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20 Ideas For Day Trips From Birmingham By Coach, Train & Car!

by TheWanderingQuinn

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With Birmingham’s wonderful central location, there are so many day trips from Birmingham that can be done.

Whether you are looking for day trips near Birmingham that you can drive to with the family and have some fun at, or you are looking for day trips from Birmingham by train to a different part of the country, I’ve got you covered in this post full of days out from Birmingham!

Coach trips from Birmingham are also incredibly popular so below I have noted popular day trips from Birmingham by coach too!

From historical cities like York and Bath, iconic sights like Stonehenge and family fun attractions like Alton Towers, the Harry Potter Museum and Leicester National Space Centre, this list of Birmingham day trips has been put together with the help of my fellow travel bloggers to help you explore the best of the Midlands and beyond on a Birmingham day trip!

Day Trips From Birmingham

Day Trips from Birmingham
Keep Reading for the best day trips from Birmingham to go on!

1. Leicester National Space Centre

The National Space museum is an outstanding attraction easily accessible from Birmingham.

The first thing that strikes you about the Leicester National Space Centre is the rocket tower. The tower is 42 m (138 ft) tall and claims to be the only place to house upright space rockets indoors. It is an impressive introduction to the museum! The real star of the show is Sir Patrick Morre Planetarium. The planetarium/cinema delivers you a 360-degree movie experience, it literally puts you in space as you lie back and become immersed in space.

The Leicester Museum has 6 interactive galleries that explore and educate about Space. Our Solar System gallery has an amazing model of the Mars Rover that you can drive. It allows you to practice driving the Mars rover on the red planet. It is very cool to say the least. There are enough fun stuff and learning experiences here to keep kids and adults entertained for a good few hours which is why it makes one of the best day trips from Birmingham!

How to get there from Birmingham: When driving via the A6 from Birmingham you can reach the National Space Museum in around 1 hour.

Suggested by:Wyld Family Travel

Day Trips from Birmingham, Leicester Space Centre
The Leicester Space Centre Museum is a great day trip from Birmingham with kids!

2. Malvern Hills

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to a beautiful nature spot just a 1 hour drive out of Birmingham, there is no better place to visit than the Malvern Hills.

Stretching across the three counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, there are plenty of different walks to choose from in the Malverns. You can walk the five hours end to end following the top of the Malvern Ridge from Chace End to North Hill taking in the main summits! Or you can head up Worcestershire Beacon or British Camp, two of my personal favourite walks.

The Malverns have inspired numerous writers throughout time, including J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis who used to walk the hills together. These literary legends went on to create the world-renowned universes of the Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia. It’s definitely not hard to see why these breath-taking landscapes inspired them!

How to get there from Birmingham: The Malvern Hills are pretty easily accessible by train so they make one of the great day trips from Birmingham by train! A train from Birmingham New Street takes you directly to Colwall, Great Malvern or Malvern Link from which you can walk onto the hills pretty easily. However, a car is best if you want to park at the base of the hills for a really easy walk. The best car parks are at British Camp, Gardiner’s Quarry, or Upper Beacon Road car park.

Suggested by: Faraway Lucy

day trips from Birmingham, Malvern Hills

3. Bibury Village, Cotswolds

One of the best day trips from Birmingham has to be the beautiful Cotswolds village of Bibury. This riverside village is often dubbed the prettiest village in England and is famous for being home to Arlington Row. Owned by the National Trust, Arlington Row, is a small but picturesque row of houses, so quintessentially English that they even feature on the inside cover of the British passport.

Other than this beautiful row of houses, Bibury is also home to Bibury Trout Farm. Spanning 15 acres of land, the trout farm is one of the oldest in England and visitors even have the opportunity to catch their own dinner! If you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty, you can always purchase one of the deli products to take back to Birmingham.

The village is so small and quaint that there is only one pub, the Catherine Wheel, a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Birmingham city centre.

How to get there from Birmingham: Bibury is south of Birmingham and takes 1 hour 20 minutes to reach by car via the M5. If you prefer to visit the Cotswolds by train from Birmingham you can travel to Cheltenham Spa Station and get a 30-minute taxi for the rest of the way.

