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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 London: Avebury and Stonehenge Small-Group Tour

2. From London: Avebury and Stonehenge Small-Group Tour

On this day trip from London, visit the medieval village of Avebury, ringed by the largest stone circle in the world. Enjoy free time to explore the historic area, believed to be more than 2,000 years older than Stonehenge. Hear about the ghost sightings at the Red Lion Pub, located inside the stone circle, where high levels of paranormal activity have been recorded. Walk up the hill to West Kennet Long Barrow, which is one of the largest Neolithic burial tombs in Britain. Your guide will take you into the burial chambers and bring history alive. The final stop of the day is world-famous Stonehenge. Enjoy time to explore the site with an audio guide.

London: Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury Small Group Tour

3. London: Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury Small Group Tour

Take full-day trip from London to explore the mystical realm of King Arthur and the mysterious stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge. Your guide will share the fascinating history and theories behind these World Heritage Sites and take you on a journey through the legendary lands of Wessex and the Isle of Avalon. Start at the iconic Stonehenge to admire the ancient stones and learn about the enduring mysteries and debates surrounding this 5,000-year-old site. Head west to the mystical Glastonbury Tor and the Chalice Well Gardens. Hear the legend of Joseph of Aramathea and the chalice from the Last Supper. Finally, stop at the World Heritage Site of Avebury, home to the largest stone circle complex in the world. Go on a guided walk and explore the village built inside the circle before returning to London. Enjoy a unique opportunity to discover the facts and fiction of King Arthur's realm and its enduring mysteries.

Stonehenge Special Access - Evening Tour from London

4. Stonehenge Special Access - Evening Tour from London

After collection in central London, you will depart for Avebury where you'll have a short walking tour of the stone circle that surrounds the tiny village. Following this, you’ll have free time to explore the village – lunch at the infamous haunted Red Lion Pub is recommended, though it does get busy at peak times. After a short drive down the road, you will stop by Silbury Hill and take a walk up the hillside to West Kennet Long Barrow one of the largest Neolithic burial tombs in Britain and over 5000 years old. Your guide will take you into the burial chambers and bring it's fascinating history alive. Then it's off to Stonehenge for special access when the site is normally closed to the public. Your time inside the inner circle lasts up to an hour and is fully guided. After access to the stone circle, you will depart for London. Please note - time can differ on the day depending on traffic and local conditions. Your tour manager will confirm the drop off locations during the day.

From London: Bath, Avebury and Lacock Village Day Trip

5. 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

6. 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.

