London is a city, filled with lots to do, lots to see and lots to eat. However, the constant hustle and bustle of the city can become a lot if you are there for a few days and you may want to take Day Trips Outside of London. Luckily the city has a few great options that are easy to get to and perfect for a quick trip outside the city. Here are a few of our favorites!
Make sure to Download our (free!) London Transport Guide that has all the information you need to know about getting around the city. It includes information on how to get to each of our recommendations on this list and has more recommendation for trips outside the city! It’s a handy thing to have on you while you are in London!
Day Trips Outside of London
Harry Potter Studio Tour
This is the closest one to London and a must-visit for any lovers of the iconic films. The Warner Brothers Studio has a tour of the sets, costumes and props of the Harry Potter Films so that fans of the film can get a glimpse of what it was like when they filmed the actual movie. Just a short train ride out of London this is the perfect spot for a quick day trip. Make sure to book your tickets in advance to ensure your place on the day.
- How to get there: Take a train from Euston Station directly to Watford Junction. It only takes 22 mins. Outside the station is the Harry Potter Studios Shuttle Bus that will take you there directly in 15 mins. The bus cost £2.50 round trip.
Brighton is a beautiful and colorful seaside town in the south of England. It is a great spot to spend a day by the ocean and get a relaxing break. The city is also filled with a variety of really cool and unique shops for you to explore before you head to the beach. They also have a funfair on the Pier where you can play some games and go on a few rides.
While on or near the Pier you must try the well-loved English meal, Fish and Chips! There are a few great spots there where you can buy it! Brighton is really an ideal day trip as there are fun things to do but you can also just opt to relax by the beach! Try and get your train as early as you can, so you can have enough time to both explore and relax in the city!
- How to get there: Take a Thameslink or Southern Train’s train from London Victoria or St Pancreas Station directly to Brighton. Tickets are typically between £20-£30. Tickets are cheaper if you book in advance.
Bath was a major city in the Roman and Georgian period. The baths there are historical sites where the Romans found water sources and created public baths. The city and the baths have very well preserved medieval architecture. The town itself also has a lot to offer especially when it comes to museums. There is the No. 1 Royal Crescent which highlights the Georgian era or you can go to more contemporary museums like the Fashion Museum and the Victoria Art Gallery. The city also has some great cafes and restaurants for you to stop and have lunch.
If you want to also see Stonehenge while visiting England you can take a bus tour of Bath that will also take you to Stonehenge all in one day. You won’t have that much time to explore the city but the tour will give you quick access to both sites and a ride to and from London, these generally cost around £80 – £100.
- How to get there: Take a train from Paddington Station directly to the Bath Spa Train Station. It takes about 90 minutes and there are two trains every hour. Tickets can be anywhere from £40 to £80, tickets bought in advance are cheaper.