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From London: Windsor Castle, Bath & Stonehenge Guided Tour with Optional Entry

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  • Pack a punch with a full-day tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Roman Baths with round-trip London transfers, perfect for budget-savvy travelers short on time.
  • Explore Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Roman Baths with a guided tour in your language. Plus, upgrade your tour to include entry to these sites.
  • Witness Windsor Castle's grandeur and St George's Chapel, the wedding venue for Prince Harry & Meghan Markle.
  • Did ancient workers possess unknown technology to move Stonehenge's massive stones? Join the tour to find out!
  • See the remarkably preserved Roman Baths complex and sample the legendary spa water.

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  • Day tour to Windsor, Stonehenge, and Bath
  • English or Spanish-speaking guide
  • Round-trip transfers in an AC coach
  • 25% discount on Stonehenge guidebooks
  • Entry to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Roman Baths (optional)
  • Tip: For fans of the iconic author, a visit to the Jane Austen Centre in Bath is a must. It houses exhibits dedicated to her life and works.
  • There are stairs involved in getting from the Windsor coach park to the Castle due to elevator maintenance.
  • St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is closed to visitors on Sundays. On rare occasions, the State Apartments may be closed.
  • Windsor Castle is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and on December 25th and 26th.
  • Being a functioning royal palace, Windsor Castle's schedule might be subject to unforeseen closures.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Windsor Castle, Oxford & Stonehenge Tour from London

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  • Explore the best out-of-town attractions from London with round-trip transfers included.
  • Benefit from hassle-free transfers to and from London on a Wi-Fi enabled AC coach as well as the company of a professional English guide on this tour.
  • Begin with the famous Windsor Castle, the favorite residence of Her Majesty, the Queen of England.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Windsor before you make your way to the famous Stonehenge and learn about its significance.
  • Walkthrough Oxford, home to some of the most famous colleges in the world, including the University of the same name.
  • Admire the architecture of Trinity College and the Bridge of Sighs and the quiet charm of the Sheldonian Theater and the Ashmolean Museum.

Inclusions

  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Round-trip transfers on air-conditioned, WiFi-enabled coach
  • VOX Personal Audio Headset
  • Entrance to Windsor Castle & Stonehenge (Optional)

Exclusions

  • Lunch
  • Tip: For book lovers and history buffs, the Bodleian Libraries houses one of the oldest and largest collections of books in the UK. It's a must-visit!
  • Note that the English Tour Only variant does not include entry into Stonehenge or Windsor Castle.
  • Windsor Castle is closed to visitors on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout 2024.
  • Not all coaches are wheelchair accessible, so please call or email before your tour date to confirm.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Stonehenge and Bath Tour from London

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  • Go on a historical day tour to Stonehenge and the city of Bath with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Enjoy transfers in a luxurious air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi on board. With VOX audio headsets, never miss out on the detailed commentary of your guide.
  • Visit Stonehenge, the world's most famous prehistoric monument and a world heritage site, which stands amidst the expansive landscape of Salisbury Plain.
  • Discover the city of Bath on a walking tour. See Bath Abbey, the iconic Roman Baths, and Pulteney Bridge overlooking the river Avon.
  • Opt for a full afternoon highlights tour in Bath with free time or upgrade to include tickets to the Roman baths.

Inclusions

  • Stonehenge tour
  • Bath Walking our
  • Full-afternoon tour of Bath with free time (optional)
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Tickets to Stonehenge
  • Tickets to Roman Baths (optional)
  • Transfers by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Personal VOX audio set

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  • Hotel transfers
  • Tip: Stonehenge is an outdoor attraction, so make sure to dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
  • During peak periods additional vehicles without Wi-Fi may be used.
  • The Stonehenge audio guide is available in 12 different languages and can be downloaded prior to the visit or while you are on site. Please search for the ‘Stonehenge Audio Tour’ in your app store.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Stonehenge Tickets with Transfers from London & Audio Guide

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  • Visit Stonehenge, the iconic monument dating back to 3,000 BC, on this self-guided tour that includes the convenience of transport from London.
  • Enter the Stonehenge Exhibition Centre and see the large collection of over 250 archaeological treasures it houses, some of which are over 5000 years old.
  • Stroll the surrounding countryside and enjoy a tranquil experience on the Salisbury Plains before returning to London on your comfortable A/C and Wi-Fi executive coach.

