Holidays in England

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Day trips into London from the Cotswolds


A day trip to London from the Cotswolds is easily possible in as little as 2 hours 10 minutes by train.

Visit the Trainline website to view prices and times.

If you travel by train, by a travelcard so that you can hop on and off the London Underground and buses.

London is best visited in day trips because it is tiring walking from one tourist attractions to another. It's much nicer to holiday in the country and enjoy day trips to London.

Other methods of travel into London are coach, organised tours and to drive in by car. We do not recommend driving in by car unless it's on a Sunday. You would need to pay for the London Congestion Charge in advance. The days that are exempt from the Congestion Charge are weekends, public holidays, and between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Tourist Attractions in London that are free to visit:

  • The London Museums, British Museum, Natural History, Science British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and many others
  • Art Galleries
  • London parks (bring bread for ducks)
  • Historical Monuments such as Buckingham Palace can be viewed from the outside. See the Changing of the Guard, visit Tower Bridge, Houses of Parliament. It is possible to pay for tours inside all these but it does not cost anything to see them from the outside.
  • China Town
  • Inns of Court. Go to Temple Underground Station
  • Covent Garden for shopping and with free entertainment


The main London landmarks are all free to view from the outside.

Value for money places to visit where an entrance fee is payable:

  • The Tower of London
  • Hampton Court - royal palace
  • London Zoo and Regents Park
  • Kew Gardens


Not necessarily value for money

  • London Eye - there are superb views for free from the Oxo Building along from the Embankment or by climbing the Monument to the Fire of London (small entry fee and healthy exercise).
  • Or, if you are based in the Cotswolds you may just prefer to spend your time exploring the cities in the Cotswolds; Cirencester, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury all have much to offer for city breaks.

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city breaks Cotswolds