Best Day Trip from London
London is one of the best capital cities in the world. It is a melting pot of cultures with so many beautiful sights to see. But I encourage you to explore England. Take a trip outside the city. The only question is: what is the best day trip from London? Well, I’m glad you asked.
Evan Evans is a British tour company that offers some amazing day trips. Their staff is incredibly knowledgeable. Their tour guides are walking encyclopedias with a dry sense of humor. They will answer any question you have. You can take several different tours with them. You can go to Leeds or Oxford or Warwick Castle. But one day trip reigns supreme, and that one goes to Windsor, Bath, and Stonehenge.
The first stop is at Windsor Castle. This gorgeous castle has been around for 900 years and is the ancestral home of the British royal family. Her Majesty the Queen is known to visit on weekends, and the residence is still very much used by the family and for official ceremonies and State occasions.
Evan Evans tries to get you there first to beat all the other tours. That way you can stroll through the breathtaking grounds without having to deal with massive crowds. If you’re running low on time, St. George’s Chapel is one place at Windsor that you’ll want to visit. This is where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in 2018. I visited the week before the marriage, so I did not get the chance to look inside. But you will be able to take a gander and photos.
Aside from the castle, Windsor itself is a charming, little town. There are some small shops where you can buy ice cream or touristy kitsch. I recommend getting a little snack to hold you over until Bath.
After a lovely drive through the English countryside, you will arrive at the second stop on this amazing day trip from London. Bath is known for and named after the hot spring baths built there by the Romans around 60 AD. You will get to see the Roman Baths for yourself and learn about the history of the city. The water is said to have magical, life-preserving qualities. But … the Romans used lead piping, and the water is green. Please do not touch it. Inside, you will be able to try some filtered water that won’t give you heavy metal poisoning.
Of course, you don’t have to see the Roman Baths. Instead, you can wander around the city. There are plenty of shops and cafes for afternoon tea. You can get a bite to eat and walk around the square. Depending on when you go, there will be some outside performances.
Honestly, Bath is a really cute city. I’m sure the tour guides will agree with me that Bath deserves a visit on its own. Aside from the many shops, cafes, galleries, and museums, you can treat yourself to a hot springs spa (without the lead pipes). Literature fans will be happy to hear Bath is the home of Jane Austen. Ironically, she never liked Bath. Also, foodies can look for the Sally Lunn Bun, which isn’t really a bun. It’s a large, light, and lemon-flavored bread similar to a brioche. It’s scrumptious with a bit of jam.
In other words, there is something for everyone. But time is limited. So pick your battles and get ready for the next stop: Stonehenge.
Stonehenge is a must-see destination for any traveler. There is something so magical about being around this ancient structure. And there is still so much mystery and myth surrounding the British cultural icon. You are sure to snap a few gorgeous photos.
But is Stonehenge the reason this is the best day trip from London? No. Absolutely not. It’s on the way from Bath to London, so it’s a convenient place to stop. But looking at Stonehenge is like looking at Niagara Falls. For the first few moments, you are in awe of its beauty and splendor. Then the thrill fades, and you realize there’s nothing else to do there. So check it off your bucket list, and take some pictures. Just save your excitement for the start of the trip.
In any case, Evan Evans’ day trip from London offers a well-rounded experience. It’s fun, educational, and relaxing. You can interact with history, imagine what it’s like to be royalty, ponder over some old stones, and enjoy the simple delights of England’s quaint cities. You won’t find a better itinerary for a trip outside of London.
As for the capital itself, you can find tons of attractions and activities in London. I highly recommend you give yourself a week to take everything in. You’ll be shocked how much you like it in England. I would go back in a heartbeat, and I’m sure you’ll find yourself saying the same thing.