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London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, and Roman Baths Day Trip

1. London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, and Roman Baths Day Trip

Explore several top highlights around London on this bus day trip from London. Experience the elegance of Windsor Castle, unlock the mysteries of Stonehenge, and admire the Georgian architecture in the city of Bath. Visit a well-preserved Roman Bathhouse. Windsor Castle Steeped in history, Windsor Castle perches proudly on a lush wooded hill overlooking the Thames. Dating back to Norman times, with sweeping landscaped gardens and turreted Round Tower, it’s easy to see why it’s the King’s favourite weekend residence royal Windsor. Enjoy a fascinating through–the–keyhole peek at the lavish State Apartments, home to priceless artworks by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci, and visit St. George’s Chapel, the atmospheric final resting place of former monarchs including Henry VIII. You can visit Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, a truly incredible structure complete with working lifts, running water, electricity and wine bottles, all in miniature! Mysterious Stonehenge Wander around the world heritage site and be captivated by the unique rock formation. Situated on Salisbury Plain, 40-ton rocks stand alone since their arrival 5,000 years ago. An abundance of theories surround Stonehenge; from a religious temple to an astronomical clock and even a Bronze Age burial ground. Decide for yourself whilst discovering the history of this mysterious monument. Bath Standing proudly on the slopes of the River Avon, Bath was the first city in England to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the gorgeous 15th-century Bath Abbey, the stunning Georgian architecture, and the romantic Pulteney Bridge. Roman Baths Famed for its Roman Baths, Bath houses the best preserved Roman Spa from the ancient world. Miraculously hidden from view until the 1870s, delve into the history of this magical monument and admire its architectural splendor.  Arrival time back in London is at approximately 8:00 PM.

London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath Full-Day Tour

2. London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath Full-Day Tour

Take a full-day tour from London to see the famous Windsor Castle, the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge, and the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, with the option to include entry tickets in the tour. Enjoy transportation by bus and guided tours at all locations. Start at Windsor Castle, home to the Royal Family for 900 years. Visit the magnificent State Apartments, still used for state occasions and Royal receptions. Explore the castle grounds and the 14th-Century St. George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England and a burial place of kings and queens, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. Continue through the Wiltshire countryside to Stonehenge. Shrouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important prehistoric site in England. Head west to Bath, a beautiful Georgian city with handsome honey-colored architecture and the famous Roman baths. Enjoy a panoramic tour of some of Europe’s finest architectural sights, including Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Assembly Rooms, and Pulteney Bridge. Choose the option to explore the Roman Baths, built around thermal springs, which have been supplying water for over 2,000 years.

London: Stonehenge and Bath Full-Day Tour

3. London: Stonehenge and Bath Full-Day Tour

Visit the iconic site of Stonehenge and uncover its mysteries with the aid of an informative audio guide tour. Enjoy free time to explore the lovely city of Bath at your own leisure on this full-day tour departing from London. Choose whether you want to include the Roman Baths as part of your tour. Leave London and head by luxury coach to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. Sit back and relax on the approximately 2-hour journey (depending on traffic) and enjoy the stunning countryside views from the comfort of the coach. Upon arrival at the mythical standing stone circle on Salisbury Plain, you have about 90 minutes to explore the megalithic area on your own. Download the Stonehenge audio tour app to make the most of your visit. Then, continue to Bath, famous for its Georgian architecture. Benefit from a drop-off in the city center, and go explore the historic town on your own for about 2.5 hours or relax in the Roman Baths (depending on the option chosen). Admire landmarks such as Bath Abbey and the Royal Crescent.

