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From Bristol: Stonehenge and Cotswold Villages Day Tour

1. From Bristol: Stonehenge and Cotswold Villages Day Tour

A day full of wonder awaits us today. Departing Bristol, your first stop for the day is the prehistoric monument Stonehenge. Many legends surround these incredible standing stones that weigh about 25 tons each and have attracted people from all over the world for years. Perhaps you believe they were created by Merlin, who magically transported them from Ireland. Maybe you believe Stonehenge is a landing site for alien spacecraft. They might remind you of the ruins of a Roman temple. You can't deny their magnificence, no matter what you believe. Avebury is your next stop. Enjoy your free time here: grab some lunch, wander around the area, and, of course, see the three stone circles. Avebury henge boasts the largest stone circle in Britain, so big it fits the entire quaint English village inside. So you can grab a pint and bite to eat while surrounded by a stone circle. Pretty magical, right? Your journey continues to the quaint village of Lacock. You have free time here, you might be interested in visiting the Abbey. Harry Potter fans will obsess over seeing the Lacock Abbey Cloisters, used as Hogwarts corridors in the movies. Visitors can also explore the medieval rooms and cloister court, before taking a look at the Fox Talbot Museum which explores the history of photography. Castle Combe is our last stop, often called one of the prettiest villages in England. Fans of movies like War Horse and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust may just recognize this spot, so get your camera ready. From here, it’s only a short drive back to Bristol.

From Bath: Stonehenge & the Cotswolds Day Tour with Entry

2. From Bath: Stonehenge & the Cotswolds Day Tour with Entry

Saying a temporary goodbye to beautiful Bath, your first destination is one that most have heard of, many have yearned to witness, and endless have marveled at. The standing stones of Stonehenge are one of the grandest sites known today. Those who visit take a break from the modern world for a few moments and become transported back to a long-forgotten world, a world where spirituality, paganism, and worship defined people. But these aren't the only stones you should marvel at. In the sweet village of Avebury, visitors come to wander amidst the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world. Mixed in among manor houses and nature, this site truly is worth a visit. After lunch, travel deep into rural Wiltshire to Lacock village, famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, and role as a television and film location. The Abbey in the heart of the village has its own woodland grounds and a quirky country house with fascinating architectural styles. The last stop on your day trip is Castle Combe, often called one of the prettiest villages in England. Fans of movies like War Horse and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust may just recognize this spot, so get your camera ready. From here, it’s only a short drive back to Bath.

From London: Wales 5-Day Group Tour

3. From London: Wales 5-Day Group Tour

Day 1: Leave London and travel west to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds through England’s prettiest historic villages. Get the best photos and hear the most fascinating local tales. Travel through the Welsh Marches marked out by the ancient Offa’s Dyke. Head into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and beautiful Elan Valley. Finally, head to the beautiful seaside town and cultural center of Aberystwyth, where you spend the next two nights. Day 2: Travel to the mountainous region of Snowdonia National Park. Visit the mountain village of Beddgelert to see the famous grave of Gelert, the legendary dog, or explore the nearby copper mine. Next, head to the town of Machynlleth to see the ancient clock tower and the quaint houses, and go antique hunting. Move on to Porthmadog and over the Cob causeway before reaching the impenetrable medieval Harlech Castle. After a fulfilling day, return to Aberystwyth in the late afternoon. Day 3: Travel around the coast of Cardigan Bay through Aberaeron to New Quay. Explore the picturesque harbor and get the chance to spot dolphins and whales. Head into the foreboding Black Mountains to explore a bedrock cave under a castle, before you visit Laugharne, where Dylan Thomas wrote the famous play Under Milk Wood. Move on to Tenby, a charming seaside town and your base for two nights. Day 4: See some of Britain’s most gorgeous coastlines at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Travel to the tiny cathedral city of St Davids for lunch and exploration, and stop in the county town of Pembroke to enter the thick medieval walls of the castle. From here, return to Tenby for a relaxed evening. Day 5: Leaving Tenby in the morning, begin your return journey to London. Head past the industrial cities of South Wales to the outskirts of Cardiff, and visit the outdoor National History Museum. Take the Severn Bridge back into England, and take a break at Castle Combe, a Cotswold village perfect for a relaxed stroll amongst 16th-century ironstone cottages.

