Living in the city can be awesome but sometimes it’s nice to get out and enjoy the rest of the UK, especially  now that summer is here. So why don’t you pack your camera, grab some friends and a big map because because you’ll be going on an adventure. With so many places to choose from we have created a list of the top towns you can visit in the day, so get exploring! 

Windsor

If you would like to know how the royals live then you must visit Windsor! Less than 30 miles from west London, Windsor is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Royal Berkshire and makes a great day trip away from London. You’ll discover a magnificent town in a glorious riverside location with great shopping, restaurants and the one and only Windsor Castle which is one of the Queen’s official royal residences and the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world.

Travel: By the First Great Western train from Paddington, 30 minutes

Lunch: At Limes Bakery  for great sandwiches and sweets

Must See: Windsor Castle, of course and the Savill Garden

 

Whitstable

Whistable can be said to be the UK home for the best Oysters, so if you’re looking to expand your taste buds then why not try something new and visit this small town by the sea. Rich in arts culture and maritime history, Whitstable is sure to appeal to you like to learn something new. With a variety of cafes, restaurants and pubs, Whitstable makes for the perfect day trip.

Travel: Via Southeastern train from Victoria, 1 hour 30 minutes

Lunch: The Orangery Tea Rooms at The Whitstable Castle and Gardens

Must See: The sea front, Whitstable Castle and the Whistable Biennale

 

Brighton

If you don’t mind your beach having a few pebbles then you have to visit Brighton Beach! Probably one of the most famous UK beaches and cities loved by all around the world, Brighton is nothing but eccentric, fun and charismatic. There is always something unexpected to enjoy as there are many restaurants, clubs and unique designers and flea markets alongside top restaurants and bars. Make sure you visit the gentrified Regency squares, museums and most importantly the beach where you can soak up some sun and relax.

Travel: The Southern train from Victoria, 1 hour 30 minutes

Lunch: At Thewitchez Photo Design Cafe for tea and cakes however if you’re looking for a traditional dish then set your sights on Bardsley’s for some fish and chips

Must See: The world’s oldest operating aquarium, Sea Life Brighton

 

Leeds 

Renowned as Yorkshire’s unofficial capital, Leeds is a perfect getaway for a laidback day. With lots of attractions to discover such as the Leeds Opera House and fantastic city centre, this is one place you’ll never get bored of. With streets interlocking, you can be sure that’ll you save a pound or two by walking as the city offers you great attractions for a fraction of the price you’ll pay in London.

Travel: By the Southeastern train from Victoria, 1 hour

Lunch: Try something unique like the converted barn that houses the Great British Kitchen

Must See: Leeds Castle including the Maze which is on the grounds and the Dog Collar Museum which is a once in a lifetime opportunity

 

Bexhill-on-sea

Home to the British motor racing, Bexhill-on-sea is the perfect place to visit for a day away London. With a range of castles, historic attractions and a magnificent countryside, why not grab your friends together and visit this British seaside resort.

Travel: By the Southeastern train from London Bridge, 30 minutes

Lunch: At the Cafe Bar at the De la Warr Pavilion

Must See: Bexhill Museum and De La Warr Pavilion and the Seaside

 

Oxford             

Oxford is known to have the oldest university in England and is only one quick train away from London. Even if you’re not a student at Oxford, there is so much to experience. You will be able to admire the beautiful stone architectures and the old libraries such as the Bodleian where you can check out ancient books and poetry. The Covered Market on the High Street is the oldest in Britain and is a fantastic shopping destination, if you’re looking to shop to you drop.

Travel: By the Oxford Tube bus from Buckingham Palace Road, 1 hour 40 minutes

Lunch: At Gee’s Restaurant for a modern twist on traditional dishes 

Must See: Oxford University and the Pitt Rivers Museum

 

Bath

Renowned as one of the most beautiful cities in England, a visit to Bath is perfect if you are looking to explore and relax all at the same time. Bath is located in South West England; 97 miles west form London which makes for the perfect day trip.

Travel: By First Great Western train from Paddington, 2 hours 30 minutes

Lunch: The Eastern Eye 

Must See: The Roman Baths, Holburne and One Royal

 

Stratford Upon Avon

With more than 800 years of history, this market town has so much to offer. Home to Shakespeare, your creative juices may start to flow whilst you take a trip to Stratford Upon Avons many attractions.

Travel: By the Chiltern train from Marylebone, 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Lunch: Riverside Restaurant for some spectacular views

Must See: The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Canal Basin  

 

Cambridge

If you’re not an Oxford fan then Cambridge might be the place for you. Cambridge is Britain’s second ancient university town which is reflected by some great architecture within the ancient streets. If you’re a lover of the great outdoors then we would suggest that you have yourself a picnic near the River Cam or join a walking tour of the city by foot or bicycle.

Travel: Via Greater Anglia train, 1 hour 30 minutes

Lunch: Renown local restaurant Cotto’s 

Must See: The Cambridge University Botanical Gardens

 

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