8 must see places around London
London has so much to offer but there’s so many beautiful places in the UK that I thought it would be a good idea to share my favourite top 8 places to visit in England which is only a day trip away from London.
Probably the highest tourist attraction in the UK is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stonehenge. Found on England’s Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, Stonehenge is a huge man-made circle of standing stones. Built by our ancestors over many hundreds of years, it’s one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments, each standing stone was around 4.1 metres (13 ft) high.
Entry fee: £19 to £21.10, depending if you’ve booked online.
But there’s a way to see the rocks without paying for it.
If you park at Fargo Road, Amesbury, Salisbury, UK and walk from there. It’s very easy to follow the footpath (and there were a few people walking towards Stonehenge as well), so depending where you park, you’ll be able to see Stonehenge in under 30 minutes.
You can easily walk up to the barriers and see the stones from there but it only runs on one side (so if you’ve paid for a ticket you can walk around the stones but you cannot go up close or touch them).
2: Windsor and Windsor castle
Windsor is a town on the River Thames in southeast England, just west of London. It’s home to Windsor Castle, a residence of the British Royal Family. Built by William The Conqueror in the 11th century, the castle was extensively remodelled by subsequent monarchs. Public tours take in the State Apartments, which contain opulent furnishings, and paintings from the royal art collection. If you’re here don’t forget to visit the Crooked House which is the oldest teahouse in all of England. It is Grade II listed. The building was reconstructed in the eighteenth century and now stands on “an outrageous slant.”
Entry fee to the castle: £27.50 (the garden has opened up to the public for first time in 40 years and it is quite amazing!)
When you think of Oxford you probably think of the famous university but there’s so much more to this city. The university is the second oldest in the world, educator of 28 Nobel Prize winners, and often cited as the best university on the planet. A few of the many things to do and see in the city:
- Radcliffe Camera
- Oxford Castle and Prison
- Bridge of Sighs (A Harry Potter set as well)
- Oxford Botanic Garden
- Oxford University Museum of Natural History
4: Kew Gardens
We’ve actually visited Kew Gardens as part of my birthday present because I love flowers (I currently own 12 in the house). If you adore flowers as well, this is definitely your place: they have over 50.000 living plants and it is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering unique landscapes, vistas and iconic architecture from every stage of the Gardens’ history. Their collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world, growing out in the landscape.
Entry fee: £18 or you can get an explorer pass which is good for different activies and sights as well. It is around £64.
Bath is the largest city in the county of Somerset, England, known for and named after its Roman-built baths. It is a unique, feel-good city combining vibrant contemporary culture with a rich history and heritage. If you ever visit this city you should definitely check out:
- The Roman Baths
- Bath Abbey
- The Royal Crescent
- Pulteney Bridge
6: Harry Potter studio
If you’re a Harry Potter fan just like myself, you’ll definitely enjoy the Harry Potter studio. Not to be confused with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter of Universal Studios theme parks, it is a permanent exhibit offering an authentic behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Harry Potter films. Here you can see the actual props that they’ve used in the films, the actual makings. And you can try the butterbeer as well.
Entry fee: £47
7: Chessington World of Adventures
So, we’ve actually visited this place just after lockdown so not everything was in use but it is a great family day out. It is an amazing theme park and zoo, perfect for the little ones or the big ones as well. You can buy several types of tickets: you can buy just a normal entry, or a VIP animal experience. It is definitely a must visit place if you’re around London.
Entry fee: £29.50 (you need to pre-book but this one includes entry to Theme Park, Zoo & SEA LIFE Centre, and if it is a rainy day you can get a free return visit)
8: Ascot racecourse
Have you ever seen those scenes in American films where they bet on horses and wear interesting hats? If the answer is yes, then I gotta tell you, it is a real thing. Ascot Racecourse is a British racecourse, located in Ascot, Berkshire, England, which is used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting 13 of Britain’s 36 annual Group 1 horse races. It is a tiny bit expensive but a very good way to experience the British culture, so I’d recommend visiting it once in your lifetime.
Entry fee: from £29 but it depends on where you’d like to sit and what you’d like to include in your ticket.