Best Day Trips from London

Thanks to the city's superb transit links as well as England's small size, London is one of the best jumping-off points for exploring the United Kingdom and other nearby European vacation spots. Travelers can easily reach many popular destinations in two hours or less, whether it's a lovely little town or another big city. U.S. News took into account factors such as affordability and transit time, as well as expert opinion and traveler sentiment, to come up with the Best Day Trips from London. Got a favorite? Vote below to influence next year's list.  


Best Day Trips from London

  • Paris
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    #1 in Best Day Trips from London

    Home of bucket list-worthy attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre-Dame, Paris is a swift, two-hour train journey from London that's not to be missed. After you've hit your must-sees, relax with a picnic in the resplendent Luxembourg Gardens or plan a side trip to the opulent Versailles Palace.

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  • Stonehenge
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    #2 in Best Day Trips from London

    It would be a shame to pass up the chance to see this iconic UNESCO World Heritage site. With a history that spans nearly 5,000 years, Stonehenge is a must for amateur historians, archaeologists and architecture enthusiasts. Plus, with a plethora of organized tours, it's a cinch to travel between London and Stonehenge.

  • Liverpool
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    #3 in Best Day Trips from London

    World-famous for being the birthplace of the Fab Four, Liverpool has all the Beatles experiences you can imagine (tours, the Beatles Story Museum and the original Cavern Club). The city also features several museums, ranging from art to history, and is home to one of the most popular soccer, or rather football, teams in the world, Liverpool FC.

  • Manchester
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    #4 in Best Day Trips from London

    Football fans won't want to miss a quick jaunt to Manchester, home turf for Manchester United, one of the world's most celebrated football teams. If you're not in town for a match, peruse memorabilia at the National Football Museum, or explore the city's historical offerings, including John Rylands Library, Manchester Town Hall or the Manchester Art Gallery.

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  • Oxford
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    #5 in Best Day Trips from London

    Oxford is similar to Bath in style but varies in atmosphere thanks to the presence of Oxford University. The posh and intellectual spirit of the university spills out into the town. Top attractions include libraries, museums, castles and botanical gardens. If you're a "Harry Potter" fan, pop into the university, where parts of the movie franchise were filmed.

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