Restrictions have lifted in the UK, the sun is out and the weather is looking glorious. Its time to get out and about for a trip and to discover some wonderful day trips to reconnect yourself to earth and history!
Here are our top three day trips to enjoy outside of London city (though, there are way too many to choose from, and to be honest, it was tough picking our top three)...
A 45 minute train ride out of London will get you to Windsor Castle. This castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has been the home of 39 monarchs. Queen Elizabeth II still spends most of her private weekends here. Take a casual stroll around the various state rooms on display and the gardens. Windsor village is also a great place to walk around, have a pint of proper British ale at one of the many famous pubs, and even take a stroll along the river where you can feed the Queen's swans on the Thames!
Top Tip: Our Director, Greg, used to live in Windsor - and his personal pub recommendations are The Two Brewers, located at 34 Park Street - or The Horse & Groom, located just across from the castle. Both pubs date back to the 1700's, and are steeped in local history. You'll feel like you've walked through a time-warp!
Top tip #2: Eton is just a short walk away (around the back of the castle, and over the Thames. Home of Eton College - said to be the most famous school in the world. Former pupils, known as 'Old Etonians' include Princes William & Harry, King Leopold III of Belgium, Boris Johnson, famed writer George Orwell, and many more.
For more information on Windsor Castle, check out this LINK!
Kew Royal Botanical Gardens
Its a beautiful day and the sun is out. Why not take the short 45 minute train ride out to Kew Royal Botanical Gardens and walk amongst nature and check out their science and conservation work. For more information on Kew Gardens see this LINK.
Top Tip: From Kew Gardens, you're only one stop away from Richmond on the District Line (Green) -- or you can walk along them Thames to Richmond as well. Richmond is a lovely area to check out some local shops, local pubs... and you just might catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two, as Richmond is known to be home to Brad Pitt, Mick Jagger, and Tom Hardy (amongst many others).
A 30 minute train ride will immerse you into the time of King Henry VIII. You can spend hours here, taking the audio tour around the court and strolling around the gardens. After you have fully researched all there is to know about King Henry VIII go have a well earned meal and pint at the Prince Of Wales Pub, which is located not far from Hampton court and the train station. For more information on Hampton Court see this LINK.