3 Worthwhile Day Trips From London

11/08/2016 17 Comments

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I’ve been reminiscing about, London, my favorite city after getting wanderlust while scrolling through one of my favorite Instagram feeds; @PrettyCityLondon this week. I also made a trip with my immediate family and grandparents 3 years ago this week. I would love to be strolling the regal streets of South Kensington right now and in the next few weeks I’ll be posting about some of my favorite places to see and eat at in London. But first let’s start with outside of London because thats the natural thing to do right?! Here are three day trips I think are worth your while if you are visiting this dreamy english city.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is one of my favorite places to visit when I’m in the city and it’s a quick train ride from the center of London. I’ve made a few trips here through the years with friends and family and this royal residence never ceases to amaze me in any season. Before you make your visit check their website for closings or events taking place at the castle because they can interfere with what you see while visiting.  The castle is an easy train ride from Waterloo or Paddington stations and when you arrive at Windsor Central Station give youself some time to roam the adorable streets and shops that are outside of the castle. When you are ready head up to the castle to purchase your tickets and receive your headset. I personally like the headset because you can get all the information at your own pace.

Windsor Castle food

Coffee time in one of the Windsor cafes

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St. George’s chapel is also a part of Windsor Castle where many royal weddings have taken place and former British monarchs are buried. All in all it can take anywhere from two to three hours depending on your speed to walk through the open rooms in the castle and the storied chapel. I think my favorite part about the whole place is that the Queen still uses it as a second home through out the year, so you never know who you can see while visiting 🙂

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Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is another great day trip on the train from London. It’s a historical site dating back to 3000 BC where some scientists believe it was used for burials and astronomy. The summer solstice is a popular event for Stonehenge where you can see the sun line up with the center stones. It’s one of the oldest structures you can see in the world and it’s stands up to its history. I was blown away by this interesting structure in the middle of the english countryside. That’s another perk of heading out to Stonehenge, the views of the english countryside from the train and bus. Catch a train out of Waterloo Station to Salisbury, then you can board buses that take you the extra 30 mins to the sight. I recommend the bus because the cabs are more expensive.

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Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio

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Calling all Harry Potter fans! The amusement park in Orlando, FL at Universal Studios is amazing but don’t you want to visit Harry Potter where it all began in his home country?! Unfortunately, I have the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio tour on my list still for my next London tour. However through friends and family I’ve heard it is worth it for the biggest Harry Potter fans or if you haven’t been on a movie studio tour before. Its a 20 min train ride from Euston station on the London tube. I can’t wait to get there and see all the original sets.

I never miss a chance to visit London and I hope you’ll consider these day trips for your next visit to this magical city 🙂

If you are looking for accommodation for your trip across the pond, Airbnb is a great option! I’ve stayed at some great places around the world using Airbnb 🙂

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17 Comments

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)

    11/09/2016

    great ideas! I’ve been to Stonehenge but still haven’t done Windsor or HP studio. #citytripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      11/10/2016

      These are the easiest ones I’ve come across while traveling through London! Thanks for stopping by Tanja 🙂

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    Wandermust Mummy

    11/09/2016

    Great list – I would also add Henley on Thames and some slightly closer day trips to places like Hampton Court Places

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      11/10/2016

      Thank you for the suggestions! I will incorporate those on my next trip across the pond 🙂

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    beatravelling

    11/09/2016

    I’ve done Stonehenge, and wasn’t too impressed… Wanna do the Harry Potter tour. Potterhead 🙂 #citytripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      11/10/2016

      I felt like the actually set up of Stonehenge wasn’t that impressive as far as tourist attractions go. However, it was amazing to see something from the BC era. Thanks for stopping by Bea!

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    Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles)

    11/10/2016

    Three great suggestions, Amanda – I went recently to Windsor Castle and loved its history and bling, I grew up very close to wonderful Stonehenge and I reckon the Harry Potter Studios is the best ‘theme’ site I’ve ever been to! #citytripping

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    Cathy (Mummytravels)

    11/11/2016

    I always love seeing how people experience my home city and you’ve picked some great options. The Harry Potter tour is just amazing and Windsor is fabulous although I’d add another vote for Hampton Court as a closer day trip. Stonehenge is fascinating although it’s not one I’d have picked as a day trip (definitely doable though) as it’s that bit farther – perhaps somewhere historic but less ancient such as Oxford. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      11/17/2016

      Thank you for your suggestions Cathy! I love your opinion since you are a native Londoner! I need to get to those places next time 🙂

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    Mama Herself

    11/12/2016

    Windsor is definitely worth a trip out of London. The fact it’s all still in use is really quite fascinating, and the audioguide is really good too. Hadn’t thought about doing Stonehenge by train – it is certainly a bit of a treck on uncertain roads by car. I wonder how long it takes?

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      11/17/2016

      It took my family and I probably 5-6 hours round trip. It worked out seamlessly. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Elizabeth (Wander Mum)

    11/13/2016

    So glad you enjoyed London! I feel very lucky to live in such a great city. You have detailed some day trips…some that I should really do myself. I agree with Cathy, Hampton Court is another one to add to your list – it’s just on the outskirts of London. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      11/17/2016

      Thank you Elizabeth! I’m so jealous that you both get to live in a great city 🙂 Thank you for the suggestions!

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    Claire at Tin Box Traveller

    11/14/2016

    Great choices for extending your London visit. I can also recommend visiting Cambridge, Oxford and Bath – all cities within a couple of hours of London #citytripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      11/17/2016

      Thank you for the suggestions Claire, I need to check these places out next time!

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    Rosie Hill (@EcoGitesLenault)

    11/15/2016

    I didn’t manage any of these before leaving England for France – I must get back sometime and do at least one of them. I think Stonehenge wold be my first choice. #citytripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      11/17/2016

      I think it would be a great choice Rosie! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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