Suggested by: Roshni from The Wanderlust Within

Day Trips from Birmingham, Cotswolds

TRAINS FROM BIRMINGHAM

When it comes to day trips from Birmingham by train, I really recommend booking your tickets in advance on The Train Line so you can get the best price! Tickets are always cheaper further out from your trip date rather than on the day itself.
Check out train times and tickets on The Train Line here now!

COACHES FROM BIRMINGHAM

For your coach trips from Birmingham, you can also use The Train Line to make bookings with all the top UK bus and coach providers and the best thing is, coach tickets are often much cheaper than train tickets so this will help you book a cheap Birmingham day out!

Check out coach times and tickets on The Train Line here now!

4. Warwick & Warwick Castle

Warwick is a small town located along River Avon which forms part of West Midlands Region in England. The very first thing that comes to ones mind when we hear Warwick is its magnificent castle founded by William the conquerer. To be very honest, Warwick is more than that, and there are many interesting things to do, considering how small the town is.

Seep through thousand years of jaw-dropping history as you walk through the rooms of the Warwick Castle.  The castle is huge, and sits right next to River Avon and is an unmissable attraction in Warwick. You come to Warwick to marvel at the Warwick Castle and hear about the stories of heroes and warriors. Right next to the castle is the adorable The Mill Garden – a privately owned garden that allows public access. A great place to take a stroll or catch a glimpse of the castle.

If you want a bigger green space, go to St.Nicholas Park situated right opposite to the castle, a fantastic green space to picnic, feed the ducks and stroll along the river. There are also boats and kayaks that you can hire, and a paddling pool for the little ones to enjoy.  There is a pay and display car park near the park.

Walk around the town centre admiring the half-timbered houses and myriad cafes and restaurants.  If you are looking for an indoor activity, St. Johns House and Market Hall Museum are lovely little museums that you can spend time in with your family.

How to get there from Birmingham: Warwick can be explored by car or public transport. It is only 45 minutes drive from Birmingham. Alternatively, there is a direct train service by Chiltern Railways that connects Birmingham and Warwick and takes around 1 hour to reach. By coach from Birmingham, Warwick is just 30 minutes away.

Suggested by: Country Hopping Couple

Day Trips from Birmingham, Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle is one of the most popular day trips from Birmingham!

5. Bear Grylls Adventure

One of the fun days trip from Birmingham is to the Bear Grylls Adventure, located at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre).

There is a wide range of adventure activities to choose from. If you’re after a whole day experience, you can book ‘The Big 5’ which takes around 9 hours to complete! In this package, you’ll be able to learn archery, go indoor skydiving, scuba diving in a tank with sharks, test your nerves on a high ropes course and climb on an indoor rock climbing wall. All the activities can also be purchased separately, so you can build your own perfect package or just choose one!

All bookings also include free entrance to the ‘Royal Marines’ style timed assault course! It’s really tough going with some really tricky obstacles! Most of the activities to require a certain level of fitness, especially if you pick The Big 5 package, it’s like a full-body work out which you’ll definitely feel when you wake up the next day!

The Bear Grylls Adventure is a great day out if you want to challenge yourself and try something new!

How to get there from Birmingham: Ideally located in the NEC it is really easy to reach from Birmingham city centre. You can either drive for approximately 20 minutes or take the train to Birmingham International station, for approximately 20 minutes from Birmingham New Street and walk the last little bit.

Suggested by: Between England & Iowa

day trips from Birmingham, Bear Grylls Adventure NEC

6. Shrewsbury

Are you looking for a lovely relaxing place to visit on your day out from Birmingham? Shrewsbury is the perfect place to relax and wander.  The entire town centre is now within easy walking distance, bounded on all sides by the river loop.

The buildings in Shrewsbury are of all ages, many mediaeval and Georgian – and new ones too, all huddled together in a tiny half-square kilometre of space.  Much of the town centre is occupied by local shops, cafes, wine bars and restaurants.  You can explore higgledy-piggledy side streets, alleys and gardens at random, and never get lost because the whole place is bounded by the river.  If you walk uphill from anywhere, you soon arrive at the charming old Market Square: home to a classy little arts cinema and the town’s museum.

