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17 Best day trips from London (+ tours, practical info & travel tips)

Discover the very best places to visit on a day trip from London, including getting there, best tours, and practical tips to help plan your visit.

London is a wonderful city to visit with lots of famous landmarks, sights and attractions to fill your itinerary. BUT there are also some amazing places to visit outside of the capital and it is worth adding one or two day trips from London into your itinerary if you are based there for the duration of your trip.

But how do you choose the best day trip for you? We have chosen 17 of the very best day trips to choose from. We have visited all of these destinations ourselves (some on multiple occasions) and are confident that these are the best day trips any visitors (or London residents) can make from the city.

In this article, you will find information (plus insider tips) about how to get to each destination plus our selection of the best tours available too. Many of these destinations can be reached by train (we really don’t recommend hiring a car if you are staying in London) or if you prefer as part of an organised tour.

Although some are quite a distance from London (Paris for example) these are all places which can be visited in one day. Ideal if you have a busy schedule and want to see as much as possible.

Discover the 3 most popular day trips from London (as chosen by members of my London and UK Travel Planning Facebook group) below plus 14 other popular day trip destinations worth visiting.

⭐️ If you would like to engage the services of a private driver guide for tours of South East England (with tour options including Hever Castle, Leeds Castle, and Dover Castle) we recommend John England Tours. John is a professional tour guide who provides personalised private day tours and will ensure you have a memorable day experiencing an authentic England that many visitors miss. Click here for more information about John England Tours.

Table Of Contents
  1. Limited time? Choose from our day trip from London quick picks!
  2. 1. Harry Potter Studios2. Stonehenge3. The Cotswolds
  3. Best day trips from London in the South East
  4. Best day trips from London to South West England
  5. Best day trips from London to the East of England
  6. Best day trips from London – Midlands
  7. Day trips from London – North of England
  8. Day trip from London to Paris
  9. Plan your visit to London
  10. London Travel Guide & Itinerary Planner (+ 4 bonus ebooks)

Limited time? Choose from our day trip from London quick picks!

🏅 Top 3 London Day Trips

🌟 Fan of Harry Potter? Choose the Harry Potter Studio day trip

💙 Love Downton Abbey? Choose the Highclere day trip

🎤 Fan of the Beatles? Choose a day trip from London to Liverpool

🇫🇷 Francophile? Spend the day in Paris

🏰 Fan of the Royal family? Visit the King’s residence at Windsor

🏡 Looking for quaint English villages? Visit the Cotswolds

📖 Enjoy history & architecture? A day trip to Oxford or Cambridge would suit you!

🏛 History lover? Choose Bath

🏰 Love castles? Head to Warwick or Hampton Court for the day

📚 Literary lover? Jane Austen fans head to Bath (or Winchester) Love Shakespeare? Stratford upon Avon is the day trip for you

Best day trips from London in the South East

Windsor Castle

Best day trips from London include Windsor Castle.
Windsor Castle is one of the most famous castles in England

Located in Berkshire, the grand Windsor Castle is a royal residence with a history that spans back more than 1,000 years. A popular weekend retreat of our late Queen Elizabeth II, the spectacular castle was established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror.

Since then, almost 40 monarchs have called the castle home. Indeed, it’s the oldest occupied castle across the globe. It’s also one of the world’s biggest royal residences.

Gaze in awe at the magnificent and dazzling State Apartments used by the Royal Family for various ceremonial events. Opt for the Ceremonial Route to see the lavish rooms used for present-day functions or the Historic Route to marvel at luxurious rooms created for King Charles II.

The Semi-State Rooms were used by King George IV and show the late king’s love for beauty, grandeur and splashes of the theatrical. All rooms contain priceless artworks, antiques and artefacts.

The exquisite St. George’s Chapel is a Gothic gem with delicate stained glass, many monuments, the tombs of several royals and an interesting stone ceiling. See the elaborate dolls house made for Queen Mary by the renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Admire the bronze model of Windsor Castle in the Moat Room.

Enjoy the traditions and ceremonial splendour of the Changing of the Guard ceremony typically held at 11:00 each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (times may change – check in advance to avoid disappointment).  

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 23.50 GBP / Child 13.50 GBP
  • Opening Times: Thurs–Mon 10:00–16:00 (March–October), 10:00–15.00 (November–February)

Read – 7 castles to visit near London

How to visit Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle can be reached by train from London in around 40 minutes. Trains depart from London Waterloo or London Paddington to Windsor and Eton Central. You will be required to make one change at either Slough or Windsor and Eton Riverside depending on which line you are travelling.

Click here for ticket prices and timetables from the trainline.

Tip – Many tours to other popular destinations such as Bath and Stonehenge have a stop at Windsor so if you are pushed for time you can combine a few must-see places in one day.

Best tours to Windsor Castle

  • Windsor Castle Afternoon Sightseeing Tour from LondonTake a fascinating trip through centuries of royal history on a half-day afternoon tour of Windsor Castle, with round-trip transfers from central London. Although unescorted, the provided audio guides contain a wealth of information and are available in 8 different languages.

Harry Potter Studios

Harry Potter studios tour includes seeing a model of Hogwarts as in the photo.

The Making of Harry Potter is a popular tourist attraction at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. A destination that draws Harry Potter fans from far and wide, there’s plenty for people (and muggles!) of all ages to enjoy.

Go behind the scenes and learn about the different techniques used to create the famous films. You’re sure to be amazed when you learn some of the secrets!

Step into sets from iconic scenes from various movies, including the impressive and grand Great Hall, the eerie Forbidden Forest, the magical Platform 9 ¾ with the Hogwarts Express and Diagon Alley with its enchanting storefronts and signs.

Uncover the secrets of special effects used in the movies and marvel at things like the door to the Chamber of Secrets, the Whomping Willow and the Invisibility Cloak. From Buckbeak to Basilisk, learn what made the Harry Potter creatures so realistic.

There are plenty of props to appreciate including potions and memory vials, and you can see recognisable costumes worn by various characters in all their intricate detail. See technical drawings and models that helped bring J.K. Rowling’s magic to the silver screen. 

