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From London to Loch Ness: The Best Routes for Epic UK Self-Drive Tours
Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure through the stunning landscapes of the United Kingdom? Look no further than self-drive tours, the perfect way to explore this diverse and captivating country at your own pace. With a wealth of picturesque destinations and scenic routes, the UK offers endless possibilities for those seeking an immersive travel experience. In this article, we’ll guide you through some of the best routes for epic UK self-drive tours, starting from London and leading all the way to the legendary Loch Ness.
The Classic English Countryside Route
Heading north from London, immerse yourself in the classic charm of England’s countryside. This route takes you through picturesque villages, rolling green hills, and historic landmarks that will leave you in awe. Begin your journey by driving towards Oxfordshire, where you can explore the prestigious Oxford University and wander through its enchanting streets lined with medieval architecture.
Continuing northwards, make a stop at Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Visit his childhood home and soak up the literary atmosphere before venturing further into the heart of England’s countryside.
Next on your itinerary is the breathtaking Peak District National Park. Drive along winding roads that snake through dramatic landscapes adorned with heather-covered moorlands and limestone cliffs. Take a leisurely walk or hike one of many trails to fully appreciate this area’s natural beauty.
The Scottish Highlands Adventure
Leaving England behind, cross over into Scotland to experience its awe-inspiring landscapes along one of its most iconic routes – The North Coast 500. This circular route begins in Inverness and takes you on a journey around Scotland’s northernmost coastline.
As you drive along this route, prepare to be mesmerized by rugged mountains, pristine beaches, ancient castles, and sparkling lochs. Don’t miss out on exploring famous attractions such as the Eilean Donan Castle, the fairy-tale-like Dunrobin Castle, and the mystical Loch Ness.
The Scottish Highlands offer endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Take a hike in the Cairngorms National Park, go wild swimming in one of its many lochs, or simply enjoy the tranquility of the breathtaking landscapes around you. With each passing mile, you’ll feel more connected to Scotland’s rich history and untamed beauty.
The Welsh Coastal Expedition
For those seeking coastal beauty and fascinating history, a self-drive tour along Wales’ stunning coastline is a must. Starting from Cardiff, head west towards Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This rugged and diverse landscape boasts breathtaking cliffs, golden sandy beaches, and picturesque seaside towns.
Continue your journey northwards to Snowdonia National Park. Drive through winding mountain roads and be rewarded with panoramic views of majestic peaks and serene lakes. For adrenaline junkies, Snowdonia offers ample opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, or even zip-lining at Europe’s longest zip line attraction.
The Magical Irish Adventure
No UK self-drive tour would be complete without exploring Ireland’s enchanting landscapes. Begin your Irish adventure in Dublin and drive along the Wild Atlantic Way – a coastal route that stretches over 1,500 miles along Ireland’s western seaboard.
As you traverse this scenic route, marvel at dramatic cliffs like Slieve League and discover charming villages such as Dingle or Galway. Immerse yourself in Ireland’s rich culture by stopping at historic sites like Blarney Castle or exploring the vibrant streets of Dublin’s Temple Bar district.
Embarking on a UK self-drive tour allows you to create your own unique travel experience while immersing yourself in some of the most captivating landscapes this country has to offer. From London to Loch Ness, these routes will take you on an unforgettable journey through England’s countryside, Scotland’s Highlands, Wales’ coastline, and Ireland’s magical landscapes. So grab a map, hop in the car, and get ready for an epic adventure through the United Kingdom.
