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Best day trips from London – Cambridge, Canterbury, and more


You can get out of London from April 12 (Picture: Getty)

Lockdown restrictions are starting to ease and we’ll soon be able to move around a little more again.

The current roadmap says that from April 12, the requirement to stay local will be lifted.

While we need to continue following social distancing rules, going a little further afield for a day trip will be allowed.

It’s best to travel by car if you can and if you do choose to use public transport, wear a mask, stay two metres apart and follow all guidelines.

Restaurants and pubs will reopen for customers to eat or drink outside from April 12 as well but be prepared for them to be busy. Many have limited space outside and will be booked in advance, so you might want to bring your own picnic instead.

It’s also important to remember that indoor attractions won’t be open so bring some outdoor games to play or think of activities you can do when you get there.

What are the best day trips from London?

Richmond Park

Herd of deers graze in the Richmond park in London (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Although obviously still in London, Richmond Park is the biggest enclosed space within the city boundary and if you don’t have access to a car, it gives plenty of opportunities to explore.

Surrey Hills

A spectacular sunrise lights up the heather-clad Surrey Hills (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Covering over a quarter of the county, the Surrey Hills offer plenty of space, peace and quiet.

Try popular spots like Box Hill, Leith Hill Tower or Newlands Corner or plan out a route that works for you.

Canterbury

A Canterbury street with the cathedral in the background (Picture: Getty Images)

The city of Canterbury in Kent is about two hours drive from London and offers lots of beautiful streets to explore.

Its famous cathedral is still closed for visitors but the Precincts are open to the public, free of charge, so you can admire from the outside.

Windsor

Windsor Castle is closed, but there is plenty to see outside (Picture: Getty Images)

Again, the big attraction – Windsor Castle – is closed, but there’s still plenty to enjoy.

The Windsor and Royal Borough Museum has an outdoor exhibit and it’s filled with parks and green space.

Rye

Mermaid Street in Rye (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Around two hours away by car, Rye is a picturesque town in the coast that feels like a little piece of the Cotswolds.

Enjoy walking the cobbled streets and window shopping in antique shops, before taking a walk along Camber Sands.

Cambridge

Punting will open again in April (Picture: Getty Images)

From April 12, punting along the River Cam will be allowed again, which gives you the chance to explore the city from another angle.

Oxford

Oxford, here before lockdown, is a very easy city to get around (Picture: Getty Images)

Oxford is a very walkable city and the ancient univeristy provides lots of beautiful arcitecture. Of course, as with other destinations, most are closed for visitors inside but you can walk the historic streets and view many sites from there.

Chiltern Hills

Plan a route through the picturesque Chiltern Hills (Picture: Getty Images)

Another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just beyond the boundary of London is the Chiltern Hills.

You can get there by car or if you are talking public transport, you can take a train or the tube to Amersham.

Wells

Wells Cathedral (Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew), Wells Abbey and park (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

As it’s one of England’s smallest cities, it means you can easily soak Wells in in a day.

Again, you can’t go inside the Cathedral but you can view the beautiful West Front from outside.

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