Tours take around three hours, though you may want to spend even longer inside the wonderful wizarding world. Why not pop into the gift shop before you leave to pick up unusual souvenirs?

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 47 GBP / Child 38 GBP / Under fours free
  • Opening Times: Daily 8:15–22:00

How to visit Harry Potter Studios

It is possible to travel by train independently to Harry Potter Studios. The studios are located 20 miles northwest of London. Take the train from London Euston to Watford Junction (approximate journey time is 20 minutes)

Once at Watford Junction pick up a shuttle bus for the short (15 minutes) transfer to the studios. Buses run at least every 30 minutes.

Note that you MUST book tickets as early as possible (sometimes tickets are sold out months in advance)

If you prefer a tour (or are too late to purchase tickets on the website) we recommend taking a tour.

Good to know – there are lots of themed walking tours to take in London including to Harry Potter film locations.

Read – How to visit Harry Potter Studios from London

Best tours to Harry Potter Studios from London

  • Small-Group Warner Bros. Studio TourEnjoy a stress-free trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter with a behind-the-scenes walking tour of props, costumes, and sets.

Hampton Court

Excellent day trips from London to Hampton Court Palace

Located in Richmond upon Thames, Hampton Court Palace is a stunning royal palace. The Grade I listed building no longer houses royalty. However, the last monarch to live in the glorious palace was King George II.

You may be surprised to learn that the palace didn’t start life as a royal home. Rather, it was built in the 16th century for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Cardinal Woolsey was then King Henry VIII’s chief minister. Cardinal Woolsey later gave the palace to King Henry VIII who spent much time living there.

Today’s visitors can enter the tumultuous world of the notorious King Henry VIII, learning all about his public and private affairs and his many wives and children.

Be wowed in the Great Hall, an assembly room that was set to impress. Huge and lavish, the grand room contains many spectacular features. Note the references to Anne Boleyn in the room – her coat of arms, falcon badge and initials in the wooden roof, and H and A’s letters on a wooden screen. The ornamental roof also contains carved and painted heads known as the Eavesdroppers, and exquisite 500-year-old biblical-themed tapestries adorn the walls. 

Imagine how sumptuous mealtimes must have been in the palace as you stand in the large kitchens. They were the biggest kitchen in Tudor England and could accommodate 200 chefs and assistants to churn out more than 800 meals each day!

Make time to explore the sweeping gardens too with formal flower gardens, a vegetable garden, parkland and more. Deer roam in areas, and you’ll spot plenty of other wildlife. A highlight is the maze – it’s the oldest such maze in the world.

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 25.30 GBP / Child 12.60 / Under fives free
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–17:30

How to visit Hampton Court

Hampton Court is located not too far from central London and can be reached by train from Waterloo station in around 40 minutes.

Thames Ditton (the nearest station to Hampton Court) is in Zone 6 and Oyster cards can be used on the route.

Once at the station it is a 5-minute walk to the palace. Book tickets in advance – Click here for tickets to Hampton Court.

Good to know – Entrance to Hampton Court is included in the London Explorer Pass and the London Pass. Both these cards can save you money if you are planning to visit several attractions in London.

Click here for more information about the London Explorer Pass and here for more information about the London Pass.

Best tours to Hampton Court

  • Hampton Court Private Guided Tour Enjoy priority entrance to Hampton Court Palace on a 4-hour guided tour from central London, and enter the world of Henry VIII. Feel the chill of the Haunted Gallery, marvel at the baroque apartments of William and Mary, and take a stroll in the gardens.
  • Hampton Court Palace: River Thames Bike Tour Bike the paths of the River Thames in the leafy suburbs of London and cycle to Hampton Court Palace, the former royal residence of King Henry VIII. Pick up lunch at an 800-year-old market, and picnic in an old royal hunting ground full of deer.


Winchester Cathedral.

The small city of Winchester is in the UK’s county of Hampshire. Scenic and with plenty to see and do, Winchester is pretty easy to explore on foot.

Winchester Cathedral is a major city landmark. It dates back to 1079 and combines Norman and Gothic elements. It’s one of the biggest cathedrals in all of Europe and also boasts one of the longest Gothic naves across the globe. Originally built on rafts on top of a peat bog, the cathedral was saved from collapse by a hard-working diver who toiled to pack the foundations with concrete.

There’s a statue of the amazing Winchester Diver inside the cathedral. Descend into the Crypt, and you’ll see a surprising sculpture by artist Anthony Gormley. The cathedral has a spectacularly ornate altar, beautiful stained glass and many intricate details. You can also see the grave of famous novelist Jane Austen.

Buildings overhang the medieval streets in the city centre, and you can visit the only remaining part of Winchester Castle, the Great Hall. It’s home to King Arthur’s Round Table, although its authenticity is doubted. Nearby, you can see the old medieval-era Westgate which used to serve as a debtor’s jail and today contains interesting exhibits.

Learn more about the city’s long history in Winchester City Museum, stroll alongside the River Itchen and see the minute St. Swithun’s upon Kingsgate Church.   

Winchester Cathedral

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 9.95 GBP / Child (under 16) free
  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 9:00–17:00 Sun 12:00–15:00

The Great Hall

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 4 GBP / Child 3 GBP / Under fives free
  • Opening Times: Thurs–Tues 10:00–16:00

The Westgate

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 3 GBP / Child 1.50 GBP / Under fives free
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–17:00

Winchester City Museum

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 5 GBP / Child 2.50 GBP / Under fives free
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–17:00

How to visit Winchester

Winchester can be reached from central London by train in around an hour. Take the train direct from London Waterloo (or London Paddington) to Winchester.

For train times and ticket prices check on the trainline.

Best tours to Winchester

Bombay Sapphire Gin & Winchester Tour Mix in a slice of history with your Gin and Tonic on a relaxing small-group day trip. Visit one of England’s most historic towns before heading to a world-famous gin distillery.

Read – Winchester Travel Guide


Take a day trip from London to see the white cliffs of Dover.

Dover lies in the southeast corner of England in the county of Kent. Inhabited since Roman times, Dover has a long and interesting history. It is perhaps most famous for its port from where people can catch ferries to France and its striking White Cliffs.

