Wednesday, July 22, 2015

London Day Trips

As mentioned in a previous post my family is going to London for family vacation in a few weeks. We are going to be there for 10 days which gives us time to explore the city but also consider a few day trips outside of the city. We already have a day trip to Paris set, so if we do another one it would only be one other trip. The problem is, is that there are so many cool places to go and see in England that it is hard choosing where to else to go! I wanted to share the top three places in the running in hopes that will help to make a decision! My brother and I already threw Stonehenge out the window, I would like to see it eventually, we do not want to waste a day looking at a bunch of ancient rocks in a field when we could be exploring someplace cool.
1. Bath

I feel like Bath is a fairly popular day trip to people visiting London. The thing to do in Bath is to go and see the Roman Baths, which I mean if you've seen pictures of them they are gorgeous. Some other fun things is there is also a Jane Austen Museum, which I am totally down for. I have a quick funny story: I watched the BBC Pride & Prejudice a few weeks ago, the one with Colin Firth. During the part where the house keeper is showing Elizabeth around Pemberly, well I couldn't help but wonder what the heck happened to those portraits of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Apparently there's one at the Jane Austen Museum. Also, another random movie fact about Bath if you've seen Les Mis this might look familiar.

2. Oxford

I've actually already been to Oxford but I feel in love with the place when I visited. The town of Oxford is adorable and the university is stunning, like seriously the prettiest school I have ever seen in my life. But, when I went I was there for only half a day and it seems like the majority of my time there was spent getting lunch at freaking Pizza Hut! So I would seriously love to go back and explore some. There's tons of cool things to do in Oxford too! We toured the university a little bit but we didn't take a tour of Christ Church or anything. For those who aren't aware on the Christ Church tour you get to see the dining hall that the Great Hall in Harry Potter was based off of! This is also the location of were Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland, two of my favorite things!! As far as a few other cool things in Oxford, there is The Eagle & Child pub. This pub was a favorite of CS Lewis and Tolkien! There is also the covered market, which is really fun to explore. It's just what it sounds--a covered market. I briefly walk through here when I was previously in Oxford, but would love to spend some more time here. You can also do "British-y" things like punting down the river. Oxford is just a cool place that I would love to revisit!

3. Brighton

The first time I saw a picture of Brighton it was love at first sight. Just browse through these and I think you will understand. As far as things to do in Brighton, I think we would spend most of the time just exploring the town as it seems like there are tons of fun little shops and restaurants. I would also like to see the beach and the pier and such. Brighton just looks like such an adorable and fun place, but no one else in my family seems to be feeling it, so we'll see...

So those are kind of the top places we are thinking of going to if we decide to do another day trip! Now onto deciding where to go for tea, which is literally another ordeal as the list of places to get tea in London is endless....

Thanks for reading!!

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