London is a wonderful city with many many things to do. I lived there for months and didn’t see everything it had to offer. However, if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, here are 5 great day trips that you shouldn’t miss.
1. Stonehenge– Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, dating around 3000 BC. It is a ring of stones and burial grounds that is an iconic monument and World Heritage Site. You can take a train, car, bus, or tour there. I highly recommend this. There is something almost spiritual about this site. No one really knows how or why this was built but you can almost feel the ancient civilizations whisper to you.
2. Bath– This used to be the seaside/ country town of the wealthy aristocracy when they wanted to breathe clean air outside of industrial London. They would “take the waters” and relax until the city life called them once more. It is a beautiful town with shops and boutiques that I could have wandered all weekend, more than just a day. This was one of my favorite things I did in London.
3. Windsor Castle– This country home of the British Royal Family is truly impressive. The original castle was built in the 11th Century by the Norman, William the Conqueror, and is currently is the longest occupied castle in Europe. I was able to tour the castle, grounds, and gardens. Schedule when the Royal Family is not in residence.
4. Greenwich– Greenwich is actually a borough of London, and you can take the tube/ bus. It’s super easy. It’s most notable for Greenwich Mean Time, O Degrees Longitude, which you can stand on for a great Instagram shot. Also located there is the National Maritime Museum, and it also famously the birthplace of the Tudors. It’s a beautiful resort type area and perfect for a day or afternoon trip away from the city. OK so the last time I was there was admittedly a while ago, but I dug up this funny throwback.
5. Brighton– Sometimes referred to as “London-by-the-sea” a popular resort community. It’s getting quite large and they have a number of popular festivals and parades, as well as a large gay community. It’s really difficult to drive, let alone park- the best way to get there by far is the trains which run constantly.