Visit the 2,000-year-old Dover Castle often referred to as the “Key to England”. Discover the many historic treasures within its once-mighty walls, including the Roman lighthouse, one of the UK’s oldest structures. There’s a Norman keep and a Saxon church too, and you can go underground to explore the secret tunnels.

If you can’t get enough of England’s fine castles, schedule a trip to Leeds Castle in nearby Maidstone as well. Said to be one of the most charming castles in the UK, it sits on lake islands and has lots of open green space.

The White Cliffs of Dover are an iconic sight with the chalky cliffs featuring in many local photographs and art. The prominent cliffs have also been immortalised in a favourite war-time song. There are more striking white cliffs – known as Seven Sisters – further along, the coastline in East Sussex.

Other terrific Dover attractions include the Roman Painted House, the Battle of Britain Memorial, and the Dover Museum.  

Dover Castle

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 11.75 GBP / Child 7.05 GBP / Under fives free / English Heritage members free
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–17:00

Leeds Castle

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 28 GBP / Child 19.50 GBP
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–18:00 (April–September) 10:00–17:00 (October–March)

Roman Painted House

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 4 GBP / Child 3 GBP
  • Opening Times: Tues–Sat 10:00–16:30

Dover Museum

  • Cost of Entry: Free

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 9:30–17:00 Sun 10:00–15:00

How to visit the white cliffs of Dover (& Dover Castle)

It is possible to explore Dover Castle and/or see the famous white cliffs of Dover independently though an organised tour is the easier option. Many tours also include Canterbury so it is possible to enjoy several landmarks and attractions in one day.

If you wish to visit independently the closest train station for the cliffs and castle is Dover Priory. Trains from St Pancras, Victoria and Charing Cross take from an hour to 2 hours to get from London to Dover. Do note that the cliffs are a steep 40 + minute walk from the train station!

Dover Castle is a 20-minute walk from the train station. For train times and tickets we recommend the trainline.

READ MORE – How to spend a day in Dover from London

Best tours to Dover from London

If you are visiting from abroad and are planning to visit many English Heritage properties (Stonehenge and Dover Castle both belong to English Heritage), it may be cost-effective to purchase an English Heritage Attractions Pass for Overseas Visitors is valid at over 100 places across the UK.

  • Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & DoverEnjoy a full day discovering the treasures of Kent, including visits to romantic Leeds Castle, historic Canterbury Cathedral and the dramatic White Cliffs of Dover.
  • Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and GreenwichDiscover beautiful Leeds Castle, visit historic Canterbury Cathedral, and see the jagged White Cliffs of Dover. The tour finishes back in London, where you’ll see maritime Greenwich and enjoy a River Thames boat ride.


Brighton Pavilion.

Situated in the county of East Sussex and on the south coast of England, the English city of Brighton has long been a popular seaside destination for holidaymakers. Once a peaceful fishing community, Brighton started to draw many visitors in the mid-1700s, keen to bathe in the sea. Today, Brighton is famous for its easy-going appeal, exuberant nightlife, sizeable gay community (it’s often referred to as the “Gay Capital of the UK”), and eastern architecture.   

Soak up some sun on Brighton Beach and stroll along the lively Brighton Pier, home to fairground rides, fast-food stalls, ice cream vendors, games, shops, and other attractions. Next to the pier, learn more about creatures from the deep at the Sea Life Centre, one of the oldest aquariums across the globe. 

One of Brighton’s most beautiful landmarks is the historic Royal Pavilion. Constructed in the late 1700s, it was built as a royal summer home for the then Prince of Wales (who later became King George IV). The outside – with domes, arches and slender towers – looks like something you’d more to expect to see in India, while the interiors have a strong Chinese flavour. 

Other local attractions include Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, the huge St. Bartholomew’s Church, the flowery Old Steine and Brighton Marina. Book tickets to watch a show at the Theatre Royal, Pavilion Theatre or another of Brighton’s excellent performance venues, and shop till you drop along the Lanes, the alternative North Laine and the mainstream Western Road.

Royal Pavilion

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 16 GBP / Child 10 GBP
  • Opening Times: Daily 9:30–17:45

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 6.20 GBP / Child 3.60 GBP
  • Opening Times: Tues–Sun 10:00–17:00

St. Bartholomew’s Church

  • Cost of Entry: Free (but donations encouraged)
  • Opening Times: Tues–Fri 10:00–13:00 Sat 10:00–16:00

How to visit Brighton

Brighton is an easy day trip from London by train. Leave from Blackfriars or London Victoria for the 1 hour 20 minute(ish) train journey to Brighton.

Brighton town centre is only a 10-minute walk from the train station.

Best tours to Brighton from London

  • Guided Day Trip to Brighton and Seven SistersDiscover Brighton from an insider’s perspective on this full-day tour from London. Visit the city’s famous pier, the iconic Royal Pavilion, and South Downs National Park and enjoy some tasty fish and chips like a real Brit.
  • If you are happy to travel to Brighton independently why not book a private Brighton tour with a local once you are there? Your local host will give you a local perspective on both top attractions and lesser-known parts of the city with a flexible and exciting itinerary.


A row of medieval houses in Canterbury overlooking a canal.

Located in Kent in South-East England, Canterbury is the home of the Church of England. It has long been a popular place for pilgrimage.

Established as a Roman-Celtic town, the city has a long history. Today’s visitors will still find a large number of handsome medieval buildings.

Canterbury Cathedral is a must-visit. It’s the main religious building of the Church of England and the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the global Anglican Church. It’s the scene of the murder of Saint Thomas a Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was killed by knights of King Henry II. It was the murder of the Middle Ages involving betrayal, abuse of power and controversy – it was an act that almost certainly changed the course of history.

The cathedral itself is a stunning building with lots of religious symbolism and rich decorative details. It’s the final resting place of King Henry IV and Edward the Black Prince.

Other religious places of interest in Canterbury include the UNESCO-listed remains of St. Augustine’s Abbey and The UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Martin’s Church, an old Roman Shrine and England’s oldest still-used church.

Step back in time at the remains of Canterbury Castle, take a boat ride along the River Stour, and admire the collections in the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge.

