10 of the best UK day trips

Compared to some other countries, the UK is not a very big place and you could argue a person could travel anywhere within it on a day trip. You just may not always have time to see anything before you need to head back. A common option for a great day trip is getting one of the many trains to London or if you live there, trains out of London.

You can travel by almost any mode of transport, but trains can be cheap and easy, especially if you do some planning and buy advance train tickets.

Whatever you enjoy, you can probably find it somewhere in the UK. National Trust, Cadw, Historic Scotland and English Heritage are good places to start if you like history and nature. Craving castles, cathedrals or caves? Got them. Standing stones, modern art or Roman ruins? They are here. Coast, countryside or cities? Ditto.

Depending on your starting point, some options are better than others, but you are always going to be spoilt for choice whichever direction you head.

10. Chichester


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A charming market town with a beautiful cathedral, an impressive art collection at Goodwood House, quaint shopping district and roman villa just outside town.

9. Windsor


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A day out in Windsor should be mandatory for all UK residents. The royal residence is open to the public at certain times and there is plenty to see in the town nearby including the Guildhall and Household Cavalry Museum as well as sneaking a peek at Eton and wandering through Windsor Great Park .

8. Chester


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The Town Crier will keep you informed of the time and any news in lovely medieval Chester. Check out the Chester Rows, city walls and Roman amphitheatre amongst other delights.

7. Conwy


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Conwy was one of the key ‘iron ring’ of castles built by Edward I. Spectacular strength with a backdrop of the stunning scenery of Snowdonia.

6. Walled city of Derry


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One of the finest walled cities in Europe with a chequered more recent past, walk around and explore some fascinating history.

5. Stirling


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Stirling has a castle, a monument, a bridge and endless echoes of Scottish history played out in the area.

4. York


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Walk York!

3. Blenheim Palace


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This is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and although close to Oxford and the Cotswolds, is a day out in itself.

2. St Ives


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You can’t go wrong with a fishing village with world class art (Tate Gallery) and artists, the seaside and fabulous food.

1. Milton Keynes Snozone


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And now for something completely different – skiing in Milton Keynes.

Blogger Midge travels all over the UK daily in her mind and quite often in body and spirit as well.

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