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From Bath: Private Trip to Bowood House, Castle Combe & more

1. From Bath: Private Trip to Bowood House, Castle Combe & more

The day begins in Castle Combe, which is surely one of the most photographed villages in all of England. Little has changed here since the 15th century - no street lights or TV aerials. This mediaeval gem is famous for its picturesque cottages and babbling brook. Nestled in a wooded Cotswold valley, Castle Combe has been a favourite Hollywood filming location over the years for movies including War Horse, Stardust and Doctor Dolittle. The tour continues further into the heart of Wiltshire and onto Bowood House & Gardens. This delightful 18th century Georgian country house is famous for its sumptuous Robert Adam interiors and iconic landscaped gardens designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown. This is your chance to share in the English dream - Bowood is one of England's premier stately homes and has been privately owned by the Lansdowne family since 1754. Enjoy a delicious lunch in either the Stables Restaurant or the Treehouse Cafe. Thereafter, your journey continues to the quintessential English village of Lacock, which dates back to the 13th century and where cars are the only sign of modern-day life. Little wonder that it has also been used as a filming location for Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and several BBC productions including Pride and Prejudice. The ancient Abbey boasts a fascinating history and a small museum that celebrates the invention of the photographic negative by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839. Alternatively, get lost in the timeless side streets, buy some home-made honey or jam from outside locals' honesty shops, or step into one of the village pubs to sample a refreshing pint of local ale. Journey back to the delightful Georgian City of Bath at the end of this memorable day, where you will either be dropped off at your accommodation or in the centre of town.

Stonehenge Private Sunset Tour with Lacock and Bath

2. Stonehenge Private Sunset Tour with Lacock and Bath

After arriving at the meeting point, head directly to the city of Bath, one of England’s most historic and visited cities, and itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in some of the impressive sights of this attractive and historic city as you walk through its picturesque streets. Visit the remarkable ancient Roman Baths, and the Georgian Grand Pump Room. An optional walking tour allows you to see where writer Charles Dickens once lived and worked, and to sample some of the delicious local cheeses. From there continue to the village of Lacock, another historic site dating back to Saxon times. This scenic village has been the site of several major films and productions, with parts of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone filmed here. Take your time to look around the village, before stopping for an early evening meal in one of England’s oldest pubs, The George Inn, built in 1361. Leave Lacock and head towards Stonehenge as the sun sets, giving you a dramatic view of this incredible monument. Enjoy these jaw-dropping monoliths with a unique viewing experience that guarantees direct access to the stones, unavailable to members of the general public. Your guide will discuss the history of this 5,000 year old site, the most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and explain the many mysterious theories about how exactly it was built. Away from the crowds, marvel at this ancient construction and see for yourself why it is one of the most visited sites in the world, before boarding your coach and returning to London.

London: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath and Lacock Day Tour

3. London: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath and Lacock Day Tour

Explore historic attractions in the West of England on this full day bus trip from London. Stop at at Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, village of Lacock and the city of Bath. Savor local flavors with a traditional pub lunch. Be picked up from the centrally-located meeting point in London. Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned bus to Windsor Castle, home to the English royals for more than 900 years. Perched high above the River Thames, the castle holds royal secrets from the days of William the Conqueror to the current Queen. Discover the largest continuously occupied castle in the world as you admire splendor of St. Georges Chapel and the sumptuous State Apartments. Drive to Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain and learn the mysteries of the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years, but it still confounds historians and archaeologists to this day. Try to unlock some of its secrets for yourself at the new Visitor Centre. Journey to the picturesque National Trust village of Lacock. Stroll down the town's cottage-lined cobbled streets. See for yourself why is is used for film shoots for productions like “Harry Potter.” Enjoy hearty English lunch in a 14th-century pub. Make your way to the city of Bath which is full of Georgian architecture in crescents and terraces. Have free time to visit Bath Abbey and the romantic Pulteney Bridge, or to purchase tea in the historic Pump Rooms, while being serenaded by a string quartet. Return to the meeting point in London at the end of your tour.

