Possibly the most beautiful thing about Britain—you’re never very far from anywhere.
Some of the most fun I ever had while living in England was on short days out to villages and cities I’d never seen before. It was wonderful to leave home in the morning with a packed lunch and go for a ride in a car, bus, or train to a delightfully unfamiliar place. Museums, food carts, graveyards, galleries, shows, shopping, churches, gardens…a world of opportunities are out there!
Just from London alone you can go on a day trip to
- The Cotswolds
- The New Forest
- and the list goes on and on…..
Many towns are really too small for a stay of several days, or even a weekend. But almost any place can be fascinating for a few hours! And if one hamlet isn’t grabbing your interest, hop in the car and drive onto the next one!
Build in Day Trips
If you are planning a trip to Britain sometime soon, I suggest that you build in several day trips. Moving to a new location every day can be exhausting (pack up, travel, unpack, sleep, pack up, unpack, etc.). It’s best if you schedule a several days in each city, and use one or two of those days for day trips. You go out in the daytime, have your fun, then come back to a familiar and comfortable home base.
Although you could spend a solid month in a big city like London without having to leave, why not get out now and then? A refreshing trip to the countryside could be just what you need to let up on the breakneck tourist pace you’ve been setting.
Here’s a humorous little video featuring a day out to Melton Mowbray, home of Stilton Cheese and the famous Melton Mowbray Pork Pie: