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London: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath and Lacock Day Tour

1. London: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath and Lacock Day Tour

Explore historic attractions in the West of England on this full day bus trip from London. Stop at at Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, village of Lacock and the city of Bath. Savor local flavors with a traditional pub lunch. Be picked up from the centrally-located meeting point in London. Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned bus to Windsor Castle, home to the English royals for more than 900 years. Perched high above the River Thames, the castle holds royal secrets from the days of William the Conqueror to the current Queen. Discover the largest continuously occupied castle in the world as you admire splendor of St. Georges Chapel and the sumptuous State Apartments. Drive to Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain and learn the mysteries of the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years, but it still confounds historians and archaeologists to this day. Try to unlock some of its secrets for yourself at the new Visitor Centre. Journey to the picturesque National Trust village of Lacock. Stroll down the town's cottage-lined cobbled streets. See for yourself why is is used for film shoots for productions like “Harry Potter.” Enjoy hearty English lunch in a 14th-century pub. Make your way to the city of Bath which is full of Georgian architecture in crescents and terraces. Have free time to visit Bath Abbey and the romantic Pulteney Bridge, or to purchase tea in the historic Pump Rooms, while being serenaded by a string quartet. Return to the meeting point in London at the end of your tour.

Stonehenge Private Sunset Tour with Lacock and Bath

2. Stonehenge Private Sunset Tour with Lacock and Bath

After arriving at the meeting point, head directly to the city of Bath, one of England’s most historic and visited cities, and itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in some of the impressive sights of this attractive and historic city as you walk through its picturesque streets. Visit the remarkable ancient Roman Baths, and the Georgian Grand Pump Room. An optional walking tour allows you to see where writer Charles Dickens once lived and worked, and to sample some of the delicious local cheeses. From there continue to the village of Lacock, another historic site dating back to Saxon times. This scenic village has been the site of several major films and productions, with parts of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone filmed here. Take your time to look around the village, before stopping for an early evening meal in one of England’s oldest pubs, The George Inn, built in 1361. Leave Lacock and head towards Stonehenge as the sun sets, giving you a dramatic view of this incredible monument. Enjoy these jaw-dropping monoliths with a unique viewing experience that guarantees direct access to the stones, unavailable to members of the general public. Your guide will discuss the history of this 5,000 year old site, the most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and explain the many mysterious theories about how exactly it was built. Away from the crowds, marvel at this ancient construction and see for yourself why it is one of the most visited sites in the world, before boarding your coach and returning to London.

From London: Stonehenge, Bath & Lacock Full-Day Sunrise Tour

3. From London: Stonehenge, Bath & Lacock Full-Day Sunrise Tour

See the remarkable prehistoric monument of Stonehenge at sunrise on a full-day tour from London. Enjoy these jaw-dropping monoliths with a unique viewing experience that guarantees direct access to the stones, unavailable to members of the general public. Depart the city at the crack of dawn, and escape the hustle and bustle of the “Big Smoke” as you travel west by air-conditioned coach. Upon arrival at Stonehenge, you will have privileged access to the inner stone circle to watch a dramatic sunrise before the day time crowds arrive. Built nearly 5,000 years ago, Stonehenge is one of the most popular prehistoric monuments in the world. Enjoy a private viewing of the mysterious monoliths as you stand by the mighty sarsen rock. Your guide will entertain you with stories about the site, and point out the altar, slaughter and heel stones, where the sun rises on the summer solstice. Continue to the small village of Lacock, founded in the Saxon era. Many of the buildings formed part of an extensive monastery complex. Now owned by the National Trust, the pretty village was the setting for Jane Austen's “Pride and Prejudice” and “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.” There will be time for a delightful walk, before enjoying breakfast in a classic English pub. Next, go to the Roman city of Bath, famous for its elegant Georgian architecture at sites such as the Royal Crescent and Circus. Marvel at the city’s beautifully proportioned streets, and see the much-photographed Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon. End at the Roman Baths, the best preserved Roman spa from the ancient world. Dating back to AD 60, the Baths are still fed by the hot springs and limestone aquifers of the Mendip Hills. The museum houses artifacts from the Roman period, including objects and offerings thrown into the Sacred Spring.

From London: Bath, Avebury and Lacock Village Day Trip

4. From London: Bath, Avebury and Lacock Village Day Trip

Depart London and travel by luxury minibus to the ancient city of Bath, inhabited for around 2,000 years and full of beautiful Georgian architecture. Visit the famous Roman Baths from the days of the Roman Empire, and admire Bath Abbey. Get plenty of free time to wander around at your own pace. Enjoy lunch at your own expenses, and then travel deeper into rural Wiltshire to the village of Lacock, famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, and role as a television and film location site. Visit the abbey in woodland grounds and look closer at its fascinating architectural styles. Continue to the pretty village of Avebury, and wander around the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world. Feel the history around you as you explore the mysterious monuments. 