From London: Stonehenge, Bath & Lacock Full-Day Sunrise Tour

4. From London: Stonehenge, Bath & Lacock Full-Day Sunrise Tour

See the remarkable prehistoric monument of Stonehenge at sunrise on a full-day tour from London. Enjoy these jaw-dropping monoliths with a unique viewing experience that guarantees direct access to the stones, unavailable to members of the general public. Depart the city at the crack of dawn, and escape the hustle and bustle of the “Big Smoke” as you travel west by air-conditioned coach. Upon arrival at Stonehenge, you will have privileged access to the inner stone circle to watch a dramatic sunrise before the day time crowds arrive. Built nearly 5,000 years ago, Stonehenge is one of the most popular prehistoric monuments in the world. Enjoy a private viewing of the mysterious monoliths as you stand by the mighty sarsen rock. Your guide will entertain you with stories about the site, and point out the altar, slaughter and heel stones, where the sun rises on the summer solstice. Continue to the small village of Lacock, founded in the Saxon era. Many of the buildings formed part of an extensive monastery complex. Now owned by the National Trust, the pretty village was the setting for Jane Austen's “Pride and Prejudice” and “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.” There will be time for a delightful walk, before enjoying breakfast in a classic English pub. Next, go to the Roman city of Bath, famous for its elegant Georgian architecture at sites such as the Royal Crescent and Circus. Marvel at the city’s beautifully proportioned streets, and see the much-photographed Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon. End at the Roman Baths, the best preserved Roman spa from the ancient world. Dating back to AD 60, the Baths are still fed by the hot springs and limestone aquifers of the Mendip Hills. The museum houses artifacts from the Roman period, including objects and offerings thrown into the Sacred Spring.

From London: Bath, Avebury and Lacock Village Day Trip

5. From London: Bath, Avebury and Lacock Village Day Trip

Depart London and travel by luxury minibus to the ancient city of Bath, inhabited for around 2,000 years and full of beautiful Georgian architecture. Visit the famous Roman Baths from the days of the Roman Empire, and admire Bath Abbey. Get plenty of free time to wander around at your own pace. Enjoy lunch at your own expenses, and then travel deeper into rural Wiltshire to the village of Lacock, famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, and role as a television and film location site. Visit the abbey in woodland grounds and look closer at its fascinating architectural styles. Continue to the pretty village of Avebury, and wander around the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world. Feel the history around you as you explore the mysterious monuments. 

From London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Lacock and Bath

6. From London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Lacock and Bath

Visit some of the most stunning spots in the UK on this brilliant day trip leaving from London Victoria. You'll roam the town of Windsor, visit Stonehenge, enjoy free time to relax and snack, discover a quaint English village and check a UNESCO World Heritage Site off your must-see list.  First, you'll explore the town of Windsor, home to the Queen's favorite weekend abode and filled with quaint shops, restaurants and pubs. Then, continue on to one of the UK's most famous sites, Stonehenge. You’ll never forget your first glimpse of its monolithic rocks rising up against the skyline on Salisbury Plain. Theories abound about this mysterious rock formation!  Next, it's onwards to Lacock for a photo stop and then to Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll take a walking tour of the city, during which you'll visit the 15th century Bath Abbey. The tour will finish at approximately 8:00 PM in London.

London: Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock, & Avebury Small Group Tour

7. London: Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock, & Avebury Small Group Tour

Depart London in the early morning and be one of the first visitors of the day to Stonehenge. As you arrive at Stonehenge your guide will tell you the facts and theories behind this most famous of Stone Age structures. Was it a temple, a clock, a place of worship, or a burial site for the elite? Then it’s on to Bath, which has seen visitors since the time of the Celts. Centuries later, in the 1st century A.D. the Romans arrived, calling this place Aqua Sulis. Even later, during the Georgian Era of the 18th century, the rich and wealthy arrived from London to see and be seen and took to the waters to rid themselves of joint stiffness and gout.  Stop for a break in the delightful village of Lacock. Seemingly untouched by modern times, this charming place has been used as a setting in many films, including Cranford, Moll Flanders, Pride and Prejudice, and Harry Potter. Enjoy a guided tour of this lovely village before you make your way to Avebury, a pretty village of thatched cottages nestling in the middle of a huge stone circle. After a guided walk in Avebury, depart for your return journey to London.

From London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath

8. From London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath

Discover some of the most stunning spots in the west of England on a brilliant day trip from London. Visit the Queen's favorite palace, investigate the mysteries of the standing stone circle at Stonehenge, take a walking tour of the city of Bath, and enjoy a photo stop at the picturesque village of Lacock! Head to Windsor Castle, perched proudly on a lush wooded hill overlooking the River Thames. Dating back to Norman times, the fortress features landscaped gardens and a turreted Round Tower. Peek inside the lavish State Apartments and see priceless works of art by Rembrandt and Da Vinci. Visit St. George’s Chapel to experience the atmospheric final resting place of Henry VIII. Be amazed by the Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, complete with working lifts, running water, electricity and miniature wine bottles!  Then, continue to Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain, and marvel at the view of the monolithic rocks as they rise up from the landscape. Theories abound about the stone circle and its former use, from the belief that is was a religious temple or astronomical clock, to the notion that it was a Bronze Age burial ground. Make up your own mind as you explore the unique landmark that has stumped the world for 5,000 years.  Travel through the quaint English village of Lacock, and admire its cobbled streets and historical buildings set against an unspoiled landscape. Get off the coach to stretch your legs during a quick photo stop. Then, drive to the historic city of Bath, beautifully situated on the banks of the River Avon. Take a walking tour to see the 15th century Bath Abbey, the romantic Pulteney Bridge (modelled on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence), the famous Georgian architecture and more.  Return to London and get dropped off at approximately 08:00 PM, subject to the traffic.

