London what Castle to visit?
The hedge maze and grotto at the end will totally MAKE the trip for your son. It is one of my favourite memories from our family trip when I was 12. And when I went again 15 years later, I still loved it.
Plus, there's a really beautiful garden and a pretty good aviary. It's one of the best day trips out of London I've been on.
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Warwick is nice but it takes forever to get there, so you will spend 8-10 hrs on a bus/in the car (return, it's 4-5 hrs one way mostly depending on traffic in London). Same for Leeds, that's on the other side of the country, why do it as a day trip?
pavotrouge wrote:Same for Leeds, that's on the other side of the country, why do it as a day trip?
Leeds Castle is not in Leeds assuming that's what you meant by the other side of the country, it's in Kent - rather closer to London, and perfectly doable as a day trip!
I guess a downside is that it's not occupied, but you can tour what was the Queen's private apartments. The last queen to use I believe was Queen Caroline (wife of George II) in the early 1700s!
Ditto the Tower of London. Neither disappoint.
Hampton Court is particularly good in summer. Don't miss the audio tours which are excellent. It's an easy journey from Waterloo.
I would arrive early at the Tower of London as it gets very busy. An additional tip: you can take a traditional Routemaster bus (number 15) from Trafalgar Square to Tower Hill.
Mark Hodson, editor of 101 Holidays
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