Best London day trips

10 Fantastic Day Trips From London (PHOTOS)  May 22, 2015 – 06:05 am
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  • Leeds Castle

For sheer beauty, Leeds Castle is hard to beat. With a history dating back to Norman times and a lakeside location, this is truly one of the most picturesque castles in Britain. As well as touring the castle itself there are loads of other activities on offer, including tree-top adventure courses and hot air balloon rides or - for those seeking something more serene - flower gardens and afternoon tea. The train from London Victoria takes about an hour and the journey by car is about an hour and a half.
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One of the oldest cities in England, St Albans has a history pre-dating even the Roman invasion. Burnt by Boudicca and rebuilt, renamed and restored countless times over the centuries, it has witnessed peasants’ revolts, civil war battles and was even the scene of crucial meetings which eventually led to Magna Carta. Today, visitors to this tranquil city can stroll around everything from fascinating Roman ruins and the beautiful medieval cathedral to high street buildings brimming with history. Combined with some stunning parkland and a host of café and restaurant options, this half-hour hop from central London is a great way to spend a day.
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Birthplace of Winston Churchill, home to spectacular collections of art and antiques and an incredible eighteenth century historic home, Blenheim Palace simply has so much to offer. In fact, despite boasting these many attractions and an exhibition dedicated to Churchill, it is the grounds of this country house that will blow you away. Quiet and peaceful, on a pleasant day you can while away the hours in a restful stupor – the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of London. It takes about an hour and a half by car, but if you make a day of it and take in a spot of lunch while there then it’ll be a top trip.
Flickr: James-Hetherington

Numbered among the best-known ancient locations on the planet, Stonehenge remains an enigma to this day. An ancient stone circle made up of massive standing stones, Stonehenge was built in several phases sometime between 3000 and 1600 BC. It takes at least two hours from London, more if the traffic is in full swing, but is a true one-off experience and an unforgettable day out.
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Portchester Castle requires a bit more intent if you want to see it in a day, but while an early start is essential, you won’t be disappointed. Portchester’s history stretches back almost 2, 000 years – not only does it include some of the best original Roman fortifications in Europe but it also boasts medieval architecture and even a Napoleonic prison. There’s an on-site museum as well as audio tours and even a picnic area. Although it’s a couple of hours from London, it’s well worth the trip.
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