London is the political capital of UK and England, the center of trade decision and of course the bullseye for tourists who want to explore the British culture. The city stands as the epitome of royalty and headquarters of British politics and witnesses maximum tourists from June till September. Various exotic countryside destinations surrounding London can be toured in a day trip.
Let’s see ten such attractions which can be covered in a day. For those who are looking forward to a trip to the UK, this article can be a useful resource for you.
Windsor Castle and Cotswolds trip
Start your day from London to have a tour of Windsor castle and Cotswold. You may either opt for a self-drive or the guided bus tours which will pick you up from a point. Visit the Windsor Castle, the residence for the royal family for the last 900 years. Get the audio guide and know about the State apartment and also the coveted St. George’s chapel.
Explore the countryside of Cotswold which is a picturesque English village with lush greenery, stone-built houses and enjoy a two-course lunch over here. You will enjoy the fireplace and Oak beams, and the rolling landscape of Bibury and Bourton. Get sun-soaked and pampered in nature.
Roman bath and Stone Henge from London
Start from a central point in London in a tourist vehicle or a guided bus tour. See Roman bath, a two-thousand-year-old Roman structure that was found after excavation in the eighteenth century. It is a public bath system, where men and woman used to come for leisure and take a bath in the hot spring which is a cure for several skin diseases.
Explore Stone Henge which is one of the prehistoric monuments situated over the Salisbury plain in Wiltshire countryside; a rock that weighs 40 tons was discovered more than 5,000 years back and considered a UNESCO World Heritage site today. Enjoy a photography safari and hear about the mysterious past and formation of the stone structures.
Oxford and Warwick castle trip
Warwick is approachable from Birmingham that involves a 40-minute drive. It’s a 2-hour drive from London, or you may travel by train from London’s Marylebone station. Have a look at the Warwick Castle which is one of the largest catapults that launches a flaming fireball. Enjoy the medieval jousting, falconry as well as archery. Know about the castle’s fabulous history in the multimedia tower exhibition and attend a medieval banquet. It’s all very dramatic and of course, cherishable.
You may visit Oxford which is the most prominent hub of education, on the way back to London. Avail the railway for effective coverage of places. Visit the Keble College, Trinity College, Balliol College and other famous institutes. Visit the Museum of Natural History to get enthralled at the site of a dinosaur skeleton. If you are adventurous enough, opt for a ghost tour around Oxford city that lasts for an hour or so.
Leeds Castle and Canterbury trip
You can travel to Leeds from London either by the shuttle or by rail. Traveling by rail will take you just 2 hours 30 minutes. Trains are quite often between London and Leeds. You will be fascinated to see the medieval castle which was the official residence of King Henry VIII. The Norman Castle was built in between two islands sued to be the home of six queens of England. Enjoy the natural flora and fauna. Explore the chapels, courtyard, galleries and the banquet hall. Enjoy a photography safari.
Visit Canterbury, a 1700 years old city which is regarded as the pilgrimage of Christianity in Europe. Listen to the bloody stories of the castle that included the killing of the priest Thomas Bracket in 1170. Enjoy a walking tour of the cathedral itself and get some time in exploring the scenic atmosphere. I bet, you will be enthralled to discover the alluring ambiance.
You will be excited to visit the Greenwich Observatory and stand between the lines that determine zero meridians. You can board the cruise from tower pier and then cross the river Thames to reach Greenwich. You will simply love the panoramic view of the city and pass the Shakespeare’s Globe, Westminster, Big Ben, Queen’s house and the Cutty Sark. Make sure that you wear comfortable shoes here as you have to trek a path filled with cobblestones, hills, and steps. Enjoy a walking tour of the river Thames to Blackheath. Explore the Royal observatory designed by Sir Christopher Wren, Deer Park, and also the National Maritime Museum.
You will just love the view from the hilly slope where you can get the panoramic view of the city. It’s also the venue where summer concerts take place.
Downtown Abbey and Highclere Castle
Depart from London for the home of Downtown Abbey and visit the Yew Tree Farm. It is a beautiful well preserved 13th-century manor house situated by the banks of River Windrush, which was featured in various films and TV series. Learn about the encounters between the tenants and landowners. Continue your tour to the downtown village which is a well-preserved one situated in Oxfordshire Cotswold.
While in the afternoon, head towards the High Clere Castle which remains open for the public to view from 1: 30 pm to 3:30 pm. Listen to the history of the castle where the Caravan family lived from 1679 to 1838. The Earl and his wife live in part of the castle and partly in their country home. Explore the castle and feel the kingly ambiance from the core of your heart.
Beatles and Liverpool rail trip
Plan a day trip to Liverpool while you are in London. Enjoy your free time by visiting the museum and a guided Liverpool Beatles tour. Visit the Beatles Museum and avail the story attraction which is packed with memorabilia. Enjoy the magical mystery coach tour journey to locations like Penny Island and the Cavern Club.
Visit the Liverpool waterfront, Tate Liverpool Art Gallery and Cavern club where you can go behind the scenes at the Abbey studio. You will simply relive the last performance on Apple’s rooftop. Whenever you feel hungry, stop at any of the city’s eclectic bars, cafes or restaurants.
Edinburgh rail trip from London
The average time to travel between London and Edinburgh is approximately 5 hours 13 minutes. You can stay for a night or so if you want to explore Edinburgh. When you reach Edinburg, avail a tour to the Edinburgh Castle and relive the history of the monarchs, who died within the four walls of the castle fighting with enemies. You can see the crown jewels and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
You can avail a trip to Loch Ness and the highlands of Scotland the next day by a shuttle trip. Enjoy haggis, the traditional food of Scotland and a photo session with the bagpiper. Explore the beauty of the highlands, locations where Harry Potter was filmed and the serene lakes or ‘loch’ that characterizes Scotland. Return the following evening and reach London by midnight.
Warner Bros studio tour
Take a bus from central London for visiting the Warner Brothers tour. You have ample opportunity to go behind the scenes of the Harry Potter film. You will enjoy exploring the costumes and enchanting props and take a walk following the footsteps of your filmed favorite character. The entire duration for covering the places of interest is around 7 hours. Enjoy photo session at your favorite locations like Great Hall, Dumbledore Office, and Gryffindor’s Common Room. Experience the Hogwarts Express tour and frame your favorite photo.
Cardiff day trip from London
To reach Cardiff, book a train from Paddington station in London which will take two hours to reach Cardiff. You can opt for a hop on hop off tour and see the Welsh Castle, National Museum and the Bay of Cardiff. You may enjoy a visit to the 13th century built Caerphilly Castle where you can take a walking tour to understand the medieval construction. The famous castle was built by Gilbert de Clare occupying over 30 acres of land. Don’t forget to take your lunch in one of the restaurants or cafes along the Bay of Cardiff.
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