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Index To Sightseeing Options In & From London

Identification of the main sights in and around London and how best to see them



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Tours In & Around London

Sightseeing In London

Sightseeing Outside London

Tours In & Around London

London Hop On Off Sightseeing Buses

The hop-on hop-off double-decker tour buses are now found in most cities throughout the world. There are 2 competing services. Enormously popular, this is the way to get orientated with London on your first day.

Guided London Tours

A range of guided tours from the classic touring coach and Blue Badge Guide to amphibious tours, to niche interest Rock Music, River or perhaps Black Taxi Tours.

Day Tours From London To Stonehenge, Oxford, Bath...

A stream of tour buses leave London daily to places like Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath, Glastonbury, Stratford Upon Avon, Oxford, Warwick Castle, Avebury, Cotswolds, Hampton Court, Leeds Castle...

Short Breaks To Paris

Paris is just over 2 hours from London by train. You can, and many do take a day tour. To get a better experience of Paris, 2 and 3 day short breaks are also available.

Short Breaks To Scotland

Edinburgh is just a few hours from London by train and is a good base from exploring further afield to the Highlands or if you prefer there is more than enough to occupy anyone in Edinburgh.

Private Day Tours From London

It is quite simple to put your own tour together going to the places you want to go at the pace you want. Private customised tours can be arranged for just a couple but become very attractive for groups.

Sightseeing Outside London

Stonehenge

World famous monument west of London. Every day of the year, even on Christmas Day there are coach tours to Stonehenge, most combining with another place like Windsor, Bath....

Windsor

On the western edge of London, very close to Heathrow Airport. A full day out can be had. Main draws are Windsor Castle and Eton College. Boat trips, theme park and much else. Great walks available.

Bath

A couple of hours' west of London by train or coach. The main draw and "must do" are the Roman Baths but there is also a multitude of museums, galleries and other attractions of Georgian Bath.

Oxford

Famous for its university and nearby Blenheim Palace, a world heritage site, home of the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Oxford is just an hour or two by coach or train north-west of London.

Stratford Upon Avon

Home of Shakespeare and on the edge of the Cotswolds, a picture perfect district of English villages. Stratford is situated about 80 miles north-west of Central London.

Canterbury

Canterbury Cathedral is the major attraction for visitors from London, but there is much, much more that for the independent traveler will easily fill up a day here. Just 90 minutes by train or take a tour.

Salisbury

The main visitor attraction of Salisbury is Salisbury Cathedral, one of the finest cathedrals in England and housing one of the original copies of the Magna Carta in the Chapter House.

The Cotswolds

The quintessential English countryside of thatched cottages and green field. The area is characterised by attractive small towns and villages built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a type of limestone).

Glastonbury

Fascinating town to visit, with its mystic origins, and for those captivated by the legend of King Arthur and Avalon. A long way from London but this quirky, relatively uncommercialised town is a unique place to visit.

Avebury

Only 20 miles from Stonehenge, this is another henge and saxon village. Unlike Stonehenge there is totally free access, you can walk among and touch the stones at all times.

Paris

Paris is just over 2 hours, city centre to city centre by train from London. In a long day you can see all the main sights in Paris and be back in London late evening.

Sightseeing In London

London's Museums

London has a lot of world class museums and best of all the vast majority have free entry. There really is something for everyone. If you have an interest is the subject matter then a day may not be long enough.

London's Art Galleries

Like London's museums, most of the big art galleries are free to enter, though you may be leant on for a voluntary contribution. If you're into art there are a long list of galleries available.

London's Castles & Palaces

Royalty and history intertwine at many of London's major attractions. Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace are near the top of many people's to do list.

London's Cathedrals & Abbeys

Royalty and history also have a heavy input of religion. With most of the royals having been coronated, married or buried in either of the main religious draws in London: Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral.

London Eye

Built for the year 2000 celebrations, the Eye has become a permanent and popular fixture sited at County Hall opposite Big Ben. This is the original Eye, now being copied globally.

Royal Parks

Millions of Londoners and tourists visit the Royal Parks for free each year, nearly all visitors at least visit one of them. Regents Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St James Park are the major ones.

Amusements

Hard to define this sector. Entertaining museum, kind of theme park mainly designed for the kids. Madame Tussaud's is the most famous but many others including Ripleys and the London Dungeon!

London's Shopping

Some people come to London and do nothing but shop. We identify the main shopping streets you've heard of like Oxford Street and Harrods department store and identify the niche districts maybe you have not.

London's Markets

There are small markets all over London but at the moment the most popular markets are at Camden Lock, Portobello Road and Borough. Youngsters particularly go for Camden.

London's West End Theatre

London's West End theatre is dominated by the commercial musicals, but there is a wide variety of theatre from Shakespeare to comedy clubs. Some tips on getting access to the theatre you want to see.


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