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"I just got home last night from my amazing trip to Great Britain and wanted to let you know that Stonehenge was definitely our highlight!! Nick was absolutely amazing as our guide!! His knowledge and enthusiasm made our time in the inner circle and surrounding areas such an experience that I don’t really have the words to describe it. Thank you for everything and please pass our gratitude on to Nick! I will never forget the experience!! Thank you again!! KRISTI - MAY 2022
"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We loved every second of our tour with David. When we arrived at Charing Cross, David was just pulling in. He added history with humor, conversations were interesting and lively. I want to let you know that David went above and beyond with the 4 of us on the tour to Stonehenge and the Cotswolds. He found a place for us to have a toastey…we Americans had never had one and he knew where to take us. Thanks again! We had a blast!-Lynne Lynne - OCTOBER 2022
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"I want to thank you for the wonderful time Nick showed my kids and their friends. It was a shame we couldn’t be there to join them however I can assure you we will be there and do the tour again because the rest of us want to have the same experience. The kids only had the best to say about Nick! Thanks again for going back and forth with us during these uncertain times. All of the best to you and your loved ones." LESLEY
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George good morning- Kieffe was absolutely awesome- my husband and I have been twice before and without a doubt he was the most informative and entertaining. I want to leave a very good review- what is the best place or 2 - we were also extremely pleased with your responsiveness and thoroughness - thank you so much, Pat PAT - JUNE 2022
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Hi George, We had a wonderful time today with Nicholas, who took excellent care of us and was extremely knowledgable. Please tell him thank you for us! He had taken a couple photos for us throughout the day on his phone—could you pass those along? We’d love to have them! Cheers! Brandy Brandy - JULY 2022
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"We had a wonderful tour with Keith. He was a great guide and so knowledgeable. Our group of 8 certainly enjoyed the care he took to ensure our needs and wishes were accommodated. His routing and setting out of the historical context was appreciated, plus his personal involvement as a researcher provided insights that really made history come alive for us. Highly recommended. FAYE September 2022
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"Thanks so much for today’s tour it was great we arranged another tour through the farm that we’re staying at for Thursday. Thanks for trying to help and hope you get through this crisis well thanks again will highly recommend you guys when we get home." MICHELE & TOR
Hi , Just a quick note to thank you for an amazing experience. Entertaining and informative and very much more than I expected. Well done and best wishes. I hope you are booked as solidly as you would like in the months ahead. We will comment in the social media. I will ensure that Charlie and Will also give great feedback. Take care and best wishes." STEVEN - November 2021
Best Stonehenge Tours from London
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Stonehenge and Bath Guided Day Tour from London From £95
Enjoy a full historic day of adventure. Add Entrance to the Roman Baths when booking and you will have a memorable experience. Includes a tour guide, coach transport and entrance.
Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath Guided Small Group Day Tour from London From £139
Tour England in one day. From the royal palace to some of the most adventurous parts of England. Includes a tour guide, coach transport and entrance.
Stonehenge and Avebury Small Group Tour from London From £109
Warm up to our surprise tour at West Kennet Long Barrow, a large Neolithic burial tomb and Silbury Hill, the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe. The tour includes a tour guide, coach transport and entrance.
Stonehenge Special Inner Circle Access -Evening From £155
This tour gives you access to the Stonehenge Inner Circle and a visit to some secret locations that we believe you will find fascinating. The tour includes a tour guide, coach transport and entrances.
Stonehenge and Windsor Castle Tour from London + Entry Tickets From £99
Spend more time touring the ancient and mysterious Stonehenge and Windsor home to the royal family. This tour includes Windsor castle tickets, Stonehenge entrance, a tour guide and coach transport.
Stonehenge Special Access Tour - Morning From £155
Stonehenge Summer Solstice From £70
Includes tour guide, coach transport and entrance.
Why Book a Trip to Stonehenge?
Stonehenge is presumed to be 5000 years old. The whole of Wiltshire is full of Neolithic monuments: Woodhenge, Stonehenge, Avebury, Silbury hill etc. People travelled from all round Britain and Europe to explore this world heritage site (Bones have been found). And plenty of people walked from Woodhenge to Stonehenge to bury the dead along River Avon, which means river in old Celtic language. William Stuckley did good things, mapped the area and connected the monuments together, drew them and started Druid myth. Discover and learn more about Stonehenge when you book any of our Stonehenge tours from London listed above.
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Myths, Legends, and Stones: Uncover the Best Stonehenge Tours from London
Join us on the finest Stonehenge tours departing from London. As we journey from the vibrant streets of London to the tranquil allure of Stonehenge's standing stones, Anderson Tours brings you the ultimate experience. Our expert guides will immerse you in the myths and legends that have fascinated visitors for centuries. Have you ever heard of the tale of Merlin transporting the stones? Or pondered how the bluestones were transported from Wales? Discover the rich history and significance of this renowned wonder on the best Stonehenge tours from London.
