Lady’s 4-Day Trips from London You’ll Love Taking

Today I want to share my list of the best 4-day trips from London with you. If you have a long weekend or you want to go somewhere further afield, these trips are ideal escapes and getaways. Whether you’re looking for bank holiday breaks or you just want a couple extra days to travel, these 4-day tours and excursions will allow you check off some new destinations from your bucket list.

4 Day Trips from London

4-Day Trips from London

From the English countryside to the Scottish Highlands, my list of 4-day trips from London covers a diverse range of places. It includes spots in Wales, Northern Ireland, and continental Europe, too.

Whether you’re passionate about city breaks, coastal retreats, bucolic landscapes, or country villages, there’s a 4-day trip from London that will satisfy your wanderlust and suit your travel style.

You can do these as independent trips or as guided tours. I’ve done many of them with Rabbie’s, a company offering small-group tours throughout the UK and Europe.

They provide the driver and you choose what you want to do and where you want to stay. It’s the perfect balance between a guided tour and an independent trip. You can see their tours here.

Worm's Head, WalesWorm's Head, Wales

1. Edinburgh

I’ll start my list of 4-day trips from London with Edinburgh. This city in Scotland is hard to beat when it comes to aesthetics and historic charm.

From the castle on the hill to the Royal Mile and the storybook houses in Dean Village, Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK.

This is the perfect 4-day trip to Scotland from London. It’s enough time to explore the highlights of the city and the best secret places in Edinburgh while you’re visiting. My itinerary for 4 days in Edinburgh can show you more.

Edinburgh ViewEdinburgh View

You’ll also have time to take a day trip from Edinburgh if you want to explore the surrounding area. Places like Rosslyn Chapel, the Scottish Borders, Culross, Falkland, North Berwick, Dunbar, and St Andrews are easy excursions from the city.

You can get to Edinburgh from London by train or flight. It takes around 4.5 hours all-in either way, so it’s up to you how you prefer to travel to the Scottish capital.

If this appeals, you can book a hotel in Edinburgh here. My top pick for a place to stay is The George. It’s in a central location on George Street near St Andrew Square. You can book a room here.

Victoria Street, EdinburghVictoria Street, Edinburgh

2. Cornwall

Next on my list of 4-day trips from London is Cornwall. There are plenty of things to do and see in this part of the UK, from coastal walks to big beaches and historic sites.

Whether you choose to visit St Ives with its beaches and world-class art museums, surf-friendly Newquay, or foodie Padstow, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to 4-day tours of Britain here.

There are also highlights like St Michael’s Mount and unique attractions like the Eden Project. The former is a tidal island with a castle in Mount’s Bay, and the latter is a visitor attraction with huge biomes in a reclaimed clay pit.

Cornwall beachCornwall beach

And that’s to say nothing of Land’s End, the westernmost point in mainland England. There’s plenty of rugged coastal scenery to admire here.

If you want to visit, you can get to Cornwall by train (I took the overnight train once and I loved it), flight, or car. Just don’t underestimate how far it is from London.

If that all appeals, you can book a place to stay in Cornwall here. My favorite town to base myself in is St Ives. You can book accommodation in St Ives here.

Cottages in St Ives, CornwallCottages in St Ives, Cornwall

3. Belfast and the Causeway Coastal Route

In Northern Ireland, Belfast and the Causeway Coastal Route make for another of the best 4-day trips from London.

Belfast is known for its lively nightlife, friendly locals, and history, and the coast around it is packed with beautiful views and stunning scenery.

The Causeway Coastal Route starts in Belfast and runs north through the nine Glens of Antrim and along the water.

From medieval castles and hanging rope bridges to famous distilleries and Game of Thrones filming locations, there’s a lot to discover along this driving route.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Northern IrelandCarrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland

And that’s to say nothing of the Giant’s Causeway, where interlocking basalt columns result in a stunning natural landscape. It’s worth seeing on a 4-day getaway from London.

You can easily fly to Belfast from the UK capital. There are daily flights on multiple airlines, and fares tend to be reasonable if you book well in advance.

If that all sounds good, you can book accommodation in Northern Ireland here. There are lots of good places to stay.

Sculpture in Belfast, Northern IrelandSculpture in Belfast, Northern Ireland

4. South Wales

Another of the best 4-day trips from London is South Wales. From Cardiff to the Gower Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, and Brecon Beacons National Park, there are lots of fun places to visit here.

