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Looking for family day trips from London? Take a break from the Big Smoke and have a fun-filled day out instead. Explore a new city, take a trip to the seaside or head out on a rural ramble. These day trips are guaranteed to keep the entire family happy, says Emine Saner.



Easily accessible from London, Brighton is the quintessential beach escape. It may have been heavily gentrified but there are still enough reminders of the classic British seaside – think penny slot machines and a tempting vinegary whiff of fish and chips in the sea air – for a nostalgia fix. Amble around The Lanes, popping your head into colourful shops selling quirky antiques and unique jewellery. Try to win a teddy bear before whizzing down a Helter Skelter and buckling into a dodgem car on the Brighton Pier. Then head to the top of i360 tower, which is even taller than The London Eye, for a seagull’s-eye view of the city and surrounding coastline. If you'd rather stay at sea level, take Volk's Electric Railway: a Victorian train trundling along the seafront.

布莱顿大部分都被改造成了中产阶级居住区,但又不失经典英国海边的风貌 – 想一想在海风的吹拂下从自动售货机购买一份味道诱人的炸鱼和薯片是多么怀旧的一件事。


You can reach Brighton by train from London in around an hour. You can also drive to Brighton in around two and a half hours.

  • 布赖顿海滨的躺椅。© Image Source。


    自伦敦与布莱顿之间的铁路于 1840 年开通后,一日游的游客们一直以来都搭乘火车前往布莱顿。跟随他们的脚步,观赏布莱顿码头和海滨的景色。吹海风是永远不会过时的度假必备项目。

  • 利物浦 Penny Lane © George Clerk/Getty Images


    Penny Lane 是《佩珀中士的寂寞之心俱乐部乐队》(Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club) 专辑中的一首永恒经典歌曲,因此这里也成为披头士乐队歌迷的必看景点,Paul McCartney 坐在公交车站等 John Lennon 时写了这首歌。

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  • 巨石阵家庭出游 © Jodie Griggs/Getty Images


    巨石阵有超过 5,000 年的历史,而在该遗址发现的文物可以追溯到大约 10,000 年以前。直到今天,考古学家都不知道它究竟是如何构建起来的。

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Liverpool boasts plenty of iconic sites. Take the Ferry ‘cross the Mersey and admire the city’s lovely waterfront. Listen to live music in the very place Beatlemania broke out: The Cavern Club welcomes resident artists to its stage every day from 11:30am until late (kids are welcome during the daytime). The Beatles Story, comprised of two museums exploring the Fab Four, is another top attraction – if your children think The Beatles were simply an ancient version of One Direction, then this is the place to educate them. Want to do a little shopping before you leave? Head to Bold Street. Leaf through vinyl albums and second-hand books in independent stores and enjoy a hearty bowl of scouse (Liverpool’s famous stew) in a local cafe.


Trains take just over two hours from London Euston. By car, the journey from London to Liverpool takes around four and a half hours.



Stonehenge is one of the most famous sights in Britain and an early morning trip (before the hordes turn up) to the mysterious ancient stone circle will enthral children. For more recent history, head to Bath. It’s a beautiful city to walk around – expect plenty of honey-coloured buildings – and you may just feel like you’ve stepped into a Jane Austen novel. The small city also boasts plenty of child-friendly attractions. In The Roman Baths, for example, you’ll find trails for kids of different ages as well as an audio guide narrated by the former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen. As you wander around the museum your family might even run into costumed characters based on real people who lived in the area 2000 years ago.


You can drive from London to Stonehenge in around two hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from London Waterloo to Salisbury and from there get a bus to Stonehenge – the overall journey will take just over two hours.

If you’re renting a car, you can drive from London to Bath in around two and a half hours. Trains from London Paddington to Bath take around an hour and a half.

  • 牛津最引人注目的建筑莫过于圆形的拉德克利夫图书馆 (Radcliffe Camera) 了。


    《哈利·波特》的粉丝们希望能近距离地参观牛津大学基督堂学院。Great Hall 曾用作影片中霍格沃茨食堂的灵感,而盘旋而上的楼梯也曾在几个镜头中有过特写。



The Cotswolds, with its quaint cottages and thatched roofs, is achingly charming. Just like a Richard Curtis film. You can take a coach tour of the area and stop in pretty little cafes for cream teas. Little ones who love to run free will be delighted with Blenheim Palace – the gorgeous grounds boast an adventure play park, a miniature train and a maze. In Oxford, get your bearings of the beautiful city on foot or by taking a bus tour. There are also Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland tours.


The easiest way to explore different parts of the Cotswolds is by car. You can drive from London to Blenheim Palace in around two hours. You can also take the train from Paddington to Hanborough and catch a bus to Blenheim Palace from there – overall this journey takes around an hour and a half.

If you’re travelling by car, the journey from London to Oxford takes around one hour and forty minutes. You can also get from London to Oxford by train in around an hour.