Some specific Shrewsbury highlights include The High Street, with bookshops, and cafes, Wyle Cop – steeply sloping and lined with jewellery shops, and others specialising in cookware, and fine foods, the vast Quarry Park with tree-lined lawns, and the river, and Mardol: an ancient street where you will discover the town’s most quirky old timber-framed structures, some dating back to the 13th Century. Find time to enjoy a cup of tea on this Birmingham day trip before catching one of the many trains back to Bham.

How to get there from Birmingham: There is a direct train from Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury making this one of the easy and cheap day trips from London as the ticket cost is low, and Birmingham to Shrewsbury is around a 1 hour drive too. It’s also one of the great coach trips from Birmingham because it takes just 1 hour by coach from Birmingham to Shrewsbury.

Suggested by: The Travelling Twins

day trips from Birmingham, Shrewsbury

CAR HIRE FROM BIRMINGHAM

If you need to hire a car for the day so you can go on the perfect day trip from Birmingham, have a look on Rental Cars here as they check for car rental with all off the big companies like Budget, Hertz & Aviv so you only need to check once to get the best price!

7. Ludlow

The list is long of things to do in Ludlow in this walled medieval town including a river walk, a castle, markets, and great food to try. You will notice the people who live there take very good care of their home with beautiful baskets of flowers everywhere and they keep it neat and tidy.

The castle square market is open daily, except Tuesday. They do vary the stalls with specialty markets on Thursdays and Sundays. The stalls are full of local produce and hand made items. You will find many tempting treasures that may be difficult to resist.

The walk along the river is beautiful, with great views of the castle from Dinham Bridge. There is a circular walk called the two bridges (or for the old times the bread walk) if you like to walk it is highly recommended. 

Ludlow is one of the great Birmingham day trips to enjoy a small-town, great food, beautiful surroundings, and so much more.

How to get there from Birmingham: It is easier to reach Ludlow from Birmingham by car with a drive of about 1 hour 30 minutes. There is a train from Birmingham New Street to Ludlow Station with 1 change which takes about 1 hour 45 minutes and Ludlow train station is a 10 minute walk from the city centre.

Suggested by: Blue Bag Nomads

day trips from Birmingham, Ludlow

8. The Black Country Living Museum

You don’t have to travel far out of Birmingham to have a fun Birmingham day out. For a unique day trip from Birmingham, head to The Black Country Living Museum. The Black Country Living Museum does what it says on the tin; it’s an open-air living museum dedicated to historical life in the Black Country. 

After paying the admission fee (£19.95 for adults, £9.95 for kids aged 3 – 15), visitors are transported back to Ye Olde Black Country, where there are tons of oldy worldy sights to see. You can walk around Victorian-style houses and speak to its inhabitants (museum staff who are in character and experts on their subject), experience a class from 1912 or visit an old-fashioned pub and have a pint (!). You can even visit the sweet shop and get some vintage sweets!

This museum works almost like a functioning town. The cherry on top is a visit down into real coal mines. After a full day of time travel, you’ll need some fish and chips from the fish shop… they’re genuinely delicious.

The first time I visited the Black Country Museum, it blew my expectations out of the water, I could have wandered around there for days. It’s well worth the ticket price, but you can also buy a family ticket to get a discount making it a great family day trip from Birmingham.

How to get there from Birmingham: You need to head to Dudley which is just a 30 minute drive from Birmingham, or this works as a great day trip from Birmingham by train because you can catch a train from Birmingham New Street to Tipton which takes around 20 minutes. Once you’re in Tipton, you need to walk about 15 – 20 minutes to the museum.

Suggested by: Ambers Destinology

9. Bourneville

Bourneville is the perfect day trip for families, or in fact, anyone with a love of chocolate! The area was created in the late 18th century when the Cadbury family relocated their chocolate factory there.