Read more – Canterbury Travel Guide

Canterbury Cathedral

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 14 GBP / Children free
  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10:00–19:00 Sun 12:30–16:00

St. Augustine’s Abbey

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 8.70 GBP / Child 5.20 GBP / English Heritage members free
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–17:00

St. Michael’s Church

  • Cost of Entry: Free (but donations encouraged)
  • Opening Times: Tues–Fri 11:00–15:00 Sat 11:00–16:00 (Easter–December) Tues, Thurs, Sat 11:00–15:00 (December–February)

Canterbury Castle

  • Cost of Entry: Free
  • Opening Times: Daily 7:00–18:00

Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

  • Cost of Entry: Free
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–17:00

How to visit Canterbury

Canterbury is less than an hour away from London St Pancras by train. If you are planning to visit independently we recommend avoiding Sundays when the cathedral is closed to the public for much of the day.

There are also occasional events at the Cathedral that may restrict access to the public, so check on the official Canterbury Cathedral website when planning your trip from London.

Check the trainline for train times and ticket prices.

Best tours to Canterbury from London

  • Tour of Kent Coast and CanterburySpend a relaxing day exploring the charming countryside of Kent. Discover iconic sights such as the White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury.

Best day trips from London to South West England



The prehistoric Stonehenge is one of the UK’s most famous landmarks and an iconic historic attraction. People flock from around the globe to marvel at the incredible legacy of yesteryear, located on the scenic Salisbury Plain in the county of Wiltshire.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, experts believe that Stonehenge was created between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. An enigma in many ways, nobody really knows why the site was created or even how the gigantic stones were erected. Some of the stones – the bluestones – are thought to have been transported here from Wales.

The ruined monument has an outer ring of standing stones, each of which weighs a whopping 25 tons. Horizontal stones lie across the top. There’s a smaller ring of bluestones within the outer circle with free-standing stones and a further lintel-topped pair of stones. The great monument is aligned to face towards the sunrise on the summer solstice – the year’s longest day.

Begin your trip in the Exhibition Centre where you can see items and bone fragments unearthed on the site, see how the monument would have looked in its prime and learn more about the people from the past. Peer inside a few reconstructed homes from the Neolithic era to see how our ancestors would have lived.

Follow the 30-minute trail through scenic pastoral land to reach the mighty monument. Wildflowers add pops of colour to the landscapes and cattle may be grazing in the field. A free bus transfer is available if time is limited or you just don’t fancy walking.

It’s well worth visiting the nearby Woodhenge site for more insights into the past. A walking trail connects the two sites (around a 40-minute walk), or it’s just a short drive away. Around half an hour’s drive away you’ll also find Avebury, a village with several more mysterious ancient stone circles.

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 19.50 / Child 11.70 GBP (Off Peak) / Adult 21.10 GBP / Child 14 GBP (Standard) / Adult 22.80 GBP / Child 13.70 (Peak) / Under fives free / English Heritage member free / National Trust member free
  • Opening Times: Vary throughout the year – Check website

How to visit Stonehenge

It takes a couple of hours to get to Stonehenge from London by train, bus or car. The cheapest way is by bus from Victoria Coach Station.

Alternatively, take the train from London Waterloo direct to Salisbury train station. The train journey takes around 1 hour 20 minutes. Once at the station pick up the private bus to Stonehenge.

Bus journey time is 30 minutes. The bus is run by a private company that offers various ticket options.

Tip – Combine a trip to Stonehenge with other places such as Bath, Salisbury or the Cotswolds to make the most of your day. If you are travelling by train we recommend spending some time exploring Salisbury. Alternatively, take a tour which combines several sights.

Best tours to Stonehenge from London

As we mentioned above we highly recommend combining Stonehenge with another destination if you are planning to book a day tour. Stonehenge will not take up an entire day (we recommend allowing 1 1/2 to 2 hours) so it makes sense to visit other popular destinations nearby or on the way.

These are the most popular combined tours:

  • Avebury and Stonehenge Small-Group TourThis day trip takes you from London to some of England’s most important prehistoric sites: Stonehenge, Avebury, and West Kennet Long Barrow. On this guaranteed small-group tour, explore the Neolithic sites of Wiltshire and see how they all connect.
  • Stonehenge, Bath & West Country Day TripTravel across the beautiful English countryside on a full-day trip from London to visit the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge and the historic city of Bath.
  • Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bath, CotswoldsExplore the region beyond London with a full-day excursion to sites of cultural and historical significance. Visit Stonehenge, see Shakespeare’s home at Stratford-upon-Avon, explore the gorgeous city of Bath and admire the picturesque Cotswolds hills.


Roman baths in Bath one of the best day trips from London.

Located in the county of Somerset, the beautiful spa city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the oldest tourist destinations in the UK, today’s visitors to Bath can enjoy remnants from the Roman and Georgian periods as well as the famous hot springs. Indeed, Bath is the only place in Great Britain to have natural hot waters.

One of the most-visited attractions in Bath, the fine Roman Baths are heated by natural hot springs. Although you can’t take a dip in the waters, you can admire the gorgeous architecture of old and imagine life in the time of the Romans.

If you do want to take to the waters, cross the road to the luxurious and modern Thermae Bath Spa. You can soothe away your cares in the warm waters and enjoy a range of relaxing therapies.   

Bath Abbey is an impressive historic site. Construction began in the late 1490s making it the last Gothic church to have been built in England. You can ascend the tower for terrific city views.

Step back in time to the Georgian era at Bath’s eye-catching crescents. The most famous is the Royal Crescent with elegant homes set out in a curving design. Step inside No. 1 Royal Crescent to see how the homes would have looked at the end of the 18th century. Other photo-worthy crescents include Lansdown, Camden, Cavendish and Widcombe. 

Cross the River Avon on Pulteney Bridge for great views of Pulteney Weir and to window shops along both sides. It’s one of just a handful of such bridges remaining in the world. Call into Sally Lunn’s House for a famous Bath bun and unwind in Victoria Park.

