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South West England Outdoor activities

Our most recommended South West England Outdoor activities

Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

1. Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

Take a cruise around Europe's largest natural harbor, home to the town of Poole, the golden beaches of Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. From either open deck seating or comfortable saloon you will see stunning views of the exceptional landscape that surrounds it. Your 70 minute trip will start on charming Poole Quay with its old buildings and buzzing atmosphere.  Next you will go past Brownsea Island, home to wildlife and picturesque Brownsea Castle, built to protect against French invasions. After that comes the Sandbanks Peninsula and the luxurious houses of the ‘Golden Mile’. Then you will tour the great natural expanse of the harbor and the remaining islands: Green, Furzey, Long and Round. Fronting onto beautiful scenery it helped inspire classics like Lord of the Rings and Gulliver's Travel. 

From London: Stonehenge Half-Day Trip with Audio Guide

2. From London: Stonehenge Half-Day Trip with Audio Guide

Discover one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world on a half-day trip to Stonehenge. Travel to the site from London by air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy views of the English landscape en route. Download an audio guide on your smartphone to use while you explore on your own. Situated on Salisbury Plain in the Wiltshire countryside, the cluster of 40-ton rocks was constructed more than 5,000 years ago.  Although the function of Stonehenge is still a matter of fierce debate, what is known about the UNESCO World Heritage Site is that it has been a site of pagan worship for centuries. Make up your own mind as you uncover the history behind the extraordinary monument. A new world-class visitor center is now a short shuttle bus ride away from the stone circle site and combines cutting-edge audiovisuals with exhibitions of ancient objects.

Bath: Guided Ghost Tour

3. Bath: Guided Ghost Tour

Join your guide as they take you on a journey to discover the many haunted locations around the city of Bath. Hear tales about the ghosts of medieval monks, hanged criminals, tortured witches, poltergeists, and more. Learn about the history and haunting of each site and visit famous locations like Bath Abbey, Queens Square, Theatre Royal, and Victoria Park. Wander down hidden alleyways and stop at haunted hotspots, including a particularly grim location directly next to Jane Austen's last known residence in the city. Enjoy an interactive walking tour where visitors are encouraged to be part of the stories. Feeling brave? Volunteer for a paranormal experiment towards the end of your tour, a highlight of the exciting evening.

From Bournemouth: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door Trip

4. From Bournemouth: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door Trip

Discover some of the most scenic coastline in southern England on a bus trip from Bournemouth. Travel along the famous Jurassic Coast, via Poole Harbour and Sandbanks, to experience the nation's only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit both Lulworth Cove and the natural limestone arch of Durdle Door and get plenty of information and maps to help you along the way. Use the time to go for a light nature walk from Durdle Door over the hill to Lulworth Cove and get magnificent views from Hambury Tout. Spend the time at Lulworth Cove if you prefer to give your legs a rest and get a beautiful view of the arch on an optional boat ride from the beach, at your own expense. Benefit from a map highlighting the main features, or feel free to follow your own nose and explore independently. Find a nice cafe or restaurant in the village of West Lulworth or avail of the small shop in the holiday park at Durdle Door.

City Sightseeing Bath: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

5. City Sightseeing Bath: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2 routes - 1 ticket! City Sightseeing Bath Open Top Bus Tour - 'The Queen of English Cities': Bath is a fine Roman and Georgian City full of beautiful buildings. The City Tour takes you to the Roman Baths, the Pump Room, the abbey where England's first King was crowned, and the Assembly Rooms. The Skyline route provides you with the chance to enjoy the countryside and take in the breathtaking views across Bath. Tour routes: City Tour 1. High Street 2. Grand Parade 3. Manvers Street 4. Green Park Road 5. Corn Street 6. Westgate Buildings 7. Queen Square 8. Assembly Rooms 9. Brock Street/ Royal Crescent 10. Marlborough Buildings 11. Weston Road 12. Upper Bristol Road 13. Upper Bristol Road 14. Royal Avenue 15. Milsom Street 16. Terrace Walk Skyline Tour 1. Dorchester Street 2. Terrace Walk 3. North Parade 4. Great Pultney Street 5. Holburne Museum 6. Beckford Road 7. Bath Spa Hotel 8. Quarry Road 9. Bathwick Hill 10. Widcombe Hill 11. Rainbow Woods Farm 12. Brassknocker Hill 13. Claverton Down 14. Ralph Allen School 15. North Road/Shaft Road 16. Tyning/North Road 17. Prior Park 18. Middle Hill Lodge 19. Abbey Cemetery 20. Prior Park Road 21. Widcombe The Skyline route offers the chance to enjoy the countryside and take in breathtaking views across Bath.

From London: Stonehenge Express Half-Day Tour

6. From London: Stonehenge Express Half-Day Tour

Board a luxury bus for a direct express service from central London to discover the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, one of the great wonders of the world and awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. On arrival, your driver will take you onto the mysterious and magical site, where you will have around 2 hours to enjoy the stones at your leisure. Take advantage of a fascinating audio-guide tour, with commentary in 10 languages. Why Stonehenge was built remains a mystery. It's been a pagan place of worship, an astronomical clock, and a Bronze Age burial ground. Its origins date back almost 5,000 years and it continues to attract solstice worshippers. Explore this unique monument and decide for yourself what it all means. Then, get back on your luxury coach for the swift journey back to London, where you will be dropped off at centrally located Victoria Station, convenient for public transport links back to your hotel or accommodation.

