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1. Posted by j_voyager (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

I need advice on day trips from London. I have three days, but I don't want to make this an overnight trip. I was thinking of visiting 3 different places.....may be a college town like Oxford, a nice village or even a few castles or cathedrals.
Any suggestions?


2. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1388 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Bath, Stonehenge, Brighton, Canterbury, Cambridge or Oxford.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yay, Brighton :)

Agreeing with Herr Bert, I think Oxford is worth a trip. Canterbury too.

Check out Leeds Castle.

Also, you could have an interesting day out in East Sussex, visiting the historic market town of Rye, Battle Abbey (supposedly built on the site of the battle of Hastings), maybe taste some wine at an award-winning English vineyard.

If you like theme parks, Alton Towers is smashing, and you can just about do it in a day from London.

4. Posted by zebedee (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Oxford is lovely as mentioned.
If you want a castle then Warwick Castle is easy to get to from London. It is 1hr 45 from Marylebone and then a 10 minute walk at the Warwick end.

5. Posted by stowaway (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Agreeing with Herr Bert and Magykal, Canterbury is quintessential 'olde worlde' English town, it has 2 universities, an art college and a cathedral (the head of the church of England in fact). Also, its always nice to go and have a drink in a 15th-century pub!

6. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I will agree with Oxford and Cambridge, both very lovely and definitely worth a day's trip. Very scholarly in terms of feel (because they're such prestigious universities), yet pretty exuberant as well because of the lively student population.

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8. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Why not go to Windsor? It is really close to London by train from Paddington or Ealing. There is a fantastic castle there, lots of nice places to eat & drink, good shops and legoland (if you're into that kind of thing..!).

9. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Herr Bert

Bath, Stonehenge, Brighton, Canterbury, Cambridge or Oxford.

Recommend all above, except Brighton.. the beach was too crowded and there was hardly any place to visit in Brighton.

10. Posted by kschick (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Windsor is so 'doable' from London. Just a quick train trip over there. Windsor castle is really impressive. It is a very short walk from the train station. The village shops are just across the street from the castle, so we ate lunch at an outdoor pub literally in the shadow of the castle!
On another trip we visited Warwick Castle, north of London. Not as grand as Windsor, but very entertaining with grounds and a torture chamber. At that time, Madamne Tusaude's wax museum featured a country weekend in the royal apartments. That is, figures of notable Englishmen in real-life settings: young Winston Churchill smoking a cigarette, chambermaids drawing baths, famous musicians on the piano. Fun.
We've also done the short trip over to Canterbury and Dover castle. Dover Castle was ancient, basically unfurnished....a real fortress on the sea....and a real departure from the elegant castles mentioned above.
Years ago we went up to some of the Cotswolds villages....very charming, particularly Stow-on-the Wold, Broadway, & Chipping Camden.