The family named the area Bourneville after the local river Bourn and added the French word for town ‘ville’. The area soon grew with the creation of a model village similar to that of Saltaire built by Titus Salt in Yorkshire. In this village, the Cadbury family built housing, schools, parks, and even a village green for their workers to enjoy. This was revolutionary at the time as it meant the workers at the Cadbury factory were well paid and looked after by their employers. 

Today you can enjoy a stroll through the leafy streets and parks in this popular area of Birmingham.  

You can of course also visit the main attraction in the area – Cadbury World. Enjoy an interactive tour and learn all about chocolate production! And of course, enjoy lots of samples on your way around. Booking is essential especially during school holidays as this is a popular destination for families and chocolate lovers everywhere! 

How to get there from Birmingham: Only 12 minutes after leaving Birmingham New Street station by train you arrive at the pretty suburb of Bourneville.

Suggested by: UK Travel Planning

day trips from Birmingham, Bourneville

10. Harry Potter Studio

The Harry Potter Studio Tour in Watford an absolute must for Harry Potter fans. This is where the actual Harry Potter films were made and is now a popular attraction full of old sets, costumes, props and more. It’s a self-guided tour but it is perfectly designed so you follow the route through some of the most iconic Harry Potter sets including the Gryffindor Common Room, Snape’s Potions Classroom, The Great Hall, The Ministry of Magic and more.

The studios lift the veil on the magic so you can see exactly how they brought Harry Potter to life and it’s a thoroughly insightful and unforgettable experience. There’s a huge amount to look at and read as they’ve covered every little detail down to the sketches that brought these sets to life. What’s more, you get to experience some magic for yourself such as flying a broom in front of a green screen and sipping on Butterbeer. 

As the Studio Tour is regularly updated (at least one new feature is added each year!), the tour is significantly longer now than when it first opened. Whilst you have to enter at a specific time, once you are inside you can spend as long as you want there. Today, it’s estimated that the tour takes anywhere from 3 – 5 hours depending on how long you spend on the optional activities, lunch, gift shop etc, so it makes for the perfect Birmingham day trip!

How to get there from Birmingham: This is one of the great day trips from Birmingham by coach because you can book onto a full Harry Potter Studio tour with transportation from Birmingham like this! Or you can go from Birmingham to Watford where the Studios are in just 1 hour 40 minutes by train!

Suggested by: Laura of What’s Hot?

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TRAINS FROM BIRMINGHAM

When it comes to day trips from Birmingham by train, I really recommend booking your tickets in advance on The Train Line so you can get the best price! Tickets are always cheaper further out from your trip date rather than on the day itself.
Check out train times and tickets on The Train Line here now!

COACHES FROM BIRMINGHAM

For your coach trips from Birmingham, you can also use The Train Line to make bookings with all the top UK bus and coach providers and the best thing is, coach tickets are often much cheaper than train tickets so this will help you book a cheap Birmingham day out!

Check out coach times and tickets on The Train Line here now!

11. Oxford

The gorgeous city of Oxford is easily visited as a day trip from Birmingham. The beauty of Oxford is its small, compact nature that means you can easily explore the whole city in just a day.

Oxford is a city with plenty of fascinating history and several buildings dating back over 1,000 years like the Saxon Tower of St Michael at the North Gate. This would have been the viewpoint from the city walls that protected Oxford from its enemies.

Other things to see during a day trip from Oxford include the Radcliffe Camera, Christ Church College where scenes from Harry Potter were filmed, the Bodleian Library which holds a copy of every book in the UK, The Sheldonian Theatre designed by Sir Christopher Wren and the Ashmolean Library, home to the lantern used by Guy Fawkes in the Gunpowder Plot.

While there are lots of things to keep you busy, one of the best things to do is relax in one of the many excellent Oxford cafes, sip a speciality flat white and watch this picturesque city go about its day.

How to get there from Birmingham: There is a direct train from Birmingham New Street to Oxford which takes just over 1 hour. Alternatively, you can drive from Birmingham to Oxford down the M40 in around 1 hour 20 minutes making it an easy day trip from Birmingham. And for coach trips to Oxford from Birmingham you can get a coach there in 1 hour 10 minutes!

