When working or studying in London it’s easy to get caught up in the London bubble. It’s a huge city with a lot to see and do, but the UK has a lot more to offer than its vibrant capital city. London’s location makes it perfect for plenty of day trips to the coast, southern England and even trips to Europe – Paris is only a short plane or train ride away!
If you’re living in London for a few months or years, you should plan some day trips to get out of the city and explore the rest of the country. There’s loads of history and culture to discover as well as beautiful scenery all in close reach from the centre of London.
Here’s our round-up of the top five must-do day trips in the UK.
Who wouldn’t want to visit this picturesque town home to one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities? Take in the beautiful architecture including the historic marketplace, majestic college buildings and wonderful museums and art galleries. Cambridge is famous for its number of cyclists, so why not hire a bike and explore? If you visit on a nice dry day then punting down the river Cam is also a must.
If you’re in need of some fresh sea air, then why not visit Brighton beach. In an hour and a half you can be transported from one of the busiest cities in the world to a laid back coastal town. There’s plenty to do here including the pleasure pier fairground, the world’s oldest aquarium still in operation and the British Airways i360 for panoramic views of the city and the sea. Brighton is also home to the UK’s biggest Pride Festival, attracting around 160,000 visitors annually.
Windsor is just a 40 minute train journey from central London, and home to Windsor Castle – the Queen’s official residence and the world’s oldest and largest castle. As well as the castle you can also enjoy the historic town’s quaint shopping streets and take a bus or boat tour to take in the sights.
Stratford-Upon-Avon & The Cotswolds
Visit the place of Shakespeare’s birth and enjoy the history and culture offered by this medieval market town. From here you can either hire a car or book a guided tour of the Cotswolds, one of the most beautiful regions of the UK. Take in the quintessentially English villages with charming cottages, and the picturesque countryside views.
The town of Bath is in easy travelling distance from London, and is so impressive that it has been given the honour of a UNESO World Heritage Site. Bathe in the original Roman baths with natural hot spas (which are 2,000 years old) and visit Bath Abbey, one of the most magnificent church buildings in the country. It is also home to one of the best examples of Georgian architecture – The Royal Crescent.
The UK has so much to offer and the train fares to these locations aren’t too expensive – so what are you waiting for?