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10 things to know before you arrive to London

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Day trips - nearby London 

Day Trips in London

London makes an outstanding destination on its own, but te bustling city also serves as a convenient home base for nearby day trips. Ifyou're looking for engaging places to visit near London, you'll find options for everything from soothing spa days to exhilarating adventures.

1-2 Hours of Travel Time

Experience the Charm of Windsor

Windsor is roughly an hour away from London. Windsor Castle is the most famous attraction here, but far from your only option. Families with children may want to take this side trip for a day at Legoland Windsor. The town's breweries and restaurants are outstanding as well, so enjoy a big meal before you head back.

Have a Magical Day at Warner Brothers Studio

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is less than 1 hour from London. This destination is home to the famous Harry Potter Tour that brings the legendary books and films to life before your eyes. You can step right into sets like the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley, and Platform 9 3/4. Examine costumes up close and see the props that were used in the making of the film.Peek behind the magic of the movies as you explore how the special effects were created. Find our how JK Rowling's fascinating beasts came to life on the silver screen, and visit the art department to witness how the stunning sets were created.

Educate Yourself at Oxford

Best known for the University of Oxford, this collegiate town welcomes visitors from around the world who come to see the historic taverns, charming gardens and soaring spires. You can take London day trips to Oxford by train, car or bus and reach the city in under two hours.

2-3 Hours

Unwind at Brighton Beach

London and Brighton are about 90 minutes apart. Picturesque Brighton Beach offers a day of sun and sand roughly an hour and a half from London. Stroll the pier, sample gelato and take in the sights from a 531-foot observation deck with this laid-back escape.

Take in the Majesty of Stonehenge

If you're looking for day trips from London by train, the train from London to the Salisbury train station only takes around 90 minutes. From there, you can hop on a tour bus to see Stonehenge. The site's visitor center has a 360-degree audio-visual presentation that introduces you to the site. You can also explore the surrounding Neolithic houses or try a rock cake at a nearby cafe.

Relax in Bath

Bath is less than 3 hours from London, typically accessible in about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The highlight of Bath is the Roman Baths that date back to 70 A.D. Though you can no longer take a dip in the pools, you can sip the water in the Pump Room that's filled with 43 minerals. For a spa experience, head to the nearby Thermae Bath Spa, which draws on the same waters.

Travel Back in Time to Leeds Castle

Travel Back in Time to Leeds CastleDubbed the “loveliest castle in the world,” Leeds Castle was constructed in 857 A.D. The property has housed six medieval queens over its lifetime and even hosted King Henry VIII. This destination is just 2 hours from London.

Whether you pick one of these London day trips to enhance your vacation or you decide to take several, you'll find that the area surrounding London is overflowing with choices. These trips out of London are all easily achievable in a day. At less than 4 hours from London, every one of these spots is within easy reach of the city, so you can head out and get back easily.