The Capital is a fantastic jumping off point for some unforgettable day trips to some of Southern England’s most historical and stunning locations and all just a short journey from bustling London. Here’s our guide to some top London Day Trips.
A visit to the UK would not be complete without a visit to the world-renowned Windsor Castle. The castle is the largest lived in castle in the World and is one of The Queen’s official residences; she is frequently here, using this as her chosen location away from the public.
To this day Windsor Castle often plays host to visiting dignitaries during State Visits and to holds spectacular State Banquets.
British Monarchs have lived in and used Windsor as a secure base since it was built by William the Conqueror in the time around 1070. Henry the Fifth, Henry the Eighth and Queen Victoria are amongst those Monarchs who have enjoyed the castle with its practical proximity to London and magnificent grounds. The famed St George’s Chapel is open for public services.
The gem of the South Coast, the famous seaside town of Brighton, is only a short step from the frenetic pace of the Capital. Brighton with its shingle beach is the perfect backdrop to the town’s eclectic arts scene, lively nightlife and lovely Regency buildings like the historic Royal Pavilion.
Brighton is the perfect spot for a taste of the British Seaside with its Pier, beach front bars and restaurants, amusement arcades and is a great spot for having traditional British fish and chips.
The town boasts a range of fantastic spots to visit including its North Laine where there are a Way with its picturesque walks.
A visit to Hampton Court Palace is an escape into history at its most exciting. This Royal Palace much beloved by Henry the Eighth is only a short journey from London’s centre.
Steeped in Royal history and stunning to visit, the house and grounds of Hampton Court are a aitems from the Royal Collection in the Cumberland Gallery. The gigantic Great Hall and Chapel Royal with its incredible stained glass are not to be missed.
The Palace, memorable for its beautiful red brick, has two distinct styles part Tudor build by Henry the Eighth and part Baroque built by William the Third. The Palace is notable for its glorious grounds which include a famed Maze, a historic real tennis court, and the World’s largest vine.
Canterbury must be one of the most well-known city’s in the UK with history stretching back to the Roman’s who built its historic walls and the middle ages.
The city, the headquarters of the Church of England Anglican church is a centre for pilgrimage, as recalled in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, is famed to this day for its Cathedral, itself part of a World Heritage site. The cathedral is also remembered as scene of the infamous murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket.
If you want to step off the beaten track then you could visit the pretty Westgate Gardens, a peaceful spot in this busy city for a walk, picnic or to take boat trip on the River Stour.
If you wanted something a little more wild why not visit Howletts Wild Animal Park? This animal park is well-known for its amazing collection of wild animals including tigers and makes for a fantastic family trip.
Kew Gardens, a UNESCO Heritage site is only a stone’s throw from central London and provides nature lovers with access to a profusion of incredible plants and tree species.
Year round, the gardens provide an unforgettable day out with its tree canopy walk way, tropical house for those winter months and the perfect backdrop for a summer picnic.
The Royal Botanical Garden, renowned for its ground-breaking conservation, contains some incredible historic buildings which includes the Royal Kew Palace, the Marianne North Gallery, a Chinese Pagoda and of course its famous glasshouses which are home to amazing species including carnivorous plants and the some of the world’s largest water lilies.
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