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Find The Best Place To Join Your Sightseeing Day Tour From London

Author: Bob Handford

Need Help Finding The Best Boarding Point For Your Day Tour?

OK – the day tours we are talking about here are the full day tours both within London and outside London to places like Stonehenge and Windsor.

London Tour Hotels

Hotel Pick-Up List

All of the main operators day tours have left their main London departure point by 8:30 a.m. Because of the early start the “big bus” tours offer a long list of hotel pick-up points starting as early as 7 a.m.
The pick-up points, all hotels are located in all the major hotel districts of Central London, well over a 100 hotels. They then take you to Victoria Coach Station where the main tour departs from.
The exception are the small group tours with a maximum of 16 passengers just have a handful of pick-up points at strategic points across Central London. But if your hotel is not on the list or you are staying outside London where is the best place to join a tour?

Stumped? – Well just ask Bob at the discussion facility below saying which tour you are going on and where you are staying!

Other Day Tour Information

Guided Day Tours Outside London – The Most Popular Tours

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Discuss With Bob About The Best Boarding Point For You!

PLEASE STATE WHICH TOUR YOU ARE INTERESTED IN, DIFFERENT TOURS HAVE DIFFERENT PICK-UP POINTS
I\’be been on most of the day tours in question, I\’ve even driven and guided some of these tours If you\’re scratching your head where the best boarding point is for your tour just ask me below! Normally I\’ll respond well within 24 hours

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  • Sherin Mayan

    Hi

    I’m interested in taking the Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford, tour. My hotel is in Finsbury, what is the nearest location for me to board the bus, I’m travelling with seniors and teenagers. And also, can I use an Oyster Travel card for the journey (to Victoria) and where do I alight when returning…can can I use the Oyster Travel card for the return journey to my hotel from the drop off point. Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      I assume by Finsbury you mean Finsbury Park?

      If so take the Victoria Line to Victoria Station using your Oyster Cards
      The tour starts from Victoria Coach Station 5 minutes walk from the Underground Station and signposted

      The tour finishes at Victoria as well although a drop at Gloucester Road is made available normally prior to that. You can gte the Piccadilly Line direct from Gloucester Road to Finsbury Park

      • Sherin Mayan

        yes, Finsbury Park. Thank you so much.

  • kelly

    where do the day tours end and are we responsible to transport back to hotel?

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      None of the day tours do hotel drops in the evening, it would take all evening for a single coach to do that.
      Most, but not all terminate at Victoria Railway Station with drops at major Underground Station hubs offered before, which ones depends on the direction the tour is returning to London. Most tours visiting Stonehenge, Windsot, Bath Salisbury will offer Gloucester Road Underground Station

      • kelly

        Thanks very much

  • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

    Geographically the nearest pick-up is the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel on Prescott Street just under a mile away close to Tower Hill DLR station 2 stops down the line from your hotel.

    The alternative is to get the DLR/Tube to Victoria and then walk to the main departure point at Victoria Coach Station where departure is nearly an hour after the pick-ups at Tower Bridge hotels

  • Stacey1966

    Thanks, trying to investigate in advance every inch of this planned trip& transport and accessibility is a challenge. :-)

  • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

    There isn’t really a nearest – technically its the Strand Palace Hotel on the Strand up by Covent garden about 1km from your hostel.
    You’re probably best advised to get the Underground from Mansion House or Blackfriars to Victoria and join the tour at the main departure point at Victoria Coach Station

  • Stacey1966

    Bob,
    Thank you for your detailed insight. Let’s face it any trip abroad is a challenge but this trip IS going to happen. :-) In fact we will be there on a weekend. That location is arranged due to other plans, so how would a afternoon tour on a Sunday from Victoria station directly sound instead for Stonehenge only? :-) I will have someone with me who is quite capable but I assume the least amount of trouble will be black cab between the hotel and the normal attraction area in London and strolling/rolling the area between sites as much as possible. Any words of warning on this secondary plan appreciated. :-)

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      Sunday mornings are about the quietest time for the Underground/DLR. I don’t think it will matter too much whether you opt for the Stonehenge or Stonehenge/Bath combo.
      If your friend can climb the stairs onto the coach independently the stressful bit will be getting between Greenwich and London.

      If you go for the Stonehenge & Bath option I’d go for the option without admission to the Roman Baths

  • Stacey1966

    Hi Bob, I am planninga trip In May and staying at the Ibis London Grenwich. I am looking at the various tours for Stonehenge and Bath combinations and was wondering how accessible any of those combination locations are for someone in a wheelchair and limited mobility? Can climb intoa bus without problem and fold up chair to a small lightweight package. What would be the closest pick up location if we were to do the Stonehenge am half day tour, the Stonehenge & bath tour or the combination tour with both, an additional location and lunch? Researching all these locations to try and see what I can anticipate, your help is most appreciated.

