Top Day Trips from London
Enjoy a scenic day trip from London. Discover eight great places rich in history and scenic beauty only a short car or train ride from London – perfect for a day's adventure.
Hampton Court Palace
Explore the magnificent palace; admire 400-year-old medieval tapestries; get lost in the famous maze; and discover the stunning gardens – 40 mins by train from Waterloo; by boat 3 hr 30mins.
Kew Gardens contains the largest collection of plants in the world – around seven million specimens – with tropical and sub-tropical plants displayed in magnificent Victorian glasshouses. It's a just a short ride on the London Underground.
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Maintained by the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley Garden offers a world famous collection of plants that have inspired English gardeners for more than 100 years.
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Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Sissinghurst is one of the most visited gardens in England and offers a series of 10 small and distinct ‘garden rooms’ that are divided by high-clipped hedges and pink brick walls within the grounds of an Elizabethan mansion and medieval ruins.
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Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this famous university town; watch students cycle past on bicycles; and punt along the River Cam – 45 mins by train from Kings Cross.
Explore medieval streets; punt down the River Cherwell; and step inside the Great Hall of Christ Church College – used as the dining room in the Harry Potter films – 50 mins by train from Paddington.
Stroll inside the official residence of the Queen of England; admire paintings by Holbein, Rubens, Van Dyck and Lawrence; and perhaps spot the queen watching Prince Charles playing polo in Windsor Great Park – 1 hr by train from Waterloo.
Breathe in the sea air along the promenade; browse for antiques along narrow cobbled alleyways; and admire the Royal Pavilion palace, the former home of King George IV – 1 hr by train from Victoria.
Explore the best-preserved Roman religious spa baths in England and appreciate some of the most beautiful examples of Georgian architecture in Britain – 1hr 25 mins by train from Paddington.
Wander the medieval layout of narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways, picturesque half-timbered buildings and visit the spectacular 11th century cathedral – 1 hr 30 mins by train from Victoria.
Stonehenge & Salisbury
Stand beneath this huge prehistoric ring of monolithic stones and ponder one of Britain’s great archaeological mysteries.
In Salisbury stroll past the charming houses along ‘the Close’, one of the loveliest settings in England and admire the cathedral which boasts the tallest spire in England at 121 metres – 1 hr 30 mins by train to Salisbury from Waterloo and bus to Stonehenge.
Get a taste of Olde England in the birthplace of William Shakespeare and visit Holy Trinity Church, where he and his family lie buried – 2hr 19 mins by train from Marylebone.