A visit to London deserves at least a week, or possiby two. But if you're not visiting anywhere else in the UK, try and include these two day trips from London for an unforgettable experience.
1. Oxford: an hour by train or coach
Oxford with its collection of stunning, honey coloured colleges is home to some of the UK’s finest architecture and is an easy trip from London. Just wandering through the cobbled backstreets feels like you’re in a film set (and yes, Harry Potter was filmed here). Oxford has 45 colleges which make up the university, the vast majority are medieval and have their own quads, chapels and gardens. Make sure you visit at least one or two.
Don’t miss: a tour of the phenomenal Bodleian Library; and seeing the Radcliffe Camera and Hertford Bridge which are all in the centre. There’s an impressive selection of historical pubs, our favourites are: the Turf Tavern a 12 century haven, overlooking the city walls and hidden down an alley way off Holywell St; The Eagle and Child, founded in 1650, a literary favourite – Tolkien and CS Lewis used to hang out here; and The Trout Inn – set on a weir a 40 minute walk from the centre along the river through Port Meadow. You should also: try punting on the river, explore the food stands and cafes of the Covered Market, visit The Ashmoleum Museum and don’t miss our favourite museum in the UK – the Pitt Rivers Museum.
2. Avebury and Stonehenge: one and a half hours by car
Much more atmospheric, less crowded and bigger than Stonehenge, Avebury is the largest stone circle in the world. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The outer circle and henge (a 3/4 mile bank and ditch) enclose a picture perfect village with smaller neolithic monuments scattered around it. In Avebury, unlike Stonehenge, you can access all the stones and touch them.
Avebury is also a good base for local historic walks to other nearby neolithic sites such as West Kennet Long Barrow, Silbury Hill and The Sanctuary Stone Circle.
Next visit the iconic landmark of Stonehenge just 20 miles away. It's phenomenal.