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Venture outside the city limits to discover an enchanting country filled with castles, ancient ruins, world-famous college communities and so much more via these easily accessible day trips.
Planning the perfect trip to London also means saving time to visit some of England’s iconic sights just a short trip away from London. Whether you’ve been dreaming of standing amidst the mystery of Stonehenge, soaking up the academic atmosphere of Oxford, walking the same village lanes Shakespeare once walked in Stratford-upon-Avon or seeing the rolling and romantic countryside, a day trip from London offers the chance to experience England in a whole new way.
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Bicester Village is one of the world's top luxury shopping destinations and home to over 130 designer outlet boutiques. Enjoy free Wi-Fi on your coach trip through the Oxfordshire countryside to Bicester Village. Browse amongst the heavily discounted items from leading designers and luxury brand names including Armani, Versace and Hugo Boss.
Begin your afternoon with a drive through the Wiltshire countryside to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stonehenge. With origins dating back as far as perhaps 5,000 years, there have been many speculations as to why and who built this impressive monument. Visit the site and marvel at the ancient stones as you listen to some of the many theories that have been suggested over the centuries.
Arriving early at the mysterious Stonehenge, this tour offers plenty of time to see the stones, explore the history and possible explanations behind these unusual structures. Then spend the afternoon in beautiful Bath, home to the Jane Austen Visitors Center, Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is beautifully preserved; look out for the stunning Georgian architecture.
Most trips to Stonehenge keep visitors at a distance from the stones. This is a trip with a difference! Arriving at sunrise you will have the opportunity to enter the stone circle, and enjoy commentary on these usual and mysterious stones. Afterwards, you will head to Oxford for a walking tour round the colleges, including Christ Church where many scenes from the Harry Potter films were shot. Complete the day at Windsor Castle, home to the Royal Family and the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world.
Embark on a day of sightseeing in the English countryside. Be driven to the Windsor castle where you'll take a tour of the royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Visit the ancient site of Stonehenge and discover the stone circle that's remained shrouded in mystery for thousands of years. Take in a panoramic view of the Georgian city of Bath and then explore its history as you walk through the cobblestoned streets.
Drive through the Kent countryside to the Leeds Castle on its small island in the middle of an idyllic lake. Wander in the fairytale-like Lady Baillie Garden and discover the hidden wonders of the maze and aviary. Visit the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral where your guide will tell the tale of the assassination of archbishop Thomas Becket that took place there. Then drive out to the White Cliffs of Dover where the dominating architecture of the Dover Castle stands in strong relief against the windswept landscape.
Visit Warwick Castle and explore 1000 years of history. Visit Madame Tussaud’s waxwork displays including the Earl of Warwick as he prepared for battle. Stratford-upon-Avon was the home of Shakespeare, and a beautiful town with many original Tudor style buildings. Enjoy a trip to the Bard’s birthplace. Complete the day with a trip round the colleges of Oxford and admire the views of the Cotswolds on the drive.
Start your day traveling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, known as the "City of Dreaming Spires," whose academic colleges have inspired generations of scholars. Enjoy a walking tour to visit Christ Church college, where scenes from Harry Potter were filmed, the Bodleian Library and stroll through the picture-perfect college courtyards. After visiting the small market town of Stratford-upon-Avon where the famous playwright William Shakespeare was born, a scenic drive through the charming landscape of The Cotswolds leads to Cambridge. With a personal audio guide, discover the university town where many great literary masters have studied.