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From London: Stonehenge Half-Day Tour with Audio Guide

1. From London: Stonehenge Half-Day Tour with Audio Guide

Explore one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world on a half-day tour to Stonehenge. Travel to the site from London by air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy views of the English landscape en route. The tour is unescorted, but visitors can download an audio guide on their smartphones. Situated on Salisbury Plain in the Wiltshire countryside, the cluster of 40-ton rocks was constructed more than 5,000 years ago.  Although the function of Stonehenge is still a matter of fierce debate, what is known about the UNESCO World Heritage Site is that it has been a site of pagan worship for centuries. Make up your own mind as you uncover the history behind the extraordinary monument. A new world-class visitor center is now a short shuttle bus ride away from the stone circle site and combines cutting-edge audiovisuals with exhibitions of ancient objects.

London: Harry Potter Studio Tour and Oxford Day Trip

2. London: Harry Potter Studio Tour and Oxford Day Trip

Join a full-day bus trip from London which combines a trip to the Warner Bros Studio Tour 'The Making of Harry Potter' with a walking tour of Oxford University. Start your tour at the historic city of Oxford, home to England's oldest university. Enjoy a guided walking tour that takes you past famous college buildings, cloisters, quadrangles, and cobblestone squares. See the Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre, and selected colleges. Enjoy free time to explore all that Oxford has to offer at your own pace. Continue to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour and begin your magical experience at The Making of Harry Potter. Discover behind-the-scenes secrets and hear about the filmmaking techniques used to make the magic of the Harry Potter films. Visit the most recognizable set features from the films: the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room, the Ministry of Magic, 4 Privet Drive, the Weasley kitchen, Hogwarts Express, and Diagon Alley. Board the original Hogwarts Express train and see a recreation of Platform 9-3/4. Explore the interior train carriage set that was featured during filming and take a selfie with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the brick wall.

From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Tour with Lunch

3. From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Tour with Lunch

Enjoy the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, and visit 4 of its loveliest villages – Burford, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold. Travel through the Cotswolds, an area seemingly unchanged with the passing of time. See rolling landscapes, dry stone walls, quaint churches, and streams that tumble past tiny villages and charming hamlets. On this full-day excursion from London, you’ll begin your tour in Burford, where the magnificent High Street slopes down to the River Windrush. See the town’s small tea houses before heading south to picturesque Bibury for lunch. Dine in one of the prettiest villages in England. A 2-course meal awaits you in the heart of the Cotswolds at the Swan Hotel. The restaurant, overlooking the River Coln, is housed in a 17th-century former coach inn, and serves a popular range of traditional dishes, along with ales and fine wines. Explore Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the loveliest villages in the Cotswolds. Afterwards, you’ll travel to Stow-on-the-Wold, a small market town known for its annual fairs. Enjoy a guided walk through the town center before returning to London.

London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

4. London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

Enjoy a full day of English heritage visiting the exquisite Windsor Castle, captivating Stonehenge, and the beautiful university city of Oxford. On this day trip departing from London, you get the whistle-stop tour of these unique sites with interesting commentary from your guide along the way. Start your day at Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Visit the magnificent State Apartments still used for state occasions and royal receptions (if option selected). Take some time to explore the castle grounds and the 14th century St. George's Chapel, where you can admire one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England. Next, go to the standing stones of Stonehenge, still clouded in mystery as an amazing feat of human engineering. Explore the prehistoric stone circle and learn about the theories around its construction (if option selected). Continue to the university city of Oxford, known as "The City of Dreaming Spires." A seat of learning since 1249, it's an idyllic location to explore on a fascinating walking tour.

London: Stonehenge Half-Day Morning or Afternoon Tour

5. London: Stonehenge Half-Day Morning or Afternoon Tour

Visit one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world as you depart London by bus for a visit to the mythical Stonehenge. End your tour with an optional meal – the classic British fish and chips. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a downloadable audio guide available in multiple languages to learn more about the mysteries surrounding the incredible megalithic monument. Marvel at the 40-ton rocks standing alone in a vast tract of open land. A feat of engineering and design dating back nearly 5,000 years, the curious Stonehenge structure continues to divide historians as to its precise purpose. Theories include that Stonehenge was a temple to the sun, an elaborate cemetery, and even that Merlin had a giant build the structure for him. Make up your own mind as you explore this marvel of the ancient world at your own pace and learn about its origins. Conclude your tour with an optional meal of fish and chips, a British favorite served at a classic London venue.

London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath Full-Day Tour

6. London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath Full-Day Tour

This full-day tour is a must-do excursion for all visitors to London. Get to see the famous Windsor Castle, the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge, and the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Transport by coach and guided tours at all locations are included. Start at Windsor Castle, home to the Royal Family for 900 years. It is still an Official Residence of the Queen. Visit the magnificent State Apartments, still used for state occasions and Royal receptions. Explore the castle grounds and the 14th-Century St. George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England and a burial place of kings and queens, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. Continue through the Wiltshire countryside to Stonehenge. Shrouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important prehistoric site in England. Head west to Bath, a beautiful Georgian city with handsome honey-colored architecture and the famous Roman baths. Enjoy a panoramic tour of some of Europe’s finest architectural sights, including Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Assembly Rooms, and Pulteney Bridge. Choose the option to explore the Roman Baths, built around thermal springs, which have been supplying water for over 2,000 years.

