Best day trips from London by car

Fancy a break from the hustle and bustle of London but don’t know where to go? Odon’t even have your own car and aren’t on your friend’s or family’s insurance policy? Don’t worry, at Jaunt, we’re all about opening up opportunities for drivers – even those who don’t have cars. So, we’ve come up with a list of great places for those epic day trips or even a weekend stay if you’re planning on heading out of the city for a break. 

Windsor Castle

Less than an hour’s drive away from Central London, Windsor Castle – aka the home of the queen  offers the prospect of a peaceful day out from the capital. Windsor is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and there’s lots to see and do.  

You can check out the treasures of the castle, the changing of the guard or even just wander through the castle’s gardens. There are also loads of cafes and bars in the surrounding area of Windsor itself and plenty of places to park too. 


If you fancy heading to the seaside for a day, you can get to Brighton in about an hour and a half from London. Why not head along to the beach for a swim and an ice cream as you soak up the seaside views? 

Brighton also has a great reputation for its food and drink. There’s loads of independent cafes and coffee shops, as well as a range of places to grab some dinner whilst you’re there. You can easily spend a day or even a weekend mooching around all the cool side-streets and beach-front walks. There are plenty of hotels and B&Bs too if you want to make it a weekend stay. 

Blenheim Palace

As long as you don’t mind venturing a little further out from London, Blenheim Palace (about 1 hours and 45 minutes away) offers a day out for all ages with parking on-site. 

Birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim has got loads to offer: from picnic-worthy gardens to mazes and butterfly houses, it offers a peaceful contrast to the busyness of London life. 

Box Hill

If you’re looking to explore slightly closer to home, Surrey’s Box Hill (a national trust area) is less than an hour away from Central London and offers loads of different things to do for a nature-filled day out. 

You can enjoy a picnic in the hills, go on butterfly walks and cycle across the countryside. If you’re bringing kids along, you can check out the natural play areas and fun trails dotted across the place as well.  


How can Jaunt help?

No car? No problem. With Jaunt’s temporary car insurance, you can just borrow a friend or family member’s car for your out-of-London road trip. With our short-term insurance, you can get covered from any period from an hour up to 30 days and get fully comprehensive cover so, if you were to have an accident, you’re fully insured. With hourly car insurance you could even share the drive with a friend?   

The Jaunt policy also won’t affect the no claims discount (NCD) of the person whose car you’re borrowing. Although, while the vehicle owner’s NCD won’t be affected, claims will need to be made in the name of the driver on the Jaunt policy and so this could affect your future premiums. 

Interested? Check out our short-term car insurance guide for more info or even get a quote right now by answering a few simple questions.