London is a huge city packed with different things to see at every turn. But sometimes it’s nice to take a break from all the hustle and bustle and experience some of the sights that the rest of the United Kingdom has to offer. Day trips from London are a great option to have the best of both worlds – an outing with a central hub at Swiss Cottage Hostel or Hillspring Hostel in London to come back to. With a strong network of railways, bus routes, and guided tours, it is so easy to plan an exciting and affordable day away from the city.
When looking to get the best experience with the smallest budget, don’t limit yourself to all the popular tourist destinations. Take into consideration all of the possible destinations out there that fit into your budget and time restriction. The 3 hour trek to the southwest coast might be easily fulfilled by a 1 hour journey to Brighton. Check out these lesser-known spots that are easy to get to from London.
- Portsmouth – England’s only island city and home to the world’s oldest dry dock is located 64 miles (103 km) outside of London.
- Canterbury – A great blend of city, coast, and countryside, Canterbury holds the historic Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine’s Abbey, and St. Martin’s Church.
- Epping Forest – With woods, grassy areas, and a boating lake it’s hard to believe that this destination is so close to London.
- Avebury Stone Circle – Unlike the ever-popular Stonehenge, Avebury is the largest stone circle in the world where you can walk between the stones.
Consider Distance, Time, and Cost
Often times the fastest mode of transport is the most expensive, and it’s important to take that into account based on your set budget. For longer trips, it might be worth it to splurge on the most direct and fastest mode of transportation, while for shorter trips the difference in trip duration may not vary as much. When traveling from London, use these resources to decide on the best transportation option for your journey.
Don’t be Afraid of Planned Excursions and Deals
It’s easy to get scared of planned excursion due to fears of being in a controlled tour group with a set itinerary. But when you’re just taking a day trip, planned tour groups can be a great and easy way to get a lot into a short amount of time with little thought and effort. Plus, going through a tour group can often get you discounts on popular sightseeing attractions. Viator and Intrepid Travel are two tour companies that offer day trips from London. Make sure to also check out our regional UK attraction offers direct from Palmers Lodge.
Take Note of Key Sights Before You Leave
It’s going to be hard to take advantage of your time at your destination if you don’t know where you’re going or have any idea what to do there. Although impromptu trips are meant to be spontaneous, don’t find yourself aimlessly wandering to later realise you’ve missed a great sight. Do some research before you travel, bring a map, and ask around.
Don’t Overwhelm Your Day
While it’s important to have a general idea of what you’re going to see during the day, make sure to leave some room to explore and take it all in. You never know when you’re going to come across something off the beaten track that interests you.