3 Day Trips To Take From London


When I moved to England, more than 5 years ago, I first got the chance to discover the countryside and then London. I moved into a quiet town, on the South West Coast, surrounded by some of the most stunning views I have ever seen in my life. Every morning I would wake up, look on the window and admire the sea, overlooked by the Purbeck Hills, bathed in the golden light of the sunrise. Every morning, at 8:30, the still sea inside the bay would be broken by the ferry leaving the harbour, on its way to France, only to return each night. And so, weekend after weekend I started to organise day trips to different parts of England, to discover its green and diverse countryside. It might rain a lot here, but this is one of the reasons why the country is so green.

Having this in mind, today I decided to tell you about my favourite 3 day trips to take from London, taking in consideration a relatively short traveling distance.


Cotswolds bibury arlington row

Probably my first choice of a day trip from London would be the Cotswolds, the second largest protected landscape in England, after the Lake District. You can get there by train going to either Bath, Cheltenham or Gloucester. From Oxford there is a dedicated service called the Cotswolds line which passes through some of the villages. The buses between the villages are not that frequent and so I recommend hiring a car to have the freedom of exploring more. If you do want to travel by public transport check out the £10 Discoverer One Day Pass which allows you to unlimited trips in the area and check out the buses schedule here.

What makes Cotswolds special is the unique landscape of rolling hills and villages built out of yellow oolitic Jurassic limestone. The scenery is of a spectacular beauty, especially when the weather is sunny, and you can notice the honey and golden shades of the buildings.

My favourite village in the Cotswolds must to be Bibury, which I have seen many times mentioned as one of the most beautiful in the world. Arlington Row is the famous landmark of the village, a thirteen-century wool store converted into a row of cottages for weavers. It has been featured in many famous movies like Bridget Jones’s Diary or Stardust. In fact, the entire area of the Cotswolds has been used many times as a movie set due to its outstanding beauty, some of the most known being Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Braveheart and Downtown Abby.

Bibury also has a trout farm which sells homemade goodies in their local tiny shop. If you feel adventurous you can visit the farm, catch your own fish and BBQ it on the premises, a great idea for a family picnic.



A trip to Windsor makes a wonderful day out. Get there in 40 minutes by train or just under an hour by car (depending on traffic). Train travel in the UK is notorious for being on the expensive side, but you can find cheap tickets on Goeuro from 12 euros each way.

Or, if you have already brought a London Pass (which I recommend doing to save on attractions in London), your train travel is included in the price.

When you get to Windsor, your first stop is going to have to be Windsor Castle.  If you are travelling by train you’ll want to get off at Windsor & Eton Riverside, from there it’s just a few minutes walk.  The castle is one of the oldest & largest castles still occupied today, the Queen still visits Windsor Castle on some weekends.

Check for the Royal Standard Flag on your visit to see if the Queen is in residence. You’ll probably want several hours at the castle, there is a lot to see and do as well as a lovely cafe and shop.

Make sure you leave the rest of the day for exploring Windsor a charming town with plenty to see and do.  England’s most famous College, Eaton is also worth a visit. Founded by Henry IV its schooled the Princes, as well as politician David Cameron and writer Ian Fleming, to name but a few well known names.


The Jurassic Coast

durdle door

Situated only 2 hours away from London by train, the Jurassic Coast, one of the 26 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country, is the most spectacular scenery that the South of England has to offer. Getting here from London is very easy, with a direct train to Poole or Weymouth.

The most accessible part of the Jurassic Coast by public transport is the Old Harry Rocks, a cliff that was once connected with the Needles of the Isle of Wight. Time passed, and the long stretch of chalk collapsed into the sea under the force of nature, all we have left today being the two structures. The local legend says that the rocks were named after Harry Paye, a famous pirate from Poole celebrated in the town each year in June. If you are planning a trip in the first month of summer, you might want to check out the dates as it’s quite a joyful festival that lasts for the entire weekend!

Another point of interest on the Jurassic Coast is Durdle Door, a spectacular natural limestone arch in a secluded bay. To reach Durdle Door you have to hike the coastal path either from Lulworth Cove (the most popular village with a huge parking lot) or from the camp site located on top of the cliff. Either way, it’s still a good, quite demanding hike but the views are definitely worth the effort. The public transport to Durdle Door is very limited, with only two buses a day to Wool and back. My recommendation is to join the only organised bus tour currently available from Bournemouth and Poole, which gives you three hours to explore the natural sight by yourself. The price of the service is only £22/adult.

