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

1. 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.

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.

Bath: Private Walking Tour

4. Bath: Private Walking Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bath on a customizable tour. See the city’s top sights, and learn about its culture and history from your private student guide. Meet your guide to start the experience. Cross the famous Pulteney Bridge and discover the history of the Roman Baths. Pass the beautiful Thermae Bath Spa, Britain’s only thermal spa. See the Edgar window in Bath Abbey and hear stories of the building’s turbulent history. Learn about Jane Austin’s connection to the city, and discover the striking Royal Crescent, where your tour will end.

Bath: 90-Minute Private Ghost Walking Tour

5. Bath: 90-Minute Private Ghost Walking Tour

Enjoy a scary and fun evening out in Bath with this guided walking tour. Whether you are a local or just visiting, you will learn more about the city and its gruesome history along the way. Take a leisurely nighttime stroll through the haunted streets of Bath. Listen to eerie stories of murder, mystery, mayhem, terrors, hauntings, and ghosts. Travel back in time through Bath's dark past, stretching back to its foundation long before the Romans came. Discover the secret history of the picturesque Circuses, crescents, streets, and Squares. The guided tour takes in many parts of the city and includes tales of the execution areas, haunted pubs, the old hospital, theatre, and, of course, the dueling ground where so many met a grisly end. After the tour, enjoy a drink in one of Bath's lovely, and possibly, haunted pubs.

Bath: Private Walking Tour with a Blue Badge Tourist Guide

6. Bath: Private Walking Tour with a Blue Badge Tourist Guide

Throughout your tour, visit sites such as the Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths, the Pump Rooms, Pulteney Bridge, Queen Square, the Circus, the Royal Crescent, the Assembly Rooms, the Guildhall, the Mineral Hospital, and the Theatre Royal. The sites are steeped in history and full of interesting stories, which your guide will bring to life whilst providing you with their historical context in an enjoyable way. Your tour can be booked for individuals, couples looking for a unique experience, or groups of up to 15 people. Your guide can customize your tour and its themes to surround topics such as Romans in Bath, Jane Austen, literary figures, or remarkable women of Bath.

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

7. 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.

Private Tour: Stonehenge, Winchester, & Salisbury

8. Private Tour: Stonehenge, Winchester, & Salisbury

Head southwest from London on this private, chauffeur driven tour through bucolic English countryside through the counties of Wiltshire and Hampshire. It is a 90-minute journey, but you will be traveling in style and the views are superb. All comforts are taken care of, including a pick-up from your central London hotel at a time to suit you. Once you arrive in Winchester head for the Norman cathedral, former place of pilgrimage and last burial site of Jane Austen. Its interior is magnificent and has seen the weddings and funerals of ancient kings and queens, and the coronation of Richard The Lionheart. Next move on to Salisbury, located on the confluence of 5 rivers. The 13th-Century city is dominated by its Anglican cathedral, which boasts the tallest church spire in England. Inside you can find the best-preserved copy of the Magna Carta. You will then drive to Stonehenge, one of the most mysterious places on earth. Its purpose remains unknown but it stands eerily aloof on Salisbury Plain, a chalk plateau that still reveals evidence of Roman roads. This tour is ideal for couples that want to explore on their own and travel in style, but it can also be customized for families or groups of up to 6 people. If you wish, and for an extra fee, you can opt to add a Blue Badge Guide to give you an immersive tour throughout the day.

Stonehenge & Bath: Private Guided Tour from London

9. Stonehenge & Bath: Private Guided Tour from London

Step back in history and see the amazing Neolithic structure of Stonehenge in all its glory before taking a short journey to the city of Bath on this day trip departing from London. Upon arrival at Stonehenge, begin your tour 2 miles away from the site of the stones, after which you will be taken onto the mythical site of Stonehenge to take in the surrounding landscape. After spending time at the pre-historic site, travel by private London Black Taxi to Bath and experience the stunning architecture of the Georgian period. See landmarks such as Bath Abbey, The Roman Baths (entry at own expense), and the Royal Crescent before returning to London.

From London: Stonehenge and Bath Private Full-Day Trip

10. From London: Stonehenge and Bath Private Full-Day Trip

Start your tour with pick-up at your London hotel. Then, take a seat in your vehicle and relax on the onward journey to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Bath. Make your first stop at the mysterious monument of Stonehenge. As you marvel at these millennia-old standing rocks, learn about the various theories for their function long ago.   Your second stop is Bath, the first city in England to become a UNESCO World Heritage site. See exquisite Roman and Georgian architecture, and tour the famous Roman baths fed by the city's natural hot springs. Then, visit the Pump Room, a neo-classical salon in which you can try a sip of Bath's waters. Next, explore the pretty streets as your private guide sheds light on over 2,000 years of Bath history — from the Roman era to today. Along the way, admire fine examples of Georgian architecture such as the famous 18th-century Royal Crescent. Learn how the city’s thermal waters attracted the Romans and stroll along original Roman streets.  Following your visit to Bath, head back to London to end your eventful day.

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We had the afternoon tour, starting at 11.10. We were a group of 40 people. We arrived in Bath around 13H30. The ruins of the roman bath were much bigger than I expected and the visit was great. I loved the atmosphere in Bath - I will come back some day. We continued towards Stonehenge and arrived there around 16H30. We had the site for ourselves, and the visit of the monument, with an archeologist answering all our questions, was without any doubt the highlight of the tour. We arrived in Lacock at around 18H45, had dinner there, had a free visit of Lacock, and left at 20H to head back to London. Check your bill in the pub in Lacock before paying, as they tried to make us pay more than the fixed price of 12 pounds per meal. If you are fan of Harry Potter, I would suggest you take a morning tour, which will give you the opportunity to skip lunch and visit the abbey (it was closed when we arrived). Our guide, Carol, was great! Very knowledgeable and helpful. All in all a great tour!

Such a lovely day. The tour guide was so nice and well informed. Lots of free time built in, to explore on your own if you desire. We didn’t see sunrise at Stonehenge (arrived well after), but did have private access and could walk among the ruins. It allowed for a beautiful solo meditation. Pack your swimsuit and extra money if you want to go to the private hotel hot springs while in Bath. We chose to do that rather than site see. Overall a beautiful tour and well worth the early hour.

We had a wonderful, engaging tour with our guide Tony… Valentina was on the tour to hone some navigational info, and they were both great. Friendly, knowledgeable, funny, and gave us a real feeling for the history of the region. Cannot recommend enough, great tour!

Great tour with knowledgeable guide. To actually see the sunrise as described one would have to leave 2h earlier at this time of the year:(March). Only our group was at Stonehenge so it was great for the pictures.

Early start to the day, but well with it!!! I have been to Stonehenge, but wasn’t able to walk next to stones. The archeologist taught our group tons more than on my previous trip!