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Our most recommended South West England Literary Activities

Bath: The Jane Austen Centre Ticket

1. Bath: The Jane Austen Centre Ticket

Discover a permanent exhibition that tells the story of Bath's most famous resident, the author Jane Austen, at the Jane Austen Center. Explore the effect that living in the Georgian city had on her life and writing. Costumed guides will take you through the exhibition and be on hand to satisfy your quest for knowledge of all things Austen. Taste some period-recipe food, dress up in Regency costume, and have your photo taken with the world famous Jane Austen waxwork. There is a delightful gift shop on the ground floor, which sells unique items bespoke to the Jane Austen Centre, and a delicious Regency Tea Room on the 2nd floor, which offers 17 varieties of leafed tea to go with locally baked cakes. The guided tour runs every 30-minutes.

Bath: 2-Hour Bridgerton Experience Walking Tour

2. Bath: 2-Hour Bridgerton Experience Walking Tour

Explore the locations, scenes and the story of the Netflix adaption of Julia Quinn's bestselling novel 'Bridgerton' with a Blue Badge certified guide. Visit the series' major locations of both seasons 1 and 2, and get a further insight into the society and life of the aristocracy in the early 1800s. Start your tour in the Abbey Churchyard. Find yourself digging deep into your Bridgerton knowledge in an attempt to link the real-life locations to the scenes and events of the show. Feel free to ask your guide any questions you may have about the series or locations visited. See the exteriors of the homes of the overly ambitious Featheringtons and the cunning but likable Lady Danbury, the Modiste dressmakers, the quaint Gunter's Tea Shop, and of course the world-famous Royal Crescent for the perfect photo opportunity. During your tour, learn about the history of the featured buildings and locations and learn just how accurate Bridgerton's portrayal of life in Regency England really was. Hear behind-the-scenes snippets from filming and spot the locations of other well-known films and TV shows shot in Bath. End at the Holburne Museum, also known as Lady Danbury's house. After all, that walking, relax with a cup of tea or coffee and a cake in the café and explore the museum or discover Sydney Gardens.

From London: Windsor, Oxford & Stonehenge Full-Day Trip

3. From London: Windsor, Oxford & Stonehenge Full-Day Trip

The first stop on this tour is Windsor Castle. With its sweeping landscaped gardens and turreted Round Tower, it is easy to see why the castle is the Queen’s favorite weekend residence. Enjoy a fascinating through-the-keyhole peek at the lavish State Apartments, home to priceless artworks by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci. You can also visit Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St George’s Chapel - the final resting place of the monarchs of old, including Henry VIII. The tour then moves onto spectacular Stonehenge. You will never forget your first glimpse of the monolithic rock formation rising up against the skyline of the Salisbury Plain. Theories abound as to Stonehenge’s mysterious origin? Was it intended as a religious temple? An astronomical clock? A Bronze Age burial ground? Make up your own mind as you explore this unique landmark. Your final stop of the day is the charming university town of Oxford. Here you will enjoy a walking tour with free leisure time. Stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town. The tour will finish at approximately 07:15 PM in London.

London: Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bath, and Cotswolds

4. London: Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bath, and Cotswolds

Explore the region beyond London with a full-day excursion to sites of cultural and historical significance. First, you will head straight to Stonehenge, the most popular prehistoric monument in the world. Marvel at the huge 40-ton Sarsens and the volcanic blue stones that were brought from the Preseli Mountains, located more than 280 miles away. Next, visit the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. You'll have plenty of time to shop and explore before driving through the Cotswolds, for breathtaking views of open countryside, crisscrossed by dry stone walls and bustling market towns. Finally, the birthplace of William Shakespeare awaits at Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the home of the greatest writer in the English language and the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. Admire Stratford, a charming market town in the heart of rural England with a delightful river that winds its way past the Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare was laid to rest. Get a private tour of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall. You will be invited to take part in a Tudor lesson, write with a quill and ink, witness the rare medieval wall paintings and much more.