From Bath: Cotswolds Private Day Tour with Pickup

4. From Bath: Cotswolds Private Day Tour with Pickup

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. Your journey continues towards the ancient market town of Burford, This idyllic town is one of the very oldest in all of England and has evolved over 900 years. It is famous for its picturesque and thriving High Street containing several medieval inns as well as cafes and stores. Enjoy a traditional pub lunch in or near the town. The tour continues through the heart of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty towards the idyllic twin villages of Upper & Lower Slaughter. Lower Slaughter was named the prettiest village in England in 2021 and it’s easy to see why. A location trapped in time, where wonderful photo opportunities await you amongst flower-draped cottages and romantic footbridges. Enjoy a short stroll through the countryside to the neighbouring village of Upper Slaughter (weather dependent). Tetbury is the home town of The King and Queen Camilla and neighbours their Highgrove Estate. Photograph the famous Chipping Steps, lined with ancient weaver’s cottages and buy a souvenir from His Majesty's Highgrove Shop. Please note that children aged 12 years or under are not permitted on this tour due to UK child seat law restrictions. Your driver-guide is neither insured nor licensed below this threshold.

'Hidden Cotswolds & Dark Age England' tour for 2-8 from Bath

5. 'Hidden Cotswolds & Dark Age England' tour for 2-8 from Bath

Discover the very best of the Cotswolds on an intimate journey of discovery that shares some of the most iconic parts of the Cotswolds, as well as several extraordinary locations, stories, and experiences that are well off the tourist trail. Explore the iconic village of Castle Combe - said to be the prettiest village in England (and filming location for Dr. Doolittle, Stardust, War Horse & more) and uncover some of the incredible gems, stories and insights that most visitors miss. Then, head to one of the greatest towns in England's history for morning refreshments in an ancient 800-year-old hotel as you learn the tale of the ancient, great Abbey next door and the great Saint, and great King, who were buried there and whose tombs were honoured by pilgrims for centuries afterwards! Journey deep into the 'hidden' Cotswolds, enjoying breath-taking view after breath-taking view, along narrow, ancient roads, stopping for lunch at a quintessential country inn, passing by King Charles' country retreat en-route. Return to Bath feeling relaxed, enriched and with memories you'll treasure forever!

From London: Small Group Stonehenge, Bath & Cotswolds Tour

6. From London: Small Group Stonehenge, Bath & Cotswolds Tour

Set off on an unforgettable day-long adventure from London and explore the best of England's heritage and charm: the iconic Stonehenge, the historic city of Bath, and the picturesque village of Castle Combe in a single day. Get picked up from one of two spots, first by the London Eye and then on to Victoria, then set off on your full-day journey. Visit the enigmatic Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a marvel of ancient engineering. Delve into the mysteries surrounding these colossal stones that have stood for centuries. Explore the site with your guide and unravel the history and legends as you walk in the footsteps of our ancestors. Capture the magic of this prehistoric wonder and enjoy ample time for contemplation and exploration. After Stonehenge, make our way to the charming city of Bath. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this Roman spa town. Join your guide on an optional walking tour, stroll through the elegant Georgian streets, and marvel at the grandeur of Bath Abbey. Enjoy some free time to savour a delightful lunch at one of Bath's local eateries or explore the city at your own pace. From Bath, set off for your final destination, the quintessential English village of Castle Combe, nestled in the picturesque Cotswolds. Step back in time as you wander through cobblestone streets lined with honey-colored cottages. Enjoy the tranquillity of this postcard-perfect village square and take in the timeless beauty that makes Castle Combe one of the prettiest villages in England. Capture the charm of this hidden gem before we bid farewell to the English countryside. Don't miss out on this extraordinary one-day tour that combines the ancient wonders of Stonehenge, the cultural richness of Bath, and the timeless charm of Castle Combe. Book your spot now for a day filled with discovery and enchantment.

