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London: Windsor Castle, Bath, & Stonehenge Full-Day Bus Trip

1. London: Windsor Castle, Bath, & Stonehenge Full-Day Bus Trip

Visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath on this day trip in an air-conditioned bus from London. Explore the residence of the English monarchy at Windsor Caste and try to unlock the secrets of Stonehenge for yourself. Admire Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge in the city of Bath.  The first stop on this full-day tour is the historic town of Windsor where you’ll visit the Queen’s favorite weekend retreat — Windsor Castle. The Castle, dating from Norman times, features a prominent turreted Round Tower. It sits atop a wooded hill on the banks of the Thames River, in the midst of lovely landscaped grounds. Have a “through-the-keyhole” look at the Castle’s State Apartments and paintings by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci that hang there. A visit to St. George’s Chapel is also on your tour. The Chapel is the final resting place of King Henry VIII and other monarchs. Before you leave Windsor, you’ll see Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, a residence in miniature, complete with electricity, running water, working lifts, and even bottles of wine. The iconic and ancient monument of Stonehenge is your second stop on the tour. Your first sight of Stonehenge will be of the monolithic rocks rising up from Salisbury Plain. There have been many theories over the ages about this mysterious 5,000-year old formation. You may end up with a theory of your own to add to the speculation.  The city of Bath lines the sloping banks of the Avon River. This was England’s first city to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the 15th-century Bath Abbey and also Pulteney Bridge, which was based on the design of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You’ll see stunning examples of Georgian architecture and have enough free time in Bath to explore on your own. After a full and memorable day, you will arrive in London at the end of your tour at approximately 8:00 PM.

From London: Glastonbury and Cheddar Gorge Guided Day Trip

2. From London: Glastonbury and Cheddar Gorge Guided Day Trip

Depart London in the morning on a full-day excursion to visit some of the highlights of England's West Country. Pass through Wells, the smallest cathedral city in England, before arriving in Glastonbury to discover the secrets of this mystical place. Learn about the legend of King Arthur and the famous Glastonbury Thorn, and see the remnants of St. Michael's church atop of Glastonbury Tor, destroyed by an earthquake during medieval times. See the magnificent ruins of Glastonbury Abbey with entrance included. Travel through the Somerset countryside to the quintessentially English town of Cheddar for a short stop to explore the local shops and to see the gorge. The Cheddar Gorge has been named the second-greatest natural wonder in Britain and is the home of traditionally-made cheddar cheese.

From London: Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury Day Trip

3. From London: Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury Day Trip

Mystical Stonehenge You'll never forget your first glimpse of spectacular Stonehenge, its monolithic rocks rising up against the skyline on Salisbury Hill. Theories abound about the mysterious rock formation. Was it intended as a religious temple? An astronomical clock? A Bronze Age burial ground? Salisbury Sample the splendor of Salisbury! Soaring into the skyline, the spire of Salisbury Cathedral stands at an astounding 123m (404ft)! Erected 800 years ago, the revolutionary spire is considered one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. Delve into the charms of the bustling market at your leisure. Bath Standing proudly on the slopes of the River Avon, beautiful Bath was the first city in England to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The gorgeous 15th century Bath Abbey, the stunning Georgian architecture, the romantic Pulteney Bridge, modeled on Florence's Ponte Vecchio, are all sights to linger on in the memory of your day. Explore the delights of Bath at your leisure. Windsor  Windsor is a stunning English town, rich in history and located on the River Thames. The town is famed for its royal connections, and is home to Windsor Castle which is the queen’s official residence. Surrounded by gorgeous countryside, it has a diverse mix of history, culture and heritage so is well worth visiting while in the UK.  This tour will finish at approximately 8:00 PM in London.

Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath & Salisbury Tour from London

4. Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath & Salisbury Tour from London

Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape of the west of England on a 10-hour tour from London, and learn about the rich heritage of its pagan past and royal history in Salisbury, Stonehenge and Bath. Departing from central London, drive west to the monoliths of Stonehenge, which have confounded people for over 5,000 years. Having baffled historians and archeologists as to how it was built, your guide will explain some of the theories. Continue to the market town of Salisbury, best known for its 13th-century cathedral. Built during the reign of Henry III, it boasts the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom at 404 feet (123 meters), and is one of the finest examples of early Gothic English architecture. Marvel at the Magna Carta, the famous agreement made between King John and his barons at Runnymede in 1215, and now housed in the Chapter House. Then, drive to Bath on the slopes of the River Avon. Explore the first city in England to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gorgeous 15th-century Abbey, stunning Georgian architecture and romantic Pulteney Bridge - modeled on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence - are all sights to linger at. You will be free to explore on your own, with plenty of time for tea at the Pump Rooms, or a visit to the Jane Austen Centre. Explore Royal history with a visit to the queen's official residence, Windsor Castle: witness the changing tastes in decor of the State Apartments over centuries of monarchs living there; see paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt; admire Queen Mary's dolls house, the most famous dolls house in the world; and see St George's Chapel, the final resting place for several monarchs.

From Bath: Private Wells and Cheddar Gorge Trip with Pickup

5. From Bath: Private Wells and Cheddar Gorge Trip with Pickup

The drive into Somerset from Bath will sweep you through the picturesque scenery of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In Wells, enjoy a private walking tour of the historic centre. The city, which can be traced back to Roman times, takes its name from the freshwater springs which continue to well up in the gardens of the moated Bishop’s residence. This magnificent early English Gothic Style Cathedral has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals” and is famous for its scissor arches, clock, stunning chapter house and stained-glass windows. Adjoining the Cathedral is Vicars’ Close, a charming cluster of houses frozen in time from the 14th C and believed to be the oldest residential street left in England. The mediaeval palace has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for more than 800 years. Walk over the beautiful moat and drawbridge, where you might catch the resident swans ringing a bell for lunch as they have done for generations. After lunch the tour will continue towards Cheddar Gorge, which is one of England’s most iconic and spectacular landscapes that boasts the highest inland limestone cliffs in the UK. As far back as the late Middle Ages, local cheese makers used caves in the towering cliffs of Cheddar Gorge as natural refrigerators. Visit the only cheese maker left in the village and discover how their award-winning cheeses are still made in the traditional way. Savour a selection of authentic cheddar cheese, as it should taste. Stroll through the 17th C. village of Cheddar with its gift shops full of local goods and produce. Maybe indulge in a delicious cream tea, or a pint of local cider. The water mills and cottages have long since been converted into enticing shops and quaint tea rooms. Stunning panoramic views await you from the top of the gorge cliffs, where you can appreciate some of the local flora and fauna if you choose to walk up the path. This 20/25 minute uphill hike is only suitable for those with moderate fitness and sturdy footwear must be worn. It’s well worth the effort and it isn’t a race!

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Our tour guide, Bruce and driver, Amrish were superb! Bruce was incredibly knowledgeable about London, as well as all three places we visited. Highly recommend! Be sure to look into how long you’re at each stop. We did our research and knew exactly what to expect, and we were not disappointed at all!

The experience was a lot of fun. It exceeded my expectations. The driver Ali, it was very responsible and the guide guy, Charles, very professional Congratulations

The excursion is incredible, wonderful places and with the guide Bruce and the driver Tony it has been without a doubt a day that I will always remember.

Pablo, The guide, very pleasant and cordial, with a lot of knowledge of the places we visited and very concerned about the Group.

Amazing trip! Guys don’t buy souvenirs in London! At Windsor train station you will find the same ones CHEAPER!