Spring is here and I’m itching to travel. But while it’s easy to look abroad for seasonal sunshine, some of my favorite places to visit in spring are within an hour or two of London. England comes alive with color and life around this time, and every year I try to travel to as many of my favorite towns and gardens as I can. If you want to experience the best of the season, today I bring you 5 lovely spring day trips from London.
Spring Day Trips from London
You can do any day trip from London in the spring, but there are some that stand out for good reasons.
The 5 best spring day trips from London are:
2. Sissinghurst Castle Garden
4. Hever Castle
5. The Cotswolds
I’ve taken all these trips in spring, so I can recommend them from my own experience. You can read more about day trips in Frommer’s Best Day Trips from London, too. If you’re in the UK, get it here. If you’re in the US, get it here.
I’ll never forget my first spring day trip to Cambridge. It was early April and it started to snow when I arrived. But even though the weather wasn’t as sunny as I hoped, I still loved the look of Cambridge in spring. The blossoms, botanical garden, and daffodils won me over. I’ve been back several times since, and no time of year has been as beautiful as springtime.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Of all the spring gardens I’ve seen in the UK, Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent is the most memorable. The formal gardens are bursting with color in May, and the woods are full of bluebells. The castle and its oasts make a lovely backdrop to the scene, too.
Down in West Sussex, Petworth is a town with great spring color and more charm than I ever imagined. Not only are there cobbled streets and cozy pubs, but also the impressive interiors and gardens of Petworth House. The stately mansion is packed with incredible art, and the grounds come to life in spring with daffodils and bluebells galore.
Anne Boleyn’s childhood home of Hever Castle is another of the best spring day trips from London. The castle and its surrounding moat are straight out of a fairytale, and the grounds delight with their expansive gardens. Tulips abound in April, and as the spring progresses the manicured gardens fill with bulbs and perennials. There’s even a water garden with fountains for hot days.
The Cotswolds are lovey at any time of year, but in spring they have two things that make them even more beautiful: lambs and gardens. Spring lambs are just about the cutest things I’ve ever seen, and the area is full of them between March and May. Add to that the floral “rooms” in Hidcote Manor Garden and dramatic pools in Kiftsgate Court Gardens, and the Cotswolds are full of seasonal sensations.
These 5 day trips are just a sample of the amazing places to visit near London in spring. If you’re like me and are itching to travel right now, they’re great alternatives to destinations further afield.
Have you been on any spring day trips from London? Where did you go?
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