Suggested by: Where Goes Rose

Day Trips from Birmingham, Oxford

12. Castle Combe Village, Cotswolds

One of the top day trips from Birmingham is Castle Come Village in the Cotswolds! Without a double Castle Combe is one of the most beautiful villages in England so it has to be visited at least once.

In fact, in 2001 Castle Combe has even named the most picturesque village in Great Britain so if you are planning a day trip from Birmingham with friends or family – this beautiful village will be really a great choice!

Well-preserved medieval stone houses and a beautiful market square perfectly define the character of the village. No wonder that this Cotswold gem is very known amongst photographers from the whole country. Go for a walk around the village, have a pub lunch or one of the local tea rooms for the afternoon tea.

Castle Combe village, with its surrounding beautiful countryside, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Cotswold – a perfect place to visit from Birmingham during summer.

How to get there from Birmingham: Car is the best way to get from Birmingham to the Cotswolds. The 100 miles journey from Birmingham will take around 1 hour and 45 minutes to drive by car.

Suggested by: Darek and Gosia

day trips from Birmingham, Castle Combe

13. Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon is a medieval town located in the West Midlands. The town is also famous for being the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is the most famous English writer who is left after an impressive legacy including the plays ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Hamlet’. Therefore, Shakespeare’s Birthplace is the most famous landmark in Stratford-upon-Avon and is also the main reason why many tourists visit the town.

Stratford-upon-Avon makes a wonderful day trip from Birmingham especially for Shakespeare lovers. Not only can visitors visit his birthplace but they can also watch a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The theatre has contemporary plays of Shakespeare’s and as well as plays written by modern writers.

However, not everything in Stratford-upon-Avon is Shakespeare’s related; The charming town also has local shops, a beautiful church called Holy Trinity Church, a cool museum and even a butterfly farm. Indeed, the town has something to offer for everyone whether you are travelling with friends, kids or as a couple.

How to get there from Birmingham: Getting to Stratford-upon-Avon from Birmingham is relatively simple, it is a 45 minutes journey by direct train or you can drive and it will take roughly 45 minutes too. Be sure to use the Stratford Park and Ride option to get into the centre easily.

Suggested by: Luxury Voyager

Day Trips from Birmingham, Stratford Upon Avon
For one of the historic day trips from Birmingham, head to Stratford!

CAR HIRE FROM BIRMINGHAM

If you need to hire a car for the day so you can go on the perfect day trip from Birmingham, have a look on Rental Cars here as they check for car rental with all off the big companies like Budget, Hertz & Aviv so you only need to check once to get the best price!

14. Peak District

Get away from it all and escape to the open landscapes of the Peak District National Park on a day trip from Birmingham. The Peak District is split into the green rolling hills of the White Peak and the dramatic escarpments and moorland plateaus of the Dark Peak.

The best way to spend your day in the Peak District from Birmingham is with a long walk in the hills. Dovedale is a popular choice for those visiting from the South, but it can get awfully busy at weekends. Instead, drive a little further into the National Park to Hartington or Monyash. Or if you want dramatic escarpments, head to Curbar or Stanage Edge. Alternatively, you could bring your bike and enjoy a long cycle ride along one of the many disused railway tracks that have been converted into traffic-free gravel pathways. 

If you prefer a more relaxed day out, head over to the Chatsworth Estate, one of the grandest houses in the country. Or ride the cable car up to The Heights of Abraham and explore the old mining caverns, amongst other things to do in Matlock.

However you choose to spend your day, the best way to finish up is at a local pub with a pint of Peak Ale. 

How to get there from Birmingham: From Birmingham, the heart of the White Peak is only an hour and a half drive away and if you don’t have your own car you can visit on one of the organised coach day trips from Birmingham.

Suggested by: Jenny from Peak District Kids

day trips from Birmingham, Peak District

15. Alton Towers Theme Park

Theme Parks in the UK are loved for their world-class rollercoaster rides, and they don’t come much bigger than Alton Towers, the largest theme park in the country and being just over an hour’s drive from Birmingham, Alton Towers is an absolute must-visit for adventure junkies on a day trip from Birmingham!