Roman Baths

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 27 GBP (weekend) 25 GBP (weekday) / Child 19.50 (weekend) 17.50 (weekday)
  • Opening Times: Mon–Fri 10:00–18:00 Sat-Sun 9:00–18:00 (Sept–July) Daily 9:00–22:00 (Summer Holidays)

Thermae Bath Spa

  • Cost of Entry: Mon–Fri 35 GBP Sat-Sun 40 GBP (additional prices apply for various treatments)
  • Opening Times: Daily 9:00–21:00

Bath Abbey

  • Cost of Entry: Free (but donations encouraged)
  • Opening Times: Mon–Fri 10:00–17:00 Sat 10:00–18:00 Sun 12:00–14:00

No. 1 Royal Crescent

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 13.00 / Child 6.50 GBP (July–August December) Adult 11.00 / Child 5.50 GBP (September–November February–June)
  • Opening Times: Wed-Sun 10:00–17:30

How to visit Bath

Bath is approximately 90 minutes from London by train. Catch the train from London Paddington direct to Bath Spa. It is one of the most popular day trips from London by train.

If you plan to visit Bath from London and time allows we recommend staying for at least one night. Bath is a beautiful city and really deserves more than a few hours if your itinerary allows.

All tours to Bath from London include other sights and attractions along the way. This is great if you have a tight schedule otherwise we recommend visiting the city by train and staying a little longer to fully explore Bath.

If you are planning a train trip around the UK don’t miss our Best of Britain by rail itinerary which includes 2 days in Bath.

Best tours to Bath from London

  • Bridgerton Film Locations Tour in Bath Escape the busy city of London and spend the day exploring scenic Bath with a knowledgeable guide. See the locations where the hit TV show ‘Bridgerton’ was filmed, as well as other famous landmarks including Wilton House. 

Travelling to Bath independently? These are the best tours to take in Bath

The Cotswolds

Arlington Row in Bibury.

The Cotswolds is an expansive area that covers 780+ square miles across southwest England, south-central England and the West Midlands. It’s a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, home to the rolling Cotswolds Hills and a number of picture-perfect villages and towns.      

Admire what is often referred to as the most romantic street in the UK. Located in the cute village of Lower Slaughter, the pretty Copse Hill Road runs alongside a babbling stream and is lined with attractive stone cottages and lots of greenery.

Stop at Bilbury, sometimes said to be the UK’s loveliest village, to see the picturesque olde-worlde weavers’ cottages along Arlington Row, trout farm and Rack Isle wildlife area. 

Other picturesque villages in the Cotswolds, often called chocolate-box villages, include Castle Combe, Blockley, Kingham, Painswick, Sapperton and Slad.

There are several fascinating historic sites throughout the Cotswolds including the awe-inspiring Warwick Castle, built in 1068 by William the Conqueror, the 1,000-year-old Sudeley Castle, the World Heritage Site and birthplace of Winston Churchill of Blenheim Palace and the Porch House pub in Stow-on-the-Wold which is one of the oldest pubs in the nation. 

The Cotswolds definitely isn’t lacking when it comes to kid-friendly things to do either. Come face to face with an assortment of animals from around the planet at Cotswold Wildlife Park, meet many avian species at Birdland and soak up the scenic views with a relaxing ride on the heritage train of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.

Warwick Castle

  • Cost of Entry: 20 GBP–26 GBP (depending on day / month) / Under threes free
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–16:00 (general) 10:00–17:00 (selected school holidays and some weekends)

Sudeley Castle

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 17.75 GBP / Child 8.75 GBP / Under threes free
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–17:00

Blenheim Palace

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 29.50 / Young person (17–25) 25 GBP / Child 16.50 / Under fives free 
  • Opening Times: Daily 9:30–17:00

Cotswold Wildlife Park

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 16 GBP / Child 11 GBP / Under twos free
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–18:00 (summer) 10:00–16:30 or dusk (winter)


  • Cost of Entry: Adult 10.95 / Child (under 15) 7.95 GBP / Under threes free
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–17:00

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 25 GBP / Child (under 15) 10 GBP / Under fives free (All Day Rover Ticket)
  • Opening Times: Check local timetables

How to visit the Cotswolds

While it is possible to explore the Cotswolds by public transport you will not be able to see a huge amount. The Cotswolds are best explored by car (again not practical unless you live in London and own a car) or on a guided tour. The Cotswolds are also included in many multiday tours of the UK – you can find out more in our curated guide to the best UK tours 2023/4

If you do decide to visit independently the best option is to take the train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh in the heart of the Cotswolds. The train journey takes 1 hour 40 minutes (approximately).

Best tours to the Cotswolds from London

  • Full-Day Tour of the CotswoldsThis small-group tour spends a relaxed day exploring charming scenery, travelling along narrow country lanes, and visiting historical towns and villages.
  • Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day TripEscape the hustle and bustle of London and spend the day exploring the historic city of Oxford and the traditional stone villages of the Cotswolds. Travel in comfort through the countryside on a small group tour with a knowledgeable guide.
  • Prefer a small group tour to the Cotswolds? This small-group Cotswolds tour is limited to 12 participants and will take you through small Cotswolds villages, old markets and wool towns.


Oxford aerial shot.

An esteemed university city and nicknamed “The City of Dreaming Spires”, Oxford is a truly enchanting destination. A guided walking tour can be the ideal way of exploring the city’s highlights, plus you’ll benefit from lots of inside knowledge and anecdotes.

Oxford boasts a terrific number of museums including the Oxford Museum, the Oxford Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the History of Science and the Pitt Rivers Museum. Art lovers can get their creative juices flowing at the Modern Art Oxford and Christ Church Picture Gallery. The large Ashmolean Museum houses even more splendid art from across the globe and, having been founded in the 1680s, it’s the oldest public museum in England. A major plus point is that admission is free to most of Oxford’s top-class museums.

No visit to Oxford would be complete without visiting at least one of the famous colleges and admiring the handsome architecture. Both Merton College and University College can trace their history back to the 13th century, and each contends that they are the oldest part of the university. Regardless of which is actually the oldest, both are beautiful and ooze timeless charms. You may recognise Magdalen College’s tower from photos of the city.

Christ Church College featured in Harry Potter and was made even more famous in Brideshead Revisited’s TV show. New College connects with the city’s old walls, All Souls has spectacular towers and Exeter College boasts a gorgeous Victorian chapel.

