Day trips and excursions
A day trip to Oxford or Cambridge is a very popular excursion. Bath and Canterbury are worth visiting as well. The ancient stone circle at Stonehenge is a World Heritage Site, and Windsor Castle is the largest occupied castle in the world. Shakespeare fans might like to visit his birthplace and burial site at Stratford-upon-Avon.
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The most spectacular Roman baths in the country, an impressive Abbey, and the picturesque Royal Crescent are just three of the sites that make Bath worth a day trip.
Bletchley Park is where Alan Turing helped to build the world’s first computer so the codebreakers could crack the German Enigma code during World War II.
This university town has some of the most beautiful architecture in the entire country, including the 500-year-old Gothic King’s College and its world-famous choir.
Canterbury is famous for its 1,000-year-old cathedral (a World Heritage Site), and the murder of Thomas Becket – one of the defining moments in English medieval history.
Take a day trip to Chatham Dockyard and explore the decks of a 19th-century sloop, a destroyer that fought in World War II, and a submarine from the Cold War.
Chessington World of Adventures is a great way to keep your kids happy for a day. It has rollercoaster rides, animal shows, an aquarium and zoo exhibits.
Hampton Court was one of Henry VIII’s Royal palaces. You can walk through his State Apartments and see where he lived in Tudor times.
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew contains one of the largest plant collections in the world, several huge glass houses, plus a treetop walkway for the kids.
The wild marshes and grasses of the London Wetland Centre is home to lots of wildlife, and is a great place to do some professional birdwatching.
Oxford is the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ and has some of the most beautiful architecture in the country. There are 38 colleges to explore, plus lots of shops and museums.
Take a train trip to Portsmouth and see two of the most historic boats in the UK: Henry VIII’s Mary Rose and Admiral Nelson’s HMS Victory.
Richmond Park covers 2,500 acres of lakes and parkland, and contains an ornamental garden, distant views of London’s skyline, and a population of wild deer.
This prehistoric stone circle is probably the most famous monument in the entire country. It was built between 3,000 BC and 2,000 BC and is another World Heritage Site.
Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and his original Tudor house is still standing. You can also visit the local church and see where he’s buried.
Syon House was built on the site of Syon Abbey and is owned by the Duke of Northumberland. It has some beautiful gardens in 200 acres of parkland.
If your kids are Harry Potter fans then take them on a day trip to Warner Bros Studios where they can see the original film sets, props and costumes.
Visit Windsor Castle, the Queen’s favourite home, and see the spectacular State Apartments. The town around the walls has some wonderful little shops for tourists.
The RHS Garden at Wisley has 240 acres of wild and decorative gardens, an arboretum, a couple of tropical glasshouses, and a Tudor-style laboratory building.