A Tourist for a Day: 6 Amazing Day Trips Near London

There are many great things about living in London, but when you live and work in the city, it is understandable if you want to get out and visit somewhere else from time to time.

There are many fantastic places for a day trip that is not too far from the capital - this post will look at 6 of the best.


Stonehenge is one of the UK’s most intriguing and mysterious places and ideal for a day trip from London. It is not too far to travel but you can enjoy being out in the beautiful countryside in Wiltshire, which can be rejuvenating when you live in the city.

Windsor Castle

If you are interested in history then a trip to Windsor Castle could be the ideal day trip from London. The Official Residence of the Queen, Windsor Castle is a sight to behold both inside and out. In addition to the castle itself, you also have the stunning Windsor Great Park with ancient forests, historical monuments, a deer park, and much more to discover.


Chichester can feel like stepping back in time and has a quaint charm that can be a refreshing change of pace from the capital. Here you have the breathtaking gothic cathedral, Pallant House Gallery, and West Wittering if you want to be by the sea.

It is also just a short drive from London - you can insure a car for a day if you plan on renting one.


It is hard to beat a trip to the coast on a sunny day and Brighton is ideal as a short journey from London. In addition to chilling on the beach, you can check out the pier, wander through the Laines, check out the Pavilion, and soak up the laidback, friendly atmosphere found here.

Downton Abbey Filming Locations

Lover of Downtown? If so, you should know that the main filming locations are a stone’s throw from London close to Oxford and the Cotswolds. Bampton village and Highclere Castle are the main places that you will want to check out and can be an enjoyable visit even if you are unfamiliar with the show.

Kew Gardens

A short trip to Kew Gardens in Richmond is a great idea if you want to escape the city but do not want to venture far and you will find the whole Kew area to be idyllic and the kind of place that you would see in a romantic comedy.

Kew Gardens itself is a peaceful retreat from the city with the world’s most diverse collection of living plants and the brilliant Treetop Walkway giving you a great view of the area.

If you are looking to get out of the capital for a day trip, these are all great options that could be a great escape from city life for the day.