Inclusions

  • Entry to Stonehenge
  • Facilities: Free Wi-Fi & USB chargers (on the coach)
  • Round-trip transfers in an AC coach
  • Multilingual audio guide

Exclusions

  • Live guide
  • Lunch
  • Hotel transfers
  • The audio guide is available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Dutch & Polish.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Villages of The Cotswolds Small Group Day Tour

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  • Head to the Cotswolds with a small group aboard luxurious transfers from London to explore hidden gems and local secrets with a guide.
  • Discover Bibury, one of England's prettiest villages. Visit its famous Trout Farm and see the honey-limestone weaver cottages from the 17th century.
  • Stroll through Burford's old streets with a picturesque countryside view and walk over the arched bridges of River Windrush surrounded by willows.
  • Relax by the calming ripples in Bourton-on-the-Water and catch sight of a centuries-old wooden church before heading back to London.

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  • Full-day tour of villages of Cotswolds
  • Small group tour
  • Round-trip transfers from London
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Audio headsets
  • Tip: Pack a picnic for a tranquil lunch by the river in Bourton-on-the-Water, fondly known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'.
  • Note that the following are not allowed on this tour: hot drinks/food, ice cream, or any food with a strong odor.
  • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Hampton Court Palace and Gardens

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  • With this admission ticket to Hampton Court Palace, you can explore the home of Henry VIII, his wives and children.
  • Collect your free audio guide available at the Information Center and enjoy the palace at your own pace.
  • All of these attractions and exhibitions are included in your Hampton Court Palace admission ticket - The Magic Garden, Great Hall, Henry VIII's Kitchen, Haunted Gallery, Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Gardens, Mantegna Gallery, Privy Garden, Pond Gardens, and much more.
  • Visit the kitchens of Henry VIII, learn the various elements of Tudor cooking, and get to know how banquets that catered to thousands of people were prepared.
  • Explore 60 acres of beautiful gardens that run down to the River Thames and its unique attractions such as the National Plants collection, and several floral species.
  • Choose the Anytime ticket option to visit the attraction at your convenience.

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  • Entrance to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens (timed or anytime entry, as per the option chosen)

This ticket has the following options that you can choose from:

  • Timed Entry Ticket
  • Anytime Entry Ticket
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Half-Day Tour to Windsor Castle from London

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  • Discover Windsor Castle, perched atop a wooded hill overlooking the Thames and the home for kings and queens for over 1000 years.
  • Once you head to the designated meeting point, you will be transported to the castle aboard a luxury air-conditioned coach.
  • Enter the regal State Apartments and find works by renowned painters like Rembrandt and Da Vinci. Gain insights into the royal lifestyle via a multilingual audio guide.
  • See Queen Mary's Dolls' House, a miniature royal home that includes electricity, running water, and functioning lifts.
  • Make your way to St. George's Chapel, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had got married.

Inclusions

  • Entry to Windsor Castle State Apartments
  • Round-trip luxury coach transfers from Bulleid Way, Victoria, or Earls Court
  • Multilingual audio guide in 8 languages
  • Visit to Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House & St George’s Chapel

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  • Hotel transfers
  • Depart from London with pick-ups from Bulleid Way, Victoria, or Earls Court
  • 2 hours to explore Windsor Castle at your own pace with an audio guide
  • Depart from Windsor for returning to London
  • Tip: Don't miss the stunning fan vaulting in the Quire of St. George's Chapel.
  • Multilingual audio guides are provided at Windsor Castle in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish.
  • There is a secure cloakroom in the China Museum at the entrance to the State Apartments for the storage of large items of baggage. Make sure you do not carry heavy bags as the Admission Centre to the Cloakroom takes about 10 minutes and is an uphill walk.
  • While photographs can be taken outside the Castle buildings, it is not permitted inside St George's Chapel and the State Apartments.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Full-Day Tour of Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & The Cotswolds

