The world’s most famous prehistoric monument. A world heritage site dating back nearly 5000 years. Remarkable and mysterious, it’s a must see.
Our small group Stonehenge tours from London take you on a journey through a mystical place and a reminder of lost civilisations from a time before history. A breathtaking sight, this is not just a “bunch of rocks”. An ancient stone circle built with perfect precision, aligning exactly with the sunrise at summer solstice and sunset at winter solstice. Standing atop Salisbury Plain, the stones weigh up to 25 tons. Brought from as far as 125 miles away, all without modern machines or technology - it’s an amazing feat of prehistoric engineering. There are so many different theories about why Stonehenge was built, but as no one can be sure, it remains one of the wonders of the world. What do you think?
”Beautiful”, Stunning”, “perfectly English” - just some of the words used to describe this incredible, historic UNESCO World Heritage City.
Our Bath tour takes you around the Bath of today - sophisticated, cosmopolitan and beautiful - famed for its architecture and considered THE most beautiful in England by many. First settled by the Celts 3000 years ago, then the Romans 2000 years ago, and more recently by the Georgians who built much of the city as we see it today. Visit the “Roman” baths, admire the Royal Crescent and the Circus, walk over Pulteney Bridge, wonder at the spectacular Bath Abbey, taste the local delicacies and spa water or enjoy a local cider in one of the many traditional English pubs. Experience the city that inspired Jane Austen and see why Bath has been one of the most desirable destinations for the upper classes over the last 300 years.
A secret place…?
We can’t reveal the secret. We will take you somewhere you may never have heard of, but we know you will love.
Nestled in our glorious countryside, are some wonderful places that we just have to share. It would be such a shame to drive all the way between London and Bath without showing you some of the delights of our countryside. Using our small buses, we take the back roads for much of the journey, passing through beautiful, historic villages and towns, and taking roads that the big buses can’t. En route, your guide will choose a place to visit that they know and love - and we are certain you will love it too.
Our first pick up is on the corner of Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street, SE1 7PB. This is the bus pick up and drop off point for the London Eye (see departure point page here) This is in the Waterloo area and a short walk from both Waterloo and Westminster Stations. Your bus and guide will normally arrive 5-10 minutes before departure. Look out for a small white bus with “The English Bus” written on the side. A prompt departure is essential so please arrive in plenty of time.
Outside the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Victoria, at 2 Bridge Place, SW1V 1QA (see departure point page here) This is a very short walk from Victoria Station. Take exit 1 from the main railway station and turn right. Please be waiting outside the hotel, we will stop to pick you up as close to the hotel entrance as we can.
After we have picked everyone up, and you are sat comfortably, your driver/guide will introduce themselves, and explain the plan for your day. Your guide will provide full commentary on our interesting route out of London, passing some major landmarks on our way. We will make a quick bathroom/coffee/snack stop - you are more than welcome to eat and drink on the bus.
** Please note that in the summer we usually reverse the order of the tour so we visit Stonehenge in the late afternoon when it is quietest - this may depend on the conditions on the day **
Before your arrival, we'll discuss this mysterious stone circle in preparation for our arrival, so you have a good understanding of what you’re seeing.
There’ll be plenty of time to take some wonderful pictures, listen to the audio-guide and visit the gift shop, cafe and the new visitor centre. Your guide will be very interested to hear your thoughts, will answer questions about Stonehenge and tell you some of the more weird and wonderful stories you wouldn't otherwise have heard.
The scenic route to Bath takes just under an hour from Stonehenge. We’ll drive through some quintessential English villages and take the back roads to give you a taste of real rural England. You will get some fantastic views. Your guide will point out traditional English houses and talk about English country life.
On arrival we’ll drop you off close to the city centre with some recommendations of places to eat and drink and sights to see. Perhaps you might choose a typical English pub or cafe, or a quick and tasty pasty - a special type of local pie, perhaps washed down with a glass of famous local cider? Your guide will be on hand to advise what might be best for you! We'll also provide a handy map of Bath for you too.
After lunch your guide will offer you an optional guided walking tour of Bath, focusing on the history and highlights of the city, and the different incarnations of the baths through the ages - from the Celts, the Romans, the Georgians to the present day. You’ll have some free time to explore the city that inspired Charles Dickens and Jane Austen at your leisure before a driving tour on our route out to show you Bath’s finest streets - the Royal Crescent and the Circus.
It would be such a shame to come all this way and miss out on seeing some of the wonderful sights on offer between Bath and London. Heading back to London, via a few scenic back roads, we will stop at a secret place of your guide’s choice - we can’t tell you where, but we are certain you’ll LOVE it.
Dependent on traffic, we’ll get back to London between 8.15 - 8.30pm. Your guide will plan the route into London based on where you all want to go, and will endeavour to get you as close as possible to your destination. We will also always return to the areas you started the tour, if this is your best option. Speak with your guide so they can make sure you know exactly how to get to where you need to get to.
We may alter the order of the day depending on traffic/weather/special events in order to maximise your enjoyment of the day. Please also note that from late October until mid March, the days are shorter which means that the latter section of the tour will be in the dark. Fear not, this can enhance the experience, and we adapt the tour accordingly.