If you’re visiting England and looking for places to see besides London, then check out these 5 best day trips that you can take from the capital. They’re just a few hours train ride or drive away. They are great getaways that will make your England experience complete. Set off from London early, and you’ll be back in the city in time for dinner.
1. Rye, East Sussex
Rye is one of England’s best kept secrets. A hidden gem of sorts. This medieval town in the historic county of East Sussex is perched on a hill, overlooks the coast not 2 miles beyond, and looks to be untouched by time. The cobbled lanes of Mermaid Street with its half-timbered houses transport you back to an era of pirate ships, smuggling gangs and damsels in distress. It’s historic, charming and enchanting!
Just an hour by train from London, the city of Oxford is known for its prestigious university. It’s more than that, of course. Also called “The City of the Dreaming Spires”, it’s a bustling cosmopolitan arena that offers an eclectic mix of ancient and modern, providing something for everyone to enjoy. There are the colleges, museums and amazing architecture, on one hand, and the quaint pubs, spectacular shows, and fun shopping, on the other.
3. Bath, Somerset
The historic spa town of Bath is a delight to visit. Just under two hours by fast train from London, this World Heritage Site in the rolling countryside of Somerset, England, is famous for its Roman-built baths and majestic 18th-century Georgian architecture. The Roman-built baths are supplied by England’s only natural hot spring that were said to be curative, making Bath a popular spa time during the Georgian period. The famous novelist Jane Austen even lived there for a time. For more information about Bath, please see Bath in 48 Hours.
4. Bibury, Gloucestershire
Bibury is a pretty rural village in the county of Gloucestershire, about a couple of hours drive from London. It is a quintessential English village with a row of cute cottages (Arlington Row — depicted on the inside cover of all U.K. passports), a number of tea shops, and plenty of historic buildings. It’s a favorite of tourists, so be prepared to see a crowd on your visit.
5. Burford, Oxfordshire
Burford is a medieval town in Oxfordshire, just some 20 miles from the city of Oxford. It’s another pretty English town with its sloping high street that’s lined with quaint little shops. It is considered as the gateway to the Cotswolds.
We hope you won’t miss these towns on your visit to England!