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  • Set off from Victoria Coach Station on a day-long tour to witness Oxfordshire's rich heritage starting with the Cotswolds.
  • Travel in style with our Wi-Fi-enabled, USB-equipped coach and get expert guide's insights, amplified via personal audio headsets.
  • Step into Bampton's lanes, the backdrop of Downton Abbey, a renowned TV series. Explore Downton Cottage Hospital and other key sites.
  • Venture to Bourton-on-the-Water and bask in its serene ambiance, reminiscent of Venice, and stroll along the tranquil River Windrush.
  • Upgrade your ticket to include Blenheim Palace entry fees to explore the palace.

Inclusions

  • Full-day tour of Oxfordshire
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Round-trip transfers from the meeting point
  • Free WiFi on coach
  • Personal audio headset
  • Blenheim Palace entry (optional)
  • Tip: Try spotting the exact place where Sir Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine Hozier from the formal gardens
  • This Tour does not visit Highclere Castle from the Downton Abbey series
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Bicester Village Shopping By Rail

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  • All the shopaholics in the house better grab this ticket while it’s still hot: a chance to shop at the UK’s one-and-only Bicester Village.
  • Dive into the world of luxurious shopping at this iconic shopping destination located just 45 minutes away from London.
  • Benefit from round-trip train tickets from and back to London, ensuring the only time you’ll have to pull out your wallets is when you’re shopping.
  • Be surrounded by your favorite brands like Armani, Coach, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Givenchy, and Mulberry, and then some.
  • All-year discounts up to 60% on these brands make sure you take home what you need and want.
  • This ticket offers an extra 10% discount on brands, making it the perfect choice.

Inclusions

  • Round-trip train tickets
  • Free WiFi onboard
  • Information pack
  • Extra 10% at shopping outlets

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  • Guided tour
  • Ages 0-4yrs go free. Ages 5-15yrs enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 7 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From London: Stonehenge Inner Circle Access & Windsor Day Trip

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  • On this day trip, get direct access to Stonehenge Inner Circle, a 5,000-year-old marvel, and walk through Windsor town with an expert guide.
  • Choose from morning/evening access to Stonehenge and see towering megaliths as high as 30 feet, carried from over 240 miles to the Salisbury Plain.
  • Get comfortable round-trip transfers and walk amidst the ancient stones with lesser crowds, while learning about folklore related to Stonehenge.
  • Take a stroll in the delightful Thames-side town of Windsor hosting one of the world's oldest and largest occupied castles – Windsor Castle.
  • Walk along cobbled Windsor paths, savor a cuppa at England's oldest teahouse, and browse through Eton Street's antique shops.

Inclusions

  • Full-day Stonehenge & Windsor tour
  • Expert guide
  • Round-trip luxury bus transfers from London
  • Special morning/evening access to Stonehenge Inner Circle
  • Audio headsets

Exclusions

  • Lunch
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Entry to Windsor Castle
  • Tip: Look closely near the horseshoe stones for mysterious ax and dagger carvings. Theories say they depict Bronze Age weapons!
  • Morning tour visits Stonehenge first, followed by Windsor. Evening tour visits Windsor first, followed by Stonehenge.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 72 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Best day trips from London

The British Isles are home to some of the most stunning landmarks in the world. While metropolitan cities like London, Manchester, and Edinburgh are on the top of every traveler’s list, there is also a lot to see in the countryside. The island is fairly small, where no place is more than 150 km from the coast, making it easy to take a day trip from London.

Why take a day trip from London

While London is a must-visit for any traveler in the UK, there is much to see outside of it. While tourists love London's fast-paced lifestyle, they can enjoy a change of scene by visiting towns and villages around the city. The capital city is in Southern England and is well-connected to the rest of the country through trains, flights, and buses. This impressive connectivity makes it even easier to take a day trip from London.

Here are some places that are a must-visit that you can explore as day tours from London.

What are my tour options for taking a day trip from London?

Guided day trip from London

Guided tours

Guided tours include an expert guide who accompanies you on your trip. More often than not, these tours also include transfers, ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free journey.

