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From London: Full-Day Tour of the Cotswolds

1. From London: Full-Day Tour of the Cotswolds

Spend a day exploring the quintessentially British countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-colored stone cottages. Enjoy the highlights of the Cotswolds, as well as some of the quieter, less seen areas of countryside. The first stop will be the small town of Burford. It's one of England’s most unchanged medieval towns and many buildings are over 500 years old. Its church is one of the most historic in the region. Visit the church, stroll along the attractive high street, and explore the town while you're here. The next stop is Bibury, often described as the 'prettiest village in all of England. Wander along the river and see the Arlington Row, a set of weaver's cottages that are now one of the symbols of the Cotswolds. There will be plenty of time to explore the village, an unmissable Cotswolds location. Head on to the picturesque town of Bourton-on-the-water. Affectionately known as ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds’, it's a popular destination for visitors. Take ample time to stroll by the river and its small bridges, admire the stone cottages and there will also be time to have some lunch.  The final stop is Stow-on-the-Wold, a jumble of inns and antique shops situated around the ancient market square. Stow has been a center of trade in the Cotswolds for centuries and was the location of the last battle of the English Civil War in 1646. It's also the location of ‘England’s oldest pub’.  Afterward, the tour returns to the meeting point.

London: Stonehenge, Windsor, and Bath Day Trip by Bus

2. London: Stonehenge, Windsor, and Bath Day Trip by Bus

Head out of London in a comfortable coach to uncover the charms of the English countryside on a full-day tour that takes you to famous, historical sites. See Windsor's charming streets, Bath's iconic Roman baths, and Stonehenge's impressive stone structure with your guide. After leaving in the morning, drive straight to Windsor. Discover the 17th-century historical monuments that line its cobbled streets. Also, visit the home of Queen Elizabeth II and enjoy a through-the-keyhole experience of the world’s largest and oldest castle. Then make your way to Stonehenge. Discover its monolithic rocks rising up against the skyline on Salisbury Hill. Continue on to Bath on the slopes of the River Avon. It was the first city in England to be designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the 15th-century Bath Abbey and the romantic Pulteney Bridge, modeled on Florence's Ponte Vecchio.

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: Stonehenge Half-Day Morning or Afternoon Tour

4. 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: Harry Potter Studio Tour and Oxford Day Trip

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

From London: Stonehenge Half-Day Tour with Audio Guide

7. 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.

Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

8. Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

Explore Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, home to one of the world’s oldest universities. Admire the architectural highlights of the many colleges. Next on this 10-hour tour is a visit to Bampton, the setting for the exterior village scenes in Downton Abbey. See the church, the house of Matthew Crawley's mother, homes transformed into the post office and various pubs. Head to Highclere Castle, the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon. The tour of the Castle’s public rooms includes the magnificent main hall, the library, sitting rooms and other rooms featured in Downton Abbey. Take home a copy of Lady Carnarvon's book as a souvenir of your visit.

London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, and Roman Baths Day Trip

9. London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, and Roman Baths Day Trip

Explore several top highlights around London on this bus day trip from London. Experience the elegance of Windsor Castle, unlock the mysteries of Stonehenge, and admire the Georgian architecture in the city of Bath. Visit a well-preserved Roman Bathhouse. Windsor Castle Fans of the Royal family will be in their element. Steeped in history, visit the home of Queen Elizabeth II and enjoy a through-the-keyhole experience of the world’s largest and oldest castle. Enjoy the spectacular State Apartments at your leisure and marvel at its lavishly furnished surroundings. Used for State occasions to this day, be a part of where these regal traditions take place whilst admiring world-renowned artworks. Visit St. George’s chapel, where the tombs of numerous kings and queens reside, notably Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. See Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and be amazed by the magnitude and intricate design of the world’s most famous Dolls’ House. Mysterious Stonehenge Wander around the world heritage site and be captivated by the unique rock formation. Situated on Salisbury Plain, 40-ton rocks stand alone since their arrival 5,000 years ago. An abundance of theories surround Stonehenge; from a religious temple to an astronomical clock and even a Bronze Age burial ground. Decide for yourself whilst discovering the history of this mysterious monument. Bath Standing proudly on the slopes of the River Avon, Bath was the first city in England to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the gorgeous 15th-century Bath Abbey, the stunning Georgian architecture, and the romantic Pulteney Bridge. Roman Baths Famed for its Roman Baths, Bath houses the best preserved Roman Spa from the ancient world. Miraculously hidden from view until the 1870s, delve into the history of this magical monument and admire its architectural splendor.  Arrival time back in London is at approximately 07:45 PM.

