These UK day trips are quick, fun alternatives to a day in the city. Transportation links from London to the suburbs, the countryside and even other nearby cities are easy, fast and reasonably priced. If you are looking for an alternative to London's hustle and bustle, and a chance to see England from a different perspective, a quick "away day" may be just the ticket. They're all reachable in about an hour by public transportation too.
Windsor Castle is everyone's idea of a fairytale castle. And there's plenty to see at the Queen's weekend home (which, we hear, is her favorite). The building alone covers 13 acres and is the biggest inhabited castle in the world. William the Conqueror picked the site, west of London overlooking the Thames and it has been a Royal residence and fortress ever since - almost 950 years.
How to Get There:
- Take the Train - Trains leave regularly from London's Paddington Station to Windsor & Eton Central. A Cheap Day Return ticket costs less than £10. The castle, a short walk from the station, dominates the town and is impossible to miss.
- Drive: Windsor Castle is 24 miles from Central London. Take the A4 and M4 to Junction 6 then follow signs for Windsor town center and parking.
- Bus: Green Line buses (701 and 702) leave hourly from Victoria station, stopping at Windsor Castle and Legoland Windsor.
- Coach Tours: If you'd rather let someone else make all the travel arrangements you could try a guided tour of Windsor and Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed. Buy Direct.