Others include Worcester College and Lincoln College. Many colleges allow tourists to look around for free, but access may be restricted throughout the term. Check in advance with each college before finalizing your plans.       

Other Oxford highlights include Bodleian Library, Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford Botanical Garden and Arboretum and Hertford Bridge.

Bodleian Library

  • Cost of Entry: Free (but 2.50 GBP to enter Divinity School)
  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10:00–16:30, Sun 11:00–16:30

Sheldonian Theatre

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 3.80 GBP / Child (under 16) 2.80 GBP
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–16:30 (subject to performance schedules)

Oxford Botanical Garden and Arboretum

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 5.45 GBP / Child (under 16) free
  • Opening Times: 10:00–17:00 (March–July September–October) 10:00–18:00 (July–August) 10:00–15:00 (November–February)

How to visit Oxford

Oxford is an easy 1 hour to 1 1/2 hour train ride away from London, making it the ideal destination for a London day trip excursion.

Trains depart from London Marylebone or London Paddington and the service is direct. For train times and prices check the trainline.

Best tours to Oxford from London

  • Full day tour to Oxford and Cambridge Explore 2 of the world’s oldest university cities on a day trip from London. Visit the cities of Oxford and Cambridge on the same day and stroll amongst the dreaming spires. Discover film location sites from the Harry Potter movies.

Travelling to Oxford independently? These are the best tours to take in Oxford

Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

Highclere Castle.

Located in Hampshire, Highclere Castle is a spectacular country mansion that dates back to the 1670s, although the estate dates back much further.

The beautiful house underwent many changes in the 1840s, completed by the same man who designed the famous Houses of Parliament in London. Sitting in a 5,000-acre (2,000-hectare) estate, the stunning home belongs to the Earls of Carnarvon.

Fans of the period drama and film Downton Abbey will almost certainly recognise the Grade I-listed Highclere Castle as the Crawley family’s stately residence. A number of other TV shows and films have featured Highclere Castle too, including The Missionary (1982), Jeeves and Wooster (1990s), and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).

The house has been used for several purposes over the years. As well as a glorious home, it served as a hospital for injured soldiers during WWI and as a children’s home for London evacuees during WWII. 

Be dazzled by the refined home as you enter a number of elegant staterooms and bedrooms, and contrast the living conditions with the downstairs rooms that were once used by staff members. Gaze in fascination at the Egyptian Exhibition, which commemorates the unearthing of Tutankhamun’s Tomb funded by George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon.

Saunter through the attractive gardens and stroll through the nature-filled parklands created in the 1800s by famous landscape architect Capability Brown. You’ll find a number of attractive follies throughout the lush park too.  

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 24 GBP / Child 14 GBP
  • Opening Times: Daily 9:30–18:00 (summer) varying opening hours at other times of year

How to visit Highclere

It is possible to visit Highclere by train though a taxi will be required for the latter part of the journey. Trains depart London Paddington to Newbury (journey time is around 40 minutes)

Highclere is located 8 miles from the train station.

Tickets to Highclere are VERY popular so book in advance. A tour may be your best option and as many of them include visits to other film locations used in the making of the TV series and movies you can see more.

Read more about planning a visit to Highclere (Downton Abbey)

Best tours to Highclere

  • Highclere Castle Express – Direct transfer to Highclere from London with an entrance ticket to the house and grounds.
  • Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere Castle Tour Enjoy a full-day trip from London that includes admission to sites including Highclere Castle and Yew Tree Farm, plus a visit to Downton village and Downton Church. Travel in the comfort of a large coach in the company of an expert Downton Abbey guide.
  • Downton Abbey and Village Small-Group Tour from LondonEnjoy a full-day excursion from London on a small-group tour that takes you to visit top filming sites from the global hit TV series, Downton Abbey. Explore Downton village and Downton Abbey and relive the aristocratic life of a century ago.

Best day trips from London to the East of England


View over Cambridge.

Another famous university city, Cambridge has beautiful Gothic architecture and lots of green, open spaces. Located alongside the River Cam, going punting along the river is a beautiful way to see the sights at a relaxed pace. Try your hand at pushing a long pole against the riverbed to proper the punt, or sit back and unwind while a skilled punter takes you along the water.

Cross the unusual Wooden Bridge, also known as the Mathematical Bridge, and enjoy the views along the river. The bridge connects the two parts of Queens’ College. At St. John’s College, you can see the Cambridge Bridge of Sighs, named because of its resemblance to the famous covered bridge in Venice.  

King’s College Chapel is one of the most stunning buildings in Cambridge. The exterior is like something out of a fairytale with four corner spires, elaborate carvings and gigantic windows. Inside, marvel at the stone flowers and hidden animals carved into the walls, fine wooden carvings, the huge fan-vault ceiling and the colourful stained-glass windows. You’ll definitely be impressed!

Other architectural beauties in Cambridge include the historic St. John’s College, Corpus Christi College and St. Catharine’s College.

There are plenty of museums in Cambridge to appeal to different tastes, and most offer free admission. They include the University Museum of Zoology, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Folk Museum and the Polar Museum.  

King’s College Chapel

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 10 GBP / Child 8 GBP / Under fives free
  • Opening Times: Sun-Wed 10:30–16:30 Sat 10:30–15:30

How to visit Cambridge

Cambridge is another city located close to London and therefore easy to get to by train. Journey time is about 1 hour 20 minutes with trains departing London Kings Cross and London Liverpool Street.

Good to know – If you wish to visit both Oxford and Cambridge in one day we recommend taking this tour. Although the cities are not far apart on a map travelling via public transport between them can be laborious.

Best tours to Cambridge from London

  • Cambridge tour from LondonCambridge is home to the famous English university that has educated some of the world’s greatest minds. This day excursion to that scholarly ancient city is a delightful one, allowing for plenty of free time to explore the town.

Travelling to Cambridge independently? These are the best tours in Cambridge

Best day trips from London – Midlands


Anne Hathaway's house in Stratford England.

Famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-Upon-Avon is a historic market town on the banks of the River Avon. Brimming with history, many of the old quaint buildings would have been standing when the Bard called the town home. The small town is easy to explore by foot or by bicycle. It’s a popular destination, particularly for people who love literature, culture, history and the arts.

