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

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.

Hever Castle Garden

The 5 best spring day trips from London are:
1. Cambridge
2. Sissinghurst Castle Garden
3. Petworth
4. Hever Castle
5. The Cotswolds

I’ve taken all these trips in spring, so I can recommend them from my own experience. There is more about day trips in Frommer’s Best Day Trips from London, too. You can 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.

Spring in Cambridge, England

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.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden


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.

Garden in Petworth, West Sussex

Hever Castle

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.

Hever Castle

The Cotswolds

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.

Spring Tulip in the Cotswolds

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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Spring Day Trips from London

6 Comments on Lady’s 5 Lovely Spring Day Trips from London

  1. Carlo
    March 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm (6 months ago)

    Lovely article and great photo’s. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Amy Bach
    March 26, 2017 at 12:21 pm (6 months ago)

    I an visiting London mid-April with my daughters and would love a day or even over night trip to the beautiful Cotswolds…I adore English gardens…
    PS amazing BLOG!


    • A Lady in London
      March 27, 2017 at 9:18 am (6 months ago)

      That’s great! I hope you can do a trip to the Cotswolds.

  3. Suzanne Jones
    March 29, 2017 at 11:19 pm (6 months ago)

    I’ve been to Petworth a few times, heading to the Cotswolds next month and Hever Castle is on the list! Some excellent suggestions!

    • A Lady in London
      March 30, 2017 at 8:55 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks, Suzanne! I hope you enjoy the Cotswolds and Hever Castle.


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