Working in London can be exhausting, but thanks to the United Kingdom's extensive rail network, escaping from the hustle and bustle of the British capital for a day is only a quick train ride away. Treat yourself to a mini vacation and experience England's rolling countryside and natural wonders, explore ancient castles and ruins, discover a plethora of cultural activities and attractions, and still be back in time for a good night's sleep. Below are 10 of the best places to visit less than two and a half hours outside of the city.
With the oldest university in England at its heart, Oxford has grown to become a lively academic, historical and cultural hub. The city combines all the usual accoutrements of a college town with the rich history of an ancient city from the 9th century. Wander around the narrow streets lined with beautiful stone architecture, tour the university, browse the shelves of old and new bookshops and libraries, and pick up a souvenir in one of many shops and markets. Though Oxford is one of England's most popular tourist attractions, its compact downtown makes it easily accessible and navigable. Visitors can hop from one attraction to another in a very short amount of time, making it a perfect destination for a full day out.