From London: Stonehenge & Roman Baths Full-Day Trip

7. From London: Stonehenge & Roman Baths Full-Day Trip

Visit the ancient standing stones of Stonehenge and picturesque Bath on this day trip from London. Enjoy transportation by air-conditioned coach and a multi-lingual audio guide to the prehistoric monument. The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge stands alone on the vastness of the Salisbury Plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and its purpose has continued to be a subject of public debate. Questions such as what this vast collection of stones was intended for and whether it was an observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery have arisen over the decades. On this full-day tour by air-conditioned coach, you’ll have a chance to explore the site and do your best to unlock the secrets as you marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. Next, you’ll head to Bath, arriving in time for lunch (not included in the tour price). With fabulous restaurants, teahouses, sandwich and coffee shops, and classic British pubs, you’ll have plenty of choices for a place to eat! Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents and terraces and stunning architecture. Following a scenic drive into the heart of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore the city at your leisure. Visit the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago. The magnificent Roman public bath complex and Roman temple were constructed over Britain's only natural hot water spring. At this World Heritage Site, you can walk around the steaming pool on the Roman paving stones and admire the ancient Roman statues and architecture. See Bath Abbey and the much-photographed Pulteney Bridge, modeled on the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence. In addition, you might like to see the Jane Austen Centre, and the elegant Assembly Rooms built in 1771. Shop, explore, and take afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to live classical music.

From London: Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day Trip

8. From London: Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day Trip

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Oxford and Cotswolds from London. See the historic Oxford University, explore the Cotswolds villages, and admire the lush English countryside. Depart London and travel by a luxury Mercedes minibus and spend the morning exploring the beautiful university city of Oxford. Wander amongst the listed buildings and colleges, and climb one of the vantage points for breathtaking views of the spires. Marvel at the Ashmolean Museum's collection before making your way to the quaint Cotswolds villages to see traditional tiny cottages built from stone. Arrive at the village of Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds, and lose yourself in this bustling market town. Make the short journey to Bibury and stroll to the famous and fairytale-like Arlington Row. Admire these 14th-century cottages and gain an insight into the history from your guide. After, enjoy the scenic ride back to London.

London: Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, and White Cliffs

9. London: Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, and White Cliffs

On this full-day excursion from London, your first stop will be the historic cathedral city of Canterbury. There’s plenty to see in Canterbury, including the Cathedral, St. Martin’s Church and St. Augustine’s Abbey. Pilgrims have made their way to Canterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages, and it remains popular today with visitors from around the world. You’ll travel on to the coast to see the White Cliffs of Dover, one of the country’s most spectacular natural features. An icon of Britain, the White Cliffs have been a sign of hope and freedom for centuries. Take a walk along the clifftops and look out over the busy English Channel. On a clear day you’ll be able to see across to France. Just a short drive up the road from the White Cliffs of Dover is Dover Castle, one of the largest castles in the country, strategically placed at the shortest crossing point to continental Europe. The castle has played a prominent role in Britain’s history, and dates back to the Iron Age. A Roman lighthouse and Anglo-Saxon church still stand within the grounds. Admission to the castle is included in the tour and you’ll also have some free time to explore the grounds.

Downton Abbey and Village Small Group Tour from London

10. Downton Abbey and Village Small Group Tour from London

Become Lord or Lady Grantham for the day, as you visit the film locations used in the BAFTA award-winning Downton Abbey period drama. Hear how the global hit TV series was made and about the actors involved and the wonderful history of the places you visit on this full-day tour. You’ll depart central London in the morning on a drive to the charming Oxfordshire village that has been featured in the series as Downton village. Enjoy a guided tour of locations such as Downton Hospital, the village pub, the former home of Matthew Crawley, and the local church.  Take a short comfort break before continuing on to Highclere Castle, which is the main setting used in Downton Abbey. En route you’ll learn about the thousand-year history of Highclere Castle and life above and below the stairs. Lunch can be purchased at Highclere Castle or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy it on the beautiful grounds. Although guided tours are not allowed inside the castle, you’ll be able to explore the above-stairs area of Downton Abbey independently with the aid of a self-guided information sheet. Imagine life as it was over 100 years ago and enter the world of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants as you wander around the estate. The tour ends in central London.

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5 best day trips from London

Day trip to Oxford

1. Day trip to Oxford

As one of the most popular destinations to visit from London, Oxford is a perfect place for a day trip to escape the fog of the big city. Best known for the University of Oxford, a prestigious institution and one of the oldest universities in the world, the city is home to numerous landmarks that draw visitors from all over the world. There’s no shortage of things to do in Oxford. Explore sights like the Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera, the Oxford Botanic Garden, and more on your trip.

How far is Oxford from London?

At just over 80 kilometers (50 miles) away, traveling to Oxford from London is quick and easy. By train, the trip is just over an hour, but can be even shorter if traveling by car. If traveling by bus, travel time is usually around 2 hours.