Private Viewing of Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath with Dinner

9. Private Viewing of Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath with Dinner

Get closer to the stones than ever before with this Stonehenge and Bath tour package! You’ll be able to step inside the legendary inner circle during this private viewing away from the crowds and enjoy a truly mesmerising experience as the sun goes down. This day trip also includes a visit to the beautiful Roman city of Bath with entrance to the Baths and time to explore the unspoilt village of Lacock. Lacock You’ll leave central London and travel west until the tour reaches the quaint village of Lacock. This pretty place dates back to the 13th century and its booming wool industry made it a prosperous town during the Middle Ages! Boasting picturesque streets, historic buildings and an Abbey in the heart of the village, Lacock is a charming step back in time. More recently, Lacock has been used as a location for many modern TV and film productions, including Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter! Let your guide tell you about this village’s colourful history during a short stop. Bath Once loved by the Romans, Bath has been a place of pleasure, relaxation and wellbeing for centuries. It is also undeniably one of the prettiest cities in the UK and a designated World Heritage Site in its entirety. See its beautiful honey-coloured Georgian architecture, soak in the peaceful yet vibrant atmosphere, marvel at the impressive Bath Abbey and learn about the rich heritage of this unique location. Early Dinner Tuck in to a delicious two-course dinner at a historic pub. Private Viewing of Stonehenge and Entrance Into the Inner Circle After dinner, the tour will depart Bath for your extra-special visit to mysterious Stonehenge. You’ll arrive at Stonehenge, located in the lush county of Wiltshire, in the early evening. This is your chance to see a side of the world-famous stones that most people don’t get a chance to see! Experience the unforgettable mystery of this 5,000 year old attraction and spend some time in the midst of an iconic World Heritage Site as you wander in and around the 40 ton rocks. There really is no better way to visit Stonehenge – you’ll be blown away by the sheer size and position of the magical monument! Following your visit to Stonehenge, the tour heads back to London for an arrival time of around 10.00pm. (11pm in July and August due to later sunsets).

Lacock Village: Day Tour from London by Private Car

10. Lacock Village: Day Tour from London by Private Car

Visit Lacock, a typical southern English village, on a full-day private tour from London. Situated in the county of Wiltshire, Lacock has the appearance of being frozen in time, which is one of the reasons it has been used as the setting for BBC TV series and films such as Harry Potter. Your tour will take you from London to charming Lacock village and the incredible abbey around which the village was built. After functioning as an abbey for centuries, the historic structure became a private home. The village itself is well worth exploring. It features a selection of very traditional pubs, shops, and a lovely church, and is also home to one of the finest ice cream sellers in the region. Near Lacock is the mysterious stone circle of Avebury, the largest man-made stone circle in Europe. On the return drive to London you can stop off at Silbury Hill, a large prehistoric mound which is roughly comparable in height and age to the pyramids in Egypt.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 327 reviews

We had the afternoon tour, starting at 11.10. We were a group of 40 people. We arrived in Bath around 13H30. The ruins of the roman bath were much bigger than I expected and the visit was great. I loved the atmosphere in Bath - I will come back some day. We continued towards Stonehenge and arrived there around 16H30. We had the site for ourselves, and the visit of the monument, with an archeologist answering all our questions, was without any doubt the highlight of the tour. We arrived in Lacock at around 18H45, had dinner there, had a free visit of Lacock, and left at 20H to head back to London. Check your bill in the pub in Lacock before paying, as they tried to make us pay more than the fixed price of 12 pounds per meal. If you are fan of Harry Potter, I would suggest you take a morning tour, which will give you the opportunity to skip lunch and visit the abbey (it was closed when we arrived). Our guide, Carol, was great! Very knowledgeable and helpful. All in all a great tour!

Such a lovely day. The tour guide was so nice and well informed. Lots of free time built in, to explore on your own if you desire. We didn’t see sunrise at Stonehenge (arrived well after), but did have private access and could walk among the ruins. It allowed for a beautiful solo meditation. Pack your swimsuit and extra money if you want to go to the private hotel hot springs while in Bath. We chose to do that rather than site see. Overall a beautiful tour and well worth the early hour.

We had a wonderful, engaging tour with our guide Tony… Valentina was on the tour to hone some navigational info, and they were both great. Friendly, knowledgeable, funny, and gave us a real feeling for the history of the region. Cannot recommend enough, great tour!

Early start to the day, but well with it!!! I have been to Stonehenge, but wasn’t able to walk next to stones. The archeologist taught our group tons more than on my previous trip!

Exceeded expectations. Nick, our driver and guide was fantastic.