If there’s one must-visit attraction in Stratford-Upon-Avon it’s Shakespeare’s Birthplace. The half-timbered house dates back to the 1500s and has been carefully restored to reflect life in Shakespeare’s time.

Inside, there are period furnishings and the glove-making workshop where John Shakespeare (William’s father) spent his days earning a living. The adjacent Shakespeare Centre houses documents, artefacts and exhibits related to the renowned playwright.

Another top attraction is Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the family home of the lady who became Shakespeare’s wife. Explore the thatched-roofed farmhouse and step into two rooms – the parlour and kitchen – that have survived since the 1460s. Outside, follow the pretty sculpture trail that took inspiration from Shakespearian plays. 

Visit Shakespeare’s New Place, a delightful garden on the spot where the Bard’s last home once stood. See the final resting place of William Shakespeare at Holy Trinity Church. Travel back to the past at Tudor World. Book tickets to watch a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 20 GBP / Child 16.50 GBP (Peak) / Adult 18 GBP / Child 12 GBP (Off Peak) / under threes free
  • Opening Times: Sat-Wed 10:00–16:00

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 15 GBP / Child 10.50 GBP / Under threes free
  • Opening Times: Sat-Wed 10:00–16:00

Shakespeare’s New Place

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 15 GBP / Child 10.50 GBP / Under threes free
  • Opening Times: Sat-Wed 10:00–16:00

Combination Ticket for Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s New Place

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 26 GBP / Child 17.00 GBP (Peak) / Adult 24 GBP / Child 15.50 GBP (Off Peak)
  • Opening Times: Sat–Wed 10:00–16:00

Holy Trinity Church

  • Cost of Entry: Free (but donations encouraged and a small fee to view Shakespeare’s grave)
  • Opening Times: Mon-Wed 10:00–13:00 Thurs–Sat 10:00–13:00 14:00–16:00 Sun 12:00–16:00

Tudor World

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 6.75 GBP / Child 3.50 GBP / Under sixes free
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:30–17:30

How to visit Stratford-upon-Avon

When it comes to tours Stratford is often combined with other popular destinations such as the Cotswolds or Warwick Castle.

If you prefer to travel to Stratford independently via train it is possible with journey times of approximately 2 1/2 hours each way.

Trains depart from London Euston and London Marylebone. Check the trainline for train times and prices.

Best tours to Stratford-upon-Avon from London

  • Shakespeare’s Stratford & CotswoldsSee some of the most beautiful spots in the UK on this excellent tour of Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon and an official Area of Outstanding Beauty, the Cotswolds.
  • This private tour combines Stratford with visits to Warwick Castle and Blenheim Palace. Explore 3 historic locations within a full day’s access from central London by luxury chauffeur-driven vehicle.


Warwick Castle is one of few castles that make great day trips from London.

The county town of Warwickshire, Warwick is a large town on the banks of the River Avon. It boasts many pieces of medieval architecture, including a formidable castle.

Originally built as a wooden fort by William the Conqueror in 1068, Warwick Castle was later rebuilt in stone and subsequently saw more alterations and enlargements. Using drawings from the 13th century, it has been restored to show what life was like in the fortress in times gone by.

Waxwork figures stand in period-decorated rooms to really help the past spring to life. There are many events throughout the year at the castle, including battle reenactments and shows for kids.

See one of the world’s biggest trebuchets. Explore the spooky dungeon, with plenty of thrills and shivers as you travel through 300 years of the castle’s bloodiest and scariest history. Watch in awe as many birds of prey take to the skies. Marvel at the Bowman’s incredible archery feats. Wander through the themed maze. Experience how armies prepared for battle in the past. Walk through extensive gardens. Plan to spend a full day at Warwick Castle – there’s so much to do!

The Lord Leycester Hospital is another fascinating historic site in Warwick. The attractive building was a retirement home for ex-service people. Tours take you through the complex and gardens showing things like the Great Hall and the 14th-century chapel.

Visit museums like St. John’s House and Market Hall, relax in St, Nicholas Park and admire the Church of St. Mary.

Warwick Castle

  • Cost of Entry: 18–24 GBP (additional costs may apply for different parts of the castle and various activities/shows)
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–16:00 (general) 10:00–17:00 (school holidays and selected weekends)

Lord Leycester Hospital

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 8.50 GBP / Child 5.00 GBP / Under fives free
  • Opening Times: Tues–Sun 10:00–17:00 (summer) Tues–Sun 10:00–16:00 (winter)

How to visit Warwick

Journey time from London to Warwick by train is around 1 hour and 35 minutes. Direct trains are available from London Marylebone.

Best tours to Warwick from London

Day trips from London – North of England


Statue of the Beatles in Liverpool.

Often rated as one of the best cities to visit in the UK, the vibrant city of Liverpool is in Northwest England in the county of Merseyside.

Famous for being the home of the Beatles, various other musicians have made their name in Liverpool, including Gerry and the Pacemakers, Flock of Seagulls, Dead or Alive, the Lightning Seeds, Atomic Kitten, and The Zutons. As you may expect, Liverpool has a pumping night scene including dive bars, traditional pubs, swanky bars, pulsating nightclubs and live music venues.

Liverpool is also famous for football with two mighty clubs hailing from the city – Liverpool FC and Everton FC. Both home grounds – Anfield and Goodison Park—are open for visitors.

There’s great shopping around Liverpool One, Paradise Street and the MetQuarter. When it comes to history, culture and landmarks, Liverpool definitely isn’t lacking either. Walk around one of Europe’s oldest Chinatowns, admire the Georgian architecture in Canning, marvel at the transformations at Pier Head and Albert Docks, former warehouses and piers that are now home to shops, restaurants and museums.  