Travel in Comfort and Style on Our Stonehenge Tours from London
Step aboard our luxurious coaches and leave the driving to us. With the best Stonehenge tours from London, you can enjoy a seamless journey to this iconic destination. Our top-notch vehicles ensure your trip is as comfortable as the destination itself. We also provide convenient pick-up locations across London, including London Bridge, Kings Cross, Victoria, South Kensington, and Earls Court.
Stonehenge: More Than Just Stones - The Best Stonehenge Tours from London
Discover that Stonehenge is more than ancient rocks in a field on the best Stonehenge tours from London. Learn how the archaeological discoveries at Stonehenge have deepened our understanding of ancient civilizations. Long before the advent of Christianity, Britain was a land of pagans who celebrated nature, danced beneath the moon, and revered the Earth. Stonehenge served as their grand calendar, marking the changing seasons by observing the sun's alignment with the stones. Explore how Britain evolved from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age and discover the origins of mermaids, fairies, and much of our cultural heritage. With a history spanning over 5,000 years, Stonehenge predates the Pyramids of Egypt, and its influence extends from appearances in pop culture like Spinal Tap to inspiring the lyrics of 'Stoned at Stonehenge' (by Ten Years After). Our Stonehenge tours promise to be led by the most engaging guides.
The Enchanting Surroundings of Stonehenge - On the Best Stonehenge Tours from London
Beyond the monument itself, the surrounding landscape holds its own enchanting tales. Allow us to guide you through the Barrows, ancient burial mounds, and the nearby Salisbury Plain, providing context to the enduring presence of Stonehenge. We'll also introduce you to the surrounding area, where adorable cattle graze, maintaining the landscape much as it appeared during the monument's construction. From the extinction of woolly mammoths to the neolithic importation of sheep, our guides will illuminate the land's fascinating history.
Special Events and Additional Activities: Enhancing the Best Stonehenge Tours from London
For those seeking more than a standard Stonehenge visit, Anderson Tours offers a diverse range of options:
Intimate Evening Access - Exclusive to the Best Stonehenge Tours from London
As dusk descends, join our exclusive evening tour, a privilege afforded to few. This is your chance to get up close to the ancient stones, feel their cool, rugged surfaces, and immerse yourself in their healing energy. Our fully guided evening tour provides intimate access to this iconic monument, setting the best Stonehenge tours from London apart.
Summer Solstice: Celebrate the Longest Day with the Best Stonehenge Tours from London
Greet the longest day of the year at the heart of Stonehenge. As the first rays of summer sunlight grace the monument, you'll find yourself amidst the festive atmosphere of Stonehenge's most famous event. Join in the celebration, rejoice, and become a part of an age-old tradition as the sun illuminates this renowned wonder.
Spring Equinox: Embrace the Renewal - Best Stonehenge Tours from London
Experience the magic of Stonehenge during the Spring Equinox on the best Stonehenge tours from London. Witness the perfect celestial balance as day equals night, heralding the promise of warmer days. It's a time of rebirth, renewal, and vibrant energies, a truly magical moment to savor at this ancient site.
Halloween: Unearth Mysteries with the Best Stonehenge Tours from London
Halloween holds special significance for the pagans who built Stonehenge. Our Halloween tour delves deep into the mysteries and legends of this hallowed monument. Who knows which spirits of old might accompany you on this hauntingly unforgettable journey?
Additional Activities to Complement the Best Stonehenge Tours from London
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Stonehenge and Bath: Double the Fun on the Best Stonehenge Tours from London
After exploring Stonehenge, we journey to Bath, a beautiful city famed for its Roman baths. Here, you'll have the opportunity to soak in the 40-degree heated rooftop pool or explore this charming shopping town, which served as the inspiration for Jane Austen's novels and the TV series Bridgerton.
Stonehenge and Avebury: Two Ancient Wonders - The Best Stonehenge Tours from London
Begin your adventure with Stonehenge, believed to be an ancient winter gathering place. Then, continue to Avebury, considered a fertility circle where you can touch the stones, visit its renowned healing rock shop, and dine at the local Lion. Avebury is also home to J.R.R. Tolkien's wishing tree and a vibrant community of modern-day pagans and Druids.
