culture, it makes a great one day trip from London.
How to get there: A train to Salisbury from London Waterloo will take around 90 minutes. You can then take a short bus or taxi ride from Salisbury station to Stonehenge.
If you're visiting soon and want to book a London serviced apartment with easy access to one of these great UK day trip locations, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and availability.