Bath: Sightseeing Boat Cruise with Prosecco

7. Bath: Sightseeing Boat Cruise with Prosecco

See the highlights of Bath from the water on a shared or private cruise on a restored 1960s cruiser. Choose the standard option to enjoy two glasses of Prosecco as you lounge in the sun or by the coal fire. Celebrate your party or get-together with the bottomless Prosecco and gin tasting cruise options. On sunny days, enjoy an open cockpit roof on the boat, or stay cozy and warm with a real coal fire on cooler days. As you enjoy your trip onboard an authentic, restored 1960s small cruiser, your skipper will point out the key attractions.  See the entrance to the Kennet and Avon Canal, which links London with the Bristol Channel, and cruise under North Parade Bridge.  Look out for nesting peregrine falcons at the 19th-century St. John’s Church, and see Pulteney Bridge, the rushing weir, and the city center architecture, including the 17th-century Bath Abbey. For standard private and shared tour options, enjoy your view with two glasses of Prosecco while you pass under Halfpenny Bridge and see the location where the old wharves used to stand, the central point of Bath’s trading links with Bristol since the 18th century. Private Bottomless Prosecco Cruise For groups, parties, and other celebrations, pump up the part with the private bottomless Prosecco cruise option. Keep the prosecco flowing as you keep the party going. Enjoy access to the onboard music system to play all your favorite tunes. Private Gin Tasting Cruise Alternatively, sip a G&T with friends with the private gin tasting cruise option. Cranking up the music of your choice and sip on signature boat cocktails. Sit back as your guides talk you through three spirit samples from the Gin collection, all before raising a toast with your favorite gin and mixer.

London: Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Bath Day Trip

8. London: Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Bath Day Trip

Explore the region beyond London with a full-day trip to some of England's most fascinating and essential sights. Uncover the secrets of Stonehenge, have free time to discover the city of Bath, soak up the charm of the Cotswolds, and visit Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. 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. Move on next to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. You'll have plenty of time to shop and explore the charming streets. Drive through the picturesque Cotswold region. Take in scenic views of open countryside, crisscrossed by dry stone walls and bustling market towns. Stop outside the birthplace of William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon. See the home of the greatest writer in the English language and the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. Admire Stratford with its delightful river that winds its way past the Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare was laid to rest. Receive a private tour of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall, take part in a Tudor lesson, and write with a quill and ink.

From Stratford-upon-Avon / Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour

9. From Stratford-upon-Avon / Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour

Join a local driver/guide on a relaxing full-day tour of the Cotswolds National Landscape. Experience the very best of this quintessentially English region on a tour that stops at 6 different and unique locations with ample time built into the day for self-exploration, shopping, and lunch. The tour stops at: • Dover's Hill: the Northern-most Cotswolds viewpoint offering panoramic views out towards Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham & Coventry • Chipping Campden: a historic wool town where you have an hour of free time to explore with our unique maps and local recommendations • A secret off-the-beaten-track Cotswolds village (join to find this one out) • Stow-on-the-Wold: your designated lunch stop with a wide range of wonderful food options to choose from  • Bibury: often referred to as the prettiest village in England it's also the home of the iconic Arlington Row of cottages • Bourton-on-the-Water: famed for the crystal clear waters of the River Windrush and the pretty bridges that cross it Between the stops, your driver-guide will tell you the story of the Cotswolds with a fun, fact-filled commentary as you travel the narrow back lanes only the locals know about.

London to Southampton Cruise Terminal via Stonehenge

10. London to Southampton Cruise Terminal via Stonehenge

Travel by executive coach from London to the Southampton cruise terminal via Stonehenge on this 6-hour excursion. One of the greatest mysteries of the prehistoric world, Stonehenge has been described as a temple, as a clock, and by some as a burial site. Enjoy a visit with an audio-guided tour around the world-famous stones. After 90 minutes at Stonehenge you’ll depart on the 1-hour drive to Southampton. When you arrive at the cruise terminal all you’ll need to do is identify your luggage to the porters and then check-in to begin your cruise. The tour price includes travel by executive coach, admission to Stonehenge, the services of a tour manager, and drop off at Southampton Cruise Terminal.

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What people are saying about South West England

Ghost tour was 100% worth it. Not just a ghost tour, the historic information was brilliant. Mrs Cruncher who guided us was so entertaining. The paranormal interactive experience at the end was amazing. Me and my boyfriend are in our 20’s and wasn’t sure how good it would be, but it was brilliant. we also had recommendations for pubs at the end. 10/10

We did the tour with just two of us and a guide - Mrs Cruncher - and it was excellent. A great way to see the city and we learned all about its history as well as all of the grim stuff from the ghost tour part Was lots of fun and would highly recommend it.

Our guide was wonderful and kept us engaged throughout the tour. She was informative, engaging, funny and very theatrical. We all loved it and made a perfect ‘work do’ very special . Thank you

Edward the driver was great. Professional and friendy. Smooth drive.

Jim has great sense of humor and information about the tour site