London: Golden Tours Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus

10. London: Golden Tours Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus

This remarkable bus tour of London provides you the opportunity to explore this fascinating city in all its grandeur. Your pass allows you to hop on and off the bus at any of its many stops. See the city from a different angle on a boat cruise along the Thames (if the 24, 48, or 72-hour option is selected). On the tour route you’ll find world-renowned attractions and landmarks such as the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, spectacular Westminster Abbey, and of course, the inimitable Buckingham Palace. You’ll also see the most eminent precincts of the city, such as distinguished Regent Street, world-celebrated Oxford Street, and vibrant Piccadilly. Choose from 2 routes and 1 feeder route covering over 70 stops. Make use of the audio guides available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, and Hindi. Blue route – The Classic Tour This route covers all the main Central London sights and visits London’s Museum Quarter. Red Route – The Essential Tour This route passes Madame Tussauds and Kings Cross, as well as Hyde Park and Regents Park, two of the prettiest parks in London. Yellow Route – Courtesy Feeder Service This tour operates in the morning and travels from the popular hotel districts to Central London. Stops on the tour include the following: • Buckingham Palace Road - Colonnades Coach Station Stop Buckingham Gate -Tourist Bus Stop • Parliament Street - Outside HM Treasury • Whitehall - Tourist Bus Stop • Lower Regent Street - Tourist Bus Stop Outside No. 1109 • Piccadilly - Tourist Bus Stop Green Park Station • Piccadilly - Tourist Bus Stop Hyde Park Corner • Knightsbridge - Outside Lanesborough Hotel • Knightsbridge - At Scotch House • Kensington Gore - Royal Albert Hall • Kensington Road - Palace Gate • Gloucester Road - Kensington Plaza Hotel • Gloucester Road Station - Stop G • South Kensington Station - Stop D • Cromwell Gardens - V & A Tourist Bus Stop • Brompton Road - Harrods Bus Stop • Knightsbridge - Hyde Park Corner Coach Stop • Park Lane / Northbound - Tourist Stop • Park Lane/ Northbound - Marble Arch • Baker Street - South of Porter Street • Orchard Street - Outside Selfridges • Haymarket - South of Orange Street • Pall Mall East - West of Trafalgar Square • Duncannon Street - Outside St. Martin-in-the-Fields • Aldwych - Tourist Bus Stop • Ludgate Hill - St. Paul’s Cathedral / Museum Of London • Queen Victoria Street - Cannon Street • King William Street - London Bridge • Tooley Street - London Dungeon • Tooley Street - Tourist Stop Vine Lane • Tower Hill - Opposite Tower Hill Station • Southwark Bridge Road - By Steps to Thames Path • York Road - North of Chicheley Street • Westminster Bridge Road - Tourist Bus Stop • Tothill Street - Tourist Bus Stop • Buckingham Gate - Opposite Queens Gallery • Buckingham Palace Road - Thistle Victoria Hotel • Buckingham Palace Road - Colonnades Coach Station Stop

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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What people are saying about London

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It was a great day, with an informed guide to prepare us prior to each site with a bit of history and context. Dover Castle was amazing to see, but there is not enough time to see everything the castle has to offer. I was able to see the Underground Hospital, WW1 and WW2 outdoor features as well as The Great Tower (also had lunch and a stop at the gift shop!). The Great Tower is a must to climb to see the amazing view, and even on a cloudy day, I could still see France! Be prepared for walking hills, as this is a medieval castle, built with a mote, it is a bit of a walk from the coach parking area and back again. May not be ideal for anyone with mobility issues, unless they have a way of avoiding the walk to and from the castle. The view from the White Cliffs was stunning and so thankful it was apart of the tour. It was windy, so be prepared with appropriate gear. Canterbury Cathedral was amazing! So much to see and experience - and my favourite part!

The scenery is wonderful. The itinerary is orderly arranged and ample free time has been given at Canterbury. Most preferably if the part of Canterbury can be packed up a bit to make room for the Dover Castle visit. It seems that the itinerary can be enriched. Anyway, in terms of the cost and the beautiful scenery as well as the historical Canterbury Cathedral, this is a worthy tour.

The tour was great and I really enjoyed it. Our tour guide Leon was fantastic, super funny and presented a lot of facts in an interactive way and made us all laugh. Recommend this tour 100%. Time was spread out equally and you had plenty of free time in Bath, however, by the time I was in Bath was a bit tired. Forgot the name of the driver but he was super friendly too ❤️

Our guide, Phil was very knowledgeable and allowed everyone an opportunity to ask questions throughout the trip. Our driver was excellent! Our time to enjoy each location on the tour was limited, but enough to see all the important things.

This is a wonderful tour of The Cotswolds!!! You visit the villages that other tours don't. Time to spend in the larger villages to shop and dine!! My best experience in the region, yet!!