Get away from the city with some of our favourite day trips from London. Guaranteed to add a little adventure to any summer…
Words Paola Peralta
For your next quick getaway, set your sights on one of these easy day trips from London
Just a little over an hour outside the city, Rye’s charming cobblestone streets and medieval timber-framed buildings make for once of the most delightfully quirky day trips from London. It’s the ideal destination for anyone looking for a quiet getaway. Lie out on local beaches, go for a cuppa at one of the many tea rooms, wander adorable shops or get a little lesson in local history at the Ypres Tower.
For years Brighton has been the go-to destination for Londoners seeking a break from the city, and with good reason. The beach may not be ideal for swimming, but with spectacular seaside views, delicious local eateries and a vibrant culture, Brighton offers more than enough to fill your day. Spend your time shopping in unique boutiques, visiting historic sights or exploring the famous Brighton Palace Pier.
From breathtaking scenery and bustling markets to top-notch museums and galleries, Cambridge is good for much more than an education. Seeing as most of Cambridge’s iconic sights are best enjoyed from the water, punting down the river is the best way to ensure that any and all sightseeing needs are met in true Cantabrigian fashion.
Winchester may have been voted one of England’s best places to settle down, but it’s just as good for a day trip from London. Its ideal location (just an hour outside the city), its rich history and friendly local population give it all the makings for a peaceful getaway. Book-lovers can visit the Cathedral where Jane Austen is buried and retrace the steps of some of the UK’s most esteemed writers and poets.
A beautiful castle, rollings hills of green and a delightful selection of restaurants – what more could one need from a day trip? Windsor has been a destination hotspot for locals and tourists alike for years because of its ability to fit every need. Whether you’re in the mood for some history, shopping, great food or a good park, Windsor is sure to deliver – just ask Meghan and Harry.
This picturesque island off the coast of Essex embodies everything we love about English beaches: an exquisite seafood selection, a chilly ocean breeze and adorably unique shops. If the weather allows, braving the borderline glacial water is always an option but it’s not what Mersea is known for. Instead, find a spot on the shore in front of the famous pastel-coloured beach huts and soak up the sun while you can.
It’s not a proper day trip line-up without one of the most visited cities in all of the UK. Reality meets fantasy on the legendary university campus dubbed as Hogwarts. After a day of trekking the town, stop by any of the local pubs or restaurants for a delectable bite to eat.
Often referred to as the jewel of the South West, the city of Bath is as culturally diverse as it is beautiful. With breathtaking sceneries, elegant architecture and a buzzing food scene, it’s no wonder that this once Roman acropolis-turned-British staple is still a must-see. You may not be able to bathe in the Roman Baths, but you can still take a dip in the country’s only natural thermal springs.
Enjoy some much-needed peace and quiet among Canterbury’s gardens and ruins. Despite not necessarily being a tourist destination, it is worth the trip nonetheless. Just an hour outside London, this quaint little town has all the makings of a relaxing day trip full of shopping, exploring, art and culture.