From London: Stonehenge & Roman Baths Full-Day Trip

4. From London: Stonehenge & Roman Baths Full-Day Trip

Visit the ancient standing stones of Stonehenge and picturesque Bath on this day trip from London. Enjoy transportation by air-conditioned coach and a multi-lingual audio guide to the prehistoric monument. The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge stands alone on the vastness of the Salisbury Plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and its purpose has continued to be a subject of public debate. Questions such as what this vast collection of stones was intended for and whether it was an observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery have arisen over the decades. On this full-day tour by air-conditioned coach, you’ll have a chance to explore the site and do your best to unlock the secrets as you marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. Next, you’ll head to Bath, arriving in time for lunch (not included in the tour price). With fabulous restaurants, teahouses, sandwich and coffee shops, and classic British pubs, you’ll have plenty of choices for a place to eat! Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents and terraces and stunning architecture. Following a scenic drive into the heart of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore the city at your leisure. Visit the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago. The magnificent Roman public bath complex and Roman temple were constructed over Britain's only natural hot water spring. At this World Heritage Site, you can walk around the steaming pool on the Roman paving stones and admire the ancient Roman statues and architecture. See Bath Abbey and the much-photographed Pulteney Bridge, modeled on the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence. In addition, you might like to see the Jane Austen Centre, and the elegant Assembly Rooms built in 1771. Shop, explore, and take afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to live classical music.

London: Stonehenge, Windsor, and Bath Day Trip by Bus

5. London: Stonehenge, Windsor, and Bath Day Trip by Bus

Head out of London in a comfortable coach to uncover the charms of the English countryside on a full-day tour that takes you to famous, historical sites. See Windsor's charming streets, Bath's iconic Roman baths, and Stonehenge's impressive stone structure with your guide. After leaving in the morning, drive straight to Windsor. Discover the 17th-century historical monuments that line its cobbled streets. Also, visit the home of Queen Elizabeth II and enjoy a through-the-keyhole experience of the world’s largest and oldest castle. Then make your way to Stonehenge. Discover its monolithic rocks rising up against the skyline on Salisbury Hill. Continue on to Bath on the slopes of the River Avon. It was the first city in England to be designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the 15th-century Bath Abbey and the romantic Pulteney Bridge, modeled on Florence's Ponte Vecchio.

Bath: Guided Walking Tour

6. Bath: Guided Walking Tour

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath on this guided walking tour. Your expert guide will explain the history, architecture, and some of the many stories that have made Bath such a fantastic place to visit. During the tour see the iconic sights of Bath including the Royal Crescent, The Circus, Queen Square, Pulteney Bridge, and Bath Abbey. Wander through the city as your guide brings the history, architecture, and the people of Bath to life through a lively and enjoyable commentary at each of the stops around the city. Ask them lots of questions and maybe even test the edges of their knowledge. Get insider knowledge on the best times to revisit certain sights.

Stonehenge & Bath: Full-Day Coach Tour from London

7. Stonehenge & Bath: Full-Day Coach Tour from London

Take a day trip to experience two essential historic English sights: Stonehenge and the picturesque city of Bath. Marvel at the mysterious standing stones, before enjoying some time in the delightful city of Bath. Hop on your luxury motor coach and head for the mysterious Stonehenge. Marvel at the awe-inspiring site, whose true meaning has been lost in the mists of time. After Stonehenge, you'll have at least 2 hours in the afternoon to explore the major landmarks of Bath. See Pulteney Bridge and the Bath Circus and get an insight into how Bath became the world-class attraction it is today. The city features stunning architecture, great shopping possibilities, pubs, cafés and more. You’ll have plenty of time to discover Bath’s attractions on your own, including the Jane Austen Visitors Center, Bath Abbey, or the Roman Baths. If you opt to include a visit to the Roman Baths, check out this must-see destination. Built on the site of Britain's only thermal hot springs, the baths are one of the most famous and important Roman sites in Europe.

Bath: Guided Ghost Tour

8. Bath: Guided Ghost Tour

Join your guide as they take you on a journey to discover the many haunted locations around the city of Bath. Hear tales about the ghosts of medieval monks, hanged criminals, tortured witches, poltergeists, and more. Learn about the history and haunting of each site and visit famous locations like Bath Abbey, Queens Square, Theatre Royal, and Victoria Park. Wander down hidden alleyways and stop at haunted hotspots, including a particularly grim location directly next to Jane Austen's last known residence in the city. Enjoy an interactive walking tour where visitors are encouraged to be part of the stories. Feeling brave? Volunteer for a paranormal experiment towards the end of your tour, a highlight of the exciting evening.