From Bath: Private Trip to Bowood House, Castle Combe & more

5. From Bath: Private Trip to Bowood House, Castle Combe & more

The day begins in Castle Combe, which is surely one of the most photographed villages in all of England. Little has changed here since the 15th century - no street lights or TV aerials. This mediaeval gem is famous for its picturesque cottages and babbling brook. Nestled in a wooded Cotswold valley, Castle Combe has been a favourite Hollywood filming location over the years for movies including War Horse, Stardust and Doctor Dolittle. The tour continues further into the heart of Wiltshire and onto Bowood House & Gardens. This delightful 18th century Georgian country house is famous for its sumptuous Robert Adam interiors and iconic landscaped gardens designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown. This is your chance to share in the English dream - Bowood is one of England's premier stately homes and has been privately owned by the Lansdowne family since 1754. Enjoy a delicious lunch in either the Stables Restaurant or the Treehouse Cafe. Thereafter, your journey continues to the quintessential English village of Lacock, which dates back to the 13th century and where cars are the only sign of modern-day life. Little wonder that it has also been used as a filming location for Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and several BBC productions including Pride and Prejudice. The ancient Abbey boasts a fascinating history and a small museum that celebrates the invention of the photographic negative by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839. Alternatively, get lost in the timeless side streets, buy some home-made honey or jam from outside locals' honesty shops, or step into one of the village pubs to sample a refreshing pint of local ale. Journey back to the delightful Georgian City of Bath at the end of this memorable day, where you will either be dropped off at your accommodation or in the centre of town.

From London: Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip with Secret Site

6. From London: Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip with Secret Site

Explore the West of England on a full-day tour from London. Take a scenic drive to the famous Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain and tour the English countryside on your way to Bath. Your driver/guide will provide a commentary as you head to the world's most famous prehistoric site, providing some background history so that you know something of what you will see once you arrive. Visit the new Stonehenge Visitor Center to enhance your knowledge of the mysterious site and trigger your imagination. Then, make your way through the rural green of Wiltshire, passing some wonderful old villages en route to the city of Bath. Upon arrival, you will be dropped off in the city center and provided with maps to explore at leisure. Find a café to savor a delicious Cornish pasty or Sally Lunn bun, or try some of the legendary local cider. Go to the beautifully preserved Roman Baths, or marvel at Bath Abbey, one of the finest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West of England. See the romantic Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, one of only 4 bridges in the world with shops across its full span on both sides. There is an optional walking tour of the city center if you would like a guided tour, with plenty of time to explore on your own as well. Before leaving, drive to some of the highlights outside the city center, including the Georgian houses of the Royal Crescent, one of Jane Austen's favorite homes, and sites associated with Charles Dickens’s time in the city. En route back to London, add a sense of adventure to your day when your driver/guide takes you to a secret location. The precise details of this will be determined on the day, but with so many historic sites along the way, 99% of guests have said they have loved this surprise!

Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath & Salisbury Tour from London

7. Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath & Salisbury Tour from London

Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape of the west of England on a 10-hour tour from London, and learn about the rich heritage of its pagan past and royal history in Salisbury, Stonehenge and Bath. Departing from central London, drive west to the monoliths of Stonehenge, which have confounded people for over 5,000 years. Having baffled historians and archeologists as to how it was built, your guide will explain some of the theories. Continue to the market town of Salisbury, best known for its 13th-century cathedral. Built during the reign of Henry III, it boasts the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom at 404 feet (123 meters), and is one of the finest examples of early Gothic English architecture. Marvel at the Magna Carta, the famous agreement made between King John and his barons at Runnymede in 1215, and now housed in the Chapter House. Then, drive to Bath on the slopes of the River Avon. Explore the first city in England to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gorgeous 15th-century Abbey, stunning Georgian architecture and romantic Pulteney Bridge - modeled on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence - are all sights to linger at. You will be free to explore on your own, with plenty of time for tea at the Pump Rooms, or a visit to the Jane Austen Centre. Explore Royal history with a visit to the queen's official residence, Windsor Castle: witness the changing tastes in decor of the State Apartments over centuries of monarchs living there; see paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt; admire Queen Mary's dolls house, the most famous dolls house in the world; and see St George's Chapel, the final resting place for several monarchs.

Bristol: City Waterfront Exploration Game with App

8. Bristol: City Waterfront Exploration Game with App

Explore Bristol's charming waterfront on a city exploration game solving puzzles to unlock location clues via an app on your phone. Reenact the role of a person who has to put together a mysterious photo album, truly engaging in the game. Have fun with the whole family or as a group of friends. Start your game at The Lookout Lectern and head off on your adventure. Solve challenges and watch as the story unfolds on your app, with exact directions on your phone guiding you to your next location. Best of all, play the game at your own pace, pausing it whenever you feel like a coffee or meal break and resuming anytime from the location where you paused it.

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What people are saying about South West England

Really great Bridgeton tour and much more informative than I imagined. Some great spots with interesting facts about the architecture as well as the filming behind it.

We really enjoyed our guide. I loved the history of Bath, the buildings and of course the locations where Bridgerton were filmed.

Me and my daughter loved this experience. We dressed up in period costume and finished off with afternoon tea

A brilliant tour! Phil has a wealth of knowledge and passion for the city and I would highly recommend

Excellent presentation from the actors and informative exhibition. Highly recommended