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Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge Tours From London 2014 – But Which?

Author: Bob Handford
The Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge day tour from London is the most popular day tour measured by paying passengers. Tours operate every day of the year to meet this demand, even on Christmas day when Windsor, Stonehenge etc are closed!

And with good reason, 3 world class attractions in one long but rewarding day is on offer.

This page looks at the main tour options open to you and seeks to also give you a good idea what to expect when you buy a Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge day tour  tour.

All these tours have early starts and don\’t return to London until evening.

Although hotel pickups are available in the morning they are not in the evening.
All the tours terminate at Victoria Station, a major public transport hub. There is just not enough time for the drivers to stay legal and do hotel drops. Victoria is a major transport hub though so you should be able to get to your hotel quickly.

A drop is normally offered at Gloucester Road Underground Station on the way into London at Kensington which gives good access to most hotel districts in London.

Time is the enemy and the tours are fast paced. One of the main tasks of the guide will be to keep the tour on time, so don\’t expect any favours in this respect or leisurely lunches.
Don’t take liberties when the guide asks you to be back at the coach by a time. Because of drivers hours they won’t wait long for you if you’re late.

If you are the type of person who likes to linger and take their time visiting places these tours may not be for you.

Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge - The Benchmark Tour

Touring Coach – 50 seat coach

Morning Hotel Pick-Ups – 7 to 8 a.m.

Admissions Included In Tour

Windsor Castle

Stonehenge

Lunch at the George Inn, Lacock

Indicative Itinerary Summer (April to September)

08:15 Depart from Victoria Coach Station

09:30-11:30 Windsor – Guided tour of Windsor Castle followed by free time

13:20-14:20 Lacock – Short walking tour followed by lunch at George Inn Lacock

15:15-16:30 Bath – Panoramic tour and free time

17:30-18:45 Stonehenge – Entrance included

Approx. 20.45 Arrive in London

Indicative Itinerary Winter (October to March)

08:15 Depart from Victoria Coach Station

09:30-11:30 Windsor – Guided tour of Windsor Castle followed by free time

12:50-14:30 Stonehenge – Entrance included

15:15-16:00 Lacock – lunch at George Inn Lacock

16:30-18:00 Bath – Panoramic tour and free time

Approx. 20.45 Arrive in London

This tour is the standard Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge tour with lunch. And what a great place to have lunch, in a 14th Century pub full of character in a medieval village away from the main tourist trail at Lacock itself very interesting.

Admission to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge are also included in the price of the tour. The Roman Baths at Bath are not included though. If you are keen there is nothing stopping you making your own visit to the Roman Baths for a quick visit – the coach parks about 100 yards from the entrance to the Roman Baths.

Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath Day Tour From London Ticketing

Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge - Small Group Tour

Touring Coach – 16 seat coach
Morning Pick-Ups – 7:30 to 8 a.m. at strategic points in Central London (not hotels)
Admissions Included In Tour
Roman Baths at Bath
Stonehenge
Indicative Itinerary
08:00              Depart from London
09:45-11:15   Stonehenge – Entrance included
12:15-13:30   Bath – Panoramic tour and entry to Roman Baths included
15:15-17:15    Windsor
Approx. 18.30 Arrive in London

On this tour you travel in a 16 seat touring bus, normally with a driver/guide rather than a stand a lone guide like the big bus tours.
The quality of guiding is top notch and because of the small numbers you have much better access to the guide who will tailor his/her commentary to the questions and areas of interest you show.
Note, entrance to Windsor Castle is not included in the tour price, but you still have time for a full visit.

Small Group Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath Day Tour From London Ticketing

Bath and Stonehenge - Alternative Relaxed Option 1

Touring Coach – 50 seat coach
Morning Hotel Pick-Ups – 7 to 8 a.m.
Admissions Included In Tour
Stonehenge
Roman Baths at Bath
Indicative Itinerary
08:15              Depart from Victoria Coach Station
10:30-12:15    Stonehenge – Entrance included
13:30-17:00    Bath – entry to Roman Baths, plenty of free time
Approx. 19.45 Arrive in London

If the above tours look too fast paced for your liking then cutting out Windsor is a good option. You can easily visit Windsor independently from London another day.
You have around 3.5 hours in Bath on this tour, the entire afternoon after visiting Stonehenge in the morning so its a much more relaxed day.
Bath is always one place that visitors say they must revisit one day and spend more time, however long they stay – there is so much to see and do.