Situated near the village of Alton near Stoke-On-Trent, the site consists of a sprawling theme park, an indoor and outdoor tropical lagoon themed water park, a luxury oasis spa, an extraordinary golf course, and a hotel complex.

Alton Towers is arguably the best adventure park in the UK, and boasts The Smiler – the world’s first 14-loop rollercoaster, and the Nemesis, perhaps the most memorable rollercoaster ride of my childhood, that carries dangling thrill seekers around 250 tonnes of tangled steel through corkscrews, spins and loops at 50 miles per hour. 

Get your tickets to Alton Towers here and start planning your day trips to Alton Towers from Birmingham!

How to get there from Birmingham: By car via the M6 the journey from Birmingham to Alton Towers is around 1 hour and 15 minutes. To get to Alton Towers by train from Birmingham, board the Newcastle-bound Cross Country train from Birmingham New Street Station to Derby which takes 33 minutes. From Derby Railway Station, catch the X52 bus and step off at the 8th stop at Alton Towers Entrance. The journey is 2 hours and 10 minutes in total.

Suggested by: BRB | Gone Somewhere Epic

16. York

York is our favourite city and it would make for a great day trip from Birmingham. The beauty of York is not only its history but its diversity. There is so much to do in York, there really is something to suit everyone.

As a family, we love the free National Railway Museum near to the train station. Other favourites include a visit to the Castle museum that has a historically recreated Victorian street. You can relive the lives and smells of Viking York on a ride through time at Jorvik Viking Centre.

Young and old will love finding out about something with a strong connection to York, chocolate. At the Chocolate story, you will learn all about the history of chocolate in the City and you not only get to taste different kinds of chocolate but you can make your own chocolate lollipop. If that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth how about booking an afternoon tea at the popular Betty’s tea-room.

For lovers of water, you can catch a boat ride down the main river running through the City. For lovers of history, you can visit the stunning York Minster. If you are visiting with teenagers they can be scared silly in York Dungeons. Once you’ve worn yourselves out exploring there is a huge and varied choice of places to eat out. From Italian to Indian and from tea rooms to pubs. You will never go hungry on a visit to York.

How to get there from Birmingham: Birmingham New Street to York is just 2 hours 30 by direct train or you can drive from Birmingham to York in around 2 hours 15 minutes.

Suggested by: Yorkshire To Do With Kids

Day Trips from Birmingham, York

17. Bath

Bath works well as one of the day trips from Birmingham because once you are there it is easy to walk around Bath and explore this historical city.

Things to do in Bath on a day trip include visiting the Roman Bath Museum, visiting the iconic circular houses in the Royal Crescent. Taking a boat trip or a walk along the River and shopping in Bath’s many independent shops.

If you are ready for a full day out you can combine a trip to Bath with a stopover in the Cotswolds or Stonehenge because they are all so close by.

How to get there from Birmingham: Birmingham to Bath by car is around 2 hours, it is also 2 hours by train from Birmingham New Street Station to Bath Spa Station with a change in Bristol making it an easy Bham day trip.

Suggested by: The Wandering Quinn

Day Trips from Birmingham, Bath River

18. London

Only one and half hours away on the fastest train, London is one of the best day trip destinations from Birmingham. There is so much to do and see in London that you will leave wishing you had more than just one day. But sometimes time is short, and luckily, a lot of the main attractions in London are quite close to each other, so it is possible to cover quite a bit of ground in one day. 

If this is your first time in London, you’ll have to start at the Palace of Westminster or Houses of Parliament, of course. Aside from having Big Ben, you will be able to visit Westminster Abbey in the vicinity. Head to Trafalgar Square straight after that, where you will find the National Gallery, and walk through the Admiralty Arch down Pall Mall towards Buckingham Palace. 
From the Palace, walk through Green Park to Piccadilly, Soho, Chinatown, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. All these famous areas are within a short distance from each other. 