English Heritage: Attractions Pass for Overseas Visitors

7. English Heritage: Attractions Pass for Overseas Visitors

Get a range of benefits with a 9-day or 16-day single or family English Heritage Overseas Visitor Pass, offering free entry to more than 100 stately homes, castles, prehistoric remains and gardens the length and breadth of England. Only available to non-UK residents, the great value pass will save you money even if you only visit 2 or 3 attractions, making a 9-day pass suitable for a weekend break. You can visit as many English Heritage attractions as you like, and come back as many times as you want to. But the more places you visit, the more money you save! Plan your vacation with the help of our overseas visitor Guidebook. The English Heritage website will also help you plan your visit before you travel. Once you have decided which attractions to explore, there is no need to get your money out at every attraction, and no need to keep track of your spending. The monuments bring the story of England to life, and have all been selected for their historic significance. Located in some of the most beautiful settings in England, they include mighty castles, tranquil monastic ruins, pleasant gardens and grand stately homes. Many host special events throughout the year, and your pass also gives you free or reduced price entry. You might even come face-to-face with a knight in shining armor. All sites have reduced opening times during the winter months (October to March). Detailed information available after booking. The full list of places you can access with your pass is as follows: In London: Apsley HouseChiswick HouseEltham Palace and GardensJewel TowerMarble Hill HouseRanger’s House - The Wernher CollectionWellington ArchIn the South East: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey & BattlefieldBayham Old AbbeyCarisbrooke CastleDeal CastleDover CastleFort Brockhurst (as part of a pre-booked group)Home of Charles Darwin (Down House)Lullingstone Roman VillaMedieval Merchant’s HouseOsborne HousePevensey CastlePortchester CastleRichborough Roman FortRochester CastleSt Augustine’s AbbeyWalmer Castle & GardensYarmouth CastleIn the South West: Berry Pomeroy CastleChysauster Ancient VillageCleeve AbbeyDartmouth CastleFarleigh Hungerford CastleHailes AbbeyLaunceston CastleMuchelney AbbeyOkehampton CastleOld SarumOld Wardour CastlePendennis CastlePortland CastleRestormel CastleSt Mawes CastleSherborne Old CastleStonehengeTintagel CastleTotnes Castle In the East of England: Audley End House & GardensBerney Arms Windmill (as part of a pre-booked group)Castle Acre PrioryDenny Abbey and the Farmland MuseumGreat Yarmouth Row Houses and Greyfriars’ CloisterGrime’s GravesFramlingham CastleOrford CastleSaxtead Green Post MillTilbury FortWrest Park In the East Midlands: Ashby de la Zouch CastleBolsover CastleHardwick Old HallKirby HallKirby Muxloe CastleLyddington Bede HousePeveril CastleSibsey Trader WindmillLincoln Medieval Bishops’ PalaceRushton Triangular LodgeIn the West Midlands: Boscobel House and the Royal OakBuildwas AbbeyGoodrich CastleHaughmond AbbeyKenilworth Castle and Elizabethan GardenStokesay CastleWenlock PrioryWitley Court and GardensWroxeter Roman CityIn Yorkshire: Aldborough Roman SiteBrodsworth Hall and GardensByland AbbeyClifford's TowerHelmsley CastleKirkham PrioryMiddleham CastleMount Grace PrioryPickering CastleRichmond CastleRievaulx AbbeyRoche AbbeySt Peter's ChurchScarborough CastleThornton Abbey and GatehouseWhitby AbbeyYork Cold War Bunker (pre-booked visits only)In the North West: Beeston Castle and Woodland ParkBrougham CastleCarlisle CastleFurness AbbeyLanercost PrioryStott Park Bobbin MillAt Hadrian's Wall: Birdoswald Roman FortChesters Roman FortCorbridge Roman TownHousesteads Roman FortIn the North East: Aydon CastleBarnard CastleBerwick-Upon-Tweed-BarracksBelsay Hall, Castle and GardensBrinkburn PrioryDunstanburgh CastleEtal CastleLindisfarne PrioryPrudhoe CastleTynemouth Priory and CastleWarkworth Castle

5-Day English Speaking Tours near London

8. 5-Day English Speaking Tours near London

Join our 5-day English Speaking courses to see some of the most beautiful places in the South of England. You will stay with our teachers in a private house in a green area just outside London. You will be in small international group (max 6 people) which will give you a chance to practice your English for the whole course. We will visit places like Seven Sisters White Cliffs, London, Stonehenge, Oxford, Windsor Castle and Bath (we can discuss with each group the most interesting for them). Each day we will have breakfast at home then go out to discover wonderful nature spots, historical cities and local culture. We always take lunch out with us so it can be enjoyed with great views and fresh air. In the evenings we'll make a home cooked meal and then play some fun games. As well as all the places listed on our itinerary we have many more exciting surprises, treats and small trips. We recommend a minimum level of B1 English to get the most out of this course. Our native speakers will always be there to help you throughout the course. The course is also flexible so you're welcome to enjoy some free time or suggest places you would love to visit. You should arrive on Day 1 of the course and leave on the final day. We know flights are not so easy to find so we are flexible with times. You can arrive at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton or London City Airports. The meeting point is Reading Station and I will give detailed instructions on how to reach us.

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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

An option for small group that didn't do the standard windsor and oxford stops, this was a great alternative. It was so fascinating to learn not just about Stonehenge's history but other stone circles found in the country. Stopping at small towns to help give you a great feel for life back in older times, our guide was so knowledgeable he was even able to help point out a candy store that locked up back in the 80's and has sat untouched with it's old treats.

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.

Timing of our tour was perfect! We managed to just avoid other tour crowds. Locations were beautiful and pace was comfortable. Group size was small and respectful so tour went smoothly, no long waits for stragglers

Michael was great. We loved the tour. However, between Get Your Guide and Anderson tours, I think I was charged twice! Please help facilitate a refund. I emailed Anderson Tours too.