Day trips away from London

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.

Recommendations Craig recommends… Bath is a beautiful city. I’d probably choose Oxford over Cambridge. Stonehenge and Windsor Castle are definitely worth a visit.

Bath

The most spectacular Roman remains in the country, an impressive Abbey and the picturesque Royal Crescent are three of the sites worth visiting.

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park is where Alan Turing helped to build the world’s first computer so the codebreakers could crack the German Enigma code during WWII.

Cambridge

This famous university town has some of the most beautiful architecture in the UK, including the spectacular 500-year-old King’s College.

Canterbury

Canterbury is famous for its 1,000-year-old cathedral and the murder site of Thomas Becket – one of the defining moments in medieval history.

Chatham Dockyard

Take a day trip to Chatham Dockyard and explore the decks of a 19th-century sloop, a World War II destroyer, and a submarine from the Cold War.

Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures is a great way to keep your kids happy with its rollercoaster rides, aquarium and zoo animals.

Hampton Court Palace

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.

Kew Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has one of the largest plant collections in the world, some huge glass houses, and a treetop walkway for the kids.

London Wetland Centre

The wild marshes and grasses of the London Wetland Centre are home to lots of wildlife, and is a great place to do some professional birdwatching.

Oxford

The ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ has some of the most beautiful architecture in the country. There are 38 colleges and lots of old shops and museums.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Explore two of the most historic boats in the country: Henry VIII’s flagship, Mary Rose, and Admiral Nelson’s HMS Victory.

Richmond Park

Richmond Park covers 2,500 acres of lakes and parkland. It has distant views of London’s skyline, an ornamental garden and herds of wild deer.

Stonehenge

This prehistoric stone circle is a World Heritage Site and the most famous ancient monument in England. It was built between 3,000 BC and 2,000 BC.

Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and his original Tudor house is still standing. You can also visit his local church and see his grave.

Syon House

Syon House was built on the site of Syon Abbey by the Duke of Northumberland. It has some beautiful gardens and 200 acres of surrounding parkland.

Warner Br. Studios (Harry Potter Tour)

Take your kids on a day trip to Warner Bros Studios where they can see the film sets, props and costumes from the movies.

Windsor Castle

Visit the State Apartments at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s favourite home. The surrounding town has some wonderful little shops for tourists.

Wisley Gardens

This RHS Garden has 240 acres of wild and ornamental gardens, an arboretum, some tropical glasshouses, and a Tudor-style laboratory building.
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