Cardiff is home to a fairy-tale castle, the Gower shows off the best of the Welsh coast, Pembrokeshire has some of the most beautiful beaches in the United Kingdom, and Brecon Beacons has great walking paths and waterfalls.

Worm’s Head and Rhossili Beach are two of my favorite places to get outdoors here, Castell Coch is straight out of a storybook, and hiking Pen-y-Fan is a rewarding experience.

View from Pen y FanView from Pen y Fan

Which is to say nothing of St Davids. This pint-size city in Pembrokeshire is home to the famous 12th-century St Davids Cathedral. It’s one of the most important religious sites in Wales.

If you want more ideas, you can take a look at my guide to weekend breaks in Wales or my itinerary for this part of Wales.

You can get to South Wales by train or car from London. Once in the area, it’s easiest to travel by car. If you need ideas for places to stay, you can see recommendations and book accommodation here.

Welsh Coastline in PembrokeshireWelsh Coastline in Pembrokeshire

5. Edinburgh & the Scottish Highlands

Back in Scotland, Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands are another of my favorite 4-day trips from London. It’s hard to top this part of the UK when it comes to beauty. The hills and glens, lochs and coos all make for a rugged beauty rarely seen away from Scotland.

Add to that hilltop castles, famous monsters (in Loch Ness, anyway), and tragic history, and Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands are the stuff of legends.

Whether you want to visit the Hebridean islands, the Cairngorms National Park, Aberdeen, Inverness, the Isle of Skye or Glen Coe, there are a lot of options for places to travel in this part of Scotland.

Pap of Glencoe, ScotlandPap of Glencoe, Scotland

If you need inspiration, you can take a look at my 4-day Scotland itinerary. It will show you how to see both the capital and the highlights of the Highlands in one trip.

You can travel independently or go on a tour. You can see all the Rabbie’s 4-day Scottish Highlands tours here.

Either way, you can book your accommodation here. There are lots of great places to stay in Edinburgh and the Highlands (including fairy-tale castles!).

Cottage on the Isle of Skye, ScotlandCottage on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

6. North Wales

North Wales is another of the top 4-day trips from London. This part of Britain is renowned for its dramatic landscapes, legendary castles, and beautiful coastline.

There’s no shortage of places to visit in North Wales. If you like the outdoors, Snowdonia is popular for hiking, Llandudno is a seaside resort town, and Anglesey has stunning island scenery.

If history and culture are your passions, Caernarfon is home to a huge castle and Portmeirion feels like an Italian village on the Welsh coast (it’s one of the most magical places to visit in the UK).

Portmeirion, WalesPortmeirion, Wales

If you want more inspiration, take a look at my blog post about a road trip in North Wales. It has additional ideas for places to visit in the region.

You can get to North Wales from London by car or train to somewhere like Chester. Once you arrive, it’s easiest to get around by driving.

If this sounds like your kind of trip, you can book accommodation in North Wales here. There’s a range of accommodation on offer here, from hotels to B&Bs and more.

Caernarfon Castle, WalesCaernarfon Castle, Wales

7. Isles of Scilly

Next on my list of the best 4-day trips from London are the Isles of Scilly. This archipelago off the coast of Cornwall is one of the most remote places in England.

The islands are a treasure trove of natural and human-made wonders. From white-sand beaches that look like they could be in the Caribbean to harbors dotted with colorful boats, this is the perfect place to get off the beaten path in Britain.

There are five inhabited islands in the Isles of Scilly. St Mary’s is the largest, but it’s also worth visiting Tresco, St Martin’s, St Agnes, and/or Bryher while you’re in this part of the UK.

Boat on St Mary's in the Isles of ScillyBoat on St Mary's in the Isles of Scilly

Tresco Abbey Garden is home to enchanted ruined arches, and Bryher has a lone red phone box redolent of a bygone era. These isles are truly some of the most enchanting islands in the UK.

If you want to visit, there are several ways to get here. When I went, I took a combination of a train, bus, and flight from London (it’s easier than it might seem).

If that all sounds good, you can book a hotel here. I stayed at the St. Mary’s Hall Hotel, a townhouse with classic decor and a sense of history. If you want to follow in my footsteps, you can book a room here.

Red Phone Box on Bryher, Isles of ScillyRed Phone Box on Bryher, Isles of Scilly

8. Paris

When it comes to continental European destinations, Paris is one of my favorite 4-day trips from London. This is one of the most popular places to travel from the UK capital, and a lot of my travel planning clients visit on a twin-city trip with London.

