Stonehenge is one of the most iconic sites in the UK and Bath is known for being one of the prettiest cities in the UK. As soon as I moved to London I knew I had do a Day Trip to Stonehenge and Bath from London. Bath is a good day trip from London by train, however, Stonehenge is not!
With no car in London, I decided to look into tours and be a tourist in my own Country. I was pleasantly surprised by just how many day tours there are from London to Stonehenge and Bath and how reasonable they are in price considering how expensive trains can be in the UK!
Day Trip to Stonehenge and Bath from London
Best Stonehenge and Bath Tour From London
I decided to opt for a Full Day Tour from London to Stonehenge and Bath like this one, which I would recommend:
I booked my ticket and arrived at a very busy Victoria Coach Station in London at 8:00 am on Sunday morning, without too much hassle I got my seat on the coach.
Stonehenge Tour from London
It was a full coach and our very enthusiastic guide introduced herself and spent a good 15 minutes or so guiding us out of London, and even though I had got a coach out of London that way many times before and work in South Kensington she pointed out lots of things that I hadn’t even seen before so it was like having a mini-tour of London! Bonus!
It took us nearly 2 hours to get to Stonehenge and just before we got there our guide was back on the mic giving us some really interesting information about the historic and mysterious site.
Despite wanting to go to Stonehenge for quite some time I didn’t know too much about it and her talk definitely made me understand the site more once we were there! For example, it is made from 2 types of stones, one of which feels warmer to touch than the other, it has been discovered that some of smaller rocks are from Wales so to think how they got them 150 miles to Southern England is pretty incredible.
It’s also unclear as to why it was built, some possibilities are a burial ground, a site of healing or an astronomical observatory to mark the seasons. So all in all quite interesting!
We got off the coach near a very modern visitor centre which I wasn’t quite expecting but in hindsight, of course, I knew there would be some sort of toilet, cafe, souvenir area. From there you can do a 1-mile walk to the site or get a 5-minute bus, it was pretty much set on the tour that I did that we would get the bus due to our schedule but that wasn’t a problem at all for me and the bus ticket was included in the price.
The bus takes you a short way up a track where you get off in the middle of rolling fields and there in front of you (a long with a mass of people) are the iconic stones of Stonehenge!
The site does now have a barrier around it so you can’t touch the stones and although I heard that some people don’t like this, from a photography perspective it is a lot better as it’s quite easy to get people out of your photo when everyone is behind the barriers and I don’t feel that there’s any need to go up to them.
I only took one walk around (along with multiple photos) because after all it is just some old rocks in the middle of a field but I’m still so glad I got to see it.
I think had I gone all the way out of London just to see Stonehenge it would have felt like a slight anticlimax as you don’t need long at the site but luckily the bus was ready and waiting to take us onto Bath!
On this note, I would really recommend that you see at least 1 place more than just Stonehenge when you visit, in fact, it’s possible to see up to 4 different places on a day trip from London to Stonehenge when on an organised tour like I took.
Windsor Castle is a really popular 3rd location, and so pretty! So is Salisbury and its Cathedral. To see which tour takes your fancy so you can see the most in just one day, have a look at these different tours visiting 2-4 locations!
Bath Tour From London
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From Stonehenge to Bath it took us 2 hours, along the way we passed through some lovely Countryside and some nice little villages. Being from England I’m quite used to seeing villages like these and all the cute cottages, this didn’t make me less fascinated by them though and it made me think that if I was a tourist to the UK and this was my first sight of the Countryside and being outside of London I would have been totally blown away!
Just before we got into Bath our guide advised us of some photo opportunities where you can see the city from a great view and also gave us some information on the city.
I was in love with Bath at first sight which I knew I would be and couldn’t wait to get out of the Coach and explore. The guide asked us to follow her to a central point where the Abbey and Roman Baths are and again gave us a little bit more information and some ideas on where to visit.
There was the option to do a walking tour with her which I’m sure would have been quite interesting but I was keen to head off an explore on my own so that’s what I did and I was really happy with my decision.
Things to do in Bath for a few hours
My first stop after leaving was, of course, the iconic Circus, a beautiful circle of houses that curve around, next up and nearby was the Royal Crescent, a row of houses that bend in a Crescent shape… unsurprisingly.
Bath is very walkable and it’s very easy to take any cute street that takes your fancy and not get too lost and the back streets were by far the prettiest.
Down in the main area where the Abbey and Roman Baths are plenty of shops, to one side are the big chain, high street stores like in any city and to the other were a lot more independent stores and cafes which were really lovely to walk around.
I ended my time in Bath having a late lunch at a lovely Italian place called Joya down by the river which I would 100% recommend (I would also recommend taking snacks on this trip as it was the middle of the afternoon by the time I ate). I then attempted to walk lunch off by walking along the river right round to the train station and looping back into the city.
We left Bath at 4:30 pm and were back in London for about 7:30 pm, it was certainly a long day and like any tour, although you spend a lot of the day on a coach it was quite tiring, however, it was so much easier and not to mention cheaper than trying to arrange to get to both places from London on my own and it was also nice to get some information and history on the sites which I would have missed out on had I gone by self myself.
Sometimes it pays to be a tourist in your own country and this was one of the days, I was so happy to finally see both places and I would totally recommend visiting whether you’re from the UK or just visiting the UK!
The best day tours of Stonehenge and Bath from London
Are you ready to book a tour now? Have a look at these awesome options which enable you to see so much in just a one day trip from London:
- For more Day trip from London ideas have a look at these posts:
- 10 Things To Do in Bath on a Day Trip from London!
- 10 Things To Do in Brighton on a Day Trip from London!
- Visiting the Seven Sisters Cliffs on a Day Trip from London!
- Visiting the White Cliffs of Dover on a Day Trip from London!