We have to kick of this list with the glorious Cotswold. You can certainly spend more than a day exploring if time allows as you will be taken a back by the beauty of the villages/ towns, the quaintness and the stark change of speed from the hustle and bustle of London town. You will need a car to really be able to explore the region. Some of the best places to include in your day trip are Blenheim Palace, Bourton-on-the -Water, The Slaughters (upper and lower), Bibury and Chipping Campden. Plan your route in advance so that you can see as many of these gems as possible.
Easily reached by car or train the city was initially created by Romans and so the main attraction to see is the Roman Baths. It was also the residence of Jane Austen so you can pay homage and visit the centre named after her. The delightful cobbled streets of the city are the filming location for the historical romance show Bridgerton so why not walk around and have your very own period drama moment. Finally, many people combine this day trip with Stonehenge, so if you have not yet seen it for yourself this could be a great opportunity.
A swift under-an-hour Thameslink train ride and you’re there ready to enjoy the coast. Marvel at the architectural wonder that is the Royal Pavilion, have fun at the arcade on Palace Pier, wander through the narrow streets of Brighton’s artsy district The Lanes and perhaps just relax on the pebbled beach front for a while to.
Another great train trip. Visit the birthplace of Shakespeare for a day full of Sonnets and olden days history. Watch a play preformed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, walk in the shoes of the worlds’ greatest storyteller by visiting his home, enjoy a riverside picnic or a delicious meal in a pub and for something totally unrelated visit the Butterfly Farm.
Cambridge is to be explored two ways. The first is by foot and we recommend joining a group tour that takes you around and teaches you about all the history the town and the colleges have to offer. The second way to explore is by punting. Have a breeze of a time enjoying the views of a carefree canal ride. It is easy to get to Cambridge as it is a short train ride away and many trains operate throughout the day.
Windsor can be visited by train or car. Take a tour of Windsor Castle including St. George’s Chapel where the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was held. Explore the Great Park, drop by neighbouring Eton, visit the Windsor & Eton Brewery to sample signature beers, get locally sourced treats at Windsor Farm Shop or make your way to Legoland.
Hear us out here, Liverpool may not be the typical choice that comes to mind when we are talking romance but for Beatles fans there is nothing quite as heart warningly nostalgic about experiencing Penny Lane or Strawberry fields for the first time. Take the train to the city and join one of the many tours that show you around these famous landmarks. Then enjoy exploring the docks together (you can also visit the Beatles experience there), grab fish & chips and head out to catch an afternoon performance at The Cavern Club.
We’ve had to include Rye on the list of romantic day trips from London because it’s literally a perfect fairytale town to drive or take the train to on a warm summers’ day. Snap some amazing shots of Mermaid Street, visit the Ypres Tower or St. Mary’s Church and finally holiday for a little by the beaches of Camber Sands. A fairytale town perfect to drive or take the train to on a warm summers’ day. Snap some amazing shots of Mermaid Street, visit the Ypres Tower or St. Mary’s Church and finally holiday for a little by the beaches of Camber Sands.
It can be done! Plan in advance to get affordable Eurostar tickets. You will need to go first thing in the morning to really get the most out of your day but it will be well worth it. Imagine starting the morning in ol’ St. Pancras and by lunchtime being on a champagne cruise on the Seine. We couldn’t think of anything more romantic! There is an endless amount of things to do in Paris but the aforementioned is certainly one we wouldn’t recommend missing because you can get a glimpse of everything between Notre Dame to the Eiffel tower. Perhaps explore one of the amazing museums Paris has to offer during your day, or the gorgeous cobbled streets of St. Germain and the Latin Quarter. Finally, end the day with a stunning vantage point view from Montmartre. At the time of writing Covid-19 restrictions still apply.