Many travelers add London to their itineraries not only because it’s one of the most exciting cities in the world, but also because it’s so easy to reach many other worthwhile destinations from London. Read on for a few of our favorite train-related day trips from London!
London to Stonehenge by Train
These 40-ton rocks that were supposedly dragged through a desolate plain to Salisbury Hill have puzzled scholars and visitors for centuries. The history behind these stones is still unclear today. Whether Stonehenge was a religious temple, astronomical clock or a burial ground has never been proven. As you visit the site, let your imagination be your guide to the mystery and legend that surrounds these strange stones. And don’t leave without taking the requisite photos of trying to knock one of these mammoth structures over. (But don’t REALLY try to knock them over. We imagine the authorities wouldn’t be amused.)
How to Get to Stonehenge?
Standing in a grassy field in the Wiltshire countryside, Stonehenge is seemingly in the middle of nowhere. But getting here is easy – from London’s Waterloo station, it’s just an hour and 24 minutes to Salisbury followed by a short bus ride from the Salisbury train station. The bus is located right outside the station and comes every hour on the off season and every half hour on the peak season. Tickets can be purchased locally or online 24 hours in advance.
London to Salisbury by Train
There are two direct trains per hour and the travel time is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. The ticket prices range from $60 to $102 but can vary depending on season and demand.
While in Salisbury, Visit the Salisbury Cathedral
No need to head back to London just yet. You have to travel through Salisbury to get to Stonehenge, so since you are already in town, the Salisbury Cathedral is an easy addition. Salisbury has one of the most incredible medieval cathedrals in all of Britain. For over 750 years, pilgrims have come to Salisbury to seek inspiration and peace or to climb the 404-foot spire – the tallest in England. Also here, in the Charter House, one of four copies left of the Magna Carta. One of the world’s most significant documents, the work is often claimed to be the cornerstone of liberty, law and democracy.
London and Salisbury to Bath by Train
From Salisbury, it’s a mere 54 minutes by train to Bath, (from London, about 1.5 hours) with its perfectly preserved Roman temple and spa. This spa town is so rich in history, it’s one of only two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region. And while you no longer can sit in the thermal, curative waters of Bath, you’ll still leave refreshed and renewed.
Bath features both Georgian architecture, a perfectly preserved Roman temple and spa and Britain’s only natural hot springs. Cross the Pulteney Bridge – designed after the covered bridges of Florence – over the river Avon to the Roman Baths where centurions soaked their warrior aches away.
On Board the First Great Western Train Line
Most of the First Great Western trains now have an Express Café or trolley service with a beverages and snacks. Also, there are visible luggage racks and overhead storage for your belongings.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online, and we recommend this — popular routes sell out in the summertime!
The best way to travel outside of London? Unlike Stonehenge, this is no mystery: take the train!
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