Windsor, Stonehenge, and Bath: A Royal Day Out
Imagine a day filled with exploration. Visit Windsor Castle, Britain's most famous castle, home to Prince William and the resting place of Queen Elizabeth. Next, unravel the mysteries of Stonehenge before venturing to the stunning city of Bath, offering a blend of history, culture, and relaxation. It's like experiencing three amazing trips in one, all on the best Stonehenge tours from London.
Anderson Tours: Your Gateway to Stonehenge from London
Why choose us? Anderson Tours takes pride in its exceptional TripAdvisor rating and a team of captivating guides. Whether you opt for a combined tour like Stonehenge and Bath, or pair Stonehenge with Avebury and West Kennet, we promise an enriching experience that connects you with history and leaves you with lasting memories.
Join us today and discover why Anderson Tours offers the Best Stonehenge Tours from London. Immerse yourself in history and return with memories to treasure for a lifetime.
Direct tour from bath.
One of the world's most famous, mysterious and inspiring monuments of the Ancient World. The unmistakable image of Stonehenge standing alone on the Salisbury Plains is always breathtaking.
We offer the only direct tour to Stonehenge from Bath. A scenic one-hour journey with interesting commentary along the way from your local driver guide.
Come with us on the purple bus to explore its secrets, stories and 5,000 years of history.
- Tours depart from central Bath
- Includes Stonehenge Entrance fees
- Scenic views and live commentary
- Fast access tickets, lots of free time to explore
- Duration of tour is 4 hours
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Stonehenge tours from London are a popular and easy day trip.
The Best Stonehenge Tours
Stonehenge poses more questions than answers, making it one of the most mysterious prehistoric monuments in the world. And because of its proximity to London, the famous landmark makes for a popular day trip from the city . Organized Stonehenge tours from London typically include round-trip transportation in an air-conditioned coach, as well as visits to other nearby landmarks, such as the Avebury stone circles, Bath or the Cotswolds.
These tours from London, evaluated by U.S. News using both expert opinion and traveler sentiment, offer some of the best ways to experience Stonehenge.
The English Bus – Stonehenge, Bath & A Secret Place
Price: From 134 pounds (around $165) per person Duration: 12 hours
For adventurous travelers who want to see Stonehenge and Bath, and don't mind a little mystery, The English Bus's full-day tour offers both. Limited to 16 people, the tour departs from London in a Mercedes minibus, complete with panoramic windows and a glass roof. As you drive through the countryside, you'll enjoy live, in-depth commentary from your expert guide before arriving in Stonehenge. After exploring Stonehenge, you'll head to Bath to enjoy lunch and time to roam on your own or join an optional guided tour. Your final stop is a "secret" destination selected by your tour guide. Reviewers praise the knowledgeable, humorous guides and particularly recommend this tour for its small size and luxurious transportation.
Tours depart from central London daily. Prices start at 134 pounds (about $165) per person and do not include food or Stonehenge tickets. You can buy entry tickets to Stonehenge on-site for about 20 pounds (around $25) or online in advance for a slight discount. Other tours offered by The English Bus visit the Cotswolds, Canterbury and more.
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Premium Tours – Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock, Bath and 14th Century Pub Lunch
Price: Adults from 129 pounds (about $160); kids from 119 pounds (about $145) Duration: 13 hours
You'll be among the first visitors of the day to step inside Windsor Castle – the largest continuously occupied castle in the world – on this daylong tour. Other highlights include lunch in a 14th-century pub in the charming town of Lacock, a walking tour of Bath and, finally, the day is capped with a visit to Stonehenge. Though most tourgoers were happy with the trip (especially the patient, organized guides), they do warn it makes for a long day and wish they had extra time at certain attractions. The tour (which runs daily) leaves London at 7:45 a.m. (from Victoria Coach Station) and returns around 9 p.m.
Tickets start at 129 pounds (around $160) for adults and 119 pounds (approximately $145) for children ages 3 to 16. Lunch and admission tickets to attractions are included. Ticket options that do not include entry or lunch are also available for a lower price. Premium Tours also offers excursions to Leeds, Canterbury and Greenwich, among other locations.
