When you coming to London for a second time or more, you will soon realise that there is much more to see beyond the limits of the tube lines.There are lots of cities within good reach of London thanks to the good transportation links. The below towns or cities with their places of interest are recommended as a day out of London or even to stay for a weekend. It's recommend that you take a day tour to visit 3 cities in one day and make the most of the tours which include guides and entry fees to the most important sites in each city. (tours from £95) For more info for the packages click here.
Located 1 hour north-west of London is the famous university city of Oxford. It's beautiful cathedral, university buildings and open parks are all worth a visit to enjoy this interesting city where so many famous people started their life as students here. Oxford can be visited year round, with many museums and places of culture to keep you busy.
The highlights of Oxford are its prestigious university, established in the 12th century. The architecture of its 38 colleges in the city’s medieval centre. University College and Magdalen College are off the High Street, which runs from Carfax Tower (with city views) to the Botanic Garden on the River Cherwell. The Cherwell and Thames rivers are popular for punting, and collegiate rowing. The Oxford University Parks and Christ Church Meadow. Balliol and Trinity Colleges, and the university’s main Bodleian Library complex, including the circular Radcliffe Camera building. The Ashmolean Museum is home to Greek and Egyptian archaeological collections. The Pitt Rivers Museum offers anthropological displays, while the Museum of Natural History features dinosaur skeletons. It's also a good place for shopping, (Cornmarket street) and in the evening there are many restaurants and pubs for entertainment. When visiting Oxford, expect to find many large school groups (specially during the Summer) as well as Asian groups coming from China, Japan or Korea as the city is increasing its popularity with more foreign visitors. To get to Oxford take the "Oxford Tube", a coach service leaving from Victoria station in London departing every 10 minutes. Buying a day-return fare is cheaper than single tickets. The service operates 24h a day. It is also possible to travel by train from London Paddington station, for one hour journey. Buying tickets (Trainline.co.uk) in advance is key to get cheap fares as little as £5 one way.
Its one of the oldest prehistoric remains ever found in the United Kingdom, dating back more than 3000 years. Located 3 km west of Amesbury. It consists of a ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around 4m high, 2m wide and weighing around 25 tons. The stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial grounds. One of the most famous landmarks in the UK, Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon. The site and its surroundings were added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986. There are many theories of how the rocks were made and laid (by Humans, or by other natural powers or even out of this world..), come and visit and decide by yourself! Located 2 hours away from London by coach, it's not a destination you can easily arrive by public transport as the area is uninhabited by its historical value. The nearest train station to Stonehenge is Salisbury about 9.5 miles away, you can get there from London Waterloo. Alternatively you can take the coach, busses depart from Heathrow Airport or from London Victoria Coach Station. The journey takes about 2 hours. Get off at Amesbury. From there you can either walk (about 2 miles) or get a taxi. However we recommend to take a tour which includes the visit to Stonehenge. It's also possible to drive there, with free parking available. Prices to access the site is £17.50.
Is the royal residence of the Royal Family, located in the town of Windsor. The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Since the time of Henry I, it has been used by the reigning monarch and is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. Originally designed to protect Norman dominance around the outskirts of London and oversee a strategically important part of the River Thames. Gradually replaced with stone fortifications, the castle withstood a prolonged siege during the First Barons' War at the start of the 13th century. Windsor Castle survived the English Civil War, when it was used as a military headquarters by Parliamentary forces and a prison After a period of neglect during the 18th century, George III and George IV renovated and rebuilt Charles II's palace, producing the current design of the State Apartments, full of Rococo, Gothic and Baroque furnishings. It is a popular tourist attraction, a venue for hosting state visits, and the preferred weekend home of Elizabeth II. We recommend to take a tour which includes the visit to Windsor Castle as well to other sites around south England. If you are only visiting Windsor then you can take the train from Paddington Station or the 702 bus leaving Victoria area in London or High Street Kensington.
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