8 Great day-trips from North London - the new, the old and the downright quirky!

Looking to get out of the big smoke?

Stunning beaches, historic towns, chalk caves and even the chance to ski are just a short drive or train journey away.

Check out our top 8 list of the best day trips from North and East London.

1. OXFORD

This flat, compact city has it all – Oxford University and its 38 colleges, Bodleian Library, museums, a castle, brilliant shopping, more than 1,500 listed buildings and a picturesque canal. It’s a firm favourite with filmmakers – check out the Tudor dining hall at Christ Church that inspired Hogwarts Great Hall and the staircase, which featured in the Harry Potter movies.

Christ Church Meadows, just a little out of the centre, is stunning and offers excellent, views of Oxford’s spires, University Parks, the riverbanks and Port Meadow. Oxford was the birthplace of Alice in Wonderland and provided much of the inspiration for the stories – Alice’s Shop (a charming sweet shop selling Alice-inspired items) is worth a trip – It’s like stepping into her Victorian world.

Contact the Oxford Preservation Trust for details of walking tours and events.

Getting there: By train: London Marylebone to Oxford (1 hour). Driving from London = 1.5 hours)