The French capital is one of the prettiest cities in Europe, and 4 days in Paris is enough time to see the sights and take in the major cultural highlights. From Paris landmarks to events and exhibitions, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

You can also do some shopping while you’re in the city. Whether you want to go to the grands magasins or the boutiques in the Marais, there’s no shortage of opportunities for retail therapy in the City of Light.

Paris view from MontmartreParis view from Montmartre

If want to, you can take a day trip while you’re here. From Giverny to Chartres, the Loire Valley, and Versailles, there are lots of great options.

You can get to Paris by train or flight from London. Most people choose to go by rail, as it’s easy to get from the heart of London to the heart of Paris quickly.

If this trip appeals, you can see my top picks for accommodation on my guide to the best area to stay in Paris.

Sacre Coeur, ParisSacre Coeur, Paris

9. Rome

Next on my list of 4-day trips from London is Rome. The Eternal City is one of the best places to visit in Europe, and there’s a lot to do and see in 4 days in Rome.

This place is famous for its ancient ruins. Several days is enough time to see highlights like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon.

Rome also has world-class art. Whether you want to browse the Galleria Borghese or walk through the Vatican Museums, there’s no shortage of things to see. The Baroque squares, fountains, and churches around the city are worth visiting, too.

Rome StreetRome Street

There’s delicious food in Rome as well. It’s worth taking the time to seek out the famous Italian cuisine (and gelato!) the city has to offer.

From seasonal dishes like artichokes to Roman pizza and the four pastas Rome is known for, there’s no shortage of good things to eat.

If you want to, you can also take a day trip while you’re here. Spending 1 day in Naples, the Amalfi Coast, or somewhere else in the region is a fun thing to do.

If this getaway sounds good to you, you can book a place to stay here. I love staying at The Hoxton. This hip hotel is in a local neighborhood and I like its stylish decor, buzzing lobby bar, and guest rooms. You can book a stay here.

Trevi FountainTrevi Fountain

10. Barcelona

In Spain, Bareclona is another fun trip from London. This Spanish city is an easy flight from the UK, and there’s a lot you can do in 4 days in Barcelona.

That’s because the city is packed with historic streets, stunning beaches, beautiful museums, and fun restaurants and nightlife.

Barcelona has a bit of everything, and it’s a great place to explore for several days. From Barri Gotic to the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, it’s a beautiful city.

Montjuic view in BarcelonaMontjuic view in Barcelona

Barcelona’s historic streets are easy to walk around, and the metro is helpful for places like Tibidabo that are further afield.

You have enough time to take a day trip while you’re in town, too. Highlights include the rugged seaside area of Costa Brava, mountain areas like Montserrat, urban centers like Girona, historic places like Tarragona, and beach destinations like Sitges.

If this 4-day getaway sounds good to you, you can book a place to stay here. I’ve stayed at Le Meridien Barcelona and I love its central location. You can book a room here.

Roof of Gaudis Casa Batllo in Barcelona, SpainRoof of Gaudis Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain

11. Santorini

Santorini is next on my list of 4-day trips from London. This island hardly needs an introduction. It’s one of the most famous in the Cyclades, with its unique cliffs rising out of an underwater volcanic crater.

Santorini is one of the best Greek islands for a number of reasons. The views over the caldera are spectacular, the whitewashed buildings with blue trim are classic, and the food is amazing.

I’ve traveled to Santorini a number of times, and I’ve always enjoyed visiting Fira (also called Thera or Thira) and Oia, the main towns. My itinerary for 4 days in Santorini will show you both.

Santorini churchSantorini church

Fira is the primary town, and its shops and narrow streets are bustling. It also has both a cable car and a donkey path that transport visitors up from the port below.

Oia is just as beautiful. It’s full of whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches, and it has great restaurants with sea views. Its main street is full of independent shops selling everything from art to books, too.

If this sounds good, you can book a place to stay in Santorini here. I’ve stayed at the Canaves Sunday and loved it. The unique rooms in the caves, the sunset views, and the amazing pool are hard to beat. You can book a room here.

Santorini sunsetSantorini sunset

4-Day Trips from London

I hope you’ve liked reading about these 4-day trips from London, and that you enjoy visiting the ones that appeal to you most. They’re great places to discover, and they make for fun escapes.

If you want more inspiration, take a look at my blog posts about weekend trips from London and 3-day trips from London. Happy travels!

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