This is one of our most popular tours: two world heritage sites in one day with a stop in a lovely Cotswolds village.
The ancient stone structure of Stonehenge has stood on Salisbury Plain for over 4,500 years. To this day its function remains a mystery; was it it a temple, a meeting place,a giant astrological clock or something else? The fact is, nobody knows for sure! But on this tour, we’ll explore all these theories as we explore the visitor centre and the site itself.
Heading further west we arrive at the National Trust town of Lacock. This preserved medieval town came to prominence during the early 1200s when a religious order was established here. Lacock’s wealth was built on the back of the wool trade, and today we can stroll through this magnificent town past delightful and very picturesque weaver’s cottages, tithe barns, half-timbered buildings and, of course, a haunted pub. Lacock Abbey was also the place where William Henry Fox Talbot took the very first photographs back in the early 1800s.
There are several lunch options here, which you can discus with your guide at the beginning of the day.
It’s then time to head off to the splendid Georgian city of Bath.
From its foundation some 2,000 years ago, Bath was a place of leisure and recreation – and it still is! The Romans arriving at the site encountered hot health-giving springs at the site. These springs were sacred to the native Britons. The Romans built an expansive complex of baths and temples here, much of which is still visible to this day.
The Queen Consort of James II, Mary of Modena, visited the city in 1685 and sparked a renewed interest in its healing waters. A splendid Georgian town sprang up to cater for the fashionable, well-heeled visitors taking the cure. Throughout the 1700s, Bath became the place to see and be seen: a place of theatres, ballrooms, parks, gardens and gambling clubs. The author Jane Austen wrote about the city of Bath as it was during the late 1700s in some of her novels, especially ‘Northanger Abbey’.
If you’re staying overnight why not enjoy the hot springs on the roof of the city baths……overlooking Bishop Oliver King’s magnificent Bath Abbey? Or if you’re just staying for the day, let us drive you round and show you some of the buildings that make Bath a World Heritage site. There will be a chance to pop in to Sally Lunn’s restaurant, the oldest building in Bath that dates back to before Columbus discovered America.
Why not do something really special and have your very own private tour within the Stone Circle at Stonehenge? Understandably tickets sell fast so book early to avoid disappointment. Contact us for further details.
07:30 London departure
09:30 - 10:00 Arrival Stonehenge. Visitors centre and then bus up to the Stones
11:30 Depart for Lacock.
12:30 Arrive Lacock. Lunch in "The George"
13:15 A walk around the town
14:00 Depart for Bath
14:45 Arrive Bath and the Roman museum
16:45 Depart for London
arrive London 19:00