Day trip to Bath

2. Day trip to Bath

Known for its historic baths and spas, Bath" is one of the most popular day trip destinations from London. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city sees almost 4 million day trip visitors per year. If you’re looking for things to do in Bath, the Roman Baths and the Thermae Bath Spa are some of the city’s most popular points of interest. After some rest and relaxation, make sure to visit sights like the Circus, Jane Austen Centre, or Pulteney Bridge.

How far is Bath from London?

Traveling the 175 kilometers (108 miles) from London to Bath by car will take you just under three hours. To cut down on that travel time, take the train from Paddington Station to arrive in under two hours.

Day trip to Cambridge

3. Day trip to Cambridge

Taking a day trip from London to Cambridge is the perfect way to explore one of England’s quintessential university towns. Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge has facilitated the growth of the city as one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. You’ll find plenty of things to do in Cambridge outside of the university, like visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum or the Bridge of Sighs.

How far is Cambridge from London?

You can travel from London to Cambridge in an hour by train, leaving from Kings Cross station. If you decide to drive the 100 kilometers (62 miles) to Cambridge from London, you’ll double your travel time and arrive in about two hours.

Day trip to Stonehenge

4. Day trip to Stonehenge

The home of one oldest standing structures in the world, a day trip to Stonehenge from London is a must for any self-respecting history buff. Said to have been constructed between 3000 and 2000 B.C., the UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most famous ancient sights in the world and is visited by over 1 million people each year. While just seeing the monument in person is incredible in its own right, we highly recommend taking a guided tour to make the most of your experience.

How far is Stonehenge from London?

Located in Wiltshire, England, the monument is just over 140 (87 miles) kilometers away from London. The trip is about 2 hours by car or train, so make sure to set aside plenty of travel time when you visit.

Day trip to the Cotswolds

5. Day trip to the Cotswolds

For those looking to get out to the countryside, a day trip from London to the Cotswolds is the perfect rural escape. While the pace of life out in the country might be a little bit slower, you’ll find plenty of things to do in the Cotswolds. You’ll find walking trails at Westonbirt, famous fortresses like Sudeley Castle, and beautiful gardens like Hidcote Manor Garden.

How far are the Cotswolds from London?

About 175 kilometers (108 miles) west of London, driving to the Cotswolds will take you a little over two hours. If you’re interested in taking the train, make sure to start your day early, as the travel time is usually over four hours.

London day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip from London?

Wondering how to get to Oxford? Or the best way to visit Stonehenge? With so many transport options for your day trip from London, you might have trouble deciding which suits your travel plans best.
  • • London day trips by train

    With numerous stations across the city, traveling from London by train is an accessible option for almost any day trip. Some of the biggest stations in the city are St. Pancras, Waterloo, Paddington, and King’s Cross. Many day trip tour options include train transfers from London with the ticket price.

  • • London day trips by bus

    Many coach companies offer transportation for day trips from London by bus. In fact, many guided tour tickets include bus transport, and some even offer hotel pickup to make your day trip to Cambridge or the Cotswolds even easier.

  • • London day trips by car

    Of course, you may want to take the transportation for your day trip from London into your own hands. Traveling by car will often be the fastest option for getting around England and will offer you the most flexibility if you want to take detours and explore on your own.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

Whether you want to see the unknown parts of a city or simply have somebody curate your day trip for you, nothing beats taking a guided tour. Whether visiting Bath or Brighton, having an expert guide lead you through your destination will help provide insight and understanding that you simply couldn’t get on your own.


What should I pack for my day trip?

What you need to pack for your day trip depends on where you’re going and what kind of ticket you’ve purchased. If you’re taking a guided tour, everything you need may be provided with your ticket. Because day trips from London are all mostly in England, and the weather can be unpredictable, carrying a light jacket for the cold and rain always makes sense.


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This was a well organized and lovely excursion. Logistically: instructions for meeting location spot on, departed and returned on schedule, stopped mid-way through bathe drive for a “bio break”, comfortable & clean coach, and very informative. Both the tour guide and driver were friendly and helpful people. The village tour was a lot of fun and we had plenty of time. Our guide, Emma, provided a lot of information about the locations used for filming and a bit of history. We also had plenty of time allotted to tour inside and wander the grounds (which I was expecting and they were spectacular). I would recommend this excursion and your company. I had a really nice day.

Excellent guide-Michael was engaging and informative! Visiting the town of Brampton and hearing of its important role in filming just added to the very lovely day. Plenty of time in the schedule to walk the Highclere estate as well as enjoy the house and have a delicious lunch.

Very organized tour and guide was very helpful. The bus left an arrived on time. Unfortunately our tour of Windsor castle was cancelled since the Queen passed but we appreciate that we were still brought to the castle grounds to walk around and see tributes to the queen.

I would honestly do this trip again as it was absolutely phenomenal!! Lots of history explained, lunch at a local restaurant, lot's of photo opportunities and amazing sceneries

Great day trip. Eugene, our guild, was very knowledgeable and funny.