Day Trips in London

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Astronomical Clock, Hampton Court Palace

Astronomical Clock, Hampton Court Palace

Maree Conway

If you're planning to stay in London for a week or more, it's definitely well worth it to take a day trip to one of the many exciting areas or boroughs just outside of the city. Just a few of the London activities you will engage on your side trip include: exploring palaces, castles and monuments as well as visiting museums, gardens, and more.

And believe it or not, you will also come across a wide variety of eateries that are just as tasty, if not tastier than some of London's most popular restaurants. So grab a London travel guide from any bookstore or newsstand or even from your London hotel lobby, pick a place, then go! You can also check out the listings below for some of the most popular places to go.

The picture is of the PRAGUE Clock Tower.

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Hampton Court Palace

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Astronomical Clock, Hampton Court Palace
Astronomical Clock, Hampton Court Palace
photo by: Maree Conway

A great day trip out of London for history buffs is Hampton Court Palace where the 16 th century is alive again.  A 30 minute train ride from London 's Waterloo Station brings you to this palace of Henry VIII 's, originally donated to him by Cardinal Wolsey.   Wolsey had renovated the Palace to reflect his role as Lord Chancellor of England, and included rooms for Henry, Catherine of Aragon and their daughter Mary – all these rooms you can see today.  

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tel:+44 (0)870 752 7777
address:East Molesey, Surrey, England


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Located around 113 miles west of London, visitors to Bath will spend an entire day exploring Roman baths, museums, and having tea -- so this London side trip is well worth the drive or train ride. Major points of interest include: The Pump Room and Roman Baths, Sally Lunn's Refreshment House and Museum, Bath Abby, The Circus and the Museum of Costume (, and Royal Crescent. If you're looking for the perfect place to grab a hearty meal, visit Number Five at 5 Argyle Street (Ph: 01225 444499). more..

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tel:0906 711-2000
address:Church Yard


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From the famous Radcliffe Camera (1737-1749) to the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin (1280), visitors will lose themselves in the many amazing and historic sights Oxford has to offer. Roughly 62 miles north of London, Oxford is also home to prestigious Balliol College, St. John's College, Christ Church College, and of course the world famous Oxford University. The Ashmolean Museum and the historic Sheldonian Theater (1664-1668) are definite must-sees as well. Don't forget to climb the tower at University Church of St. Mary the Virgin for a beautiful panoramic view of more..

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tel:01865 726871
address:Oxford Information Centre, 15-16 Broad Street

Windsor Castle

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Just a short 24-mile drive west of London is one of London's top tourist attractions -- Windsor Castle. In addition to Windsor Castle, the Royal Borough of Windsor is also home to another major London tourist attraction -- Legoland Windsor. Windsor Castle sits on 13 acres of land, so plan on spending the entire day exploring. Highlights include the Round Tower, the State Apartments, and St. George's Chapel. Also worth a visit is Queen Mary's Dolls' House. Sir Edwin Lutyens designed this seven-story palace in 1924. The palace has elevators, running water, and electricity. more..

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tel:+44 020 7766 7304
address:WIndsor, Berkshire
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