There are a lot of places to visit in the UK, winter day trip from London it will be your travel guide for your next trip to the United Kingdom.
As an expat couple we love to explore the world, and before to discover Europe we started from the UK. Based in London and going around Great Britain.
Which is the best period for a day trip from London?
Well if you love the Christmas markets, around November, December it is the best. But even this, October in the last few years has given nice and warm days out.
If you are lucky and is still nice you can plan an outdoor visit in October, or postpone it in early spring, March or April, or wait for nice weather and better conditions in May, June.
If you love the seaside, Portsmouth, Brighton or Southend Sea, you need to wait until Summertime or September on for enjoying at the best the locations.
I must say this year the winter came very late, so we can’t complain but most of the people are asking how cold is England during the winter and usually around those months the weather it is really cold in all UK, so be ready to put the jumpers, scarves, gloves and hats in your luggage.
#1 Brighton – Winter day trips from London
As we love the sea, we have been in Brighton a couple of times already, during summer and even during winter.
The easiest way to reach Brighton is by train which the price is not expensive if you know where to find them, for example during the weekends all the prices are going up, but Brighton is one of the best winter day trips from London.
By train, it is only 1h and 15 minutes, there are a lot of stations departing from London such as London Bridge, London Victoria and London Blackfriars and the trains are every 10 minutes.
In Brighton, you can spend just 24h and you will be able to see the most important attractions, like one of our favourites, is Brighton Pier, you can book a ticket in the early morning and come back in the evening or you can find cheap accommodation for only £50.
The best thing to do and we highly recommend, it will be staying overnight as in this way you can do everything without any stress and you will enjoy more your winter day trips from London.
A visit to Brighton is going directly into the list of the best day trips from London by car. It is just 1 hour and a half from London.
If you are planning a day trip to Brighton, you can even pass from the East Sussex.
As we have said before the car is not the only option to reach Brighton, there is a bus from Victoria Coach Station.
Check Megabus for the best days out in London.
#2 Oxford – London Breaks
This city is the best winter day trip from London. It is not really far. The distance by bus is 2h which if you take a bus early in the morning you can be there around lunch time and enjoy the small city.
The city centre is small but it is really nice and especially during Christmas time it is even more adorable as you will find all the Xmas Markets.
We really like our journey in Oxford, I must say it was one of the best London breaks, as it is very close and in only one day we could spend some time outside our routine.
If you are planning your day trip in Oxford bear in mind that all the shops are closing early, when we have been we book our return tickets at 8 pm and we realize that at 5.30pm 6 pm all the shops were closing and we didn’t know what to do.
Cambridge is like Oxford, a small city but I must say we fell like it was really porch as there is one of the most important universities of UK.
There are a lot of buses going from London to Cambridge, with National Express from Vicotria Coach Station to Cambridge Parkside, which is the city centre, and the tickets are not expensive but you always need to check in advance as most of the time the prices are going up when Christmas is coming.
You can plan your winter day trips from London in just one day, going in the morning and coming back in the evening, but not a late evening as, Cambridge, like Oxford, all the shops are closing very early.
We were very surprised when around 5 pm the shops were starting to close, as we are used to the Londonist routine, where the shops are closing late.
We really don’t know which is a better day trip from London Oxford or Cambridge. But for sure if you are looking for a relaxing day out, meaning just to chill, you are looking where are the best places to visit for a day trip near London.
Despite common sense, it will say you Summer is the best time to explore and go outdoor, we will suggest you explore places near you even in winter.
There is a lot of reason behind this suggestion. First of all, a day trip in winter will be less expensive.
Also, do you really know what is it like to travel to London during the winter months December January?
It is amazing, nice landscapes and deep dales. Winter in London, England could be really cold, but it doesn’t mean is not worth to be visited.
#4 Cardiff – London weekend breaks
Cardiff, it is a good winter day trips from London, it is one of the city which is a bit far away, by bus it will take around 3 hours.
There are tickets available on the Megabus website. The best option is to take a bus which it will stop at halfway so you will have the opportunity to scratch your legs.
Cardiff is a really nice city, where you will be able to take some nice pictures as well.
During the day there are not too many people, but once the night is approaching everyone is going out, even if it is cold, raining or snowing.
We felt we were in London again, there is a lot of nightlife even if it is a small city, but at least you know that you can enjoy your day out in London.
Going to Cardiff by bus from London, you will pass by Bristol, one of the famous city in England. If you are trying to reach Wales by bus, car or Train you will pass by the Cotswolds.
