Need to take a break from London life for a day? Look no further as we have rounded up the best day trips from London, all easily doable in one day or extended to a lovely weekend away if you have the extra time. Explore the UK’s pretty seaside towns, renowned university cities and quiet retreats.
Ask anyone where to take a day trip from London to in summer and they’ll say Brighton! But prepare for crowds on sunny weekend days or bank holidays, particularly during the school break. Visit the pier for seaside fun and games, take a leisurely wander through the independent shops and cafes around the Lanes, and pop over to nearby Hove for more. Or just stay on the beach and grab some fish and chips for a proper British day at the coast.
Best known for the biggest Bonfire Night celebrations in the UK, Lewes is just as great a place to visit any other time of year. It’s a market town full of history, independent shops and cosy pubs, as well as a great starting point for some Sussex fresh air.
Oxford & Cambridge
A lot of tours bundle these two famous university cities into one day trip, or you can take your time and visit them separately. Visit the beautiful colleges, have a go at punting down the river Cam, or peek into Christ Church college in Oxford, well known as a setting for the Harry Potter films. Both have a relaxed, student-y vibe with plenty of cafes and pubs.
Arty Margate has undergone a transformation of late, with the Turner Contemporary modern art gallery drawing the crowds. The traditional English seaside town offers holiday activity favourites like mini golf, the popular Winter Gardens and the recently re-opened Dreamland park. And it’s just an hour and 20 minutes from St Pancras International station!
Just 20 minutes from St Pancras, you can easily do this in a day. The gorgeous English Cathedral City of St Albans is full of historical landmarks, beautiful parks and bustling markets. A truly refreshing mini-break from London.
Whitstable is a traditional fishing and harbour town well-known for seafood – oysters in particular. There’s even an Oyster Festival in the summer! It has a maritime history and plenty of character, with independent shops and eateries galore. It’s also a popular weekend getaway spot for Londoners as it’s close to pretty cathedral city Canterbury, too. Plenty to explore if you want to get away for more than a day.