Bath: Sightseeing Boat Cruise with Prosecco

9. Bath: Sightseeing Boat Cruise with Prosecco

See the highlights of Bath from the water on a shared or private cruise on a restored 1960s cruiser. Choose the standard option to enjoy two glasses of Prosecco as you lounge in the sun or by the coal fire. Celebrate your party or get-together with the bottomless Prosecco and gin tasting cruise options. On sunny days, enjoy an open cockpit roof on the boat, or stay cozy and warm with a real coal fire on cooler days. As you enjoy your trip onboard an authentic, restored 1960s small cruiser, your skipper will point out the key attractions.  See the entrance to the Kennet and Avon Canal, which links London with the Bristol Channel, and cruise under North Parade Bridge.  Look out for nesting peregrine falcons at the 19th-century St. John’s Church, and see Pulteney Bridge, the rushing weir, and the city center architecture, including the 17th-century Bath Abbey. For standard private and shared tour options, enjoy your view with two glasses of Prosecco while you pass under Halfpenny Bridge and see the location where the old wharves used to stand, the central point of Bath’s trading links with Bristol since the 18th century. Private Bottomless Prosecco Cruise For groups, parties, and other celebrations, pump up the part with the private bottomless Prosecco cruise option. Keep the prosecco flowing as you keep the party going. Enjoy access to the onboard music system to play all your favorite tunes. Private Gin Tasting Cruise Alternatively, sip a G&T with friends with the private gin tasting cruise option. Cranking up the music of your choice and sip on signature boat cocktails. Sit back as your guides talk you through three spirit samples from the Gin collection, all before raising a toast with your favorite gin and mixer.

Bath: Tootbus Bath Discovery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

10. Bath: Tootbus Bath Discovery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover Bath's stunning architectural buildings on this open-top bus tour. See The Royal Crescent, The Circus, Pulteney Bridge, Bath Abbey, and The Roman Baths as you tour through this beautiful European city. Experience Bath's unique charm with the City Tour and The Skyline Tour over 2 days. On the City Tour, see the Roman Baths, the Abbey, and the Theatre Royal Bath. Stop at Sally Lunn's, one of the oldest houses in the city, and try an original and delicious Bath Bun. Don't forget to take some photos at Pulteney Bridge, one of the most picturesque spots in the city. After exploring the city center, jump on The Skyline Tour to see the other side of the river Avon and admire the breathtaking views of the city. The tour takes you past Prior Park Landscape Gardens, The University of Bath, and the American Museum. You can choose to listen to the live local guide or use the multilingual audio commentary to learn about Bath's rich history.

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Paul & Mark are full time travel bloggers who discover hidden gems and local specialities on their blog Anywhere We Roam. As locals to the area, Bath is a place they have returned to many times.

What should I do on my first trip to Bath?

Over 2,000 years ago, the Romans in England noticed a small natural spring in the countryside in southwest England. Today, the best-preserved Roman bathhouse in the world remains on that location in Bath. The Great Bath, surrounded by a stunning terrace is an architectural masterpiece. Additionally, the Georgian buildings are another Bath highlight for first time visitors. The best location is the gorgeous sweep of terraced houses on The Royal Crescent.

What are some hidden gems to see in Bath?

Inspect one of the beautiful Georgian townhouses Bath is famous for by visiting the Assembly Rooms. It was the place to be seen in the 18th century and today you can explore the Ball Room, the Card Room and the impressive Great Octagon. Another hidden gem in Bath is the Jane Austen Centre, an interactive exhibition that focuses on the life of the author in the city.

How much time should I spend in Bath?

Bath is a very compact centre and a day trip will be enough time to see the best tourist attractions in the city. The main sights, including the Roman Baths, the outstanding abbey, the Pultney Bridge and the Royal Crescent can all be seen in one day. A weekend in Bath would be enough time to see all the attractions, plus enjoy the great restaurant scene and relax in the Thermae Spa.

What food is Bath known for?

The one thing you can’t leave Bath without trying is a Bath Bun. This sweet roll made from milk-based yeast and coated in sugar, is a very popular afternoon tea component in the city. The recipe dates back to the 18th century and Jane Austen wrote about it in letters in 1801. Don't confuse it with the other Bath staple, the Sally Lunn Bun which also originated in the city and was first recorded in 1680. The Sally Lunn Bun is something similar to a French brioche.

What is the best way to get around Bath?

Bath is a great city to see on foot with all the major attractions in a very compact area. It also allows you to get off the main tourist trail and explore some of the hidden laneways around the historic centre. A walking tour is a great way to get a feel for the city with a knowledgeable guide who can provide more information about the history of Bath.

