Best Day Trips from London By Train

The best day trips from London are just an hour or two away and what’s more? they are easily accessible by train. Here’s are my top picks for a day trip from London.

1. Cambridge

Best Day Trips from London – Cambridge. Pic Credit: blizniak (Pixabay)

London to Cambridge By Train

  1. From Kings’s Cross

    Take the Great Northern towards King’s Lynn or Ely and disembark at Cambridge Railway Station (Travel time – 48 to 50 min, Cost of return ticket: ). Second option is to take Thameslink to Cambridge North (Travel time – 1 hr 30 min).

  2. From Liverpool street Station

    Take greateranglia towards Cambridge (Travel time – 1 hr 11min)

Things to do in Cambridge

  1. Go punting in River Cam
  2. Take a walking tour of Cambridge University
  3. Pay your respects at the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
  4. Take a walk across the Mathematical Bridge
  5. Sample some Gin at The Cambridge Gin Laboratory
  6. Visit the Cambridge University Botanical Garden

2. Oxford

Best Day Trips from London: Oxford. Pic Credit: MichaelDBeckwith (Pixabay)

London to Oxford By Train

  1. From Paddington Station

    Take the GWR towards Oxford. (Travel Time: 1hr)

  2. From London Marylebone

    Take Chiltern Railways towards Oxford. (Travel Time: 1hr 10 min)

Things to do in Oxford

  1. Visit Bodleian Library – Britain’s second largest library
  2. Take a walking tour around the colleges of Oxford University
  3. Check out the dome architecture of Radcliffe Camera
  4. Visit the Oxford Castle
  5. Take a picture at the Bridge of Sighs
  6. Admire the view of Oxford from the Tower at University Church of St Mary the Virgin

3. Warwick Castle

Best Day Trips from London: Warwick Castle

London to Warwick By Train

  1. From London Marylebone

    Take the Chiltern Railways towards Birmingham Snow Hill or Birmingham Moor Street. Disembark at Warwick.

Things to do at the Warwick Castle

  1. Explore the grand rooms of the Warwick castle
  2. Spend a night at the castle
  3. Take part in the daily shows such as the Birds of Prey show, medieval banquets etc.
  4. Witness the scary side of the castle in the dungeons
  5. Take a walk with the peacocks in the peacock garden
  6. Take pictures of the castle from the picturesque Mill Garden

4. Stratford-Upon-Avon

Best Day Trips from London: Stratford-Upon-Avon

London to Stratford-Upon-Avon By Train

  1. From London Marylebone

    Take the Chiltern Railways towards Birmingham Snow Hill. Change trains in Dorridge or Leamington Spa to Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Things to do in Stratford-Upon-Avon

  1. Visit William Shakespeare’s childhood home
  2. Check out Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage
  3. Sample the local food at the market in front of Shakespeare’s childhood home
  4. Visit the New Place – a reconstruction of the house that Shakespeare bought after achieving fame
  5. Enjoy the exhibits at the MAD museum
  6. Buy a wand and taste Butterbeer at the Harry Potter fan shop – Magic Alley and the Creaky Cauldron
  7. Watch a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company
  8. Experience life in the 16th century at Tudor World

5. Arundale Castle

Best Day Trips from London: Arundel Castle. Pic credit: diego_torres(Pixabay)

London to Arundale Castle By Train

  1. From London Victoria:

    Take the Southern Railways towards Bognor Regis. Disembark at Arundel (Travel Time – 1hr 35 min)

Things to do in Arundale Castle

  1. Visit the Arundel Castle
  2. Take a boat ride on river Arun
  3. Check out the exhibits at the Arundel Museum
  4. Visit the Arundel Cathedral of Our Lady and Saint Philip Howard

6. Eastbourne

Best Day Trips from London: Eastbourne. Pic credit: JRCologne(Pixabay)

London to Eastbourne By Train

  1. From Victoria Station:

    Take the Southern towards Eastbourne (Travel time – 1hr 24 min).

Things to do in Eastbourne

  1. Take a bus to Beachy Head to see the white clay cliffs and lighthouse.
  2. Enjoy Fish & Chips on the Eastbourne Pier.
  3. Spend a lazy afternoon on the Eastbourne beach
  4. Visit the 200-year-old fortress – Eastbourne Redoubt
  5. Take a look at some contemporary art at the Towner Gallery
  6. Slip and slide in the aqua Park at the Fort Fun
  7. Take a leisurely walk in the Princes Park

7. Brighton Beach

Best Day Trips from London: Brighton Beach. Pic credit: wilhei (Pixabay)

London to Brighton By Train

  1. From London Victoria

    Take the Southern towards Brighton. (Travel time – 1 hr)

Things to do in Brighton

  1. Laze around on the pebble beach of Brighton
  2. Visit the Royal Pavilion and admire the unique architecture of this palace
  3. Read a book and enjoy sea views from the deck chairs at the Brighton Pier
  4. Sip a cocktail at the futuristic moving glass pod at British Airways i360
  5. Take a ride on Volk’s Electric Railway
  6. Shop for antiques at The Lanes market
  7. Spend some quality time with your kids at the Sea Life aquarium in Brighton

8. Windsor

Best Day Trips from London: Windsor. Pic Credit: diego_torres (Pixabay)

London to Windsor Castle By Train

  1. From London Waterloo

    Take the South Western Railway towards Windsor & Eton Riverside (Travel time – 57 min)

  2. From London Paddington

    Take the GWR towards Reading or Worcester Foregate Street. At Slough change trains. From Slough take the GWR towards Windsor & Eton Central (Travel Time – approx. 43 min to 54 min)

Things to do in Windsor

  1. Visit the Queen’s residence at Windsor Castle.
  2. Spend a fun-filled day with your children at the Legoland Windsor resort
  3. Walk across the Windsor bridge and enjoy a view of the Thames
  4. Check out the Queen Mary’s Miniature Doll house
  5. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage and enjoy the picturesque town of Windsor

9. Bath

Best Day Trips from London: Bath. Pic Credit : drea0773(Pixabay)

London to Bath By Train

  1. From Paddington Station

    Take the GWR towards Weston Super Mare or Bristol Temple Meads. Disembark at Bath Spa(Travel Time – 1 hr 30 min).

Things to do in Bath, UK

  1. Visit the Roman Baths
  2. Check out the Gothic architecture of Bath Abbey
  3. View a play in the Theatre Royal, Bath
  4. Visit Jane Austen’s museum

10. Stonehenge

Best Day Trips from London: Stonehenge. Pic Credit: FreeSally(Pixabay)

London to Bath By Train

  1. From London Waterloo

    Take the South Western Railway towards Exeter St Davids. Disembark at Salisbury. Take the Stonehenge Tour towards Stonehenge (Travel Time – 2 hrs 15 min)

Things to do at Stonehenge

  1. Visit the world-famous Stonehenge
  2. Check out the archaeological exhibits related to Stonehenge at the Salisbury Museum
  3. Walk to the lesser known stone circles at Avebury

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