Favorite Daytrips from London?

Will have two days for daytrips. With so many having a hard time deciding which ones. Anybody have a favorite?

Posted by Claudia
Land of La
2014 posts

Salisbury and Stonehenge by train. Hampton Court and depending on the season, train to, cruise back, vice versa or simply train out and back. Windsor Castle.
Oxford. You asked for favorites though. Mine would be Stonehenge (which some folks find a bore) and Salisbury. Second vote for Oxford.

Posted by Bruce
Whitefish, Montana
611 posts

As noted by others, I too was underwhelmed by Stonehenge. Brighton?

Posted by Diane
1156 posts

I did a combo of Bath and Stonehenge. The latter was an interesting stop, but the highlight for me that day was Bath. I would have liked to have seen Avebury that day, but it was cut out. Oxford was also an impressive daytrip.

Posted by Katy
London, UK
130 posts

I'm among those underwhelmed by Stonehenge. My favourite day trip from London so far is Winchester.

Posted by LaRae
472 posts

Have 3 days each for Bath and York. Have two days in London where I can do daytrips. Thanks all so far for the suggestions.

Posted by Gail
Downingtown, USA
1562 posts

I am confused as always, LOL. If you have several days in Bath and York, you only need day trips from London, correct? If so, then would do Windsor, Hampton Court, in my opinion.

Posted by Keith
United Kingdom
683 posts

Brighton (especially the Royal Pavilion) or Bletchley Park (though perhaps only if you have an interest in that aspect of history and/or computing generally) and either Cambridge or Oxford (but not both). If you are staying in Bath anyway, I would visit Stonehenge from there rather than London.

Posted by Brian
Los Angeles, California
1986 posts

Stonehenge- very moving place in my opinion. Salisbury, Winchester and canterbury cathedrals- all easily by train. You could possibly do Slaisbury and stonehenge from Bath ( i am not that excited about Bath- so three days is not needed there) also consider cotswolds from Bath Hampton Court by train from London (we do that every time we are in London- always seems something new to see), Windsor by train from London- both comfortable and easy day trips. Oxford and cambridge are also do-able, but Cambridge is easier than Oxford if you are not on a tour

Posted by John
Brangwin, Wa, USA
349 posts

York longer ride 3 hours as I recall but great things to see.

Posted by Brad
Gainesville, VA
7211 posts

Bath, Stonehenge and maybe Salisbury make a great full daytrip from London. You can substitute Avebury for Stonehenge but I think you'd be sorry to miss an iconic site. True, Stonehenge is just a bunch of big rocks in a circle but Avebury is essentially just smaller rocks in a larger circle. For an easier daytrip, Oxford is a good choice. There is a bus (I think called the Tube) that gets you there and back quickly. Once there you can wander, shop, visit a school or see some literary sights (Harry Potter and/or Alice in Wonderland).

Posted by Lesley
Sidney, BC, Canada
335 posts

The Area around Chichester in Sussex. A lovely cathederal to visit, followed by a tour of the Roman Villa at Fishbourne and a visit to nearby Bosham harbour to visit it's Saxon Church. If you chose to make it a two day trip you could attend a play at the Chichester Festival and then go on to Portsmouth to visit HMS Victory and the remains of Henry VIII's ship Mary Rose.