With a wealth of historic landmarks and cultural sites as well as an abundance of year-round events, London is one of the world’s most exciting capital cities. But with some of Britain’s most iconic destinations just a stone’s throw from Red Carnation’s central London hotels, it’s also worth taking a day trip from the city to get to know the country a little better. These easy day trips from London make seeing more of Britain a breeze.
Home to one of The Queen’s official royal residences, Windsor is an enduringly popular day trip from the capital. The impressive palace, Windsor Castle, makes the trip worthwhile alone with opulent State Apartments to explore, not to mention the 14th century St’ Georges Chapel, which sits within the castle grounds. But this isn’t all Windsor has to offer. Scenic boat trips along the river, carriage rides through Windsor Great Park, and a wealth of shops to explore, make spending the day here a joy.
Travel to Windsor on the Evan Evan Windsor Express, with hotel pick-up, tickets to Windsor Castle and an audio guide included.
Famous worldwide for its prestigious university, Cambridge attracts visitors from far and wide, but it’s an especially convenient trip to take from London. Alongside exploring the city’s most famous sites – including King’s College, which was founded by Henry VI in 1441 – visitors can stroll along heritage-rich cobbled streets, punt along the idyllic River Cam, and soak up the greenery of the city’s lush parks, before settling into Fitzbillies café for a Chelsea bun.
The train journey from London to Cambridge takes around 45 minutes.
With the journey to Brighton taking just under an hour, the seaside isn’t as far from London as you might imagine. In fact, Brighton is considered one of England’s most iconic seaside resorts with a historic pier, pebble shores and wealth of seaside entertainment. From fairground rides, museums, and fish and chips on the pier, to catching a show in one of Brighton’s theatres, visitors can be sure there won’t be a dull moment during a day spent here.
The train journey from London to Brighton takes just under an hour.
Stonehenge is widely regarded as England’s most enigmatic ancient site, with the prehistoric monument’s origin shrouded in mystery (many different theories have been made, but no one really knows which is closest to the truth). A shuttle bus transports people from the visitor’s centre – which encompasses a shop, café and excellent museum – to and from the ancient stone circle.
Travel to Stonehenge with Evan Evans on the Stonehenge Express, which includes entrance to the monument.
As this year marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, it seems apt to make the journey to his hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon. Here visitors can step inside the house where the playwright was born, wander through the medieval market town’s atmospheric streets, and even catch a performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays.
The train journey from London to Stratford-upon-Avon takes around two hours.
Upon returning to London, guests can settle back into the sumptuous surroundings of their London hotel, where they can raise a toast to the day’s exploration with a classic cocktail or fine wine.
Image credits: cover photo of Stratford-upon-Avon © iStock / kodachrome. Windsor Castle © iStock. Cambridge © iStock / Roberto Lo Savio. Brighton © iStock / Edward Thomas Photography. Stonehenge © iStock. Stratford-upon-Avon © iStock / koachrome25.