I recently came across a great article with suggestions for day trips outside of the city. My first trip outside of London since I arrived in late September was to Cumberland Lodge with the Social Policy department, and I remember how much of an amazing relief it was to be outside of the city, even if just for a few days. I love it here, but there’s nothing quite like a change of scenery.
Day trips are particularly nice because they’re quick enough that you can enjoy some quality time away without having to take too much time away from revising. Since they’re so amazing, I’ve made a quick list of destinations for you with help from this article.
First off, if you haven’t already seen my blog post about visiting Oxford, here’s the link. It’s just an hour away, and it’s a really beautiful old city that you won’t want to miss. You can conveniently access it by train or bus, and the fares are pretty reasonable. Check out Visit Oxfordshire and Lonely Planet’s Oxford page for more information.
Statford-upon-Avon, home of Shakespeare, is about 2 1/2 hours by train, so it’s not particularly close. It’s a very popular spot though, and if you’re a big fan of Shakespeare, you can visit his place of birth and even catch a few plays. Check out Visit Stratford-upon-Avon and Lonely Planet’s Stratford-upon-Avon page to learn more.
Windsor Castle is less than an hour outside of the city, and while I’ve never visited the castle, it’s apparently very beautiful. Having visited the area near Cumberland Lodge, I can definitely attest to the beauty of the surroundings, and I’d absolutely recommend it for a day trip. It felt very removed from the city, which is a really great element to have when you’re trying to get away. Check out the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead official webpage or Lonely Planet’s Windsor Castle page for more information.
Bath is a beautiful city known for it’s old Roman baths. It’s not the largest city, so I’ve heard it’s perfect for a day trip. For the best information, check out Ryo’s post from a few months ago. I haven’t visited myself, but you can also see the Visit Bath website and Lonely Planet’s Bath page for more details.
(All of the photos I used for this post, with the exception of the first two photos, were found through creative commons)