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Bath: City Walking Tour with Optional Roman Baths Entry

1. Bath: City Walking Tour with Optional Roman Baths Entry

Begin your tour in the morning or afternoon at Bath Abbey in the city center. See the very best of Bath, both past and present. Meet your guide and kick-off by visiting a selection of highlights including Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey. Proceed to the Roman Baths, and follow your guide to see the fascinating items and legacies left in Bath by the Romans during their occupation of the area. Witness the miraculous phenomenon of Bath's hot geothermal springs. Then, take in the enchanting Georgian architecture of this unique city. From the magnificent Royal Crescent to the mysterious Circus, see the best of the pomp and luxury of the 18th-century. Walk from the central Pump Rooms to the lavish Upper Assembly Rooms and finally arrive at the sumptuous Royal Crescent and the mysterious Circus. Bath offers a stunning variety of breathtaking architectural gems. The tour has been specially devised to show you the very best of Bath. Your guides are fun, engaging local professionals who will make the city’s history truly accessible for visitors of all ages.

Devon and Cornwall: 5-Day Tour from London

2. Devon and Cornwall: 5-Day Tour from London

Discover the landscapes and history of the wild Southwest of England on this 5-day minicoach tour. Combining the best of Devon and Cornwall, including the Jurassic Coast, Dartmoor, Lands End, Tintagel Castle, 2 nights in the Roman city of Exeter, and 2 nights in the harbor town of Falmouth, this tour offers a unique view of a beautiful part of Britain. Day 1 Depart London and travel through the old kingdom of Wessex to the historic city of Winchester. The former capital of Anglo-Saxon England boasts a magnificent cathedral and the Norman Great Hall. From this bustling city, head to a quieter but equally profound place, the standing stone circle of Stonehenge. Having explored this mystical place, your tour will continue to Exeter, the Romans most southwesterly fortified settlement and your base for 2 nights. Day 2 Your morning is spent exploring the magnificent wilderness of Dartmoor, the ancient "Clapper Bridge" at Postbridge, and the historic market town of Tavistock, home to Francis Drake. Return to Exeter in the early afternoon to explore the Roman town, with its underground passages, ancient walls, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and famous 12th-Century Norman Cathedral. Day 3 Head west to the North Cornish coast and the Elizabethan fishing village of Boscastle. Indulge in a cream tea, take a stroll out to the dramatic headland or learn a spell or two in the Museum of Witchcraft. Travel to the village of Tintagel and the ruins of its headland Castle, whose romantic cliff-top setting is purportedly the birthplace of King Arthur. After lunch, the tour heads to Port Isaac where you can get your Doc Martin fix and fall in love with this picturesque fishing village, before heading south to the bustling port town of Falmouth for the next two nights. Day 4 Explore the most westerly tip of England on this magnificent day, taking in St. Michael’s Mount, the incredible Minack Theater, built into the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful National Trust beach at Porthcurno. Look out for pirates at Penzance! England’s most westerly point beckons at Lands End before following the dramatic coast, with windswept moors and old stone Celtic communities, up to the artistic haven of St. Ives. Return to Falmouth for the night. Day 5 This morning you say farewell to Cornwall and travel back through the Devon countryside with stops for photos and refreshments before arriving in the famous little town of Glastonbury for lunch. Glastonbury Tor rises high above the town and has mythical connections with King Arthur and Avalon. From here you will return back eastwards to London, a city completely removed from the experiences you have enjoyed in the magical counties of Devon and Cornwall. Staying in a range of locally owned, friendly B&B's and guesthouses, you will enjoy en suite facilities, and tranquility in scenic locations in the lovely southwest of England.

Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small Group Tour

3. Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small Group Tour

Day 1: Leave London and travel west to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds through England’s prettiest historic villages. Get the best photos and hear the most fascinating local tales. Travel through the Welsh Marches marked out by the ancient Offa’s Dyke. Head into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and beautiful Elan Valley. Finally, head to the beautiful seaside town and cultural center of Aberystwyth, where you spend the next two nights. Day 2: Travel to the mountainous region of Snowdonia National Park. Visit the mountain village of Beddgelert to see the famous grave of Gelert, the legendary dog, or explore the nearby copper mine. Next, head to the town of Machynlleth to see the ancient clock tower and the quaint houses, and go antique hunting. Move on to Porthmadog and over the Cob causeway before reaching the impenetrable medieval Harlech Castle. After a fulfilling day, return to Aberystwyth in the late afternoon. Day 3: Travel around the coast of Cardigan Bay through Aberaeron to New Quay. Explore the picturesque harbor and get the chance to spot dolphins and whales. Head into the foreboding Black Mountains to explore a bedrock cave under a castle, before you visit Laugharne, where Dylan Thomas wrote the famous play Under Milk Wood. Move on to Tenby, a charming seaside town and your base for two nights. Day 4: See some of Britain’s most gorgeous coastlines at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Travel to the tiny cathedral city of St Davids for lunch and exploration, and stop in the county town of Pembroke to enter the thick medieval walls of the castle. From here, return to Tenby for a relaxed evening. Day 5: Leaving Tenby in the morning, begin your return journey to London. Head past the industrial cities of South Wales to the outskirts of Cardiff, and visit the outdoor National History Museum. Take the Severn Bridge back into England, and take a break at Castle Combe, a Cotswold village perfect for a relaxed stroll amongst 16th-century ironstone cottages.

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. 

England: 3-Day Stonehenge, Bath & South West Coast Tour

5. England: 3-Day Stonehenge, Bath & South West Coast Tour

Discover some of the most historic sites in England on a 3-day tour of the southwest, visiting the Roman city of Bath, and center of the Kingdom of Wessex at Exeter. Drive along the preshistoric Jurassic Coast of Dorset, and head into the vast moorland of Dartmoor, a protected national park with exposed granite hilltops. The tour, by comfortable 16-seat minibus, also includes time at Stonehenge, the most famous stone circle in England, and a chance to climb Glastonbury Tor. Day 1: Depart London for the old Kingdom of Wessex en route to the famous Neolithic standing stone circle of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Explore the mystical stones, which continue to confound historians to this day. Next, head for the dramatic south coast of Dorset, enjoying the panoramic views over white sand beaches, and the natural rock arch of Durdle Door. Spend the afternoon on the Jurassic Coast before driving to the historic city of Exeter, which was the most southwesterly fortified settlement of the ancient Roman Empire. You will be based here for the next 2 nights. Day 2: Enjoy a morning exploring the wilderness of Dartmoor, including the ancient "Clapper Bridge" at Postbridge. Go to the market town of Tavistock, where Francis Drake used to live. Return to Exeter in the early afternoon to explore the Roman town’s underground passages and ancient walls. Visit the renovated Royal Albert Memorial Museum to find fascinating sections on zoology, archaeology, anthropology, and fine art. Marvel at the 12th-century Norman Cathedral, which boasts the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England. Day 3: On your final day, head to Glastonbury and visit Glastonbury Tor. Learn about its connection to Avalon and King Arthur, and climb the Tor for spectacular views across 3 English counties. Drive to the beautiful City of Bath for lunch, with time in the afternoon to explore the relics of its Roman past, including the famous Roman Baths. Admire the handsome Georgian architecture of the city center, and pop into the 7th-century Bath Abbey, noted for its fan vaulting and commemorative stained glass. Return to London for an early evening drop off.

Bath: Private Unconventional History of Bath Walking Tour

6. Bath: Private Unconventional History of Bath Walking Tour

Discover Bath's mischievous side on a fun guided walking tour of this beautiful city for just you and your private group. Take stroll through the historical city and learn more of its unconventional history and the lesser-known stories behind Bath's famous landmarks like the Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, and Royal Crescent.  Enjoy a light-hearted and unconventional walk through the city's history with your own private guide. Gain insight into many intriguing details, including some of the more 'interesting' aspects of 18th century and modern day life in Bath on this mischievous stroll.  See all the main attractions along your walk, including Bath Abbey, Sally Lunn's House, Pulteney Bridge, Guildhall, Queen Square, Royal Crescent, and The Circus.