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Evan Evans Tours – Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath
Price: Adults from 129 pounds (about $160); kids from 119 pounds (around $145) Duration: 11 hours
In addition to Stonehenge, this 11-hour bus tour stops at Windsor Castle and the historic city of Bath, where you'll be given the choice to explore freely on your own or visit the world-famous Roman Baths. Reviewers praise the guides, who they describe as humorous and fun, and say the tour is jampacked, but well-paced.
Tickets, which include all entrance fees, start at 129 pounds (about $160) for adults ages 17 to 59 and 119 pounds (about $145) for kids ages 3 to 16. Tickets that do not include Stonehenge entry are available for a lower price. Students and senior citizens receive a slight discount, while infants younger than 3 can join the tour for free. Tours operate Thursday through Monday and depart from London at 8 a.m. Evan Evans Tours operates a variety of trips outside of London to destinations like Oxford and the Cotswolds, in addition to tours within the city.
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Golden Tours – Stonehenge and Bath Tour
Price: Adults from $130; kids from $118 Duration: 10.5 hours
Ideal for tourists with a dual interest in the city of Bath and Stonehenge, this approximately 11-hour tour offers access and expert insight to both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While in Bath, you'll take a guided walking tour of the city and visit its ancient Roman Baths and Pump Room. The second stop is Stonehenge, where you'll have time to explore the mysteries of this ancient Neolithic structure. Travelers rave about the excellent and informative guides, as well as the drivers.
Tickets start at $130 pounds for adults and $118 for children ages 3 to 16, with entry to Stonehenge and the Roman Baths included. Senior citizens and students receive a slight discount. Ticket options that do not include entry to Stonehenge or the Roman Baths are also available for a lower price. Tours depart from London daily at 8:30 a.m. The company offers a variety of tours to destinations in and around London.
Anderson Tours – Avebury and Stonehenge Small Group Tour From London
Price: Adults from 109 pounds (about $133); kids from 99 pounds (about $120) Duration: 12 hours
The full-day Avebury and Stonehenge excursion with Anderson Tours picks up in London starting at 7:30 a.m. and makes its first stop at West Kennet Long Barrow – one of the largest Neolithic burial tombs in Britain. Here, participants have the chance to visit the burial chambers. From there, the group visits the medieval village of Avebury, home to the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world. After a guided walking tour of Avebury and free time for lunch and exploration, guides lead the way to Stonehenge, where tourgoers can explore the site at their leisure with the aid of audio guides (accessible via a free smartphone app). The group returns to London around 7 p.m. Visitors say the guides are excellent and they learned a lot.
Tour tickets, which include entrance to Stonehenge, start at 109 pounds (around $133) for adults and 99 pounds (about $120) for kids ages 5 to 17. Children and infants younger than 5 are free of charge. Tours run Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Anderson Tours also offers excursions to Oxford, Windsor and Canterbury, among other day trips.
International Friends – Stonehenge, Bath & Windsor
Price: Adults from 154 pounds (about $190); kids from 134 pounds (around $165)
Duration: 11 hours
Travelers approve of this tour for its small group (up to 16 participants) and knowledgeable guides, who are well-versed in British history. On this approximately 11-hour journey, you'll visit Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and the city of Bath, where you'll have the choice to tour the Roman Baths or wander the ancient city for some sightseeing.
Ticket prices, which include entry to Stonehenge and Windsor Castle, start at 154 pounds (about $190) per adult and 134 pounds (around $165) per child ages 3 to 15. Tours depart Thursday through Monday; exact departure times from London vary by season. International Friends also offers "Harry Potter" tours and excursions to "Downton Abbey" filming locations, among other areas of the English countryside.
British Tours – Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford
Price: From 1,310 pounds (about $1,600) for groups of six (15 people maximum)
Duration: 12 hours
Visit some of England's most famous landmarks with this private daytrip. Among the sites you'll see with your personal tour guide are Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and the University of Oxford. Travelers enjoy the tour and appreciate the guides' sense of humor and wealth of information. Plus, they appreciate that guides pick up patrons from central London hotels .
