21 best day trips from London

Use London as a hub to explore other exciting historic locations around the UK.
Windsor Castle and gardens on a clear sunny day.
Visit Windsor Castle on a day trip from London. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you're planning to visit London for a holiday, add a fun day out to your itinerary and get cheap deals on day tours from London. 

Many of the best UK cities, villages, castles and famous landmarks can be included in one-day trips from London, when you travel by train or coach.  

Choose from a wide variety of London breaks. Book one of the days out from London to see the remarkable Stonehenge, the royal residence at Windsor Castle, the hot pools of Bath, the stone cottages in The Cotswolds, the university towns of Oxford and Cambridge, and much more.

Short day trips from London

1. Stonehenge

The ancient monument of Stonehenge. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Travel from London to Stonehenge on a day out and see other sites along the way, such as Bath, Oxford and Windsor. Or opt for the Simply Stonehenge tour, focusing entirely on the prehistoric monument. Tap into the knowledge of experienced tour guides and enjoy convenient coach travel to all destinations. Duration: 6 to 12 hours.

2. Windsor

The Grand Reception Room at Windsor Castle. ©Peter Smith/Royal Collection Trust/His Majesty King Charles III 2023.

Head to Windsor for the ultimate royal excursion. Rummage for treasures in quaint boutiques, wander the historic cobblestone streets and peek inside Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite residence, Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot. Duration: 5 to 12 hours.

Long day trips from London

3. Bath

The Roman Baths in Bath, England. ©Virginia Choy/Unsplash.
Enjoy a day-long excursion to the Roman city of Bath. This day out from London package includes the Botanical Gardens, the Jane Austen Centre, Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths. Duration: 12 hours. 

4. Oxford

Punting on the river Thames in Oxford. ©Noel Broda/Unsplash.

Enjoy a day out in Oxford to experience this historical university city, which is just an hour from London. See the Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre and Christ Church College on an open-top bus tour. Duration: 11 hours.

5. Cambridge

King's College in Cambridge, England. ©Chris Boland/Unsplash.
Travel just outside of London on a luxury coach to explore the wonderful city of Cambridge. Or visit two world-famous university cities in one day – Oxford and Cambridge. Often referred to collectively as "Oxbridge," both places are full of beautiful architecture and plenty of history. Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes.
Where:

Bus Stop 1, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH

Price:

From £79.00

6. Paris, France

Discover Paris on a day trip from London. ©Juan Ordonez/Unsplash.

Whether you want to visit the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, hit the shops or simply relax at a cafe, Paris is the ideal day-out destination from London. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris's most romantic sights, with return tickets on Eurostar included. Duration: 15 to 16 hours.

7. Canterbury

On the water in Canterbury. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Treat yourself to a day out in Canterbury. Explore the iconic medieval city and don't miss the historical site of Canterbury Cathedral. Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes.  

8. York

Wander the charming alleyways of the Shambles. ©Hayden Pollen/Unsplash.

Discover the land where Vikings once roamed with a day trip by train to the fascinating city of York. Wander the charming alleys of the Shambles, picking up a souvenir or enjoying afternoon tea. See the locomotives at the National Railway Museum and hop aboard a bus tour to explore the city from a new perspective. Duration: Explore at your leisure, choosing your own return train timings.

Where:

King's Cross Railway Station, Euston Road, London, N1C 4TB

Price:

From £195.00

9. Cotswolds

Explore pretty Cotswolds villages. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

See idyllic villages, undulating green hills, gorgeous limestone buildings, beautiful gardens and old pubs on one of the best day trips from London. Keep your camera ready on this one-day tour of the Cotswolds, whose bustling market towns are great for gentle strolls. Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes to 11 hours 30 minutes.

10. Stratford-upon-Avon

Tudor buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon. Image courtesy of VisitBritain.

Enjoy a day out deep in Shakespeare country in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the world's most famous author was born and raised. Explore the town on an open-top bus tour, hopping off at Shakespeare's house en route. Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes to 11 hours 30 minutes.

11. Brighton

Shopping in North Laine, Brighton. ©Evgeny Klimenchenko/Unsplash.

Take a rail trip to the British seaside with a day out at the vibrant city of Brighton. Head to the pier for endless fun on retro rides and play arcade games before rambling through the Lanes. Don't miss the famous Royal Pavilion and other key landmarks on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Duration: Explore at your leisure with an open return. 

