Samuel Johnson once said: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” While that quote is nearly 250 years old, it’s still an accurate portrayal of the diversity and enormous range of things to see and do in the British capital.
From historic palaces and monuments to museums, parks, West End shows, busy shopping precincts and delicious dining options, there’s something for everyone in London. Visitors could easily spend weeks exploring the city and never run out of new things to see.
But, there’s also a variety of interesting landmarks, beautiful landscapes and intriguing cultural sites just outside of London, and if you’re looking to explore a bit further afield, then maybe consider taking a day tour to one of these destinations.
Why choose a one-day tour?
Day tours from London are a popular choice, as they get you out of the bustling city for a few hours and give you a chance to see what life is like in other parts of southern England.
Most one-day tours leave early in the morning and return sometime in the late afternoon or early evening. They include transportation to the various sites and include a knowledgeable guide who will join you throughout the day, providing interesting insight and historic context to the things you see. In most cases, the price includes admission to the various attractions.
What one-day tours are available?
Tours are available from a variety of operators, and a quick online search will provide you with a range of options to consider. The good news is that many of these tours depart from locations in West London, meaning that if you’re looking for a one-day tour and staying at the Park Grand London Kensington, the meeting points should be very easy to get to.
Here are a few places you might want to go on a day trip from London:
- Stonehenge – Situated on the beautiful Salisbury Plain, about 80 miles from London, this prehistoric monument is one of the most famous landmarks in Britain. This archaeological site contains a stone circle with massive, shaped stones that were brought here from as far away as Wales, there are also several hundred burial mounds in the vicinity and the large earthen bank and ditch, which have been dated to around 3100 BC.
- Bath – This beautiful Georgian city is about 110 miles east of London, and is famous for its Roman Bath complex, much of which has been extremely well preserved. Other highlights include the Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and the Jane Austen Centre.
- Glastonbury Abbey – Founded in the 7th century, this abbey was one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in England. It was destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. Today, all that remains are picturesque ruins, which have inspired artists and poets for hundreds of years. It’s about 130 miles from London.
- Stratford-upon-Avon – Located about 100 miles from London, this is a beautiful mediaeval market town that’s best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Popular landmarks include a group of houses related to the 16th-century playwright, the Tudor World Museum and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
- Oxford – Situated bout 60 miles from London, this city is known as the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Touring the university will give you a chance to seem some beautiful works of architecture, such as the Radcliffe Camera, and you can also see buildings associated with author Lewis Carol and his famous stories about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
- Cambridge – Another famous university town, this one’s about 90 miles from London. The university was founded in 1209, and today it’s ranked among the top five universities in the world.
- Canterbury – This historic city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located about 100 miles south-east of the capital. Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in the UK, and the Archbishop of Canterbury is the leader of the Church of England. Other landmarks include the Roman Museum, the ruins of Canterbury Castle and the Heritage Museum.
- Dover – This town in Kent is a major ferry port, and is situated on the narrowest part of the English Channel. It’s just 100 miles from London and about 20 miles from Calais in France. The beautiful chalk cliffs that surround the town – known as the White Cliffs of Dover – are popular among visitors.â€‹ Other highlights include Dover Castle, the Dover Museum and the Roman Painted House Museum.