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Alex
Santa Barbara

London

Best city to visit for a day trip from London?

Me and a couple friends will be in London for a little under a week this summer and were wondering what other nearby city would be fun to go visit for a day?


16 Answers

top answer by
Anna from Athens

It's obvious from the answers before mine that you've got a lot of options: Cambridge (England)Windsor and Oxford. (with Windsor being the closest one)

I personally love Brighton (England) and "promote it" whenever I can!!! The Royal Pavilion is really interesting and quite unique! Walking by the promenade is also a must. I have a couple of tips on my blog if you'd like to check them out: http://aspectsofstyle.com/2015/01/29/a-quick-guide-to-brighton/


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cambridge (England) (city)
  2. Windsor (city)
  3. Oxford (attraction)
  4. Brighton (England) (city)
  5. Royal Pavilion (attraction)
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answered by
Sarah from London, England

Brighton (England)Brighton is easy to get to from London and is great fun. Explore the Lanes and the pier. Canterburyis also not too far from London and has lots of history to explore. Bathhas already been mentioned- with good reason. It is a beautiful and interesting place to explore. 


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  1. Brighton (England) (city)
  2. Canterbury (city)
  3. Bath (city)
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answered by
Jacqui from London

Bristol is surprisingly awesome, and I think they are opening a new,faster train line that might enable you to do it in a day. But you would be missing out if you didn't spend at least 1 night there checking out the local cider/craft beer and cool vibes. See my guide here: http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/bristol-uk/

You can easily catch the train to Brighton (England) from Victoria Station or London Bridge station in London with National Rail or Southern Railway services. You can buy tickets at the station or try thetrainline.com It takes 50 - 70 minutes and is an enjoyable ride. Alternatively, you can also catch the bus (with MegaBus or National Express) from Victoria Coach Station in London. The bus can take 2.5 - 3 hours. 

You don't need to spend more than a full day walking around Brighton. It is easy to get to most places on foot, or the public bus. While you are there, check out the markets, second hand stores and boutique shops along North Laine and The Lanes. There are rides and some touristy food shops near and on the Brighton Pier as well as the Brighton Wheel. Night life is crazy in Brighton with hundreds of Hens nights and Stag do's descending on the city for a weekend of drunken antics. But I have heard that there are a few clubs and bars that are worth checking out. If you are interested in street art, there is a Banksy piece worth looking up.

Brighton is quite nice, but England does have other amazing historical and cultural cities and towns. Oxford and Cambridge (England) are well worth a visit for their history, pubs and university town feel. 

Check out some bus tours. You can visit BathWindsor CastleStonehengeOxfordCambridge (England) and others on an easy day trip with various tour companies from London. I think Anderson does day trips from Victoria Coach Station

Enjoy!

Jacqui


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  1. Bristol (city)
  2. Oxford (attraction)
  3. Cambridge (England) (city)
  4. Bath (city)
  5. Windsor Castle (attraction)
  6. Stonehenge (attraction)
  7. Victoria Coach Station (attraction)
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answered by
Georgia from London

Brighton (England) is about one hour from London. A small Seaside city. Full of creative people and travellers. Lot's of places to eat, drink and party! Also Bristol has similar qualities but no beach! 


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  1. Brighton (England) (city)
  2. London (city)
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answered by
Dabs from Chicago

The two easiest are Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace, both about 1/2 hour outside London by train, no advance train ticketing necessary.  I'm guessing with your name that you are male, Bath might not appeal to you as much as me, a huge Jane Austen fan, but perhaps the Roman Baths might be of interest.  About 1 1/2 hours from London, advance train tickets advised.  York is about 2 hours from London, a ton to do there.  Oxford is another lovely place, I took a bus to get there, no advance purchase necessary.  From Oxford you can also visit Blenheim Palace, just a short bus ride away.  Warwick Castle is another option, Eltham Palace and Gardens if you like art deco, Arundel Castle is an off the beaten path beauty 


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  1. Windsor Castle (attraction)
  2. Hampton Court Palace (attraction)
  3. Bath (city)
  4. Roman Baths (attraction)
  5. York (city)
  6. Oxford (attraction)
  7. Blenheim Palace (attraction)
  8. Warwick Castle (restaurant)
  9. Eltham Palace and Gardens (attraction)
  10. Arundel Castle (attraction)
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answered by
Michael from Tacoma

I did a quick search and found three websites that might help you. The first website offers suggestions for things to do in Bath and other cities:

http://www.londontoolkit.com/whattodo/bath_transport.htm

I went to the second website:  http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/Bath-guide.aspx and found a round trip (day return) ticket from London-Paddington to Bath Spa for £36. It leaves Paddington at 11:00 and departs from Bath Spa at 22:47. Other departure times are more expensive. 

The trip takes about 1:40 each way. 

You could also take a day trip from London to Canterbury and Dover for £34.10 with an Off-Peak Day Return ticket from Charing Cross: http://www.mytrainticket.co.uk/cheap-train-tickets-to-canterbury. This trip would allow the chance to visit Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castleand the White Cliffs Of Dover. The London Toolkit site will give you more information on things to do and places to see. I'm quite sure that the train to Dover stops in Canterbury. You should be able to check to make sure. Trip times vary but should be about 1:30, more or less.


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  1. Canterbury Cathedral (attraction)
  2. Dover Castle (attraction)
  3. White Cliffs Of Dover (attraction)
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answered by
Kat from Athens, Greece

Brighton (England) is a great choice, just 50 min. by train, seaside and with various activities.


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  1. Brighton (England) (city)
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answered by
JoJo from Santa Eulalia Del Río, Islas Baleares, Spain

Brighton (England) is really easy to get to from London


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answered by
Gadi from London

Paris. With the train it is super fast and super easy.

If you want a UK city, I'd go for Oxford. 


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answered by
Anne from Durham, North Carolina

Canterbury is a great day trip from London and so is Bath. I like booking day trips on Viator.com as they often will pick you up at your hotel.


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  1. Canterbury (city)
  2. Bath (city)
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answered by
Elizabeth from Ottawa

Stonehenge and Bath - we took a one day bus trip and it was worth every pound!
Or Canterbury and if you do go there, take advantage of the tours provided by the cathedral volunteers - awesome! 


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  1. Stonehenge (attraction)
  2. Bath (city)
  3. Canterbury (city)
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answered first by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Oxford, Wimbledon or Stratford-especially if you love Shakespeare.  All are reachable by an easy train ride.


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  1. Oxford (attraction)
  2. Wimbledon (city)
  3. Stratford (attraction)
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answered by
Prasad

My personal recommendation would be either of Oxford or Cambridge (England). Beautiful architecture, lively atmosphere, under 2 hours from London.


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  1. Oxford (attraction)
  2. Cambridge (England) (city)


answered by
verity from London

All great suggestions

Oxford , Cambridge (England) (to see young student life in a phenomenal setting) and perhaps Stratford-upon-Avonfor a bit of shakespeare and oldy worldy England.

 

Having been to both Santa Barbara and having been brought up near Brighton you could be in for a rude awakening if you get a grey/rainy windy day down there! That said that's the seaside life for us Brits!

 

 

 


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  1. Oxford (attraction)
  2. Cambridge (England) (city)
  3. Stratford-upon-Avon (city)


answered by
Ben from Minneapolis

Bath is a couple hours way.  It's an interesting place if you're looking for something Roman and unexpected in the UK.


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answered by
VICTOR from Mexico

Oxford would be great and not that far from London. Great city to walk and have a coffee and muffin. 


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