Stonehenge & Bath Day Tour From London Ticketing

Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge 2 Day -Tour Alternative Relaxed Option 2

Touring Coach – 16 seat coach

Tour Start/End Time– 8:30 a.m.  returning around 6 p.m. the next day

Admissions Included In Tour

Windsor Castle

Roman Baths at Bath

Stonehenge

Tour of Downton Abbey filming locations including Yew Tree Farm, Downton Church, Downton Surgery, Downton Village, Shilton and Swinbrook.

Guided tour of Oxford

One night 3* hotel bed and breakfast accommodation Jurys Inn Swindon, on the edge of the Cotswolds.

The other alternative I\’ve floated here is to take 2 days instead of one!

You\’ll also visit Oxford and some of the scenic Cotswolds where you\’ll be shown some of the filming locations of the Downton Abbey TV series.

The tour is excellent value and includes overnight hotel with breakfast.

Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford & Downton Abbey Filming Locations Tour From London

Questions and Discussion

I\’ve driven and guided on these tours over the years so if you have questions you\’d like to ask I\’ll normally get back to you within 24 hours.
Just use the discussion facility below.

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  • Pia Gonsior

    Hey Bob, do you know how i get to windsor castle by Train/Underground? And how much is it? I have the oyster travelcard Zone 1-2
    Greetings

    • Bob

      Windsor is outside London so you cannot use Oysters & Travelcards there
      Most visitors take the train from London’s Paddington Station to Windsor Central which is opposite the castle changing train at Slough
      An adult off-peak return train ticket is £10.50 – off peak means you cannot travel before 09:30 Monday to Friday only

  • liz

    Hi Bob, do passengers visiting bath on the bus tours usually get in the bath/s or just look around the site?

    • Bob

      Bath is a medium size city with plenty of things to do and many people stay there for a long weekend of 2-3 days and still do not visit everything they want to see and do.

      The Roman Baths is the single biggest attraction but a lot of people don’t bother especially if their interest is in Literature (jane Austen etc), architecture …
      The centre is also a good regional shopping centre with lots of independent shops and a great place to people watch
      Everything is in a very tight largely pedestrianised central area with plenty of signs to explore independently

      For the Bath & Stonehenge tour those people who have never heard of Bath tend to visit the Roman Baths as taht’s the default tourist trail choice.
      If you read up on Bath you may find that there are other things that are more attractive to your personal tastes or it may re-inforce reasons to visit the Roman Baths (as opposed to the modern spa baths next door)

      Either way you can select on booking whether you want the Roman Baths included in the ticket.

  • Momo

    Hi Bob. I’m planninvg to drive up from London (zone 3) to Bath on a Sunday afternoon around 3pm, then aim to be back around 9pm. Do you think I have enough time for Stonehenge and Bath? And because i’m not using any tours, are the entrances to these attractions eligible for 2-for-1 offer?

    Momo

    • Bob

      Depending on where you are starting from in London its about 90 minutes to Stonehenge by car, then about 50 mins to Bath then around 2 hours back to Bath assuming you know your way.
      If you don’t know Bath then parking a car and getting out of Bath on a Sunday may be time consuming and add to this time
      On a Sunday evening if its a nice weekend there may be congestion on getting back to London as half of London returns after a weekend break.

      Stonehenge hasn’t 2 for 1 and you cannot pay on the day either. You have to book tickets at least one day in advance and stipulate within 30 minutes your arrival time.
      It now takes about 90-120 minutes to visit Stonehenge.
      Bath you will have to check out opening times of what you want to see. There is so much to see in Bath, personally I think the place warrants a day to visit at least

      • Sunny Cheng

        Hi, we live in London and want to visit Stonehenge, and bath. We hope to live in london one night. If we join the tour of visting Stonehenge and bath, could we leave the group in the end(don’t come back to london) because we want to live in bath one night. And how much it would cost perperson? We will travel on 28/8.

        • Bob

          You can join the Stonehenge and Bath tour and leave the tour in Bath if you wish.
          This tour runs daily.
          The price is the same as the normal tour price.

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