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Thursday, 14 September 2017

8 Culture-Packed Day Trips To Take From London

Fun Historic Day Trips To Take From London 2017
I mentioned at the beginning of this year my plan to cover more places on 'home turf' and so far I've kept to my word!  However it's through doing this, I've noticed a familiar question popping up both in the comment section, as well as my inbox - can these places be reached from London?  So, considering most visitors to the UK at some point find themselves in London, I've put together a brief list of culture and/or fun-packed places easily reached from the capital.  Each one has been tried and tested, enjoyed and reviewed!


Bath - 1h 30m

Set in the rolling countryside, Bath is packed with history and ideal for exploring in between (inevitable) tearoom stops.  Take a look at my 48 Hours in Bath travel diary for a better idea of how to make the most of your time in the historic town - as well as where to stay!  Oh and if you have access to a car on your trip, Iford Manor and the Peto Garden is just a 25 minute drive away

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Hever Castle - 1h 30m

One of the most spectacular castles in the UK (boasting my all-time favourite gardens!).  Definitely one to consider if you're looking to make a full day out with family in a safe and contained environment

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Windsor -1h

Because how can you visit England without checking out the Queen's official place of residence?!  The castle sits directly opposite various shops and café's, and there's also the option of making your way down The Long Walk towards the Deer Park.  Take a peek at how Royal Windsor looks in Winter, and then decide whether to travel out to Virginia Water Lake - just a 30m train journey away

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Waddesdon Manor - 1h 25m

The country manor has a Rothschild history and enough grand features to keep you busy for an entire day - no doubt!  Besides the manor itself, you can head to the renovated stables for sweet treats (including crêpes), the Aviary for a look at colourful and exotic birds, or simply stroll through the extensive grounds.  Oh and Bicester Village is just a 20m car journey away (1h 30m by train)!   

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Stratford-upon-Avon - 2h 20m

Considering the travel time, it may be worth staying overnight after seeing a play in the evening at the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Ditch the high heels and switch on full tourist mode - this one is ideal for a low-key, casual and relaxed experience

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Blenheim Palace - 1h 40m

A monumental country home located in Woodstock.  For the history enthusiasts, there's the attraction of the palace having been built 300 years ago, as well as it being the birthplace of Winston Churchill.  There's a lovely café looking out over a fountain, as well as sprawling grounds to explore.  Check out my Picture-Perfect Day at Blenheim Palace

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Brighton - 1h 5m

A firm day-trip favourite of most visitors to the UK - and with good reason!  Some activities to experience include the British Airways i360, spectacular Royal Pavillion and of course strolling by the beach and along the pier.  Need inspiration?  Take a look at how I spent my time in Brighton when visiting last Winter

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Leeds Castle - 1h 50m

Last but not least, Leeds Castle makes for a lovely visit at any time of year.  The castle is truly fascinating, though other on-site attractions include gardens, maze, falconry and some delicious food options.  But to avoid any (understandable) confusion - it's actually in Kent and not Leeds!

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I hope my list has been of some help to you should you be planning a visit to London in the near future!  There's plenty to do in the capital, but putting aside one day for a change of scenery could make for a refreshing break.  I'd love to hear whether you've visited any of the above before?  Let me know in the comments below!

With love,

Gabrielle x
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47 comments

  1. I love your list! Thank you for sharing this. I will be sure to visit some of those when I'm in London.

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  2. Thanks a lot! Your list is amazing and helpful!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this list! I will keep this handy once I visit London! :)

    Angelie // L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation Review

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  4. such a great list of pplaces to visit there!!!! I wanna go so bad!!

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  5. Interesting post! I hope to visit London someday!

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  6. Wow! So many great places to visit so close by! Living in the most isolated capital in the world, I’m quite jealous!

    TFM Life & Style blog

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  7. I still haven't been to London but I would so want to visit all of these places! Will have to let you know if I ever plan a trip there!

    Tina
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  8. Ugh, I need to book a flight to England immediately. There's just so much to see! This is a great way to round up a few out of city options!

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  9. Such a great list! Have a lovely weekend.

    Gemma x
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  10. so great and useful post dear Gabrielle :-)
    Have a lovely weekend

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  11. I wish I lived in the UK, you have some amazing places! I'd love to visit Bath :)

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  12. I've been to London but I ended up doing touristy stuff like take a London tour bus. Lol. My cousin works there so I'll be back soon to visit! Thanks for sharing!

