You could spend weeks exploring Londons Attractions. London is jam packed with things to see and do, top attractions, world famous historic landmarks, a wide range of sightseeign tours, some of the best Theatre and Musicals around, not to mention the restaurants, bars clubs and pubs. However with so many sights just a short bus ride away, there’s no excuse to only stay in the city. Here are some of the best day trips to take from London.
1. Bath Just an hour and a half from the capital you can visit the Roman Baths in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, a finely preserved example of the ingenuity of Roman engineers. The mineral-rich thermal springs that feed the Roman Baths were believed to have healing properties and attracted visitors from across the Roman Empire. That is not all this history filled city has to offer there is also the popular Jane Austen Centre (a tribute to the one-time resident), a beautiful Georgian Garden and the Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House & Museum, where you can indulge in traditional English Afternoon Tea.
2. Oxford England’s oldest and most famous university city, Oxford, is home to some of the UK’s most beautiful buildings. Travelling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the ‘City of Dreaming Spires,’ whose hushed courtyards have inspired generations of scholars including Bill Clinton and writers, Lewis Carroll who wrote ‘Alice in Wonderland’, C.S. Lewis who wrote ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ and the immortal J.R.R. Tolkein, author of ‘Lord of the Rings’ await you. Upon arriving in Oxford take in the majestic Christ Church College (famously used as the grand Hogwart’s Hall in the Harry Potter movies) and the renowned Ashmolean Museum, much revered among art lovers.
Oxford is the place to enjoy a taste of old England – take a punting trip along the River, stroll the cobblestone streets of the city center and the exquisite 17th century Botanical gardens, or watch a Shakespeare play in the Oxford Castle Quarters.
3. Cambridge A close rival to Oxford, the university town of Cambridge puts up a worthy fight with its medieval architecture, idyllic riverfront cafés and bicycle friendly city center. Cambridge is a wonderful mixture of the everyday and the extraordinary, a living city that has shaped history and today reflects the best of historic and contemporary life. It was the inspiration for Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and many of the Monty Python gang. Don’t miss a guided tour of the magnificent chapel of Kings College, founded in 1441, and a fascinating walking tour of a city filled with beautiful buildings and historical quirks, including the famous ‘Bridge of Sighs’.
4. Brighton London’s closest seaside resort and there’s plenty to do in the affectionately nicknamed ‘Little London by the Sea’. From iconic tourist attractions to beachfront cool, Brighton is a treasure trove of things to do and places to go. Vibrant, colourful, fun and free, Brighton offers the energy of the city and freedom of the sea. It really is unique. From the stunning heritage of the Royal Pavilion, Regency architecture and Victorian Brighton Aquariums to the seaside fun of Brighton Pier, the Brighton Wheel and the famous pebble beach, Brighton offers something for every walk of life.
5. Windsor Visiting the iconic Windsor Castle is a popular day trip from London, set in the picturesque town of Windsor. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, one of the official residences of the Queen, and represents 900 years of British history. Windsor Castle’s lavishly decorated State Apartments holds a large collection of fine art and paintings. Visitors can tour the tower, kitchen and a selection of rooms, as well as the renowned St George’s Chapel but for a particularly memorable experience, arrive in time for the changing of the guard. Alternatively, those with kids in tow will love the larger-than-life Lego art installations and amusement park at Legoland Windsor.
6. Stonehenge A trip to the nearby landmark of Stonehenge – a bizarre collection of 5,000 year old stones circled on a plain in Salisbury – is another must-see. The World Heritage Site is a 45-minute drive from Bath and often combined with a trip to the Roman Baths and nearby Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
7. Paris Thanks to the speedy Eurostar, the City of Lights is a mere 2-hour journey from London so you can scale the iconic Eiffel Tower, tour the Louvre and take a boat trip along the Seine, then head back to London before the pubs close. Any visit to Paris will bring out the romantic side of even the most world weary. One of the most beautiful cities of the world, Paris is a fantastic destination for sightseeing and a culture lovers dream, shoppers paradise and foodie heaven.