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The sun is back! 5 London day trip ideas

Summer is the best time to go on one of many famous London day trips. The best thing about London day trips is that you get to explore the region at your own place while also taking in the impeccable scenery. Whether you prefer the rolling green hills as you journey inland, or the peaceful beach towns as you travel along the coast, take your pick from on of these great London day trips. Just hire a car from Heathrow Airport and begin your adventure. 

Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour

Any passionate Harry Potter fan will tell you this is by far one of the best London day trips. Visit Studios Leavesden where all eight Harry Potter films were produced. It’ll help you see how JK Rowling’s incredible world of magic came to life. You’ll get to step onto original sets, walk through Hogwarts and come face to face with the animatronic creatures. Best of all it’s just a 45 minute drive from London.

Bath

Drive just two hours west of London and you’ll discover this incredible and unique city. Georgian architecture is found on every corner. So are trendy cafes and restaurants. You’ll quickly understand why it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. After exploring the city, make the time to visit the Roman Baths and bathe in naturally hot spa water.

The Cotswolds

This region west of London covers nearly 200 square kilometres and it runs through five counties. Each has its own unique features. The Cotswolds is home so some of the most unspoilt and historic towns in England. The golden stone buildings in the countryside, surrounded by green fields, are so charming. There are palaces, castles, ancient woodlands and lakes to explore. Visit historical market towns like Tetbury and Cirencester. Snowshill is another famous town that you should stop by during your self drive of the region.

Oxford

This charming city is a must-visit. Oxford is home to several different types of beautiful architecture. For example, there’s the 44m high bell tower, which was completed in 1509 at Magdalen College. The English Gothic masterpiece is the tallest structure in Oxford. There’s also Baroque, Neoclassical and Palladian beauties to admire. Other great attractions include the lush Botanic Garden, which is the oldest in all of England, and the Pitt Rivers Museum, with 20,000 knick-knacks from across the world on display.

Lake District National Park

England’s Lake District is a truly magnificent region – one which you must not leave England without seeing. You can drive or take a three and a half hour train ride to get to the area. Windermere is a great place to base yourself. Join a boat tour across the gorgeous Lake Windermere. Walk up to Orrest Head to enjoy panoramic views of the Lake District. The area is also home to beaches and England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike at 978 metres tall.

BRIANNA PIAZZA

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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