What are the best months to visit Bath?

Throughout March and May - before the busy summer period - the weather in Bath is starting to improve and the city could still be relatively quiet with the usual local pace of life in action on the streets. In summer, the Bath Festival celebrates the best in music and books from around the world, while the Bath Feast, held in September, is a food festival celebrating the best of local produce.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Bath?

Most of the tourist attractions are in the centre of town, however there are other great areas to explore. Walcot is the bohemian side of Bath with independent vintage shops, hipster cafes and Asian restaurants and on Saturday it hosts a flea market. Bear Flat is another small region of Bath which is great to visit, it's known for old-school pubs and indie cafes.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

There is no one neighbourhood that is particularly good for food in Bath, with great restaurants spread around the city. Walcot has a collection of Asian restaurants along with an eclectic mix of cuisines from around the world. For high end dining, there are several top restaurants in Georgian townhouses around the Royal Crescent and the Circus. Bear Flat is great for old pubs and local cafes.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

London Road and Walcot is the best shopping area in Bath for boutique shops and vintage homewares as well as several quirky concept stores. The high-end designer shops are centred around Milson Street and New Bond Street, In the squares and tiny lanes around Milsom Place you'll find elegant hidden stores and local artisanal suppliers.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Bath?

Oldfield Park is a residential area just outside the city centre which is a good base for families and budget travellers who want something with good facilities in a quieter part of town. It's a short easy bus ride into the centre. The area around Victoria Park is great for first time solo travellers and the city centre has hotels across the budget spectrum which are all very easily located to see the main sights.

What is the best family-friendly thing to do in Bath?

The Roman Baths have a special audio guide for kids and actors portraying characters from the Roman empire in Britain. The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is a special treat with a kid-friendly quiz trail, a Lego space and a selection of kid’s astronomy books. For outdoor activities, a cruise down the canal on a boat is a great thing to do in Bath with kids, and Prior Park Landscape Garden is a beautiful space with interesting architecture.

What is the best thing to do in Bath for solo travelers?

As a popular day trip destination Bath is a great place for solo travellers looking for a quiet weekend away with interesting things to do. The Roman Baths and Bath Abbey are two great sights that are perfect to explore solo. One of the best experiences for solo travellers is the Thermae Spa which has pampering packages and an awesome rooftop pool.

What is the best thing to do in Bath for couples?

From the charming Boating Station on the River Avon, hire romantic wooden row boats to explore the picturesque river before finishing with a picnic lunch in the gardens. The other wonderful thing for couples to do in Bath is to have afternoon tea at the Pump Room at the Roman Baths. The neo-classical room has served Bath's elite and entertains patrons with classical music.

What are the best annual events in Bath?

One of the best annual events in town is the Bath Festival. It's a celebration of music and books, and ends with a Finale Weekend where international acts converge on the city to see the festival out in style. The Bath Fridge Festival has a quirky mix of comedians, physical theatre, digital arts and cabaret in a celebration of underground artistic talent.

What are the best things to do around Bath?

Castle Combe is a charming place to visit in the Cotswolds that is just 25 minutes’ drive from Bath. The stone cottages underneath the forested hills that surround the village mark a great starting point for a country walk that follows the meandering river as it leaves the village. Cheddar Gorge is another impressive natural landmark which is a 50-minute drive from Bath.

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It was absolutely amazing! Our guide, Simon was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Comfortable coach and smooth driving by Greg. A perfect itinerary if you want to cover 3 popular destinations in less than a day. A lunch break would’ve been nice, but understandable with the type of tour it is.

An amazing tour!! Paul was an excellent tour guide and made the tour fun and engaging. To keep us engaged while walking between different sites he had a Bridgerton quiz which was such fun! Would 100% recommend this tour to anyone visiting Bath who’s seen Bridgerton.

Nicholas was an amazing guide! Great sprinkle of history and fun facts (which I always appreciate). The tour was very well planned and we had a great time. Absolutely would recommend to anyone!

Very friendly, informative guide. Well paced walk and lots of information. Tour included Roman Baths which was much bigger and impressive than anticipated. Thoroughly recommend.

Thank you for a fantastic informative tour filled with knowledge and fun