If, however, this is not your first time in the capital and want to do something a bit different, there are some fun and unique ways to see London. You could have afternoon tea or a gourmet meal on board a bus while you tour London’s famous landmarks. Or if you are a thrill-seeker, why not take a Thames Rocket and enjoy London from the river with an adrenaline-inducing boat ride? It’ll take you all the way from the London Eye to Tower Bridge.
Whichever way you decide to spend a day in London, there are plenty of options on how to do it.

How to get there from Birmingham: Getting the train to London is the best and quickest way to get from Birmingham to London and the fast train takes just 1 hour 30 minutes from Birmingham New Street Station to London Euston Station.

Suggested by: Brogan Abroad

day trips from Birmingham, London
London works as one of the great day trips from Birmingham thanks to the quick train journey!

19. Stonehenge

Stonehenge is one of the most popular day trip destinations in the United Kingdom. The mystery behind the prehistoric monument’s origins and purpose is a major draw for tourists.

When you arrive at Stonehenge, take a trip to the visitor’s centre where you can find an exhibition dedicated to the history of Stonehenge and life during the times when Stonehenge was constructed. After learning a little bit more about the monument’s history, grab a picnic lunch from the café and hop on the shuttle to the Stone Circle. Enjoy your lunch in view of the stones (also a great spot for people watching!) before getting a bit closer to admire the mysterious stones. 

How to get there from Birmingham: Stonehenge is just a little bit over 2 hours from Birmingham by car, making it easily visited on a day trip from Birmingham by car. It is possible to visit with public transportation; however, the journey can take around 1 hour longer. When driving from Birmingham to Stonehenge, the majority of the trip is done by taking the M5 down to Salisbury. If you’d prefer to use public transportation, you can take a train from Birmingham New Street to Bristol Temple Meads and from there to Salisbury before taking a taxi to the monument.

Suggested by: A World in Reach

day trips from Birmingham, Stonehenge

20. Bristol

If you’re looking for one of the most exciting cities in the south of England, then Bristol will tick all the boxes and Bristol is an easy day trip from Birmingham! The maritime city is steeped with history, particularly around the dockside. If you’re after something a bit more urban, then you’ll love the street art scene.

Bristol is famous for loads of things beginning with B; Blackbeard, Brunel, Balloons and Banksy. The notorious pirate Blackbeard is said to have resided in Bristol (under the name of William Teach), there are quite a few trails around the city about Bristol and pirateology.

Bristol is also home to the SS Great Britain if you get a chance I highly recommend you go inside the famous ship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Brunel was voted as the second greatest Britain of all time (Winston Churchill pipped him to the post). Brunel was the designer also responsible for the stunning Temple Meads Stations (if you caught the train to Bristol, you will arrive here!. He also designed Bristols most iconic landmark; the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Moving forwards a couple of hundred years, you can’t miss how much street art there is in the city. Bristol is home to Banksy, you can find his work dotted all over the city. However, the biggest hub of street art is in the autonomous underbelly of Stokes Croft. Each year Bristol hosts UPFest: The Urban Paint Festival.

How to get there from Birmingham: Bristol city is situated just under 90 miles south of Birmingham, journey times should be around 1 hour 30 minutes. You could also travel to Bristol by train, this takes around 1 hour 20 minutes.

Suggested by: Meet Me In Departures

day trips from Birmingham, Bristol

I hope you now have lots of ideas of coach trips from Birmingham, day trips near Birmingham and some top Birmingham days out ideas!

TRAINS FROM BIRMINGHAM

When it comes to day trips from Birmingham by train, I really recommend booking your tickets in advance on The Train Line so you can get the best price! Tickets are always cheaper further out from your trip date rather than on the day itself.
Check out train times and tickets on The Train Line here now!

COACHES FROM BIRMINGHAM

For your coach trips from Birmingham, you can also use The Train Line to make bookings with all the top UK bus and coach providers and the best thing is, coach tickets are often much cheaper than train tickets so this will help you book a cheap Birmingham day out!

Check out coach times and tickets on The Train Line here now!

CAR HIRE FROM BIRMINGHAM

If you need to hire a car for the day so you can go on the perfect day trip from Birmingham, have a look on Rental Cars here as they check for car rental with all off the big companies like Budget, Hertz & Aviv so you only need to check once!


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