Located in the middle of England, the UK’s second city is within easy reach from some of the most popular tourist spots in the country. Take in the sights of old medieval towns, explore the waterways of Oxford and more as we have rounded up the top day trips from Birmingham.

Oxford

day trips from birmingham

Distance from Birmingham by train: 1 hour 10 minutes.

The blend of architecture splashed across the city’s famous campus attracts visitors from around the globe. Neoclassical, baroque and gothic styles each call the campus home. But beyond the beautiful facades of the buildings, Oxford has so much more to offer day trippers.
 
Christ Church College will capture the imagination of Harry Potter fans and curiosity of history enthusiasts. With thousands of books on display, literature lovers should make time to browse through The Weston Library.

For those seeking something other than museums and colleges, the Jericho district is well worth a visit. The area boasts craft beer bars, independent coffee shops, and vintage clothes retailers.

Bristol

day trips from birmingham

Distance from Birmingham by train: 1 hour 25 minutes.

Maritime artifacts, ancient architecture and kooky neighborhoods, Bristol has something for everyone. The city offers vibrant bars, cultivating street art and some of the best thrift shops in the country. Spend a day exploring the galleries of the floating harbor, or discovering the past in one of Bristol’s many museums.
Exploring Bristol is best done by footTake the time to wander from the M Shed and Brunel’s SS Great Britain – two of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. While the start and endpoints are worth a visit themselves, it’s the sights on the way that will make it a day to remember.
 
When it comes to time to unwind, round off the day trip from Birmingham with the purr-fect pint at the Bag O’ Nails. A pub that can count 15 cats among its regulars.

Cheltenham

day trips from birmingham

Distance from Birmingham by train: 40 minutes.

Home to horse racing and some of the UK’s best literary festivals, dig a little deeper and Cheltenham has a lot of offer.
Thespians can enjoy spectacles from the Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham Playhouse and Everyman Theatre. While foodies can get stuck into great eats at Lumiere, Prithvi and L’Artisan. Not to mention, the town is home to a generous amount of parks.
Pittville Park, the largest ornamental green space in the town, offers a stunning scenic experience. Afterwards, dive into the Pittville Pump rooms. An old regency building which housed British and U.S. soldiers during the Second World War. It’s a popular venue, but when it isn’t booked for a function visitors are welcome to take a look around free of charge.

Stratford-upon-Avon

day trips from birmingham

Distance from Birmingham by train: 40 minutes.

Taking a day trip from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon may feel like a trip back in time. As the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the town has kept many of its Medieval characteristics. Those looking for historical sites should stroll down High Street and Henley Street. The mixture of old shops, Tudor architecture and restaurants make for a splendid day.
Those who don’t fancy a Shakespeare-heavy trip, why not take a row boat down the River Avon? Relax and unwind as you row past the town, taking in the scenery.
 
If that’s too relaxing, more daring visitors can get their thrills at The Falstaff Experience, arguably one of the most haunted hotspots in Britain. What to find out more? Check out our list of the top things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Lichfield

day trips from birmingham

Distance from Birmingham by train: 35 minutes.

Lichfield may be one of the smallest cities in the UK, but it’s one of the most interesting. Head to Beacon Park, with more than 70 acres of stunning gardens, playing fields and wide-open green spaces.

Get the full experience of the city with the Green Badge Guide Tours. A small group of guides with over 25 years of experience and local knowledge to share.

The city was also the birthplace of Samuel Johnson, the man credited with inventing the dictionary. Countdown-watchers and all English-language geeks can visit his house-turned-museum. Lichfield also boasts the only medieval three-spired cathedral in the world. History and architecture aside, the cathedral regularly hosts displays and exhibitions by local artists.

As you can see, all of these places are quick and easy to get to from as day trips from Birmingham. Time to leave the passport at home and start exploring the best of what’s in your back garden.

Jack Oldham

Jack Oldham

Jack is an Englishman living in Tokyo with permanently itchy feet. He can often be found daydreaming about his next trip, teaching English and eating far too much sushi for one man.
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