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Non-guided tours

Also known as a self-guided tour, this option ensures you can plan your own itinerary and explore the location at your own pace. Typically, one has to arrange their own transportation when on non-guided tours.

Audio guide trip from London

Audio-guided tours

An audio-guided tour is one where you pay for and use an audio guide, usually found at the location, to get insight into the particular attraction. Most sightseeing locations have audio guides available in different languages to ensure all visitors can avail it.

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Half-day tours

True to its name, a half-day tour takes up a part of your day for the tour. This is usually done for locations close by, so that the travel time isn’t a lot, giving you more time at the location.

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Full day tours

Full-day tours either include multiple close-by locations or one far-off location, hence taking up an entire day for your visit. The tour starts in the morning and ends in the evening when you return home. It usually includes transfers and transportation.

Combo day trip from London

Combo tours

Combo tours include two or more sightseeing locations in a single day trip, ensuring visitors can cover more locations in a set amount of time. It follows a strict schedule, and typically includes transfers and the assistance of an expert guide.

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1. Day trip from London to Stonehenge

Stonehenge is one of the most well-known monuments in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built between 3000 BC and 2000 BC, and is visited by nearly a million people every year. The precision and symmetry of the structure are shrouded in mystery, considering the lack of advanced instruments during the time of construction. A must-visit for history buffs, it is also home to hundreds of artifacts that were found in and around the area.

Best time to visit Stonehenge: March to June and September to November. 

Distance: 140 kilometers from London.

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  • Discover one of England’s most fascinating cultural icons, Stonehenge.
  • Shop at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre or simply enjoy a drink at the Stonehenge Cafe.
  • Visit Stonehenge Exhibition to gain insight into the history of the monument.
  • Train
    To get to Stonehenge, you will need to take a train from London to Salisbury, which is the closest station. From Salisbury, you can board a tour bus which will take you directly to the Stonehenge Visitor’s Centre. This route will take about 1.5 hours.
  • Bus
    As with the train, you will need to take a bus to Salisbury, and then take the Stonehenge tour bus from the station. The journey will take you about 3 hours.
  • Car
    This is a direct way of getting to Stonehenge, and will take you a little over 2 hours.

2. Day trip from London to Bath

Best known for its Roman-built bathhouses, Bath is located in the Somerset county of England. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is packed with stunning architecture, natural beauty, and rich history. It is also the only city in the UK to have natural hot springs, making the Thermae Bath Spa a must-visit for all travelers. A day trip from Bath to London should be on your list when visiting the UK. 

Best time to visit Bath: June to September. 

Distance: 185 kilometers from London.

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  • Explore the Roman Baths and discover well-preserved remains of an ancient religious spa.
  • Learn about the significance of Bath Abbey.
  • Admire the fine Georgian architecture of The Royal Crescent.
  • Train
    There are frequent trains to Bath Spa from Paddington Station, with a travel time of about 1.5 hours.
  • Bus
    The Victoria Coach station is where you can board a bus to Bath. Your travel duration will be about 3-4 hours.
  • Car
    While driving is a direct and easy way to get to Bath, you may have trouble with parking as Bath is a small city and parking can get pricey. If you do drive, the journey will take you about 2.5 hours.

3. Day trip from London to Windsor

Windsor is one of the most popular day trip destinations from London, thanks to the magnificent Windsor Castle. b, it is almost 950 years old and has housed 39 monarchs. Its splendid architecture and verdant gardens cannot be missed! Windsor is also home to several lush parks and racecourses, Legoland, Eton College, and Windsor & Eton Brewery.

Best time to visit Windsor: November to March.

Distance: 40 kilometers from London.

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  • Train
    There are direct trains from Paddington and Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Central. The duration of the journey is 45 minutes.
  • Bus
    The Victoria Coach station is where you can board a bus to Windsor, with the journey taking a little over an hour and round-trip fares as low as £15.
  • Car
    The drive to Windsor should take you about an hour. Please note that the long-term parking is a 20-minute walk from the entrance of Windsor Castle.