Bath: 2 Hour Private City Walking Tour

7. Bath: 2 Hour Private City Walking Tour

Meet your guide, then set off on a two hour adventure through Bath. Explore the bustling city streets and soak up the unique atmosphere of this charming destination. As you explore, admire the diverse array of architecture, which the city is famed for. Highlights of the tour include the River Avon, Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths, Pulteney Bridge, Guildhall Markets, Theater Royal, Queen Square, Royal Crescent, Royal Victoria Park, The Circus, and more. Along the way, listen to your guide’s fascinating stories about Bath’s history and culture, as well as the many prominent historical figures who lived here. Your guide can also offer a local’s perspective on the very best bars, restaurants, and museums to visit during your stay.

Cotswolds: Brewery Tour, Pub Lunch, and Village Visit

8. Cotswolds: Brewery Tour, Pub Lunch, and Village Visit

Meet your guide at the train station in Stratford-upon-Avon or Moreton-in-Marsh then head out into the rolling countryside towards the world-famous Cotswolds. Start off with a 1.5 hour visit to the rural craft brewery, the Purity Brewing Company, and learn about and sample the local beer made here. Next, enjoy a traditional one-course pub lunch and drink at the Fleece Inn, a historic country pub dating back to the 15th century. Afterwards, explore the charming town of Chipping Campden and shop for souvenirs. Finally, stop in an idyllic off-the-beaten-track Cotswold village, where there will be one more village pub to enjoy. Throughout the tour, soak up scenic views of the Cotswolds countryside, and listen to your guide’s fascinating information about local life and history.

Stonehenge: Secret England Curated Tour for 2-8

9. Stonehenge: Secret England Curated Tour for 2-8

After being collected from your door, you’ll learn first hand about the story of Stonehenge and its wider context. You will also have the opportunity to explore quiet, ancient villages and admire the ancient ruin itself. You'll find yourself immersed in the English countryside and enjoying the best of the famed English hospitality. The tour continues with a visit to an ancient country inn, where you have the opportunity to indulge in local cuisine cooked from ingredients fresh from the region. The day will conclude with an authentic cup of English tea in either a walled garden or a 750 year old pub, before you will be transported back to your accommodation in central Bath.

From Bournemouth: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour to Bath

10. From Bournemouth: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour to Bath

Board the bus from Bournemouth Travel Interchange then sit back and relax as you soak up countryside views on the journey to Bath. Arrive in Bath and embark on an insightful guided tour of this charming Georgian city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed location. Travel through the city’s picturesque streets and feel yourself be transported back in time as you listen to your guide share stories about Bath’s rich-history. Highlights of the tour include Bath Abbey and a parish church founded in the 7th century. The tour also passes by the Jane Austen Center, which houses a permanent exhibition of her life and her work, as well as the Royal Crescent, which boasts a curved line of 30 terraced housing showcasing the very best of the city's Georgian architecture. At the end of the guided tour, receive a map of the city and then spend some free time exploring on your own. During this time you can revisit the sights that interest you most, shop for souvenirs of your trip, or find a place for lunch. At the end of an unforgettable full-day experience, enjoy a well-deserved rest on the return journey to Bournemouth.

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based on 6 reviews

The walking tour exceeded our expectations! Our guide, Ellen, a student at the University of Bath, was waiting for us at the meeting point and she made sure to start the tour on time. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic and answered all of our questions. We visited the most important parts of the city and even though my partner and I had already spent a couple of days walking around the city before the day of the tour, we felt that the walk added value to our trip as we learned many new things and discovered hidden city gems. We had added entry to Roman Baths to our tour, so Ellen made sure to take us there on time so that we wouldn't miss our slot. We highly recommend this experience for tourists visiting Bath!

We were guided by Ellen for an hour and a half and then finished with entry to the Roman Baths. You could spend the same time again going through the baths. Ellen was excellent. Great information and enthusiasm.

Ali is a very affable lad who knows his subject well….flexible in his approach to the tour when we fancied spending a little longer somewhere, he tried to accommodate us where he could.

The walking tour was excellent.Ellen the tour guide was professional and a brilliant narrator.Simply the best!

Exceeded expectations. Nick, our driver and guide was fantastic.