This track could be clearly assumed as one of the best train trips from London in winter. Call this Costwolds day trip from London as “Castle day trips from London”, and let us know if you have loved it.
#5 Manchester – Winter day trips from London
Manchester needs to be in your top list when you will decide to explore the UK. You can easily reach Manchester by train from London Euston.
If you are planning your day trip in Manchester be ready to stay overnight as the journey it is already long as by train it will take 4 hours ish.
There are different trains which are going to Manchester.
There are Virgin trains, which they depart every 20 minutes and the journey will take around 2h and the price is starting from £27 but it will always depend on which dates are you going and the period.
You can take the train from a lot of stations in London, Euston, London Bridge, London Blackfriars.
All of those cities are the perfect deal for winter day trips from London. There is a lot to see in the UK and those are on our top list which you can’t miss if you are visiting the UK.
Close to Manchester, there is Liverpool, it is a nice escape from London, you can reach the northern city by train from Liverpool Street Station or even by bus.
The same line going to Manchester reach before Liverpool.
As you can see it is easy to reach those two northern England cities, the meeting point for the link networks is in central London, or even you can find some connections from Victoria Station and take your train ride.
It is a classic one day trip from London by train or a 2 days trips from London.
# 6 Birmingham – Winter day trips from London
Someone say city break? Birmingham is not too far from London is only 1 h and 30 minutes and it is perfect for a small Winter day trips from London.
As it is very close you can think about an early train and coming back in the evening, and what we suggest is to plan your journey in advance, as sometime as last minute the price can be more high than usual.
The first impression we had about Birmingham was good, for Alessia of course, there were a lot of malls, like the Bull Ring, but apart from that, there were a lot of things to see as well like for example the Cadbury World, a chocolate history with interactive exhibitions.
It is easy to reach Birmingham even by bus, thanks to multiple links to one of the biggest cities in the United Kingdom.
We can clearly assume it could be a half day trips from London, due to the concentration of shopping centre and nice sightseeing around the river, make it a perfect location for a winter day trips from London by train, and bus.
#7 Portsmouth – London weekend breaks
This is the perfect place if you love the beach and the sea. It is the right city where to stay for one night and enjoying this cute and small city close to London.
There are direct trains from London Waterloo direct to Portsmouth Harbour or Portsmouth Southsea.
When we first arrived we weren’t sure where we needed to get off but we just follow our aim, but very important check your ticket as there are a lot of controls.
If you love the sea at any time of the year Portsmouth it is a really cute city.
I must say during Summer time it is the best solution, but we do love going to the beach even during Winter time as we adore to listen to the sound of the sea waves.
Portsmouth is a quiet city, you can see a lot of people but it won’t be like London during Xmas time and with the sale around the shops. For perfect accommodation, we suggest the Holiday Inn Express, located in the heart of the city centre, close to all the shops and is not really expensive. Or if you don’t want to be in the middle and be quieter there is the Holiday Inn, just 20 minutes by walk in a quiet part of the city.
#7 Windsor – Winter day trips from London
Windsor was our second winter day trips from London. I was really excited as I was searching online and I saw some amazing pictures, so Toti decides to surprise me, like always, and he bought tickets to go to Windsor.
The perfect and easiest journey as Windsor is located only 45 minutes away from London by train.
It is a good combination of winter day trips from London and you can book the tickets online with Trainline.If you depart from London Paddington there are a lot of trains going to Windsor but be aware most of the time you have to change platform and usually it is at Slough Station.
There are a lot of stations available which are going to Windsor, so our suggestion is to plan in advance and to try to find the nearest one to you as for example from London Euston you need to change twice before to reach Windsor.
Top Tips: There are two stations in Windsor; Windsor & Eton Central and Windsor & Eton Riverside.
Which one is the difference and which one is close to Windsor Castle?
The closest one to the beautiful Castle is Windsor & Eton Central located close to all the shops and restaurant so you can have a coffee before start exploring Windsor. The Castle is the main attraction in Windsor and you must visit it especially after the Royal Wedding.
The tickets are available online and if you plan your winter day trips from London you can book them in advance so you can jump the queue.
The price per adult is £21.20 and for any other future information, you can visit the official website of the caste.
As soon as we do have the opportunity we prepare our backpack and we are going to explore new places near London.London is a big city and offers you a lot, one of the best things is to travel. Do not let this opportunity go away.