From Bath: Private Tour to Serene Cotswolds with Pickup

7. From Bath: Private Tour to Serene Cotswolds with Pickup

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. The tour continues to the conservation 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. Nearby Corsham is a quintessential English market town, which boasts many beautiful and historic buildings. Admire the exotic resident peacocks as they strut along the cobbled streets. Enjoy a traditional pub lunch here. Bradford-on-Avon is famous for the wool and weaving industry that spanned six centuries: medieval weavers' cottages are dwarfed by the Victorian great mills that still leave a lasting architectural impression. The giant Tithe Barn here one of the largest in England. Wander along the historic early 1800s canal with its hand-operated locks. Please note that children aged 12 years or under are not permitted on this tour due to UK child seat law restrictions. Your driver-guide is neither insured nor licensed below this threshold.

Private Tour to Stonehenge, Bath and The Cotswolds

8. Private Tour to Stonehenge, Bath and The Cotswolds

Experience the best England has to offer in style, as your top-rated driver/guide greets you at your hotel in the morning. We'll make sure your departure time from London is perfect for beating the big bus tours, arriving at Stonehenge in the morning before the crowds arrive. Your expert guide will guide you around the stones, explaining all the mysteries and theories that lay in its path.. After a morning visit to Stonehenge, we'll head North-West through Wiltshire pig farms and enchanting thatched cottages on the way to Bath. On the way, you'll hear stories about The Romans in Britain, how and why they arrived, and the legendary Celtic uprising of the warrior Queen Boudica. In Bath you'll have the opportunity to see Britain's finest Roman Ruins at The Roman Baths (entry is optional and not included in the tour price), see Bath Abbey and the famous Pulteney Bridge. Your driver/guide will give you two hours free time to explore these places and have lunch in the city centre. As you depart Bath, you'll be taken on a panoramic tour of Georgian Bath, admiring iconic 18th Century houses like The Circus and The Royal Crescent. These have been the backdrop of many a Georgian period drama, most recently being Bridgerton. Last but certainly not least, we'll drive you into the stunning hills of The Cotswolds, dropping into South Gloucestershire with views of Wales in the distance, then on to the village of Castle Combe. This village was recently voted the prettiest place in the country, and we're sure you'll agree during your visit.

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4.8
(60 reviews)

this day trip was above and beyond our expectations !!!! I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.. our tour guide Alan was awesome !!! it is really hard to find anything to say that might need improvement as asked to do. maybe ... a little longer at Stonehenge but just slightly. fifteen extra minutes would have been good. I would also suggest that people be informed when booking that this is a very interactive tour. which is makes it so wonderful. But I noticed people on the tour were not dressed properly for the amount of walking and sight seeing as well as the constantly changing weather. my family were all well prepared but I felt bad for those who weren't . maybe they assumed it was a sit on the bus and look around type of tour. perhaps this could be explained better in the description of the tour so that people know how much walking they will do and how much time outdoors they will be spending so that they can dress accordingly. Just an amazing day !!!.,

What can I NOT say! Beautiful sights! Well knowledgeable tour guide, comfortable seating, and timely schedule, our tour guide Alan was amazing! He offered so much knowledge in a not boring sort of way and was such a kind man. I truly am so happy I was able to take this tour and I can truly say Alan is one of a kind, that’s not a porky either! lol Alan is the best and that’s coming from a American! I don’t believe I’ve had a better tour in my life. Wishing Alan the best!

Our guide Alan was amazing and super nice. He explained everything to us with care and kindness. I traveled with my sister and, not knowing English well, we didn't always understand everything. He always helped us. I recommend this trip for Stonehenge but also for the three countries we visited subsequently. Beautiful and characteristic. Alan truly exceptional!!!!!! Thank you :)

This tour is a must! Amazing places to see (Stonehenge is nice but visiting 3 cute villages adds so much more). The transportation is very comfortable, the time that you spend in each place is more than enough and the tour guides are amazing.

Alan was a great guide, always had something interesting to tell us, he explained everything in a cool way. 100% recommended