4. Day trip from London to Cotswolds

Cotswolds is your chance to experience the British countryside. Sprawling over 800 acres, it covers five counties with traditional and medieval towns & villages. When in Cotswolds, one can explore the area through walking trails, or enjoy a drink in one of the many old-timey taverns, and even relish local dishes. 

Best time to visit Cotswolds: Between March and May, or in the winter.

Distance: Approximately 140 kilometers from London.

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  • Visit the stunning village of Castle Combe, among many others.
  • Discover Cotswolds Wildlife Park.
  • Head to Cotswolds Distillery, the first full-scale distillery in the Cotswolds.
  • Train
    There are trains from Paddington to the many stations in Cotswolds: Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stonehouse, Ashchurch, Cam and Dursley, and Stroud. The journey can take up to 2 hours.
  • Bus
    The Victoria Coach Station has buses that take you directly to Cheltenham, Gloucester or Stroud. The journey takes about 2.5 hours.
  • Car
    Driving to Cotswolds can take anywhere between 1.5-2.5 hours.

5. Day trip from London to Oxford

Home to the University of Oxford, one of the oldest and most famous universities in the world, Oxford is a popular destination for day tours from London. Along with extraordinary landmarks such as Radcliffe Square, Bodleian Library, Christ Church College (where Harry Potter was filmed), and Oxford Castle & Prison, Oxford is also home to several museums and the iconic Oxford Covered Market. When visiting, don’t miss out on punting in Oxford!

Best time to visit Oxford: May to September. 

Distance: 90 kilometers from London.

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  • Take a tour of the University of Oxford.
  • Visit the Oxford Botanic Gardens & Arboretum.
  • Harry Potter fans can indulge in a tour of all film shooting locations.
  • Visit other landmarks like Radcliffe Square, Bridge of Sighs Oxford, and Bodliean Library.
  • Train
    There are frequent trains between Oxford and London, where the duration of the journey is about an hour.
  • Bus
    There are buses every 10-15 minutes from around the city to various bus stations in Oxford. This is called the Oxford Tube, and the journey takes about 1 hour 40 minutes.
  • Car
    This choice is not as popular with travelers as parking in Oxford can get expensive. The drive is about an hour and a half without any stops.

6. Day trip from London to Stratford

Stratford-upon-Avon is best known as the birthplace of legendary playwright William Shakespeare. This town is perfect for a day tour from London, as visitors can enjoy its parks, medieval architecture, rivers, along with the world’s largest butterfly park. Literature and theatre enthusiasts can visit the house Shakespeare was born and grew up in, or even catch a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Best time to visit Stratford: March to May.

Distance: 164 kilometers from London.

Things to do
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  • Discover Shakespeare’s Birthplace and see the house he was born and grew up in.
  • Visit The Swan Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
  • Explore Anne Hathaway’s cottage.
  • Visit Holy Trinity Church, home to Shakespeare's grave.
  • Get a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm.
  • Train
    There are direct trains from Marylebone Station to Stratford-upon-Avon, with the trip taking between 2-2.5 hours.
  • Bus
    National Express runs 3 coach trips daily on weekdays to Stratford-upon-Avon Riverside Bus Station from Victoria Coach Station. The journey takes between 3-4 hours.
  • Car
    The drive takes about 3 hours, and parking is steeply-priced. 

7. Day trip from London to Cambridge

A day trip from London to Cambridge is perfect to explore one of England’s premier scholar towns. With quaint streets, ancient buildings, and bridges all around the town, Cambridge makes for a great day tour from London. Apart from visiting the various buildings part of the University of Cambridge, one can also enjoy punting, a traditional pub lunch, and a stroll along the River Cam (popularly referred to as “The Backs”).

Best time to visit Cambridge: June to October. 

Distance: 105 kilometers from London. 

Things to do
How to get there
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  • Take a tour of the University of Cambridge.
  • Visit the Cambridge University Botanic Garden.
  • Take a stroll along The Backs.
  • Explore the King’s College Chapel.
  • Visit the Mathematical Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Train
    There are frequent trains to Cambridge from King’s Cross Station. The journey takes about an hour.
  • Bus
    National Express runs buses between Victoria Coach Station and Cambridge City Center. The journey takes between 2-2.5 hours.
  • Car
    The drive from London to Cambridge is very scenic and can take up to 2 hours.