Top museums in Liverpool include The Beatles Story, the International Slavery Museum, and the Maritime Museum, while art lovers are sure to enjoy the Walker Art Gallery. Visit the two magnificent cathedrals – the Anglican and Catholic – see the ill-fated St. Luke’s Church AKA the Bombed out Church and watch a show at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

Liverpool FC Anfield Stadium

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 23 GBP / Child (under 16) 14 GBP (for a stadium tour, museum, Boom Room exhibition, and trophies)
  • Opening Times: Varies – check website
  • Click here for tickets to the Anfield Stadium Tour

Everton FC Goodison Park Stadium

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 15 GBP / Young person (16—21) 10 GBP / Child (under 16) 5 GBP / Under fours free
  • Opening Times: Varies – check website

The Beatles Story

International Slavery Museum

  • Cost of Entry: Free (donations welcome)
  • Opening time: Tues—Sun 10:00 – 18:00

Maritime Museum

  • Cost of Entry: Free (donations welcome)
  • Opening Times: Tues–Sun 10:00—18:00

Walker Art Gallery

  • Cost of Entry: Free (donations welcome)
  • Opening Times: Tues–Sun 10:00—18:00

Anglican Cathedral

  • Cost of Entry: Free (but donations encouraged)
  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10:00—17:00 Sun 12:00—17:00

Catholic Cathedral

  • Cost of Entry: Free (but donations encouraged)
  • Opening Times: Mon–Fri 10:00—16:00 Sat 9:00—17:00 Sun 8:00—16:00

How to visit Liverpool

Liverpool is a reasonable distance from London and is pushing the boundaries of what is possible in a day trip. However if you a committed Beatles fan it is good to know that it is possible.

A tour would definitely be our recommended option.

If you wish to travel to Liverpool by train for the day you will need an early start. The journey time is around 3 hours each way and train tickets will be pricy (a train pass may be a more cost-effective option)

Trains depart London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street on Avanti West Coast.

Read – How to take a day trip from London to Liverpool

Best tour to Liverpool from London

  • Liverpool and The Beatles Day Tour from LondonLeave the city of London behind for the day as you travel to Liverpool – the “Jewel of the Mersey” and birthplace of the Beatles. Enjoy entry to the Beatles Story exhibition and a ticket to the 2-hour Magical Mystery Tour!

Read more – Liverpool itinerary for Beatles fans

Travelling independently to Liverpool? These are the best tours of the city


Visit York Minster on a day trips from London.

York is an enchanting city in northern England. A major city in Roman times, it was formerly known as Eboracum. Today’s visitors will find plenty of historic highlights, including remains from the Roman era, Viking times and Middle Ages. Learn more about the city’s past at Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum.

See where ancient Romans kept clean at Eboracum Legion Bathhouse, walk around the old medieval city walls (which are built on the foundations of earlier Roman walls), explore the snickleways (narrow medieval streets and alleys that snake through the city centre), and experience the sights, sounds and smells of Viking England at the reconstructed village at JORVIK Viking Centre.

Feast your eyes on the magnificent York Minster, one of northern Europe’s biggest Gothic churches. Enjoy glorious views from atop Clifford’s Tower. Visit medieval jewels like the Treasurer’s House and Merchant Adventurer’s Hall. Walk through the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey. Snap a selfie at the unusually named street of Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate.

Learn more about the history of the railways at the National Railway Museum, experience plenty of jumps and frights in the chilling York Dungeon, have fun in York Maze and walk along the medieval street of The Shambles.   

It may be cost-effective to purchase a York City pass if you are planning to visit a number of the city’s attractions. Click here for more information about the York City pass.

Yorkshire Museum

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 8GBP / Child 4 GBP / Under fives free
  • Opening Times: Wed–Sun 11:00—16:00

York Castle Museum

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 13 GBP / Young person (17—24) 11.70 GBP / Child 6.50 GBP / Under fives free
  • Opening Times: Wed–Sun 11:00—16:00

Eboracum Legion Bathhouse

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 3.50 GBP / Child 2 GBP
  • Opening Times: Daily 11:00—16:00

JORVIK Viking Centre

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 12.50 GBP / Child 8.50 GBP / Under fives free
  • Opening Times: Daily 9:00–17:00

York Minster

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 12 GBP / Child (under 16) free with paying adult
  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10:00—15:45 Sun 12:30—15:15

Clifford’s Tower

  • Cost of Entry: Adult 7.90 GBP / Child 4.70 GBP / Under fives free / English Heritage members free
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–18:00 (April—September) Daily 10:00—17:00 (November) Sat-Sun 10:00—16:00 (December—March)

National Railway Museum

  • Cost of Entry: Free
  • Opening Times: Wed-Sun 10:00—17:00

York Dungeon

  • Cost of Entry: 17.50 GBP (Off Peak) / 19.50 GBP (Peak)
  • Opening Times: Mon–Fri 10:00—16:00 Sat-Sun 10:00—17:00

York Maze

  • Cost of Entry: 18 GBP / Under twos free
  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00–18:30 (July-September)

How to visit York

Journey time to York from London can take from as little as 1 hour 46 minutes to over 3 hours each way depending on the speed of service chosen.

As with Liverpool, an early start is recommended to make the most of a day trip (why not extend your stay for a night)

Trains run direct from London Kings Cross and there are 57 direct trains from London to York each day.

For train times and prices check the trainline.

Best tours to York from London

There are no day tours to York from London. If you prefer to visit York as part of a tour rather than taking the train the best option is this multi-day tour of the Heart of England, North Wales and Yorkshire.


Day trip from London to Paris

View of Paris.

How to visit Paris

If you want to visit Paris for the day the best option is to jump on the Eurostar from St Pancras International. Read our guide to the Eurostar here.

It is possible to see a few highlights of Paris in one day this way (and yes we have done it) but you have to be pretty well organised!

The best option in our view is to at least stay for one night or take a tour.

Read our complete guide to how to get from London to Paris

Best tours to Paris

  • Luxury Paris Full-Day TripCatch the Eurostar from London to Paris for a full day in the “City of Lights.” Enjoy a complimentary cruise on the River Seine and lunch at the Eiffel Tower. See historic landmarks, such as the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and much more.
  • Welcome to Paris Day Trip from London via Train – Embark on a day trip to Paris from London by high-speed train. Once in Paris, your expert guide shows you around the best sights in town on a panoramic tour. In the afternoon you will take a 1-hour river cruise on the Seine. The rest of the day is free to explore.
View of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris can be seen on a day trips from London.

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