A fully guided day trip to Britain's most important pre-historic monument "Stonehenge" and the beautiful city of Bath. This coach tour from London includes admission and an audio guided tour of Stonehenge. Your guide will also give you a tour of Bath and you will have free time to enjoy the city.
We combine two of England's most popular attractions with a fully guided tour of mysterious prehistoric Stonehenge and the beautiful golden city of Bath, steeped in the history of the Roman era and Georgian period.
After departing London we head west into the rolling hills and chalk down lands of Wessex, a land of burial mounds and Stone Age settlements. High up on Salisbury Plain stands the greatest Neolithic monument of all, the prehistoric circle of Stonehenge. As we drive towards the area our guide will enlighten us with the history of this powerful place. We can hear of the different periods of building, the different types of the stone used, the alignments of the monument and theories behind its construction. We will learn of what is known and discuss ideas about what may never be known. We are then able to walk around the entire site with an audio guide to gaze upon and contemplate this Stone Age marvel.
After wandering around the Stone Circle, explore the Visitor Centre and Exhibition, including the fascinating 'Standing in the Stones' 360 degree audio visual display. There will also be time to explore the Neolithic Houses. Step inside the see how people lived 4500 years ago, with volunteers on hand to explain how the houses were built, what materials were used and demonstrations on making tools.
We then head further westwards passing villages of flint and thatch into limestone country and down towards the World Heritage city of Bath. Here in the valley of the River Avon flow the only hot springs in the country. Gallons of hot water bubble up to the surface every day and, back in time, this had attracted both the Celts and the Romans who named the city Aqua Sulis, when the settlement became a premier Roman resort in the First Century AD. Later in the 18th Century the city was beautifully re-invented by the Georgians. The spa became a place to see and be seen, a chance to rid themselves of stiffness of the joints and gout. The town was blessed with wonderful new houses, elegant crescents, terraces and squares. It became home to Jane Austen, Thomas Gainsborough, Lord Nelson, Alexander Pope, Napoleon III, a place for Royalty and nobility to socialise and take the waters.
Upon arrival, join our guide for an eye-opening walking tour of the city visiting the Royal Crescent, the Royal Circus, Bath Abbey and of course the Baths (entry extra). You can then enjoy a leisurely lunch and a chance to look around the shops, boutiques and also to visit the Roman Baths Museum if you wish.
Estimated time of arrival back in central London is 7-8pm
The typical group size on this particular day trip is 30-40 people but full size coach tours can take as many as 50 people. This tour is not one of our small group tours; this day trip is intended for travellers looking for a great value day out, with a mix of guiding and free time.
Please note that all timings above are estimated and assuming normal traffic conditions. Due to the changeable nature of road conditions, we cannot guarantee a precise time when you will get back to London, it is usually between 7-8pm.
On the return to London your driver will drop you at International Student House for easy access to Gloucester Road Tube station and your onward jurney home.
Please ensure you arrive at your allocated departure point at least 10 minutes before departure time.
07:30am Outside International Student House, London W1W 5PN (MAP) Nearest tube station is Great Portland Street
08:00am Outside Gloucester Road Tube station Meet at the station exit.
If you intend to travel to our central London meeting points by public transport, you can plan your journey in advance on the Transport for London website - www.tfl.gov.uk