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London is a humongous city, (if you’re looking for a 1 day itinerary in London, check out my epic blog post here)  one in which you could spend a week or two exploring, but when you’re on the road that city life can get to you! So if you’re feeling the urge to escape London for the day, fear not, you have plenty of options. Below are 5 great ways to spend a day outside of London, all of which are within a hour or two of the city. So get your train ticket at the ready and check out these five beauties:

Big Ben London
Sometimes you just need to get out of the city!

1) Stonehenge: Rumoured to be inhabited since around (a mindboggling) 8000BC, this UNESCO sight is well worth a day trip from London. There’s a lot of impressive archeological sites dotted around the area, but let’s face it, you’re hear to see the main attraction (an additional $10). The stones are located right by the car park so you get to see them as soon as you arrive, just spare a though for how long ago this was set up.

If you can time it right, try to attend during Summer Solstice (21 June), Winter Solstice (21st, 22nd or 23rd December) where you can ‘party’ with the neo-pagans and druids – a sight to behold!

Stonhenge is accessible by tours from London (a pricey $70), or take the train from London to Salisbury and connect with a bus from there.

Stonehenge London

2) Windsor (and Eton): These twin towns are separated by the river Thames. Windsor is home to the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, Windsor Castle where the Queen occasionally resides. Try to arrive before 11am to see the world famous changing of the guard too.

Eton is home to Eton College, England’s most famous private school, where a huge number of former (and no doubt future) leaders were educated.

Take the train from London Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside. The journey takes around an hour


Windsor Castle London
Windsor Castle London

3) Brighton: You’ll feel a lot further than an hour from London city when you’re lying on the beach in Brighton. Brighton pier and Brighton beach are the highlights of the trip, and if you’re there at the right time of year, surfing is a great way to spend the day. Each year Brighton plays host to Brighton festival (in May, Britain’s second biggest arts festival kicks off each year) and Brighton Pride (July 25th marks the beginning of the UK’s largest Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Festival)

Take the train from London Bridge directly to Brighton station, it should take around an hour.

Brighton pier

4) Bath: The city itself has been labeled a UNESCO world heritage site. The city is famous for it’s hot springs, roman paths and amazing, architecture. The whole place is quintessentially English! The Roman baths are over 2000 years old and are fuelled by England’s only mineral fuelled hot springs – it costs around $15 to enjoy. Bath Abbey, England’s last gothic church is another great site, and from the top ($8) you can enjoy an awesome view of the city.

Take the train from London to Bath Spa – it should take around 90 minutes.

Bath Roman Bath
Roman Baths, in Bath

5) Oxford: You’ll feel more intelligent by just walking around this city, home to the oldest university in the UK and one of the oldest in the world! The college system runs well and individual colleges allow tourists to explore at certain times – check out Christ Church to see where they filmed some of Harry Potter and Magdalen for a step back in time to when Oscar Wilde, CS Lewis and Seamus Heaney were roaming around

Take the train from London Paddington to Oxford, should take an hour. Try to book in advance online for discounted tickets.

Christ Church College Oxford
Christ Church College Oxford, home of Harry Potter

So London is a great place to visit, steeped in history and culture but sometimes you just need to escape, and no better places to escape to than these 5 gems listed above. Happy travels!

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13 thoughts on “5 Day Trips Outside London

  1. Just got back from a weekend in London. Thanks to the article, I was able to make the best out of my really short trip. I also discovered this sightseeing bus tour which covers most of the tourist destinations in the city. It is a 2 day unlimited hop on hop off so you can get down at any hot spot and get back on the tour from the same location, there is a bus roughly every 20 minutes if i remember right. Purchased the ticket from this website:

    I also did a free walking tour which was really informative and interesting. We were a group of around 20 and the starting point was right outside the Temple tube station. Would really urge first time visitors in London to go on both these tours.

  2. Seamus Heaney is STILL wandering around-far as I know!
    By the way, not quite sure why you priced everything in dollars. You won’t get far with those here! Oh and it’s Stonehenge not STONhenge. No one calls it ‘London City’ either. Good effort otherwise.

  3. Great list of places to visit outside london. I would suggest to add cambridge to the list.

  4. I am planning to travel London next month, is London too costly ? for 7 days trip how much should i need ?

  5. Nice article! We like to explore more in England!
    The bridge at Brighton looks like the Urbain bridge in Myanmar near Mandalay! 🙂

  6. If you decide to travel by bus, make sure you book the tickets at least one month in advance if you want to get it for cheap on megabus or national express, otherwise the prices become almost as expensive as taking the trains. Or if you are travelling with a few people, hire a car and split the cost. Unfortunately, the UK isn’t cheap, but if you plan things in advance, you can save a few pounds here and there.

  7. Hi Johnny,

    The baths in… err Bath are awesome. Have you ever been to Derbyshire ?

    Some of the original spa baths were found there, albeit with more northerners to be found around them 🙂



    1. hey duncan, i went to uni in loughborough – just around the corner, right? my exgf was from derbyshire i think – godo trivia on the spas, cheers mate 🙂

  8. I would recommend pre-booking train tickets wherever possible; UK trains can be stupidly expensive if you buy your ticket just before you travel.

    1. you’re so right Claire – the UK is crazy for expensive rail tickets, maybe the bus is a better option if you’re freestyling it?

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