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Weekend Getaway: England day trips

England is one of my favorite countries to visit, because not only will you get the convenience of the city in London, but a day trip can take you to lovely coasts and scenic hikes.

Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

An unforgettable day trip that you won’t want to miss is The Jurassic Coast. Situated on the English Channel coast of Southeast England,  it is an easy day trip from London. You can take a train from the city center to Wool (London Waterloo to Weymouth Line) and take a bus straight to the site. I opted to do a Bus Tour with Discover Dorset Tours, there are also 3 bus services to West Lulworth for Durdle Door (numbers 30, X55 and 104).

The bus tour company was great since they pick you up from the train station and also bring you back at the end of the day without having to wait for the public transport bus.

If an easy hike and if beautiful coast is what you are looking for, this is the place for you. Lulworth Cove is located near the entrance. You will hike up a hill and take in the breathtaking view of the ocean, the curving rock formations as well as the pool that has formed in between the hill and ocean.

Continue your walk to the Stairway Hole where you will find fishing boats and other visitors taking in the sun along the beach.

The hike to Durdle Door is much longer. You will pass the parking lot and hike up a hill where you will be welcomed by the beautiful scenery of the Jurassic Coast’s  crystal clear blue waters that will make you want to take a plunge, but don’t be fooled. Even in the summer the water is still chilly, however don’t be deterred – take a plunge and cool off from that hike.

As you get closer to Durdle Door you will immediately see the famous arch. You can walk down the stairs and relax on the beach or continue the hike further out to see more of the coast. Either way you wont be disappointed. The Jurassic Coast with Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove is a definite must as a weekender trip when in England. So the next time you’re in town, make sure to visit!

More England day trips:

Seven Sisters

Seven sisters is located in East of Sussex on the coast of the English Channel. A short train 50 minute ride from Victoria Station in London it is a wonderful place for a hike and to get a bit of sun on warmer days.

You can expect gorgeous views of the coast and a scenery to die for! It’s a great place to re-charge and enjoy a few hours hike. You can even visit the beaches that are below the cliffs and stay a bit longer.

Cambridge

Traveling to Cambridge from London may take a bit more time. By train you can hop on to the Great Nothern/Thames Link Railway which takes you to Cambridge Station from London Kings Cross.

The trip can take between an hour to an hour and a half depending on the speed of your train.

If you want to get there faster, there is also the option of renting a car. Sites like rentalcars.com, skyscanner and autoeurope.com are great places to search for the best deals.

Keep in mind that you are driving on the other side of the road. So, make sure to be careful.

Once you arrive in this incredible city, you can immerse yourself in the rich history.

Cotswolds

If you want to discover the beauty of the English country side, make sure to head to the Cotswolds. It’ll feel like you have gone back in time and been placed in a story book fairy tale.

A few ways of getting to the Cotswolds is by train, car or through a tour company like getyourguide.com. They will give you several stops to visit this quaint town and appreciate the beauty. They even have a Downton Abbey village tour!

Bath

Bath is one of the most appealing cities in England. With its Roman and Georgian architecture and world-renowned spas, it will be hard to resist visiting this incredible place.

If you are looking for a change of scenery and a relaxing weekend getaway, then Bath will be the perfect spot.

Getting there by train you can hop on the   Great Western  trains which runs from London Paddington Station to Bath Spa Station  that ends at Bristol Temple Meads Station. The ride takes around an hour and a half and if you buy your tickets a month in advance you will be able to save on your trip.

If you want to get there by bus you can take the National Express Coaches from London to Bath take about two hours 20 minutes and again if you purchase your tickets a month in advance you will be able to save

Stonehenge

The world famous Stonehenge is located only 90 miles from central London, so a day trip is a must!

There are a ton of choices in getting to this renowned spot, from guided tours, trains, and car rentals your options are limitless.

There are trains running directly from Waterloo stations to Salisbury, which is the nearest railway to Stonehenge.

You can also catch the Stonehenge tour bus which goes directly to visitor center. There are currently no public bus services to the site so going with a tour bus will be your best bet, if you are planning to go via bus.

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