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      That particular location I think is going to be stressful.
      The only practical way of getting into London would be by DLR from Cutty Sark Station to Canary Wharf then Jubilee Line into Central London.
      Not all stations are step free so you would need to negotiate escalators at some stations.
      There are lifts at Cutty Sark near your hotel and Canary Wharf though

      Main problem with the tours would be unless you are traveling at the weekend you’ll be traveling into London during the morning commute which is an ordeal for perfectly fit people with severe crowding.
      Green Park is on the Jubilee Line and has lifts and the Ritz Hotel next door is a pick-up hotel for many tours
      On the return normal drops offered are either Gloucster Road or Victoria neither of which have lifts (I think Gloucester Road only has steps)

      A visit to Windsor Castle involves a fair bit of walking its 10 minutes walk alone just from the coach park to the castle and you will be walking with a group of up to 50 people following a guide with time has his/her enemy.

      In short I wouldn’t recommend this at all, but if you are determined and are comfortable gritting your teeth and putting any problems behind you I would not like to rule it out completely.

  • Thaim Tek See

    Hi Bob, I’m taking Stonehenge, Windsor & Bath Day Tour With Lunch At Lacock tour. I stay at Novotel London Wembley. Do you have any suggestions for the pick up point? Thank you!

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      Your hotel is very near Wembley Park Underground Station
      Take the Jubilee Line to Green Park Station which is next door to the Ritz Hotel which you can select as a pick-up location when you reserve

      • Thaim Tek See

        Thanks, Bob!

  • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

    I would suggest you both make for Victoria and walk to the coach station, about 500 yds from the railway/underground at Victoria
    The main tor bus departs from here about 8:15 a.m.

  • Mary Sue

    Hi Bob–My husband and I would like to take the small group tour of Stonehenge, Bath, and Windsor Castle on May 29. We are staying at Rubens at the Palace. Where would our pick up point be? Thanks.

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      Probably the easiest option would be to take the C1 red London bus from Grosvenor Gardens Victoria (bus stop R) about 100 yards from your hotel to Harrods Knightsbridge department store beside which is a joining point. Buses run about every 10 mins

      The tour ends at Victoria Rail Station by your hotel

  • Taylor

    Hi Bob, we want to do a tour on christmas day, the Stonehenge, Windsor & Bath Day Tour With Lunch At Lacock, and are staying at the Imperial Hotel in Russell Square. Thankyou!

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      In the UK everything is closed on Xmas Day and places like Stonehenge are shut 26th Dec and possible 24th December as well

      As a result none of the usual tours run on Xmas Days

      Come September/October special Xmas tours are launched and there will probably be a Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath tour but as everything is closed in the UK that day including shops, restaurants etc and public transport it will be a very different tour with a big emphasis on a big Xmas Lunch probably in a pub somewhere in the countryside, not necesarily Lacock

  • Zodiac Indian cuisine

    Hi bob
    Arriving Heathrow airport on 24th April at 6:40am. Interested in Windsor, stonhenge & bath tour. Just wondering if we can make the tour on the same day & wht would be the pic up time & place near airport. Thanks
    Haime

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      I’m afraid none of the tour companies pickup at or near Heathrow Airport.
      By the time you get into London to a departure point the coaches will have long departed

  • Yvette Keller

    We are staying in Islington a few blocks from the Archway Tube stop. We hope to catch the Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Avebury tour on a Friday. Which stop and how long will it take us to get to it?

    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      Probably best option is to take the Northern Line to Tottenham Court Road.and then walk te about 500 yards to the British Museum, the first pick-up of the day.

  • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

    The easiest pick-up would be the one at Knightsbridge next to the tube station with direct trains to Heathrow about every 5 minutes.
    I suspect the real issue will be how you get to the nearest Underground Station which will vary enormously depending on your Heathrow Hotel

    • Janice

      Thanks, Bob. I will be staying at the Radisson Blu Edwardian at 140 Bath Road, Hayes.

      • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

        Ok just walk over to the other side of the Bath Road from your hotel where there is a red London bus stop.
        Take any bus signed going to Heathrow Central. This journey is free and you shouldn’t have to wait more than 3-4 minutes. Journey is only 5 minutes
        The bus terminates at the bus station where escalators lead down to the Underground Station

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