Prices vary depending on how many people are in your party, as you pay per vehicle, not per person; groups of up to six people can expect to pay between 1,310 and 1,630 pounds (about $1,600 to $2,000) depending on the vehicle, while groups of up to 15 will play 2,090 pounds (about $2,600. Prices do not include entrance fees or meals. British Tours offers a variety of other excursions from London, including day trips to explore Paris .
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Premium Tours – Stonehenge Private Viewing, Lacock and Bath
Price: Adults from 133 pounds (about $165); kids from 123 pounds (approximately $150)
If you want to experience Stonehenge without the crowds, consider this approximately 11-hour tour, which visits Stonehenge when it's closed to the general public. What's more, you'll tour the site's stone circle – an area most visitors only view behind a rope barrier. The day also includes a meal at a 14th-century pub in Lacock, as well as a stop in Bath. In Bath, you can join an optional walking tour to see highlights like the Jane Austen Museum, Pulteney Bridge and the Bath Abbey. Many reviewers call this tour the highlight of their London trips and highly recommend the evening tour if you'd like to see Stonehenge at sunset.
Tickets, which include entry to Stonehenge, start at 133 pounds (about $165) for adults and 123 pounds (approximately $150) for children ages 3 to 16. There is also an option to buy a ticket that includes entry to the Roman Baths. Morning tours (available Mondays and Thursdays) depart at 5:30 a.m.; evening tours (which run Sundays and Wednesdays) depart at 11:10 a.m.
Stonehenge Tours from Bath
If you'll be staying in Bath during your visit to England and want to see Stonehenge, consider one of the following tours:
Mad Max Tours – Stonehenge, Cotswold Villages and Avebury Stone Circles
Price: Adults from 70 pounds (about $85); kids from 35 pounds (around $43) Duration: 9 hours
On this eight- to nine-hour tour, you'll board a bus from Bath to visit historic sites and towns around the English countryside. You'll stop at Stonehenge first ahead of the crowds for a two-hour visit. From there, the next destination is the Avebury stone circles and village. Then, it's off to the Cotswolds to explore a handful of small, charming towns; Lacock National Trust village is the designated stop for lunch. Patrons give the tour high marks and especially praise the visit to the Cotswolds villages. Others say the tour is well-paced. Tours depart daily from Bath beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Tickets start at 70 pounds (about $85) for adults and 35 pounds (around $43) for children ages 5 to 15. The tour is not recommended for kids younger than 5. Tickets to Stonehenge are not included in the tour price; you will need to pay your guide for the tickets the day of your tour. Mad Max operates several other outings, including a tour devoted solely to visiting the villages of the Cotswolds.
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Bath Insider Tours – Ancient Britain Tour
Price: From 425 pounds (about $520) for two people Duration: 8.5 hours
On this daylong excursion, you'll join a local expert for an exclusive private tour (for up to six people in your party) that departs from Bath. Your guide – a lifelong Bath resident – takes you on an approximately 8.5-hour journey to explore sites near Bath, including Avebury, the West Kennet Long Barrow burial site and Stonehenge. The tour includes a stop at a traditional English pub for lunch. Patrons heap praise on the guide for his knowledge and good nature.
Tours, available daily at 9 a.m., start at 425 pounds (around $520) for two people. Pickup from central Bath, its hotels and its train station is included, as are admission tickets to sites. Lunch and drinks are not included in the cost. Bath Insider Tours also offers private tours of Bath and other custom tours, including half-day excursions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can visit Stonehenge without a tour. It is accessible to visitors year-round.
However, there are a few benefits to choosing an organized Stonehenge tour, including the commentary and knowledge tour guides are able to provide and the ease of a tour provider's transportation. Tour companies will typically pick you up in central London (usually multiple pickup points are available) and Bath and take you directly to the historical site; then provide return transportation back to the city at the conclusion of the tour.
Stonehenge is located in Salisbury, England, about 90 miles southwest of London. The train ride from the London Waterloo station to Salisbury takes about 1 hour and 25 minutes. After that, you can hop on a bus from the train station to Stonehenge, which takes about 35 minutes.
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15 Best Stonehenge Tours
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge is a major attraction in the South of England that attractions millions of visitors per year. The Neolithic standing stones have attracted a lot of speculation about their origin, and their reason for existing is shrouded in mystery.
