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Day Trips From London

Updated on October 11, 2014

Day trips from London

Are you visiting London on holiday or a work trip and are keen to do a few day trips to explore rather than relocate around the countryside ?

As England is a lot smaller than here in Australia it is certainly possible to do this and see a lot of new places doing day trips either short near by places or more adventurous trips further afield

Amazingly you can get to see a variety of countries withing a short time due to cheap flights from London so it will be hard to choose where to visit first !

While we were in the UK they even had 1 pound day tickets on the ferries over to France , Fares to another country can't get much cheaper than that !

There are bus tours to Paris via the tunnel as well as other lovely places to visit around Britain.

You can choose from a variety of ways to do your day trips ,either by hiring a car , taking a bus tour , catching a train or by plane.

The opportunities to explore are endless so I will give you a few of my favourites that we enjoyed seeing on our travels like Bath , Brighton , Bodiam Castle, Dover & Paris.

One I really enjoyed while there was a day trip to Bruges and having a boat ride down the canel before exploring the quaint township !

After Australia it is such an amazing experience visiting so many countries in a short period of time !

Take advantage of discount rail travel as well as bus tours that offer great tours around Britain & Europe

Bournemouth

Isle of Wight in distance
Isle of Wight in distance
Make sure you go up in the Hot Air Balloon for great views !
Make sure you go up in the Hot Air Balloon for great views !

Day Trip To Paris

This one-day tour of Paris includes travel on Eurostar, a semi-escorted, luxury coach tour and a Seine cruise. Be back in London in time for bed. ..
This one-day tour of Paris includes travel on Eurostar, a semi-escorted, luxury coach tour and a Seine cruise. Be back in London in time for bed. ..

Enjoy London as well

Take time to explore London's highlights
Take time to explore London's highlights
Relax in the parks
Relax in the parks
And enjoy the wildlife
And enjoy the wildlife

Day trip Ideas From London

Visit Stonehenge is the most popular prehistoric monument in the world as well as Windsor Castle & enjoy tea & a boat trip  in Oxford.

 See Leeds Castle before it opens to the public. Enjoy lunch in Dover & see Canterbury Cathedral.

Enjoy a delicious two course lunch in Bibury described as the most beautiful village in Britain! Plus explore Burford and Bourton-on-the water, two of the most pictureque villages in the Cotswolds, before heading to Shakespeare's Stratford!

A trip to Paris via the Eurostar  visiting the Eiffel tower. In the afternoon we take a cruise on the River Seine that passes historic Notre Dame, before heading to the Le Louvre

Love the Castles & the history

Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle

Bodiam Castle

Near enough to visit from London . An hour and half drive.
Near enough to visit from London . An hour and half drive.

Visit Bath & the Roman pools

Bath is another place we enjoyed visiting as it is a World Heritage Site and is a unique city with its springs, Roman Baths, Abbey, and Georgian stone crescents. The surrounding countryside also makes it worth the trip. Take time to browse at the city shops as this compact city center is largely free of traffic , enjoy morning tea at one of the quaint cafe's .

Bath & Roman Baths

Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Pulteney Bridge in Bath is like the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
Pulteney Bridge in Bath is like the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
Brighton is about 1 and a half hours away , Be there for morning tea!
Brighton is about 1 and a half hours away , Be there for morning tea!

White Cliffs Of Dover

If you don't get anwhere else at least make sure you do a trip to Dover & across on the ferry to France especially if you have never been to another country that isn't mainly English speaking .

I found it an amazing feeling to be on a ferry looking back at the white cliffs of Dover the very first time we did the trip. Words cannot express the excitment & emotion to finally be doing this Spectacular cross-Channel panorama to France.

Make sure you view the world's busiest shipping lanes as well as enjoy the dramatic clifftop countryside walks of Dover. While up on the cliff you can relax & watch the ships coming & going from France.

White Cliffs Of Dover

Gateway to Europe
Gateway to Europe

Travel Tips for Overseas.

Before you go overseas make sure you check out where you stand with

Visas you might need for the diferent countries for entry

Make sure your passport has plenty of time left on it for traveling.Most countries require a minimum of 6 months

Medication you carry for personal use -- Be very careful as we have to worry about this ourselves before we leave Australia as some countries won't allow you to enter with medication.

Customs of the country you need to know like what clothing you cannot wear , where photography is forbiddon etc.

International drivers licence if you are planning on driving yourself. Rembember in Europe they dve on the other side of the road from us when you get off the ferry in France !

Bruges in Belgium

The combination of old, not so old and new fascinates everyone who first sets foot in Bruges.
The combination of old, not so old and new fascinates everyone who first sets foot in Bruges.

Bruges

There are a few ways of getting to Bruges by car , flying or by ferry from Dover .

I must have got a bus to Dover, crossed on the ferry to Calais and a bus to Bruges . I remember the boat trip down the canel and a chocolate shop !

Bruges will keep you intersted for days, however if you can only manage a day trip then I reccommend it for sure.

Bruges Belgium

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    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR

      freecampingaussie 

      5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Any suggestions for a great day out from London ?

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR

      freecampingaussie 

      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      We will checkout Southport as well as many places Lex123 , I love Cornwall for its quaint villages

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      lex123 

      6 years ago

      Southport is another interesting place for a weekend trip from London. I have visited there and written a hub about it.

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR

      freecampingaussie 

      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thank you . We loved exploring England & other countries & I hope to visit with my new husband next year . Feel free to link & I will read your hub as I loved the Cotswalds.

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      Web Cottages 

      6 years ago from Chester, UK

      Wow, it looks like you've really gotten around England! Thank you for all the great ideas for places to visit. I've linked from my site, http://webcottages.hubpages.com/hub/The-Cotswolds-... I hope you don't mind! --Amanda

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      happyexplorer 

      6 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere

      I love the castle collection here! Awesome!

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR

      freecampingaussie 

      7 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks , I really loved my time back in Wales - England etc . Am loving traveling around Australia at the moment.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I agree with Joe, the Cotswolds is beautiful, try and fit in The Wye Valley!

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