Day Trips out of London

Day Trips out of London

Whilst London is certainly the capital of theatre, fashion, the arts and great restaurants, if you feel the need to escape the city for a while and take in some of the other sights England has to offer, here are some suggestions for day trips out of London which can be easily reached within an hour.

Hatfield House (within 30 minutes)
A short train ride from London’s King’s Cross station, Hatfield House, one of the ten treasure houses of England is where Elizabeth the First learnt she was going to be Queen. Dating from Jacobean times, the current building was built by the Earl of Salisbury in 1611, with the only remaining part of the Tudor building being the Elizabethan Banqueting hall. Currently owned by the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury, it is a wonderful place to escape the noise of London, take in a bit of history and walk amongst scented gardens.

Henley-on-Thames (less than an hour)
Just 35 miles from London and home of the Regatta, Henley, a twelfth century market town on the Thames can be reached in under an hour from Paddington station. Lined with Georgian fronted buildings, the main street provides many opportunities for shopping. Go for a walk along the river bank or perhaps a boat trip on the river. And after all that exertion treat yourself to an Oxfordshire cream tea at the Henley Tea Rooms or enjoy the hospitality of one of the traditional pubs, the Chantry House where Charles the First is reputed to have drank. Before you leave, don’t forget to take a final glance back at the Thames from Henley’s famous stone bridge.

Cambridge (less than an hour)
Take the train from Kings Cross and in less than an hour you will be in Cambridge, known for its university and its legion of bicycles. As the city is relatively flat with many narrow streets, bicycles have become the most popular way to get around, so why don’t you join the crowd and hire a bike. Cycle over to the University Botanic Gardens or head for the Mill Pond on the River Cam. Here you can hire a punt with a ‘driver’ or if you are feeling brave, head out on the river and do it yourself, but be careful, it’s not as easy as it looks. Don’t forget to take a picnic and you too can spend a lazy day on the river before you head back to London.

Colchester (less than an hour)
From Liverpool Street you can be in England’s oldest recorded town, Colchester in less than an hour. It’s a town of medieval half timbered houses overlooked by Colchester Castle which was built by the Normans in 1100 and has the largest Norman keep ever built. Make time to explore the quaint Dutch Quarter, established by the Flemish Protestants fleeing persecution in the 16th century, with its houses with jettied (overhanging) upper storeys before you head back to the capital.

With excellent transport links it’s easy to take one of many enjoyable day trips out of London and still be back in time for dinner.

Sue Wright is an avid traveller and writer and has spent many years working with travel companies including Travel and Leisure Group. She has spent the last eight years living and working in Cyprus.

Jackson
Hello everyone, I’m Anthony Jackson, a passionate traveler always eager to explore the fascinating corners of our world. I joined this team with a mission to share my travel experiences and tips, aiming to provide you with memorable and exciting journeys.
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