The monument itself will give you a fascinating insight into ancient British history; however, many other great sights are nearby and worth a visit.
As the monument is difficult to access by public transportation and is often very busy, booking a tour that includes entry can be a very convenient option.
Many of these tours also allow you to check out some other attractions in the region.
Here are the 15 best tours that include Stonehenge.
1. From London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford Tour
If you are staying in London and want to incorporate some of the other major British attractions on your trip, this is an excellent tour that not only takes you to Stonehenge, but also to Windsor and Oxford.
Check out the official royal residence of Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry recently married Meghan Markle. The tour then continues onwards to Stonehenge, before finishing in Oxford.
At Oxford, you will explore the famous university and take in some of England’s most beautiful architecture.
2. Stonehenge Admission Ticket
If you have your own transportation and would rather visit Stonehenge on your own, it is a good idea to book a ticket in advance.
The Neolithic monument attracts millions of visitors per year, and in certain months it can take hours to get an entrance ticket. This option allows you to purchase your ticket before you get there, and skip the lines once you arrive.
It also gives you full access to all the exhibitions in the visitor’s center, allowing you to learn about the history and myths surrounding the monument.
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3. From London: Stonehenge and Bath Full-Day Tour
This is another excellent option for taking in more of England’s best historic sights whilst visiting Stonehenge.
This tour puts you on a luxury coach to Stonehenge, where you will be given around 90 minutes to explore the area at your own pace – as well as the Visitor’s Centre. Afterward, you will be taken to Bath – an important historical city in the United Kingdom.
In Bath, admire the excellent examples of Georgian architecture and visit the preserved remains of a Roman bath.
4. Stonehenge Half-Day Tour from London
If you are short on time but really do want to visit Stonehenge on a guided tour, this option only takes half a day to get there and back from the English capital.
The tour lasts for five hours; you are given a free audio guide to help you learn more about the monument.
Admission fees are included in the price, meaning you will be able to skip the queues when you get there. You can opt for a morning or afternoon tour, depending on whichever is most convenient for you.
5. Stonehenge, Bath and West Country: Day Trip for London
This tour to Stonehenge will continue on to the city of Bath, where you can admire the Georgian architecture and preserved Roman bath remains.
You will also visit the West Country on the tour, giving you a more meaningful insight into rural English life. You will be shown a few villages across the region, including Wiltshire, Somerset, and Avon.
The brief stops will allow you to learn more about England’s longest-running traditions, and the bus journey itself runs through beautiful West Country scenery.
6. Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath and Salisbury Tour from London
This bumper tour takes an entire day but gives you the ability to check out the best attractions in the South of England outside of London. The tour starts off at Stonehenge, where you are given some time to explore the monument at your own pace.
You will also be shown Windsor Castle – an official royal residence – and Bath, where you can visit the Roman ruins. In Salisbury, you will visit Salisbury Cathedral, which was completed in the 13th century.
A free lunch is included and a knowledgeable guide will give you plenty of information about each attraction.
7. Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock and Avebury Full-Day Tour from London
This is another great bumper tour around the South of England and will show you a couple of the lesser-known attractions in the region.
The tour begins at Stonehenge and continues on to Bath, where you will be shown the beautiful Georgian architecture of the city. You will then be taken to Lacock, the site of many different filming locations for movies made in the UK.
At Avebury, you will visit another set of Neolithic standing stones. These are a lot less touristy than Stonehenge and will be a much more peaceful experience.
8. Stonehenge Afternoon Tour with Fish & Chips Supper
Experience two British institutions in one short tour – the ancient monument of Stonehenge, and the delicious delicacy of fish and chips.
The seven-hour tour takes you to Stonehenge in the afternoon; you are provided with an audio guide to help explain the mysteries of the monument. At certain times of the year, you will be able to witness sunset at the monument.
On the way back from your tour, you will be taken to a traditional British pub to try out a typical plate of fish and chips – the perfect end to a great afternoon.
9. Stonehenge, Stratford, and Bath: Full-Day Xmas Tour from London
Visiting England over the festive period and trying to find something interesting to do on Christmas Day? This tour takes you around some of the most interesting sights in the country and will describe the history to you with a festive twist.
