Day Trips From London

Cambridge is one of the best day trips from London. With just an hour on the train ride from Kings Cross station. The pretty city is home to the world famous university of the same name, cobbled streets and a peaceful river. Founded in the Middle Ages, Cambridge University is at the heart of the city. You can easily spend a day exploring the historic colleges along the River Cam. Visitor favorites include St John's, Trinity and King's College because of their history and stunning architecture. Apart from their beauty, the colleges are famous for their prestigious alumni including Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton. Imagine how many discoveries were made within those walls. Most of the colleges sit on the banks of the River Cam in an area known as 'The Backs'. There you can join a punt tour and hear stories of the university, Cambridge and its famous inhabitants as you glide under the Bridge of Sighs. Along the way you will see Kings College Chapel. It was completed with the patronage of King Henry VIII in the 16th century. Make sure to step inside the chapel after your punt tour as this gothic masterpiece with soaring stained glass windows is one of the most beautiful churches in England.
If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of London, look no further than the Cotswolds! The Cotswolds are an area of the English countryside covering six different counties. These little towns are famous for their quaint, stone houses and thatched roofs. Make for a perfect day trip from London or a great weekend glamping getaway. The best way to get to and around the Cotswolds is by renting a car for the day. First, start off at Bibury. It's about 2 hours away from London, and where the famous Arlington Row is. Arlington Row is supposedly the one of the most photographed streets in England and is famous for being postcard-perfect. However, it's accordingly usually very crowded, so for good photos come early or late!
If you are interested in history, architecture, and art, then consider visiting Windsor England. It's home to Windsor Castle, where Queen Elizabeth likes to spend her weekends and where Prince Harry and Megan Markle got married. Add that to the fact that it only takes an hour on the train from London's Waterloo station and Windsor makes a great day trip from London. Plan to spend most of your day exploring Windsor Castle, one of the most beautiful Castles near London, as there is a lot to see. As you can imagine, it's very popular so get your tickets in advance to avoid the long lines. Arrive early to catch the changing of the guard at 11 am. The audio tour (included in your admission price) is informative and will guide you through the Castle including Queen Mary's Dollhouse, the State Apartments, and St. George's Chapel.