Which of the three destinations is your favourite and which do you want to visit first?   



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  1. Jurassic Coast looks beautiful! that would be my first place to travel. I really want to visit England one day, I’ve always been a fan of its architecture, like that of Cotswald. I would say these are great off the beaten path places for visitors as well, I’ve never heard of them before.

  2. I love your photos, they have such good and calm vibes! But most interesting is to see such amazing opportunities for day trips around London. Such a shame, I have been to London quite some times, but never made it really further than that. The Jurassic Coast looks really nice. Same as Windsor and Cotswolds, no doubt. I would definitely take a trip into consideration next time I am visiting England.

  3. You are lucky to move to England and discover it at your own pace. Living in a place for a long time helps in exploring the many nearby attractions in spare time. Being a bagpacker I would love to discover Cotswolds using the pass. So, that’s a great tip for me. The Jurassic coast is simply stunning. Now I know what not to miss around London.

  4. I have visited all of these and they are all beautiful. I think the Jurassic Coast is my favourite – we had a lovely weekend there when we drove the south coast of England. Most people seem to think London represents England when I ask where they have visited – these trips are all doable from London and should certainly be on people’s radar!

  5. Yes to all three! I have heard mostly about Cotswolds so that is number one on my list off of these three. But Jurassic Coast is a UNESCO site so that is one more reason why I would love to visit it! These are such cool destinations and I would love to make this trip someday!

  6. Wow, I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of the Jurassic Coast until now! It looks stunning! Also, I wonder if Dumbledore is named after Durdle Door? 😉 I’ve been to the Cotswolds, but I’m sad because I missed out on Bibury, which looks and sounds so lovely! (I’m guessing the Cotswolds pic you featured might be of Bibury?!) I shall have to head back and make sure I get to the village of Bibury next time! 🙂 And I agree with your assessment of Windsor — another fantastic day-trip destination!

  7. I have to say, I could NOT pick one if I was asked, all three are PRETTY AWESOME! I love Cotswolds, it’s the kind of place I’d like to spend the day walking and taking pictures on the lovely streets. I love castles and forts so I cannot miss Windsor either. And needless to say, the Jurassic Coast looks breathtaking! All pretty awesome suggestions!

  8. I’m ashamed to say I’ve never visited the Cotswolds yet – Everyone always says what a beautiful part of the world it is. Interesting interpretation of being so close to London.

  9. I am going to admit I have not been to any of these places! I live just outside of London and Windsor has been on my bucket list for so long – I have managed to get to Legoland! But not the castle! Another one to add is Brighton! If you want a taste of British seaside, head to Brighton – or to Eastbourne for a quieter scene!

  10. Cotswolds must be one of the most beautifully quaint places on earth. We had friends there years ago and loved going to visit when we were in London. And wow, I never knew about Jurassic Coast. OMW isn’t that just picture perfectly stunning. We’ll have to make a plan one day

  11. I’ve never had a chance to travel, really, but I’m always on the lookout for the places I’ll visit when, one day, I can. I had no idea that a place like the “jurassic coast” existed near london. Thanks for the info, and awesome pictures!

  12. I love your photos! Me and my boyfriend are playing on going to London this year (we live in Norway) and have been looking for places to visit, i will definitely tell him where we are going now.

  13. Wow! I had never heard of the Jurassic Coast before! It’s lovely – straight off a post card!

    I’ve always wanted to visit London, so nice to hear more “local” things to do than the big tourist things like the carousel and Big Ben!

  14. WOW! This is amazing information to share! The Jurassic Coast definitely peaked my interest, it reminds me of the cliffs and edges of Ireland! Seriously stunning.


  15. This was such a timely post—I literally just heard of Cotswolds *yesterday*, and today it’s the first destination here! I guess it’s meant to be. 🙂
    I’d love to visit each of these three! Jurassic Coast is so beautiful and unexpected, but Cotswolds seems perfect for a weekend getaway, especially in the fall.

  16. I’ve been to the UK numerous times, but never visited any of these sites. Your insight & info is fabulous. I’m going to save this in case we go back this year!

  17. The Jurassic Coast looks amazing. I have been to the other two places but this would be something new and exciting to visit on my next trip to England. Every town just looks so charm especially on sunny days! 🙂

  18. I’m also down in the south west, Hi from Somerset! The cotswolds is a very beautiful place indeed! When my sister used to live in Swindon we’d go for the most wonderful dog walks there, I’ve never been to the jurassic coast though so I will certainly look into that!