    -Lena
    L.E.N.A | Revealed

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  13. thanks for sharing

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  14. Wow I'm really slacking with a lot of these haha. I've been to Hever Castle a few times and it's lovely, along with Windsor, Blenheim Palace and Brighton and a few others. But can you believe I've never been to Leeds Castle, or even Leeds for that matter? I think I really should though lol, it seems lovely.

    Amy;
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  15. Great ideas! Personally, I like Windsor the best! Brighton is also such a beautiful place!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris | https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

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  16. Super useful and interesting post!
    I'll keep it in mind for my next trip on UK!
    Thanx for share sweetie! :)
    XO
    S
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  17. Such a great idea to make this list for everyone to enjoy, have a wonderful weekend!

    xx,
    Tania
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  18. These are such great recommendations! Will be sure to take one next time I'm in London ;)

    Erica
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  19. This is a really useful post! I'm always excited to explore new places around England, there's always something new to see. Windsor is amazing, and I'm currently in Bath and loving the city - it is absolutely beautiful and there's often events going on. I'm hoping to see Blenheim Palace this year!

    Julia x
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  20. Amazing! Thanks so much for the recommendations <3
    xx, Eda
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  21. I wish I could be adventuring right now! These trips looks sooooo fun!
    Elise | www.elisebythepiece.com

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  22. Similar to you Gabrielle, I've found myself trying to stay at 'home' a bit more and enjoying what the UK has to offer! I went to Brighton a couple of years back and loved it and Bath is most definitely somewhere I need to tick of sooner rather than later!

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  23. I want to visit Bath and Brighton soooo bad. Great post as always. :)

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  24. Brighton and Bath are so on my list since forever. (Thanks Jane Austen for making me want visiting Bath so badly). Great post!

    Xoxo,Khloe
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  25. So many great suggestions Gabrielle!! I will keep them in mind if I go to London in the near future!! ;)

    Thanks for sharing!! Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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  26. ohhh I love many of these places I am fascinated by Stratford-Upon-Avon and all the others too. Have a beautiful weekend. xoxo Cris
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  27. Stunning suggestions as always gorgeous Gabrielle, you're always so wondrous in giving me an injection of wanderlust ;) I love that you mentioned Leeds castle, my boyfriend and I went there for one of our very first dates and we always go back every year to celebrate our anniversary. It really is such a majestic place and it's such a fun filled day out. Their Christmas fair is always so lovely, too :) Hever Castle is another gem for sure, you've definitely reminded me to take a trip back there sometime, I whole heartedly agree that the gardens are absolutely beautiful! Those pink roses and fairytale doors! *sigh* <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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  28. This is a nice list, would love to visit these places even just half of it :) It's good to see your Bath post, I missed it and I'm glad to see it now.

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  29. Indeed, one can never run out of things to see and do in this beautiful place. Thanks for this post dear, it's such a nice read.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  30. There are so many fabulous places to go there! Thanks for putting this list together. Many were on my list, but there were some I didn't know about! Awesome!
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  31. I adore the filter you use on your photos and how everything is clean and perfect in your feed! Great job x Also I like this post a lot <3

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  32. Loved this post! Your photos are ah-may-zinggg like always xx

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  33. Such good recommendations! I've visited Stratford-Upon-Avon a long time ago (while I was on an English camp for teens haha- and would def agree. it's a wonderful day trip! I don't think I've visted any of the other places yet, but will for sure do so in the future! Especially Brighton, it has been on my to visit list since forever!

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  34. Hello,

    Oh, love it !

    Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.fr/

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  35. You go girl! Love the list you've made! xx

    Naya // www.partyparrotblog.com

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  36. I actually haven't visited many of these places.. I need to make a list and start having days out! :) xx

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  37. Great suggestions hun! Bath and Brighton are two of my favourite places xx

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  38. Thanks for putting this helpful list together Gabrielle! It's really wonderful to know that there are some many wonderful day trips that can be taken from London. As much as I do enjoy London itself, I would love to venture outside the next time I visit and I will be referring to your tips for sure :)

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  39. Fab list of places to visit - I love travelling to London as there are endless things to do in that area! Brighton is my favourite place ever - I even did an entire blog post about it!

    Heather xx
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  40. When I was in London for a few days I made a day trip down to Bath and loved it, I would've loved to have spent a bit more time there though. I'm planning on heading to London again next year so I'm bookmarking this post!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  41. Wow there are soo many possible day trips from London! Such a lovely list. I hope to live in London someday, then I can have enough time to experience all these places!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

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  42. I've only been to bath and blenheim during my time in london but I'm heading back to the UK for a few days in october so I might try one of those places :)

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.fr/

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  43. Great list thank you

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