The first half of the day takes you to Stonehenge and Bath to admire some of England’s greatest historical sights.
After this, you will be treated to Christmas dinner in a traditional pub in the Cotswolds. This incredible local experience then finishes up in Stratford – the home of Shakespeare and the best place to learn about British literature.
10. Southampton – London via Salisbury, Stonehenge, and Windsor
Southampton is the main port of entry for tourists coming to the UK by cruise ship. If you are planning on getting a transfer to London, rather than taking a regular coach, you can opt to include this day tour. This allows you to visit some of the main sights in the area on your way to the capital.
This transfer includes a visit to the traditional town of Salisbury, as well as the nearby monuments at Stonehenge. The final part of the tour focuses on Windsor, with the Royal Windsor Castle being the main attraction.
11. Cornwall and Cotswolds: 5-Day Small-Group Tour
Explore South West England at a leisurely pace with this five-day tour through the region, departing from London. The tour begins at Stonehenge before continuing onwards with a guided tour of Salisbury and Exeter.
You will go on to spend the next four days exploring rural, historical, and cultural attractions throughout the region at an easy-going pace with a small group. Accommodations, breakfasts, and transportation are all included – as well as a knowledgeable tour guide.
You need to book entrance to some of the attractions in advance. The tour will return you to London on the final day.
12. English Heritage Overseas Visitors’ Pass – 9 and 16 Days
If you plan on hitting multiple attractions during your trip to England but want to go at your own pace, this visitors’ pass will save you money and allow you to skip the line at over 100 sights across the country – including Stonehenge.
You can opt for a pass that lasts either 9 or 16 days, and visits are unlimited during this time period. It is valid at all attractions run by English Heritage.
You will be given either reduced or free entry to multiple events at these attractions and a handy guidebook to the best heritage monuments in England.
13. Stonehenge Private Sunset Tour with Lacock and Bath
Get your own bespoke tour with this experience, which comes with a dedicated guide who can discuss all of the information that most interests you.
Departing from London, this tour lasts an entire day and will take you to Stonehenge, as well as Bath and Lacock.
You can choose how much time you spend at the various attractions in Bath, as well as which filming locations most interest you in Lacock. You will stop for lunch at a traditional English pub that was built in the 13th century.
14. London: Boxing Day Tour to Windsor, Stonehenge, and Bath
If you are visiting England over the festive season but already have plans for Christmas Day, opt for a relaxed tour around the main hits on Boxing Day – the day after Christmas and a public holiday in the United Kingdom.
This tour operates similarly to the Christmas Day tour, however, rather than visiting Stratford, you are taken to the royal attractions of Bath.
A lunch stop is made at a traditional hotel opposite the castle, where you can enjoy mince pies and mulled wine.
15. Avebury & Stonehenge Private Day Tour from Bath
If you are based in Bath, this is the best option for getting to the two most important Neolithic sites in the South of England.
This private tour can be adapted to whatever information most interests you and will take you to both Stonehenge and Avebury Standing Circles.
All admission tickets are included, helping to save you money and skip the lines when you arrive. You will have your own private transport, as well as a dedicated guide with extensive knowledge of both attractions.
15 Best Stonehenge Tours:
- From London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford Tour
- Stonehenge Admission Ticket
- From London: Stonehenge and Bath Full-Day Tour
- Stonehenge Half-Day Tour from London
- Stonehenge, Bath and West Country: Day Trip for London
- Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath and Salisbury Tour from London
- Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock and Avebury Full-Day Tour from London
- Stonehenge Afternoon Tour with Fish & Chips Supper
- Stonehenge, Stratford, and Bath: Full-Day Xmas Tour from London
- Southampton - London via Salisbury, Stonehenge, and Windsor
- Cornwall and Cotswolds: 5-Day Small-Group Tour
- English Heritage Overseas Visitors’ Pass - 9 and 16 Days
- Stonehenge Private Sunset Tour with Lacock and Bath
- London: Boxing Day Tour to Windsor, Stonehenge, and Bath
- Avebury & Stonehenge Private Day Tour from Bath