8. Day trip from London to Lacock

Lacock is a charming medieval village in the Cotswolds. It is famous for its Abbey and cloisters, which have gained fame as a filming location for the Harry Potter movie franchise. One can also visit the Fox Talbot Museum (Photography Museum), which celebrates William Henry Fox Talbot, who once lived in the Abbey and is the inventor of the negative/positive photographic process.

Best time to visit Lacock: May to September. 

Distance: Over 100 kilometers from London. 

Things to do
How to get there
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  • Visit Lacock Abbey, where some part of the Harry Potter movie franchise were filmed.
  • Explore the Fox Talbot Museum.
  • Train
    There are no direct trains from London to Lacock. One can take a train from Paddington Station to Lacock, with a change at Chippenham Railway Station. The journey takes about 2.5 hours.
  • Bus
    National Express runs 5 coach trips daily to Chippenham from Victoria Coach Station. From Chippenham, you can take a bus to Lacock. The overall journey will take you approximately 3 hours.
  • Car
    The drive from London to Lacock is easy as it involves no changing trains or buses. This route takes a little under 2 hours.

9. Day Trip from London to Leeds, Kent

In Maidstone, Kent lies the enchanting village of Leeds. It is home to the beautiful Leeds Castle, an important historical attraction in the region, the castle is visited by nearly a million people annually, and is often referred to as the “loveliest castle in the world”. Once a Norman stronghold, it has witnessed many important events in its 900 years of existence. 

Best time to visit Leeds Castle: May to September. 

Distance: 68 kilometers from London. 

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  • Explore the magnificent Leeds Castle.
  • Visit the Dog Collar Museum.
  • Head to Culpeper Garden, named for the family that owned the castle in the 17th century.
  • Meet birds of various species at Bird of Prey Centre.
  • Check out the Falconry Displays.
  • Train
    There are frequent trains from London and Bearsted Station, which is closest to the castle, where the duration of the journey is over an hour. You can then take a shuttle to the castle.
  • Bus
    There are buses from London Victoria Coach Station. Take Bus Number 814 or 021 and disembark at Maidstone King Street. From here, transfer to Bus Number 10X and get off at Hollingbourne, which is about 15 minutes away from Leeds Castle.
  • Car
    Follow the brown and white tourist signs from junction 8 of the M20 motorway. The drive is about an hour and a half.

10. Day Trip from London to Canterbury 

A cathedral city in the county of Kent, Canterbury is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city lies on River Stour, and is believed to have been occupied since the Paleolithic era. One of the most-visited cities in the country, it has an array of attractions that draw visitors from across the world. It is best-known for the Canterbury cathedral, which is one of England’s most-famous Christian places of worship.

Best time to visit Canterbury Castle: May to September. 

Distance: 101 kilometers from London.

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  • Explore the Canterbury Cathedral.
  • Experience a Stour Boat Trip.
  • Stop and smell the roses at Westgate Gardens.
  • Visit St Augustine’s Abbey, which was founded in 598.
  • Train
    There are frequent trains from London to Canterbury. You can take a train from St. Pancras, Victoria, or Charing Cross stations to Canterbury East or Canterbury West stations. The journey should take you about an hour or so.
  • Bus
    There are buses to Canterbury from London Victoria Coach Station. The journey should take you about two hours.
  • Car 
    You can drive down from London to Canterbury via the M2. The drive is about an hour and a half.

11. Day Trip from London to Salisbury

In the English country of Wiltshire lies Salisbury, a medieval cathedral city. About 15 kilometres from the famous Stonehenge, the city of Salisbury is well-known for the Salisbury Cathedral, which has a working 14th-century clock and one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta. It is also close to Old Sarum, a hill fort from the Iron Age with Norman ruins.

Best time to visit Salisbury:  April to October. 

Distance: Nearly 140 kilometers from London.

