London is an exciting city and tops my list of all time favourites. No doubt London will sweep you off your feet as it did with me. London is surrounded by amazing English Countryside villages and towns, where, if you have more than a few days in London, I would totally recommend visiting one.
Make your way down to Paddington train station, London and catch one of England’s express trains. With this, Windsor is just a 30 minute trip with one change over at Slough Station… easy peezy! Windsor is home to, of course, Windsor Castle which is a must do and one of my favourite castles in England. Windsor Castle is open from 9:45 am – 5:15 pm (£20 for an adult ticket). I would totally recommend checking it out. It will take your breathe away with history, architecture and decor. Who knows, you may just be able to see the changing of the guards (Click here for the timetable).
Who can pass up on an opportunity in doing a little bit of shopping. Windsor is a great place to do just that. And after you have finished shopping and checking out the castle, take a walk along the River Thames Windsor, be sure to count the swans… there are hundreds. Making for a perfect day out in Windsor.
2. Stonehenge, Bath and Salisbury Cathedral
When I was in London solo and had spent a few days exploring the streets, I planned to jet (bus) out of the city and check out what surrounded it. “Golden tours” for just $185 (Aus) takes you on a jam packed day to three beautifully crafted locations with amazing history. If you are like me and travel for knowledge and history, this tour is a must, ticking off three bucket list locations in one day. A day to spare, this tour is highly recommended by myself and a must do.
3. Brighton Pier
Brighton is that little place in England by the sea side, where little pebbles replace the sand and you can purchase quality fish and chips (Bucket List: Fish and Chips at Brighton TICK!). Brighton Pier on the other hand is a wonderland with candy floss and day passes to unlimited rides and attractions. It’s not everyday you see a pier with a fun fair sitting upon it. From London Victoria station, Brighton is just 52 minutes away, which doesn’t seem too bad given that you are travelling down south and can check out the classic English countryside on your way. Brighton Pier is open 11 am – 5 pm during weekdays, 10am – 8pm on Saturdays and 10am – 7 pm on Sundays.
4. The Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace
Wanting to experience the ultimate English countryside? Well, this day tour will offer just that. “Visit Britain Shop” from $157.60 will take you on a magical day through quaint English villages and a stop or two for a traditional scone and tea, traditionally known as an English cream tea. Blenheim Palace was home to Winston Churchill (Former Prime minister of England), filled with history and grounds to stroll through with beautifully set out gardens and paths, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. There is a tea shop within the castle.
If you are planning to do only The Cotswolds for a day – I recommend not doing The Cotswolds by tour as there is so much to see and do, however, if you are quickly fitting it in then go for it; you wouldn’t want to miss out on such an opportunity – then hiring a car is your best bet (Roughly 2 hours one way). The Cotswolds is made up of several different villages, so a car seems like the way to go and getting the most out of your Cotswolds experience. For anyone planning a trip I recommend visiting the villages of Burford, stow-on-the-wold and Bourton-On-The-Water, my ultimate favourites.
Ahh, Oxoford, home of Oxford University and several scenes shot and inspired from that little book/movie series, Harry Potter. Oxford is hands down one of my favourite places in England. I have fallen in love with it time and time again. It is a bustling city filled with like-minded travellers, university students and grounds to walk upon. If we have any Harry Potter fans reading then you are in luck, from just 15 pound you can take a walking tour with “Foot Print Tours.”
The two cheapest ways for travelling to Oxford from London is bus and train. From London Victoria station a bus (Oxford Tube and X90) leaves every 20 minutes costing you around £17 return for a 1.5 hour travel time one way. The train leaves from London Paddington station every 30 minutes, with a travel time of one hour and a one way ticket costing £20.