Top 10 Day Trips from London

4. Brighton

1 hour train from London Bridge or Victoria to Brighton East Sussex

Brighton is known as the hip, seaside getaway for young, energetic Londoners seeking a creative and cosmopolitan home away from home. Take in the salt air with a stroll down Brighton Pier, and dip your toes in the sea on Pebble Beach. While exploring the seashore, make sure to visit the Royal Pavilion, which was the seaside, extravagant palace of King George IV. If you are a patron of the arts, Brighton is bursting with plenty more historical and cultural attractions, such as festivals, museums, galleries, film, comedy and theatre for all tastes. If you cannot bear to leave, turn your daytrip into an overnight stay and experience Brighton's famed nightlife.

5. Winchester

1 hour train from Waterloo Station to Winchester

Winchester was once the ancient capital of England and, though King Alfred the Great no longer holds the throne, the city still retains much historical and cultural significance in the United Kingdom today. Surrounded by Hampshire's rolling countryside, the city is best known for Winchester Cathedral, which is one of England's largest churches and dates back to the 7th century. While one could spend a whole day exploring all the events and activities the cathedral has to offer, there is still much more to do in Winchester. Fans of medieval mythology can visit the Great Hall, where inside, visitors can view what generations of tourists have venerated as the original Round Table of "Once and Future King" Arthur. For more history, go to one or all five of the city's exquisite museums dedicated to England's military, visit the City Museum, which tracks Winchester's story from ancient times to modern day, or explore the Westgate, which once served as a debtors' prison for 150 years and is now open to the public. Other attractions in the area include INTECH, the U.K.'s largest planetarium, Jane Austen's house, and an assortment of quirky shops and quaint eateries.

6. Windsor

40 minute train from Paddington Station to Windsor & Eton Central, 1 hour train from Waterloo Station to Windsor & Eton Riverside

Can't get enough of the Queen while in London? Well Windsor is the perfect place to visit for a day dedicated to the monarchy. The city houses Windsor Castle, which is the Queen's official residence and the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world. The fortress is around 1,000 years old and boasts 13 acres of immaculate state apartments and gothic architecture. Visit the tombs of ten former sovereigns, including that of King Henry VIII, in St. George's Chapel, browse the treasures of the royal collection, and observe a working world in miniature within Queen Mary's Dollhouse. While a visit to the castle could easily occupy the entire day, it is not the Royal Borough's only attraction. Catch a horse race on the banks of the River Thames at the Royal Windsor Racecourse, relax in Saville Garden, and eat a meal fit for a queen in one of the city's many restaurants, bars, or cafés.

7. Dover

1 hour train from Charing Cross or Victoria Station to Dover Priory

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