Five More Day Trips from London

Get out-of-town and see more of the UK with these five essential day trips


  • Get there: From Paddington in under two hours
  • See: Head out to Clifton to see the suspension bridge crossing the River Avon
  • Do: Take a boat trip from the Habour to Beese’s for afternoon tea and a different view of the city
  • Eat: Find a spot at the Habourside to enjoy the sunshine, fresh air and people watching

Cirencester and The Cotswolds:

  • Get there: By National Express bus in two hours then take local buses to the surrounding villages
  • See: Start in Cirencester for the Corinium Museum and a wander through the market town
  • Do: Take a local bus to explore the other villages in the area.  Bibury is home to 17th century Arlington Row, a beautiful set of chocolate box cottages and Fairford where the Church of St Mary, built in 1490 AD, sits between the 15th century stone buildings
  • Eat: Try cream tea and decide if it should be jam first then cream, or cream then jam.  The debate continues



  • Get there: From Marylebone via Leamington Spa in under two hours
  • See: Most famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the Tudor town of Stratford-upon-Avon retains the many important sites such as Shakespeare’s birthplace and the Holy Trinity Church
  • Do:  Stroll along the River Avon, see the sites from the river and explore the 800-year-old market town and Warwickshire countryside
  • Eat: Try some fudge or afternoon tea for something traditional or lunch on the river for a meal with a view


  • Get there: From Waterloo in two hours
  • See: The 19th-century pier, the Bournemouth Gardens close by and the sandy beaches that make Bournemouth the largest beach resort in the UK
  • Do: Relax!  Find a spot on the beach and enjoy
  • Eat: Traditional fish and chips on the seaside is a must-do.  Just watch out for sneaky seagulls …