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Day trips from London - Archive Articles

Ideas and suggestions for day trips outside of London across the rest of the UK.

Tickets Alert: Annual opening of Frogmore House and Garden
Tickets Alert: Annual opening of Frogmore House and Garden

Tickets Alert: Annual opening of Frogmore House and Garden

Just outside London sits Windsor Castle, and within its grounds is Frogmore House, and its impressive gardens, which are only open to the public on a few days of each year.

Apr
10
2019
A steam train of lights to delight in the dark
A steam train of lights to delight in the dark

A steam train of lights to delight in the dark

Imagine a steam train covered in thousands of fairy lights chugging through a forest at night -- and that's the Train of Lights.

Apr
05
2019

Help re-chalk the Uffington White Horse

Last year I spent a couple of hours bashing an ancient monument with a hammer, and there's a chance to do it again.

Apr
05
2019
Tickets Alert: Tours of Eton College
Tickets Alert: Tours of Eton College

Tickets Alert: Tours of Eton College

The rarified airs of Eton College are opening their doors to the mere ordinary folk this summer for a series of tours.

Apr
04
2019
Events to mark the Didcot to Oxford Railway’s 175th Anniversary
Events to mark the Didcot to Oxford Railway’s 175th Anniversary

Events to mark the Didcot to Oxford Railway’s 175th Anniversary

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the railway between Oxford and Didcot, and they're having a special day of celebrations on 15th June 2019.

Apr
03
2019
Foulness Museum reopens this weekend
Foulness Museum reopens this weekend

Foulness Museum reopens this weekend

One of the most difficult and inconvenient museums in England reopens this weekend, and it's totally worth a visit.

Apr
01
2019
Suggestions for things to do outside London in April 2019
Suggestions for things to do outside London in April 2019

Suggestions for things to do outside London in April 2019

My regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway.

Mar
20
2019
A Duo of churches in Dursley
A Duo of churches in Dursley

A Duo of churches in Dursley

A small but pretty market town on the Cotswold Way, Dursley is blessed with quite a lot of old buildings to see, notably two very different churches.

Oct
23
2018
The concrete church of St Richard’s, Haywards Heath
The concrete church of St Richard’s, Haywards Heath

The concrete church of St Richard’s, Haywards Heath

From the outside, this looks like a mock-barn style church building, rather ordinary frankly, but take a look inside for some concrete wow factor.

Aug
28
2018
The buses that run through a military firing range to Imber
The buses that run through a military firing range to Imber

The buses that run through a military firing range to Imber

Just outside the Salisbury Plain a TfL bus sign shows a curious route, the 23A, that runs once a year, and is the only bus route allowed through the military firing ranges.

Aug
20
2018
Day trips from London – Avebury Stone circle
Day trips from London – Avebury Stone circle

Day trips from London – Avebury Stone circle

There's a part of England's green and pleasant land that's rich in ancient stone works, and at one place, you can find a pub inside a giant stone circle.

Jul
16
2018
A thatched roof for a megalithic stone
A thatched roof for a megalithic stone

A thatched roof for a megalithic stone

Had I just seen a rather posh looking bus shelter with a pile of rubbish in the middle, or something actually interesting? We were near Avebury, in the land of random lumps of stone, so it was plausible, but then again, to considerable embarrassment, it could be nothing.

Jul
10
2018
The ancient tradition of cleaning the Uffington Horse
The ancient tradition of cleaning the Uffington Horse

The ancient tradition of cleaning the Uffington Horse

For thousands of years, people have come to Uffington to clean a prehistoric white horse carved into the landscape. And this weekend, the ancient tradition was performed once again.

Jul
08
2018
Open Day at the Army’s training Academy at Sandhurst
Open Day at the Army’s training Academy at Sandhurst

Open Day at the Army’s training Academy at Sandhurst

Not in London, but close enough to peek your interest at least, and looks interesting in several areas… the Army’s Officer training academy in Sandhurt is having an open day next month – and conveniently on a Sunday.

May
30
2018
Eton College has started offering public tours
Eton College has started offering public tours

Eton College has started offering public tours

They only started recently, and only take place on Fridays, but the venerable Eton College now allows us lesser folk to go inside for a look around.

May
29
2018
Day trips from London – Winchester
Day trips from London – Winchester

Day trips from London – Winchester

King Alfred, King Arthur, a Cathedral, a College, Saints, Stone fortresses, and more history than you can absorb in a single day - welcome to Winchester.

May
20
2018
Day trips from London – Queen Anne’s Summerhouse
Day trips from London – Queen Anne’s Summerhouse

Day trips from London – Queen Anne’s Summerhouse

Hidden away in a private wood is a 300-year-old folly, Queen Anne's Summerhouse. Queen Anne never visited it, but you can.

May
19
2018
Visit an abandoned railway tunnel and viaduct
Visit an abandoned railway tunnel and viaduct

Visit an abandoned railway tunnel and viaduct

Many towns have bits of abandoned railway, maybe a tunnel or a viaduct, but there are few that have both. Such a place is Winchester, and this is a tale of a lost railway.

May
13
2018
Day trips from London – Peterborough
Day trips from London – Peterborough

Day trips from London – Peterborough

It's not a city that springs to mind when planning a day trip, and in most cases, rightly so, but it does have some delights to be discovered, some ancient, some modern.

Dec
10
2017
Tickets Alert: Chance to walk along a railway track
Tickets Alert: Chance to walk along a railway track

Tickets Alert: Chance to walk along a railway track

Normally, walking along a railway track that carries trains is a very bad idea -- but one day next month, a full 11 miles of railway will be opened up for the public to walk along.

Oct
20
2017
Climbing to the top of Windsor Castle’s Round Tower
Climbing to the top of Windsor Castle’s Round Tower

Climbing to the top of Windsor Castle’s Round Tower

For just a few weeks of each year, it's possible to climb to the top of the ancient Round Tower inside Windsor Castle, with views that reach right across London.

Aug
27
2017
Two Windsor churches to visit
Two Windsor churches to visit

Two Windsor churches to visit

Windsor contains a church that despite walking past hundreds of times in my youth, I was never able to go inside -- until today.

Aug
26
2017
Take a tour of Coventry’s medieval architecture
Take a tour of Coventry’s medieval architecture

Take a tour of Coventry’s medieval architecture

It may seem oxymoronic to associate the words Coventry and Heritage in the same headline, but behind the headlines of post-war concrete, there's quite a lot of the old stuff left.

Aug
20
2017
Coventry’s Transport Museums – The Museum of British Road Transport
Coventry’s Transport Museums – The Museum of British Road Transport

Coventry’s Transport Museums – The Museum of British Road Transport

The third of Coventry's museums was known as the Museum of Road Transport, which is undeniably is, but was rebranded in 2001 as the Coventry Transport Museum, which it sort of is.

Aug
16
2017