London has everything for everyone. History buffs can spend days on end museum hopping, while pop culture fanatics can choose from retracing the steps of either their favorite fictional characters, such as Sherlock Holmes, or visiting the neighborhoods of their favorite Brit boybands (One Direction, anyone?)
And even if you’re not visiting London for the first time, it’s still a must to take your best selfie with the Big Ben, watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace and pose in front of an iconic red phone booth. Truly there is no limit to the sights and activities to be enjoyed in London.
But if one day you find yourself longing to explore new territory, why not take a quick day trip from the city? Here are three destinations you can easily visit from London. If you leave early, you might even make it back in time for late afternoon tea.
Tick one item off your bucket list by visiting the world-famous landmark, Stonehenge. Up until this day, nobody is completely sure on the real story behind these rocks. But whether it was used as a religious structure or for astronomy, one thing is for sure: Its mysterious origin has only made it more enticing for curious people to discover.
From London, it’s only an hour and a half away by train or two hours by bus. After taking your fair share of photos, you can go around Salisbury and explore the surrounding areas, visit the nearby city of Bath or head back home to London early, if you wish.
Discover the history behind its famous Roman Baths and marvel in the beautiful architecture, as you stroll around the city. After a long walk, relax with a spa session and enjoy the natural thermal waters. Bath is a charming place to get lost in and definitely offers more than what meets the eye.
If you’re a fan of literature, you surely wouldn’t want to miss visiting The Jane Austen Centre. This place celebrates the life and works of arguably one of the most famous writers in history and Bath’s most renowned resident.
From London, it’s only and hour and a half away from London Paddington station.
Oxford is where you will find the famed Oxford University: The oldest university in the English-speaking world. Known fondly as “The City of Dreaming Spires” because of its towers, Oxford University is teeming with history and has housed many famous men such as C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, and J.R.R. Tolkien. After listening to stories from the past, drop by Harry Potter’s Great Hall (found with in the campus grounds) and check out other filming locations of the Harry Potter films.
From London, the journey to Oxford takes around one hour by train and around one and a half hours by bus, depending on the London traffic.
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About the Author: Sheena Sy Gonzales is an illustrator, designer and travel writer. She also regularly writes about her adventures on her blog www.sheenalovessunsets.com. Of all the places she’s been to, London is her favorite city. Follow her on Instagram @sheenalovessunsets