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When visiting London, you can benefit from its prime location from which you can reach plenty of other UK tourist hotspots in no time at all. Whether you stay in the capital or venture a little further afield, there are plenty of places to fill your days with.
You can also view our guide on things to do plus a comprehensive list of 100 Free activities in London.
You can hire a car, hop on the train or get the bus and take a trip just outside London, exploring the country at your own pace.
The pretty town of Windsor is steeped in history, hosting an 11th century castle and a 15th century school. It has been home to a number of famous names over the years, including Michael Caine, Jimmy Page, and, of course, HM Queen Elizabeth II.
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The city of dreaming spires is synonymous with academia, but there is so much to this city than just the university. There is plenty of history to get stuck into, and as Oxford isn’t a huge city, it’s easy enough to just take a walk around and discover the city for yourself.
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If you loved Oxford, you’ll certainly enjoy a day trip to Cambridge. The city is similar to Oxford in a number of ways, but it’s a little quieter, so you can expect a more relaxed atmosphere.
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Brighton takes you a little further away from London as you head down to the south coast.
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If you would prefer to have someone show you the sights of the UK, you can always opt for an organised day trip which can make it a little easier to get the most out of your day trip.
Stonehenge is an iconic historical landmark in the UK and is thought to have been constructed between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. You can visit this landmark and get a sense of the incredible history on a day trip from London. One trip featured on Trip Advisor takes you, not only to Stonehenge, but also to Windsor Castle and Bath. You can read more about this excursion here.
Downton Abbey has proved to be incredibly popular across the world, so if you’re a fan of the Crawley family and the lives of the household, you’ll be pleased to know that you can take a tour around the filming locations, including Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey. You’ll also be treated to a tour around Oxford where you can see sights such as the Bridge of Sighs and the Radcliffe Camera. You can read more about this excursion here.
If you have limited time or you’re not sure what to see during your stay, you can take a guided day trip around the city itself. You will be guided around a number of the most popular sights, including Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. You can read more about this excursion here.
The Cotswolds is a particularly beautiful area of the UK, so this day trip will treat you to plenty of fantastic views of the British countryside. You can visit towns and villages such as Burford, Bibury and Stow-on-the-Wold where you will learn about the history of the area, enjoy a two-course lunch and get the opportunity to do a little exploration. You can read more about this excursion here.
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