I’m so excited to start this new monthly feature – the best day trips to take from London In! One of the things I have been really trying to embrace since our return from Qatar is getting out and about to see all the UK has to offer. As London is my home base, I have started compiling the list of what to see when! So without further ado here are my best summer day trips to take from London in July including the best beach day trips from London to historic homes and much much more!
For me July is all about (theoretically at least) sunshine, outdoors and all things floral! To make the most out of the good weather here are:
The Best Garden Day Trips to Take From London in July
RHS Wisley Gardens
A new favourite in the Wandermust Household. RHS Wisley is a beautiful botanical garden run by the British Horticultural Society. It is the second most visited garden in the UK after Kew!
The garden covers over 240 acres and has beautiful glasshouses, arboreteum, orchard, children’s play area and café.
Although great at any time of year in July, the bright blooms are out in full force
A very seasonal pick! Lavender blooms from June – August in London but in my opinion July is the perfect time to visit!
Be warned however that the farm can get very busy at weekends and during the school holidays so I would recommend going on a weekday if possible!
If you have to go at weekends or during holidays be sure to get there very early to ensure you get parking and to get the best morning light for photography!
While on site be sure to visit the cafe and try the amazing lavender scones and lemonade!
Hampton Court Palace
I love Hampton Court Palace, and the gardens are spectacular in July. For an added bonus, the Palace hosts the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in July for real flower enthusiasts. Smaller than Chelsea but less busy this is a great flower show to attend!
Hampton Court can get busy so we recommend buying your tickets in advance!
You can get your entrance tickets via Viator online HERE
Great at any time of year, but Kew is glorious in the summer. The roses are out in full force and it really is the perfect palce to have a picnic. Great as well as it is easily accessible by tube on the District line!
Why not round off your day by enjoying an evening of musical entertainment by attending the Kew the Music Festival!
We have a full review of the best things to do at Kew here!
The Best Sporting Day Trips to Take From London in July
One of the things I love about July is how sporty London and its surrounds become!
Henley upon Thames
Henley is a beautiful market town by the river. In good weather it is glorious to take a boat ride down the Thames or go for a stroll along the pathway. For real rowing enthusiasts, July in Henley also means the famous Henley Regatta!
More information: Check out our 48 Hours in Henley Guide!
My personal favourite sport! Wimbledon is now entirely a July event! You have to apply months in advance for tickets and they are really hard to come by!
For those visiting London in Summer I would recommend during the famous Wimbledon queue and taking a chance that you can get ground passes. I have done this on several occasions and even on the years that I didn’t get into the ground I had a lot of fun!
While there, why not check out the Wimbledon Tennis Museum!
The Best Beach Day Trips to Take From London in July
If the weather is good really is there anything better than fish and chips and ice cream on the beach!
One of the most accessible beach destinations from central London. Although a stony beach the Brighton beach is a great one to visit and on the plus side if the weather turns bad, there are plenty of attractions in the town itself!
A beautiful beach and a great foodie destination for those who like seafood. July marks the end of the oyster season but it is a great time to go and join in the Whitstable Oyster Festival held annually in July!
A staple English seaside town! With the Margate Pleassure Beach this is sure to be an all round family favourite!
The Best History Day Trips to Take From London in July
Windsor and Eton
Windsor can get very busy during the summer holidays so try and beat the toursits by heading here in July. Windsor looks glorious in the sunshine and the Great Park is the perfect spot for a summer picnic!
For a full run down of the best things to do in Windsor check out this post!
Head back at the end of the month to check out our super summer ideas for August day trips from London!