London: Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock, & Avebury Small Group Tour

5. London: Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock, & Avebury Small Group Tour

Depart London in the early morning and be one of the first visitors of the day to Stonehenge. As you arrive at Stonehenge your guide will tell you the facts and theories behind this most famous of Stone Age structures. Was it a temple, a clock, a place of worship, or a burial site for the elite? Then it’s on to Bath, which has seen visitors since the time of the Celts. Centuries later, in the 1st century A.D. the Romans arrived, calling this place Aqua Sulis. Even later, during the Georgian Era of the 18th century, the rich and wealthy arrived from London to see and be seen and took to the waters to rid themselves of joint stiffness and gout.  Stop for a break in the delightful village of Lacock. Seemingly untouched by modern times, this charming place has been used as a setting in many films, including Cranford, Moll Flanders, Pride and Prejudice, and Harry Potter. Enjoy a guided tour of this lovely village before you make your way to Avebury, a pretty village of thatched cottages nestling in the middle of a huge stone circle. After a guided walk in Avebury, depart for your return journey to London.

From London: Stonehenge, Bath, and Lacock Trip with Dinner

6. From London: Stonehenge, Bath, and Lacock Trip with Dinner

Get closer to the stones than ever before with this Stonehenge and Bath tour. Step inside the legendary inner circle during this private viewing away from the crowds and enjoy a truly mesmerising experience as the sun goes down. The day includes a visit to the beautiful Roman city of Bath with entrance to the Baths and time to explore the unspoiled village of Lacock. In Lacock, leave central London and travel west until the tour reaches the quaint village of Lacock. This pretty place dates back to the 13th-century and its booming wool industry made it a prosperous town during the Middle Ages. Boasting picturesque streets, historic buildings, and an Abbey in the heart of the village, Lacock is a charming step back in time. More recently, Lacock has been used as a location for many modern TV and film productions, including Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter. Let your guide tell you about this village’s colourful history during a short stop. Next, arrive in Bath. Once loved by the Romans, Bath has been a place of pleasure, relaxation, and well-being for centuries. It is also undeniably one of the prettiest cities in the UK and a designated World Heritage Site in its entirety. See its beautiful honey-coloured Georgian architecture, soak in the peaceful yet vibrant atmosphere, marvel at the impressive Bath Abbey, and learn about the rich heritage of this unique location. Tuck in to a delicious two-course earl dinner at a historic pub and enjoy a private viewing of Stonehenge and entrance into the Inner Circle. After dinner, the tour will depart Bath for your extra-special visit to mysterious Stonehenge. You’ll arrive at Stonehenge, located in the lush county of Wiltshire, in the early evening. This is your chance to see a side of the world-famous stones that most people don’t get a chance to see. Experience the unforgettable mystery of this 5,000 year old attraction and spend some time in the midst of an iconic World Heritage Site as you wander in and around the 40 ton rocks. Following your visit to Stonehenge, the tour heads back to London in the late evening.

From London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath

7. From London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath

Discover some of the most stunning spots in the west of England on a brilliant day trip from London. Visit the Queen's favorite palace, investigate the mysteries of the standing stone circle at Stonehenge, take a walking tour of the city of Bath, and enjoy a photo stop at the picturesque village of Lacock! Head to Windsor Castle, perched proudly on a lush wooded hill overlooking the River Thames. Dating back to Norman times, the fortress features landscaped gardens and a turreted Round Tower. Peek inside the lavish State Apartments and see priceless works of art by Rembrandt and Da Vinci. Visit St. George’s Chapel to experience the atmospheric final resting place of Henry VIII. Be amazed by the Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, complete with working lifts, running water, electricity and miniature wine bottles!  Then, continue to Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain, and marvel at the view of the monolithic rocks as they rise up from the landscape. Theories abound about the stone circle and its former use, from the belief that is was a religious temple or astronomical clock, to the notion that it was a Bronze Age burial ground. Make up your own mind as you explore the unique landmark that has stumped the world for 5,000 years.  Travel through the quaint English village of Lacock, and admire its cobbled streets and historical buildings set against an unspoiled landscape. Get off the coach to stretch your legs during a quick photo stop. Then, drive to the historic city of Bath, beautifully situated on the banks of the River Avon. Take a walking tour to see the 15th century Bath Abbey, the romantic Pulteney Bridge (modelled on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence), the famous Georgian architecture and more.  Return to London and get dropped off at approximately 08:00 PM, subject to the traffic.

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What people are saying about Lacock

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 232 reviews

This tour has a lot in it, but it was a fantastic tour for those with limited time who wants to see a lot of varying sites - from Stonehenge with the mysteries of its origins and purpose to Bath with both Roman and high society of regaled by Jane Austin - its wonderful. Laycock and Avenbury are again so different, but great towns - and you get to see many Cotswold cities getting to and from these wonderful towns. Andrew our guide was funny and informative! Definitly happy we took this and definitly think it one to put on your bucket list. Kelly

Richard was the best travel guide. He was so knowledgeable and kept us going on time. Traveling around with that many people can be difficult but he made it very enjoyable. I enjoyed all the locations stops and the time allocated at each stop. It was a great tour and thanks to Richard the day was made even better

This tour is really packed and feels a little rushed, not the tour company’s fault at all, but just keep in mind that if you want to see all of these places in one day, there will be very little time at each stop to actually explore

Great knowledgeable guide, very convenient and easy. Great to know you can get in everywhere as you arrive. Never would have done this amount of stuff in a day ourselves and would have missed half the sights without the guide.

Chris and Alexander were the expert guides. Their insight and insider tips were spot on to get the most of this experience. Nice blend of humor and history. Would definitely recommend