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Plan Your Day Trip

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  • Admire the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral.
  • Take a trip back in time at Old Sarum.
  • Visit Edward Heath’s home at Arundells.
  • Discover local artifacts at Salisbury Museum.
  • Train
    There are frequent trains from London Paddington and Waterloo stations to Salisbury. Some require changes. The journey should take about two hours.
  • Bus
    National Express runs buses from London Victoria Coach Station to Salisbury, New Canal. You will have to change at Ringwood. The journey should take you about three hours.
  • Car
    You can drive from London to Salisbury via the M3. The journey takes between 2-2.5 hours.

12. Day Trip from London to Warwick 

One of the best places to visit in the country, Warwick has an array of festivals, meaning there is something for everyone! Visitors must definitely check out the formidable Warwick Castle, which is one of the oldest castles in the world. Founded in 1068 by William the Conqueror, it has a rich heritage and beauty that has to be seen to be believed.

Best time to visit Warwick:  March to June and September to November. 

Distance: 153 kilometers from London.

Plan Your Day Trip

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  • Explore the stunning Warwick Castle.
  • Head to Royal Leamington Spa, which is known for its medicinal springs and gardens.
  • See Lord Leycester Hospital, which is a well- preserved example of medieval architecture.
  • Visit St. Mary’s Church, which has been around since the 11th century.
  • Train 
    There are frequent trains from London to Warwick. You can take a train from London Euston or Paddington station to Warwick. The journey should take you about two hours, and may involve changes.
  • Bus
    There are buses to Warwick from London Victoria Coach Station. Please note that you may have to change more than once. The journey will take you about four hours.
  • Car 
    You can drive down from London to Canterbury via the M40 or the M1. The drive will take you between 1.5-2.5 hours.

All Questions Answered About London Day Tours

Which are the best one-day trips from London?

Apart from the locations mentioned above, some of the best day trips from London are to Dover, Brighton, and Reading. The White Cliffs of Dover and the impressive Dover Castle make for a great day tour from London for people of all ages. Brighton, with its beach, galleries, and hipster culture is a hit with youngsters and couples. Reading is known for its rich history, as seen in its numerous museums. This destination is typically visited by families and couples.

What’s the best summer day trip to take from London?

One of the best day trips to take in the summer is to Stonehenge from London. The drive there is breathtaking, and the weather is quite pleasant. Most importantly, the Stonehenge Summer Solstice is celebrated every year to mark the longest day of the year. The sun’s rays glide over the monument and one gets the most perfect view of the sunrise, and thousands of people gather to watch it happen. 

What’s the best winter day trip to take from London?

Cotswolds in winter is a breathtaking experience. The crisp, cold weather and inspiring natural beauty make for a wonderful time. If you time your trip right, you can also explore the many Christmas markets, grab a hot chocolate, and celebrate the festive season. Another great place to head to for a winter day trip from London is to Windsor. Between November and March, Windsor Castle’s King George IV’s Semi-State Rooms are open to the public, which will make your trip even better.

What is the best weekend trip from London?

If you have an entire weekend to spare, you can spend longer in the Cotswolds and head to different villages and explore the walking trails. Other popular weekend getaway destinations include Warwick, Bristol, Edinburgh, and Paris.

What mode of transportation works best for day trips from London?

This depends on the destination. If a direct train or coach is available to your destination, it’s best to opt for that, because it is usually more budget-friendly and gets you there quicker. However, if it’s a destination that requires a lot of changes, one would be more comfortable driving there. It is also best to keep in mind that in some places, parking fees can be pretty expensive, so if you opt to drive, you will also have to consider the parking charges wherever you go.

Are guided tours available in these locations?

All the above-mentioned locations have guided tours available. Whenever possible, it’s best to opt for a guided tour, as it gives you insight and information that you wouldn’t be able to get otherwise, thus enriching your experience. If you take a specific day tour, you can also purchase tickets with transfer that will get you to the location, followed by a tour, and back.

What should I carry along for my day tour?

What you need to carry along depends on the location and season. But overall, you need to carry your passport, some cash, a hat or sunglasses, and a camera. Additionally, as the weather in England can be unpredictable, ensure you pack a light jacket, and a raincoat or umbrella.