Best 11 day trips from London

Use London as a hub to explore other exciting historic locations around the UK.
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If you're planning to visit London for a holiday, add a fun day out to your itinerary and get cheap deals on day tours from London. 

Many of the best UK cities, villages, castles and famous landmarks can be included in one-day trips from London, when you travel by train or coach.  

Choose from a wide variety of London breaks. Book one of the days out from London to see the remarkable Stonehenge, the royal residence at Windsor Castle, the hot pools of Bath, the stone cottages in The Cotswolds and the university town of Oxford.

Short day trips from London

1. Stonehenge

Travel from London to Stonehenge on a day out, and see other sites along the way, such as Bath, Oxford and Windsor. Or, opt for the Simply Stonehenge tour, focusing entirely on the prehistoric monument. Tap into the knowledge of experienced tour guides, and enjoy convenient coach travel to all destinations. Duration: 6 hours to 12 hours. Read More

2. Windsor

Head to Windsor for the ultimate royal excursion. Rummage for treasures in quaint boutiques; wander the historic cobblestone streets; and take a peek inside the Queen’s favourite residence, Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot. Duration: 5 to 12 hours. Alternatively, Windsor is 40 minutes by train from central London. Read More

Long day trips from London

3. Bath

Enjoy a day-long excursion to the Roman city of Bath. This day out from London package includes the Botanical Gardens, the Jane Austen Centre, Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths. Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes to 12 hours. Alternatively, Bath is just 1 hour 30 minutes by train from central London. Read More

4. Oxford

Oxford city building © Shutterstock. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Enjoy a day out in Oxford to experience this historical university city, which is just an hour from London. Once there, see the Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean Museum, the Sheldonian Theatre and Christ Church College on an open-top bus tour. Duration: 11 hours.

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5. Canterbury

Treat yourself to a day out in Canterbury. Explore the iconic medieval city and don't miss the historical site of Canterbury Cathedral. Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes. Alternatively, Canterbury is less than an hour away by train from London.

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6. Paris

Whether you want to visit the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, hit the shops or simply relax at a cafe, Paris is the ideal day-out destination from London. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris's most romantic sights, with return tickets on Eurostar included. Duration: 14 hours 39 minutes to 15 hours 39 minutes.

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7. Lake District with cream tea

Scafell Pike, Lake District, Cumbria. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Join an action-packed guided tour to the Lake District, which winds through country roads and villages. You're then bussed to Lake Windermere, where you can cruise along England’s largest lake, before moving on to the charming village of Hawkshead. You'll end with a cream tea at Lindeth Howe, the family home of Beatrix Potter. Duration: 13 hours 25 minutes.

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8. The Cotswolds

Traditional stone houses in Bibury village in the Cotswolds, Photo by Samuel Sweet, Pexels

See idyllic villages, undulating green hills, gorgeous limestone buildings, beautiful gardens and old pubs on one of the best weekend trips from London. Keep your camera ready on this one-day tour of The Cotswolds, whose bustling market towns are great for gentle strolls. Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes to 11 hours 30 minutes.

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9. Stratford-upon-Avon

Tudor buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon. Image courtesy of VisitBritain

Enjoy a day out in Stratford-upon-Avon, deep in Shakespeare country, where the world's most famous author was born and raised. Explore the town on an open-top bus tour, hopping off at Shakespeare's house en route. Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes to 11 hours 30 minutes.

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10. Leeds Castle

Take a day trip from London to Leeds Castle. Photo by Ian Simpson on Unsplash.

Discover 500 acres (202 hectares) of parkland and 1,000 years of history at Leeds Castle. This day out from London includes stops at Canterbury and the White Cliffs of Dover, and a river Thames boat ride from Greenwich to Embankment Pier. Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes.

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Entry-only day trips from London

11. Warwick Castle

Live arena jousting show at Warwick Castle. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Make your own way to the impressive Warwick Castle where medieval England is brought to life through artefacts, tours and immersive experiences. With your entry ticket, you can discover ancient treasures as you wander through the impressive Grand Hall, test your nerve in the terrifying dungeons, cheer on knights in live jousting performances, see impressive birds of prey displays, and much more.

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