As one of the world’s megacities, London is home to countless attractions – cultural, historical, and just plain fun.

While taking public transport might be more practical when visiting popular sights such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Madame Tussauds, you shouldn’t dismiss driving altogether. After all, there is more to London than just the central area. Wander off the beaten path and a whole new world opens up – and the best way to get there is by car.

This is where our day trip guide comes in. We have picked some of the best winter day trips from London and mapped them out for you, highlighting various landmarks, nature spots and adventure activities.

About the day trips

Each day trips has a starting point easily accessible by public transport. For example, you could catch a train from the airport to St Pancras Station, and then continue to Chelmsford by car.

All these day trips are no more than 60 miles long and consist of at least three stops, including the most popular place to eat. When choosing which attractions to include, we went through the top online reviews and picked the best things to do and see along the way.

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