There are lots of easy London day trips to make, whether by bus, train, or driving. Taxis are not recommended, unless money's no object. At the time of writing, a taxi to the closest of our London day trip destinations, from central London to Windsor, would cost about £60-70 one-way. Buses and trains from London to the centre of Windsor, a short walk from Windsor Castle, run regularly and cost a lot less!
If you're planning a UK vacation, you can easily spend all your time in London and still get to see some of the best that England has to offer. If you don't like changing hotels or lugging luggage onto trains and buses, you can easily base yourself in London for your whole holiday and take day trips out of the city.
According to surveys of visitors by various tourist organisations, the following are some of the best day trips out of London:
And don’t forget those more ambitious day trips too, to places such as:
Remember that England is a small country. The furthest destination from London that's listed here is York, and that is only two hours away by train. In England that's a long way; for visitors from somewhere like the USA, it's a short hop. Windsor takes an hour on the train, Bath takes 90 minutes.
Plan to leave London by 9am and you can still have several hours seeing the highlights of any of these day trip destinations. Get up earlier and you can have your breakfast in Oxford or Cambridge, in Bath or York. The earlier you travel, though, the more expensive your train tickets are likely to be, so take that into account too.
Another factor is getting to the train or bus station from your hotel. Allow plenty of time, or consider taking a taxi. On the underground and on the buses, rush hour can last anything from about 7.30am to 10am, with 8-9am being the peak time for people getting to work. When planning your day out from London, it can be better to either get up very early indeed to avoid the rush hour and maximise your time in your destination (though the train fare will cost more), or leave later and plan to return to London later.
Make the most of your day out from London, and try to avoid returning during the evening rush hour. This starts at about 4.30pm and lasts till about 7pm, though obviously this varies. But if you can, aim to get back into London after about 7pm, then your great day out is less likely to end with a long wait on a crowded tube platform.
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