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If you live in London or are taking a holiday here, it might surprise you to learn just how much of the UK (and further) you can visit in one day. London has such excellent transport links and is a great base from which to explore. Read on to find out where you can go on a 24 hour day trip adventure from London.

1. Paris

From London, the city of romance is only a 2 hour 15 minute trip away on the Eurostar, with trains leaving regularly from Kings Cross St Pancras Station. The Channel Tunnel is a handy link to mainland Europe and there’s so much to see and do in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre museum. It would be a shame to come all the way to London and not see Paris, especially as it’s so close!

2. Brussels

Brussels is only a train ride from London
Fancy a day trip to Brussels?

Brussels is another place on the Eurostar route, the Belgian city is just a 2 hour and 17 minute train ride from London! Home to the European Parliament and many exquisite buildings and monuments, the city is also renowned for excellent shopping and delicious cuisine. You must try a Belgian waffle and have some mussels in Brussels!

3. Edinburgh

Take a day trip to Edinburgh
Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK

The Scottish capital is often thought of as one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. It’s famous for it’s culture, shopping and the incredible castle that sits in the centre of the city. A train ride from London is a little longer than to Paris, but believe us, Edinburgh is not to be missed. You always have the option to spend the night there, especially if you don’t want to miss out on the city’s famous nightlife, filled with live music, comedy and craft beer.

4. Liverpool

Liverpool is only a train ride from London
Visit Liverpool – a city of culture

A train ride of just over three hours from London, Liverpool is a hive of activity and a city with a rich musical heritage. For any Beatles fan, this is a must – the city has a Beatles Museum and runs a magical mystery tour of famous Beatles sites.

5. Stonehenge

It's easy to take a day trip to Stonehenge
Stonehenge: A breathtaking mystery

One of the most beautiful sights to behold in the UK, Stonehenge has stood for thousands of years and still remains a mystery. Experience the magic for yourself by paying a visit. There are plenty of ways to get to Stonehenge from London, but the easiest method is by coach.

6. Cotswolds

Experience the beauty of the English countryside
Rolling hills and quaint villages: The Cotswolds

Often described as the most picturesque place in England, the Cotswolds is filled with rolling green hills, quaint villages with picture-postcard cottages and quiet village pubs. You won’t quite believe it’s only a two and a half hour drive from the hustle and bustle of London.

7. Oxford

Soak up the beauty and culture of Oxford
The University City of Oxford

A stunning university town with an unbelievable wealth of history, Oxford is the perfect place for a day trip. Recommended highlights include the beautiful Christ Church college and the University of Oxford College, which was used as a filming location for the Harry Potter film series!

8. Cambridge

Punting down the rivers of Cambridge
Picturesque and peaceful: Cambridge

Another university town close to London (see them both in one day if you fancy), Cambridge has many beautiful rivers, on which it’s possible to go punting in the summer – heavenly!

9. Bath

Bath is full of history and gorgeous architecture
The Roman Baths are magical

Another historical hotspot in the UK, Bath is also perhaps the most picturesque city in the UK. The Georgian architecture is gorgeous, the Roman Baths are incredibly preserved and the atmosphere is friendly and vibrant – everything you would want from a city day trip.

10. Windsor

Just outside of London, Windsor is an easy day trip
The path to Windsor Castle

Many don’t realise that Windsor is just outside London, so an easy choice for a day trip. With the majestic Royal residence in the middle of Old Windsor, quaint coffee shops and pubs and Legoland, it’s got something for everyone.

11. Dover

See the sea at Dover
See The White Cliffs of Dover

Home to the famous White Cliffs of Dover, this is a good opportunity to combine a beach trip with some natural sightseeing.

12. Stratford-Upon-Avon

Another English town packed full of history
The birthplace of Shakespeare in Stratford-Upon-Avon

The birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon is another place laden with British history. See Tudor architecture and relax in the peace and quiet of the Warwickshire countryside.

13. Warwick

Warwick Castle is an interactive and fun day out
Another UK location with an impressive castle

Learn about medieval history at Warwick Castle and explore the shops, markets and lush greenery that adorn this gorgeous town in the heart of England.

14. Lake District

Is this the most beautiful place in the UK?
The Lake District: An Area of Outstanding Beauty

The Lake District is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as you can probably tell from the above photograph. This day trip is perfect for nature lovers, as it’s all about the scenery and countryside. However, this is a breathtaking part of the country – the hills and lakes will give you goosebumps.

Don’t have a lot of time? Why not combine a few of these places into one day trip? Browse our rail and coach options and enjoy!

Which is these places would you like to visit? Tag us in your adventures @goldentoursuk!

Images from E-max Photo, Matthias Ripp, Craig Cormack, Beverley Goodwin, Cyberesque, Al King, hnphotog, Nige Brown, Ignacio Garcia, Michael Remnant, Dom Crossley, Elliott Brown, Eugene Regis and John McSporran via Flickr.

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