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 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.
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 🙂
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.
Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio
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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