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Top London Day Trips 2022: Hit All These Amazing Destinations!

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January 9, 2022
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Plan the perfect day trip from London with our itinerary guide to hit all the ultimate destinations with your friends and family! Read on to find out how you can hit all the destinations.

Ah, London, such a beautiful city full of wonders. Really, the capital of England and the United Kingdom is such a fascinating city. It is the city where you can discover the long history of the British Empire, experience the always exciting pub lifestyle, and marvel at tall unique modern skyscrapers. The city of quaint little tea shops, wild and massive clubs, endless hours of shopping sprees, and romantic river cruises. 

But sometimes, it can get overwhelming. So, what better than having an alternative plan and find out more about England's culture and lifestyle while unwinding from busy London? A day trip to a nearby countryside town or another metropolitan city will be the best way to relax and get the complete package of a British holiday.

How, you might add? Well, let's find out how we can plan the perfect day trips from London, England.

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Day trips within England 

Undoubtedly, everyone knows London. The city of red buses, unique taxis, Big Ben, and Queen Elisabeth is a must-visit destination. Others, as football fanatics, may also know Manchester, Liverpool, and other well-known cities. But England has so many other stunning cities and towns worth knowing. So, here is a list of six popular places and cities to go to for a day trip from London. 

Stonehenge

I bet everyone knows this extraordinary prehistoric landmark. Frankly, there is not much for me to say why this day trip from London is amongst the best. The uncertainty that revolves around Stonehenge’s meaning and the building is partly what makes it so attractive. Honestly, once you visit it, you will be amazed by how enormous the stones are. It is unthinkable how humans were able to create this monument in ancient times. There are many speculations on what Stonehenge exactly represents, but it is, in fact, a burial ground. 

Stonehenge is in the county of Wiltshire, and the closest city is Salisbury. You can take a train or a bus to Salisbury from London and then a bus to Stonehenge. The trip can be from 7 to 9 hours. However, it is definitely worth the trip. However, I recommend booking an organized trip rather than going on your own since it will be safer, easier and cheaper. 

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Cambridge

As a city hosting a world-class university, Cambridge is a popular must-visit destination. This is the city where some of the greatest minds in the world have studied. So, perhaps a day trip to Cambridge will help you connect with your inner Charles Darwin, Alan Turing, or Stephen Hawking. Visit numerous colleges with impressive architecture and brilliant museums of science, technology, and anthropology. Or explore beautiful, magnificent gardens, including a 40-acre botanical garden. 

Cambridge is about 55 miles away from London, and by car, it can be reached within one and a half hours. So, if you are road tripping around England, give a chance to this fantastic route from being in a big metropolis to visiting a small county town. By train, Cambridge is only 50 minutes away from London and can cost as little as £8. By bus, the journey is about two hours and tickets start from £10. 

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Bath

Bath is a popular destination to visit from London. It is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous cities in England. The well-preserved ancient baths built upon a hot spring have been a place of worship for both the ancient Celts and the Romans. They were public baths and a sacred site dedicated to the goddess Minerva. Later the roman baths became part of the royal family's favorite destinations. Today, they are open to everyone to marvel at the Romans' fantastic architecture, culture, and history. You may not be able to bathe in the sacred waters of Minerva, but there are still great hot springs and spas for a good soak. 

Bath is less than an hour and a half from London by train and tickets start as low as £10. By bus is about two and a half hours and the trip can be as cheap as £6. So, depending on your available time and budget, you can go either by bus from Victoria Coach Station or a train from Paddington Station. 

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Windsor

If you are familiar with the English royal family, then you may know their surname is Windsor. It is a surname chosen by King George the fifth. It derives from Windsor Castle, one of the royal family's properties. During your holiday in London, you will probably not be able to meet the royal family. But a visit to Windsor and the historic Windsor castle will allow you the opportunity to experience their history and lifestyle. Furthermore, this picturesque town is the perfect destination to get away from the always busy London.

Windsor is approximately forty minutes away from London by train, and it costs about 10 to 12 pounds. The journey to Windsor is about an hour by bus, and it can cost as little as £5. 

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Day trips within the United Kingdom

People often forget that the United Kingdom consists of four individual countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These four countries may be part of the same nation yet, they all have unique traits. Therefore, if you are planning a day trip from London, it would be a marvelous idea to go to the capital of one of the rest of the countries of the United Kingdom. 

Edinburgh

When thinking of the beautiful Scottish capital, I am spontaneously reminded of tartan kilts, the great highland bagpipes, and the adorable Scottish terriers. But of course, Edinburgh has much more than that. Once you arrive in Scotland, you will feel a profound different ambiance from London. The streets feel different, the architecture, the cars, the weather, and even the people seem to try to convince you that you are indeed not in England. The city's medieval old town, the stunning castle, and Edinburgh's scenic nature will amaze you. 

The quickest way to get to Edinburgh from London is by direct flight. But that can cost from £45 up to £200. If booked in advance, you will indeed find cheap flights. By train, it is about five hours and twenty minutes, and the cheapest ticket is at the low price of £27. By bus to get to London, you'll need about nine hours, and it costs as little as £16.

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Cardiff

Similar to Edinburgh, Cardiff might surprise you with how different it is from a city in England. But rather than the architecture and the streets, what will leave you flabbergasted is their language. Welsh is an official language in Wales, and it originates from the Celtic language. Thus, it feels and sounds completely different from English. Due to this, once you arrive in Cardiff, you will be sure you have left the United Kingdom entirely. Nevertheless, you will thoroughly enjoy your time in this magnificent city. 

The trip to Cardiff from London by train is less than two hours, and you can find tickets as cheap as £15 while with the bus the journey is about three hours, and the tickets start from only £5.

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Day trips within Europe

Generally, Europe has an excellent transportation network, and it is pretty easy to travel from country to country. The United Kingdom may be an island nation, but it is still reachable from continental Europe by train, bus, car, boat, and of course by plane. So, why not going for a day trip from London to another European capital and tick off another country from your travel bucket list. 

Paris

The city of light, fashion, and romance can be reached from London within a few hours. Surely, it might be unthinkable to explore Paris only in one day. Still, a day trip from London to this historical city can be entertaining and fulfilling. You will have the chance to get a picture at the Eiffel Tower, explore the Palace of Versailles or the incredible Louvre Museum. But since you will probably be limited by time, you might want to try specific tours such as hop-on-hop-off bus tours, free walking tours, or cruise ship tours. Honestly, Paris has many things to do and choose from, so you won't have to worry. 

The best way to reach Paris for a day trip is by train. It only takes about three hours from London, and the price is about £50. 

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Brussels

As the capital of the European Union, Brussels has fantastic sights to get immersed in and explore. Like Paris, Brussels is not too far from London. Hence, a day trip to the Belgian capital is enough to explore beautiful gardens, street markets, museums, grand cathedrals, or royal palaces. This graphic city is undoubtedly a fantastic choice for a day trip. Similarly to Paris, it is better to choose a specific schedule before arriving so you can fully appreciate and experience Brussels. Preferably, choose a specific tour for the best experience. 

The journey to Brussels by train from London is only about two hours, and the price can be as cheap as £30. 

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Start planning your day trips with Pilot.

No matter what you choose, a day trip from London will be an extraordinary experience. Whether you choose a relaxing and quiet trip to a small city within the borders of the United Kingdom or another European capital city, get your camera ready. Because you need to take as many photos as possible to make your friends and family back home jealous. Make sure you plan your trip with Pilot, our new social travel planner, so yo'll have the chance to broaden your horizons and create the most memorable day trips of your life. 

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Originally published on:  
August 11, 2021

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