Where:

St Pancras International, Euston Road, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4QP

Price:

From £67.00

12. Salisbury

Aerial view of Salisbury Cathedral. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Travel to Salisbury from London on a day trip and experience medieval architecture, fascinating museums and an eclectic mix of medieval-meets-modern shops and eateries. Duration: 12 hours.

13. Leeds Castle

Take a day trip from London to Leeds Castle. ©Ian Simpson/Unsplash.

Discover 500 acres (202 hectares) of parkland and 1,000 years of history at Leeds Castle. This day out from London includes stops at Canterbury and the White Cliffs of Dover, and a river Thames boat ride from Greenwich to Embankment Pier. Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes.

Where:

Bus Stop 1, Bulleid Way, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SR

Price:

From £104.00

14. Liverpool

Statue of the Beatles in Liverpool. ©Neil Martin/Unsplash.
Find incredible music and architecture to iconic art and football in Liverpool on a fun-packed day trip from London. This maritime-heritage city on the banks of the Mersey is a fantastic city break destination. Go on a Beatles-themed tour, visit Liverpool Stadium and explore all that this northern city has to offer with a range of day trip options. Duration: 14 hours.
Where:

Euston Station, Euston Road, London, NW1 2RT

Price:

From £189.00

15. Manchester

Visit Manchester City Stadium on a day trip from London. ©Mark mc neill/Unsplash.
Visit the best attraction in Manchester for football fans on a day trip to Manchester City’s famous stadium, including return rail travel from London and an immersive stadium tour experience. Discover what goes on behind the scenes as you go pitch-side, walk through the players’ tunnel and learn how footballers prepare for matches. Duration: 14 hours.
Where:

Euston Station, Euston Road, London, NW1 2RT

Price:

From £114.00

16. Lake District

Scafell Pike in the Lake District. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Join an action-packed guided tour to the Lake District, which winds through country roads and villages. Ride the bus to Lake Windermere, where you can cruise along England’s largest lake, before moving on to the charming village of Hawkshead. End with a cream tea at Lindeth Howe, the family home of Beatrix Potter. Duration: 13 hours.

Where:

Euston Station, Euston Road, London, NW1 2RT

Price:

From £280.00

17. Cardiff

Visit Cardiff on a day trip from London. ©Jonny Gios/Unsplash.
Head to Wales and discover Cardiff’s rich cultural heritage on a day trip from London, including entry to Cardiff Castle and an open-top bus tour. From cool culture to astounding architecture, the Welsh capital has plenty of top things to see and do. Duration: 12 hours.
Where:

Paddington Station, Praed Street, London, W2 1HU

Price:

From £145.00

18. Edinburgh

Visit Edinburgh on a day trip from London. ©Kate Bielinski/Unsplash.
Make your way to Scotland and explore the magnificent city of Edinburgh on a day trip from London, which includes an open-top bus tour and entry to Edinburgh Castle. This gem of a city is rich in history and culture and is filled with wonderful sights and incredible attractions. Duration: 15 hours.
Where:

King's Cross Railway Station, Euston Road, London, N1C 4TB

Price:

From £209.00

Entry-only day trips from London

19. Warwick Castle

Live arena jousting show at Warwick Castle. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Make your own way to the impressive Warwick Castle, where medieval England is brought to life through artefacts, tours and immersive experiences. Discover ancient treasures as you wander through the impressive Grand Hall, test your nerve in the terrifying dungeons, cheer on knights in live jousting performances and see impressive birds of prey displays.

Where:

Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6AH

Price:

From £32.00

20. Brighton i360

Brighton i360 overlooking the beach. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.
Enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of Brighton and the glorious pebble beach seafront in a giant glass viewing pod 138m (452ft) high in the sky, with tickets to the Brighton i360 experience. Marvel at impressive panoramic views of the city before exploring the seaside town at your leisure.

21. Dover Castle

Explore Dover Castle. ©Valerio Gentile/Unsplash.
Discover Dover Castle, a medieval royal palace, fortress and defender of the realm for more than nine centuries. Learn about the fascinating history of the castle that rises above the famous White Cliffs of Dover and explore its wartime tunnels, labyrinths and Great Tower at your own pace on a self-guided tour.
Where:

Dover Castle, Castle Hill Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU

Price:

From £20.90

What countries can you visit in a day from London?

With some of the most efficient transport links in the world, there are several exciting countries you can visit on a day trip from London. 

See iconic landmarks and cruise along the Seine on a day trip to Paris, marvel at the pretty architecture in Amsterdam and sample some of the finest beers in the world in Brussels.

Travelling with Eurostar

The Eurostar serves four countries on its routes including France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.