Best Autumn Day Trips from London

Thinking about getting away from all the hustle and bustle of the London city centre this autumn? Luckily, there is more to the UK than just its capital. From sleepy British seaside towns to picturesque villages with cobblestone streets, the options for sightseeing around London in autumn are endless. Here are our top picks for the best autumn day trips from London.

 

Canterbury

Canterbury from London, Day trip

Located just a 90-minute drive from the centre of London, Canterbury is an ideal autumn destination for a weekend getaway. This medieval townhouses dozens of exciting attractions and offers plenty of activities for the whole family. Head out to the fabulous Canterbury Cathedral which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and check out the amazing Marlowe Theatre. Besides dozens of well-preserved buildings and museums, Canterbury also boasts a thriving student scene.

 

Bath

Bath from London day trip

Famous for its lovely Roman baths, the Georgian city of Bath should definitely be included in your autumn travel itinerary. Marvel the Roman architecture and get lost around the fascinating steaming pools. A must visit destination here is the Thermae Bath Spa and its rooftop pool with spectacular views of the city. Bath is also home to dozens of great pubs which are well-known for producing excellent ales.

 

The New Forest

The New Forest day trip from London

Our next stop is the lovely New Forest. The best way to see this picturesque place is by walking, cycling, or even horseback riding.  The ancient forests are definitely the main draw, especially in the autumn when everything looks like something from an old English fairytale. Make sure to check out the historic shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard. This is the place where the fleet of Admiral Nelson was built. In case you get hungry, have lunch at the magnificent Royal Oak in Fritham.

 

Cambridge

Cambridge day trip from London

Located just 64 miles from London, Cambridge is packed with all kinds of attractions including elite universities, museums, parks, and farms. Spend an hour or two exploring the famed Cambridge University and pay a visit to the lovely Fitzwilliam Museum. Admire the Hogwarts-esque buildings and purchase seasonal fruits and veggies from the Cambridge market. Cambridge is also home to dozens of excellent dining establishments like the Trinity Restaurant, the Cambridge Chop House, and the Oak Bistro. Travellers who wish to grab a pint of beer should definitely visit the Cambridge Brew House and the Eagle Cambridge.

 

Rye

Rye day trips from London

One of the prettiest villages in the Southeast of England, Rye is well-known for its cobbled lanes, antique shops, and art galleries. This picturesque village is definitely the most popular tourist destination on our list and it can get quite crowded in autumn. However, Rye’s narrow passages and cobbled streets will leave you breathless. Head out to the Tiny Book Store or sit down to have tea at one of the many cafes in tea rooms in the village. If you have sweet tooth, Knoop’s Café serves the best milkshakes in the region. As for accommodation, expect to find dozens of boutique hotels and bed and breakfast options.

 

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