  19. I went to Windsor a few years ago and it was amazing. The whole town is definitely worth a visit for anyone in the area, and Windsor Castle really is a must-see.

  20. Before this post, I had never heard of Cotswolds or the Jurassic Coast, but both are beautiful, and I have added them to my bucket list. I love coming across posts like this that offer options outside/around major travel destinations. I’ve never been to London before, but when I do, I will make sure to visit these other places, too. I am a sucker for good landscaping and beautiful views.

  21. What some lovely ideas for day trips from London, I think I have to agree with them all. The Jurassic Coast is absolutely beautiful I went there for the first time just last year I think it was and I would love to go back as there is so much of it to explore.

  22. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to London, it is certainly time that I return. I will save this post as I would love to visit all three of these destinations. I am particularly interested in the Jurrasic Coast. It looks breathtaking!

  23. All three locations sound wonderful! The photos are beautiful! England is definitely a country high on my list to visit. I need to schedule enough time to visit all three places!

  24. Joanna, your photos are really amazing! London is in my places-to-visit list! I will definitely show your post to my husband, he enjoys planning our trips! Thank you!

  25. Holymoly Joanna, those photos are stunning! Despite having grown up more or less around the corner (in the far Northwest of Germany), I’ve only been to the UK once – on a one day trip to London. So that I have got a lot to catch up on is clear, but the more I research, the more I stumble upon all these great places and stunning nature. While all of those 3 destinations sound fascinating, I’d surely head for the Jurassic coast first. Totally a seaside child right here. Who knows what’s coming up this summer 🙂

  26. Windsor looks so pretty! I have only been to London once on a business trip so definitely need to go back ^^ And thanks to you I just added the pretty Windsor to my bucket list and the impressive Jurassic Coast!

  27. Perfect for me and my family for day trips. We live in London so places to visit that are not too far are idea. Windsor is great I’ve visited there but would love to go again. I’d love to see the Jurassic Coast.

  28. I live in Poole and it is a stunning place to live. Harry Paye Day has gone downhill in the last couple of years but can recommend Swanage Pirate Festival instead. We love the Cotswolds too – Bourton-on-the-Water is not to be missed

  29. Oh my gosh I am so loving this post!!!! Visiting England is something I’ve always wanted to do and next year I get to go!! I’m pinning this to save to my must see travel board on Pinterest!!!

  30. These are so beautiful places and I am glad they won’t consume much of the time and journey while visiting from London. I planned to visit Windsor on my last trip to England but missed it, this time I am going to keep these three on my list for London for sure.

  31. Woah! The Jurassic Coast is just stunning! I had heard of Windsor before but not of the other two. I will remember these for the next time I’m in London.

  32. I have been to London but never to these 3 places. Must say your picture are so beautiful, it make me want to just pack my bags and go. Thanks for sharing such a great post and contributing to my places to visit list 🙂

  33. Wow!! The Jurassic Coast is really amazing and has the most spectacular scenery I’ve ever seen. It makes me wanted to visit this place as soon as possible.

  34. We spent a few days in the Cotswolds recently and it was just beautiful. So many lovely little cottages and somewhere I could definitely see myself living.

  35. I have always wanted to visit England. Windsor especially, but I didn’t know of these other two towns that you listed! Cotswolds sounds so darling. And the Jurassic Coast looks breathtaking.

  36. Wow you have listed two of the three places I have on my list too visit this year (I did Windsor last year)
    Bibury it’s just so beautiful that I really need to get my camera out there. I plan on taking my puppy along the Jurassic Coast this year, without fail!!

  37. Firstly the photo’s are gorgeous! I love them. The Cotswalds is somewhere I have always wanted to go. It seems just so lovely. I’ve lived here all my life in the UK yet still not been to the 3 places you mentioned in this post. x

  38. I had no idea something as beautiful as Jurassic Coast is so close to London! I’ve been meaning to take more day trips and weekend trips so I’ll be adding that to my list 😀

  39. Wow the Jurassic Coast looks so serene, I would love to visit. Such lovely places you have in the UK, I’d love to come back to visit.

  40. All of these three are equally spectacular. We have been to Windsor on a day trip which also included Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge but unfortunately, the Castle was closed but we enjoyed strolling around the town. We had no idea that Cotswolds and Jurassic Coast could be easily covered on a day trip. We would love to drive around the Jurassic Coast hope its easy to get a rented car around there.

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