Take A Day Trip Out Of London To These 8 Amazing Destinations


Amira Rahmat •  Dec 28, 2016

City life can sometimes get rather suffocating. That's why we believe every traveler in London ought to get out of the city, once in a while! Whether you’re looking for beach chill outs to culturally rich history experiences and everything in between, the capital’s mainline train station (thankfully) connect to plenty of fascinating destinations ☺️

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Here’s a guide to making the most out of your precious out-of-city hours!

P.S. If you're heading to London, don't forget to download the HHWT Travel Planner app, available on Google Play for Android and iTunes Store for iOS, to find the yummiest food, best attractions and prayer spaces around London! ??

1. Cambridge

Home to the world famous UK university, Cambridge needs no introduction. The richness of history and impressive architectural detail of the buildings can make even the non-history buffs fall in love with this place. Any trip to Cambridge is incomplete without a voyage on a river punt!

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Fret not if you’re not much of a punter yourself – there are also chauffeured punts that transport you down the River Cam to see Cambridge’s historic buildings from the water.

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How to get there: Take an easy 45 minutes direct train ride from London’s King’s Cross Station. Trains leave from King’s Cross every half hour.

2. Oxford

Though it's well recognised for its University's academic achievements, this city has a lot to offer beyond just that. Prepare to be amazed by the architecture of the exterior and interiors of Christ Church College!

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The 7 million visitors who go to Oxford yearly are testament to the town’s intriguing history and charm. Oxford is more bustling with a shopping scene compared to its college town rival, Cambridge. The stunning architecture of the colleges and rich past mean that there’s a little surprise at every cobbled corner.

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If you go, don’t miss the chance to explore some of the intricate buildings of Christ Church College that were featured in Alice in Wonderland, and the famous Harry Potter!

How to get there: Oxford is easy to reach from London by train from Paddington station which takes an hour. However, we recommend taking a bus from Victoria Coach Station as you can see more things from the double-decker bus while saving on some pounds! Bus prices and schedules can be found here.

3. Bristol

Rich in maritime history, Bristol attracts travelers with plenty of sights to see and activities to do. From the renowned SS Great Britain historic ship, to the contemporary art gallery The Arnolfini, there is no shortage of top-notch cultural places to visit!

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Stroll through Clifton Village – think classy Georgian terraces complete with cafés, chic boutiques and antique shops. And to round off your day trip perfectly, visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge at sunset ?

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How to get there: Slightly up north, trains leave London’s Paddington station and take less than two hours to Bristol Temple Meads station in the city center. To head to the suspension bridge, take 8A bus from the city centre.


4. City of Bath

Another historical English gem is the city of Bath, where the Roman Baths are found. They are so significant that they’ve been deemed a World Heritage Site. Admire the 18th century Georgian architecture of the Royal Crescent and visit the original Roman Baths.

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The atmospheric Great Bath also gives you an idea of health and leisure – Roman-style. Visitors often stop en route to visit the nearby Stonehenge. The origins of this exceptional prehistoric site still remain a great mystery to scholars. Definitely worth a trip back in time!

Soak in the sights of such architectural beauty

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How to get there: Take the train from London’s Paddington station, which is about 90 minutes to Bath. For preservation reasons, it is advisable to take a guided tour if you want to visit Stonehenge, either at the city of Bath itself or from London.

5. Brighton

One of the popular day-trip destinations from London, and easily my favourite spot to visit! From its beautiful pier, which is home to enticing rollercoasters, arcade games and park rides, to the exotic Royal Pavilion palace with a colourful history, this city never fails to amaze its visitors.

Rollercoaster by the coast, anyone?

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The streets are packed with everything you need for retail therapy, and lined with indie shops, quirky cafés, beachfront drinks, and of course fish and chips. Ah such a quintessentially British day trip!

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How to get there: A quick train ride from Victoria or St. Pancras stations, and you will reach the seaside just under an hour! Get your ticket from the self-help counters at the stations.

6. Mayfield Lavender Farm

Sunshine, fresh air and a farm with flowers in full bloom, while you sip on English tea with a side of jam-slathered scone.  Sounds like the perfect day during summer, doesn’t it? ☺️

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This 25-acre fairytale dream is only 24 km from Central London, yet it feels like a different world! It makes a perfect day trip from London when you crave for a break from the concrete buildings and alleys of the city.

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Just make sure that your handphone battery is fully-charged to snap that picture perfect shot!

Address: Mayfield Lavender Farm, Croydon Lane, Banstead, Surrey SM7 3BE

Opening hours: The lavender flowers are best in July and August! However, the season can start as early as May (late spring) and finishes as late as September (autumn).

Admission fee: £1

How to get there: Catch a train from London Bridge station, to Banstead station. Then take a quick bus ride on 166 and alight at ‘Oaks Park’. The whole trip takes about an hour.


7. Seven Sisters Country Park

If you are an adventurous nature lover and seek for a path less traveled, the Seven Sisters Country Park is the day trip for you! The gorgeous gleaming white cliffs at the country park are a world-famous image of the English coast.

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Unfortunately, this is a disappearing wonder. And because the chalk cliffs are naturally unstable, visitors need to stay well away from the edge!

Time to go for some hiking and enjoy the breeze!

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For more information, head to the visitor centre which is interestingly situated in an 18th century barn?

Address: Seven Sisters Country Park. Exceat, Seaford, BN25 4AD

Admission fee: Free!

How to get there: Take a train to Brighton from Victoria or St Pancras Station. Then take a short stroll to the beautiful main Brighton pier. Just opposite the pier, there is a bus stop called Sea Life station. Take the local bus 12 or 13 and alight at the Country Park stop.


8. Paris

Of long romantic walks, fresh Parisian pastries, and the enchanting The Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sacré-Cœur church, Eiffel Tower.…need we say more?!

You can really pop into the City Of Love for a delightful day trip ☺️

How to get there: There are high speed train services from St Pancras Station in London, to Gare Du Nord Station in central Paris. The whole trip takes about 2 hours 15 minutes, why not?

#HHWT Tip: Take an early morning train to have a good full day trip. Plan for your Paris itinerary carefully before heading there, so that you can make the best use of your time! Check out this article for more insider tips.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for an adventure!

P.S. If you're heading to London, don't forget to download the HHWT Travel Planner app, available on Google Play for Android and iTunes Store for iOS, to find the yummiest food, best attractions and prayer spaces around London! ??