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From Bristol: Stonehenge and Cotswold Villages Day Tour

1. From Bristol: Stonehenge and Cotswold Villages Day Tour

A day full of wonder awaits us today. Departing Bristol, your first stop for the day is the prehistoric monument Stonehenge. Many legends surround these incredible standing stones that weigh about 25 tons each and have attracted people from all over the world for years. Perhaps you believe they were created by Merlin, who magically transported them from Ireland. Maybe you believe Stonehenge is a landing site for alien spacecraft. They might remind you of the ruins of a Roman temple. You can't deny their magnificence, no matter what you believe. Avebury is your next stop. Enjoy your free time here: grab some lunch, wander around the area, and, of course, see the three stone circles. Avebury henge boasts the largest stone circle in Britain, so big it fits the entire quaint English village inside. So you can grab a pint and bite to eat while surrounded by a stone circle. Pretty magical, right? Your journey continues to the quaint village of Lacock. You have free time here, you might be interested in visiting the Abbey. Harry Potter fans will obsess over seeing the Lacock Abbey Cloisters, used as Hogwarts corridors in the movies. Visitors can also explore the medieval rooms and cloister court, before taking a look at the Fox Talbot Museum which explores the history of photography. Castle Combe is our last stop, often called one of the prettiest villages in England. Fans of movies like War Horse and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust may just recognize this spot, so get your camera ready. From here, it’s only a short drive back to Bristol.

From Bath: Stonehenge & the Cotswolds Day Tour with Entry

2. From Bath: Stonehenge & the Cotswolds Day Tour with Entry

Saying a temporary goodbye to beautiful Bath, your first destination is one that most have heard of, many have yearned to witness, and endless have marveled at. The standing stones of Stonehenge are one of the grandest sites known today. Those who visit take a break from the modern world for a few moments and become transported back to a long-forgotten world, a world where spirituality, paganism, and worship defined people. But these aren't the only stones you should marvel at. In the sweet village of Avebury, visitors come to wander amidst the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world. Mixed in among manor houses and nature, this site truly is worth a visit. After lunch, travel deep into rural Wiltshire to Lacock village, famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, and role as a television and film location. The Abbey in the heart of the village has its own woodland grounds and a quirky country house with fascinating architectural styles. The last stop on your day trip is Castle Combe, often called one of the prettiest villages in England. Fans of movies like War Horse and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust may just recognize this spot, so get your camera ready. From here, it’s only a short drive back to Bath.

From London: Bath, Avebury and Lacock Village Day Trip

3. From London: Bath, Avebury and Lacock Village Day Trip

You head west out of London to village of Avebury. Here you can wander amidst the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world and admire the manor houses. After lunch, we travel deep into rural Wiltshire to Lacock village, famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, and role as a television and film location. The Abbey in the heart of the village has its own woodland grounds, and is a quirky country house with fascinating architectural styles. Our final stop of the day is at the ancient Roman Spa town of Bath. This city has been inhabited for around 2,000 years. You can enjoy Bath Abbey and the beautiful Georgian architecture at your own pace, or even visit the Roman Baths*. It’s a fascinating town to explore, so we give you plenty of time to wander around at your own pace before you return to London in the early evening. *Please note that your optional visit to the Roman Baths cannot be guaranteed, as sometimes tickets sell out.

Lacock & The Cotswolds Harry Potter Small Group Tour

4. Lacock & The Cotswolds Harry Potter Small Group Tour

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Harry Potter at Lacock Village and Lacock Abbey, real-life film locations from the movie series. Explore historic streets and medieval chambers, then journey to Gloucester Cathedral, where Gothic architecture brings Hogwarts to life. Experience the magic of these film locations and breathtaking architecture on this spellbinding small group tour. Lacock Village & Lacock Abbey Step into the enchanting world of Harry Potter as we journey through Lacock Village and Lacock Abbey, iconic real-life film locations that have captured the imaginations of millions. Explore Lacock Village, a timeless gem boasting timber-framed cottages and historic streets frozen in time, where scenes from the Harry Potter film series were brought to life. Witness the magic of Lacock Abbey, its ancient walls echoing with the secrets of Hogwarts. Delve into the cloisters and medieval chambers that provided the backdrop for key moments in the Harry Potter film franchise. From the eerie corridors to the majestic halls, every corner holds a piece of cinematic history. Gloucester Cathedral Embark on a spellbinding tour through the majestic halls of Gloucester Cathedral. Marvel at the intricate Gothic architecture as you explore the corridors that doubled as the iconic Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Stand in awe beneath the soaring vaulted ceilings that served as the backdrop for numerous scenes in the beloved film series. From the hauntingly beautiful cloisters to the grandeur of the Cathedral immerse yourself in the magic of cinema brought to life. Whether you're a die-hard fan or simply appreciate breathtaking architecture, Gloucester Cathedral promises an unforgettable experience on this magical tour.

From Bath: Private Tour to Serene Cotswolds with Pickup

5. From Bath: Private Tour to Serene Cotswolds with Pickup

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. The tour continues to the conservation 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. Nearby Corsham is a quintessential English market town, which boasts many beautiful and historic buildings. Admire the exotic resident peacocks as they strut along the cobbled streets. Enjoy a traditional pub lunch here. Bradford-on-Avon is famous for the wool and weaving industry that spanned six centuries: medieval weavers' cottages are dwarfed by the Victorian great mills that still leave a lasting architectural impression. The giant Tithe Barn here one of the largest in England. Wander along the historic early 1800s canal with its hand-operated locks. Please note that children aged 12 years or under are not permitted on this tour due to UK child seat law restrictions. Your driver-guide is neither insured nor licensed below this threshold.

Wonders of Wiltshire (Interactive Guidebook)

6. Wonders of Wiltshire (Interactive Guidebook)

This online travel guidebook helps you create a bespoke road trip to help with planning your break before you travel and when you are on your break. Explore the wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Stonehenge and Avebury, where ancient stone circles and historic mysteries await discovery. Discover the rich history of Devizes, home to attractions like the Wiltshire Museum and bustling markets, as well as nearby breweries and other local gems. Experience the marvels of the Kennet and Avon Canal, including the impressive Caen Hill Locks, a testament to canal engineering and history. Immerse yourself in the charm of Wiltshire's market towns and villages, offering bustling markets, historic architecture, and quaint streetscapes. Indulge in shopping at independent boutiques and artisanal stores, then relax in cosy pubs or cafes while enjoying local cuisine and atmosphere. Embark on scenic walks through picturesque villages and along the Ridgeway, or explore the tranquil countryside of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit Swindon for a blend of modern amenities, cultural attractions like the STEAM Museum, and easy access to stunning countryside adventures. Marvel at Wiltshire's iconic white horses, ancient hill figures etched into chalk hillsides, showcasing stylised designs and cultural heritage. Discover the timeless beauty of Salisbury, with its majestic cathedral, historic streets, and medieval allure, offering a captivating experience for visitors. Access this Wonder of Wiltshire road trip online on 2 devices (mobile, tablet or desktop) for 12 months to help with planning your break before you travel, as well as on your holiday. Wiltshire: • The suggested mapped route on the online guidebook is fully flexible meaning it will help you plan your trip with places to go and things to see and do, whether from 3 to 14 days • The route is a fully flexible route that allows you to explore West and East Wiltshire separately or together, depending on your preferences and time constraints. Covering an overall distance of 128 miles (207km), the combined route offers approximately 6 and a half hours of driving time. • Depending upon stops, however, you can adjust this to between 3 and 14 nights. Of course, you can tweak this route as much as you like to make your own perfect route. Online & Interactive Destinations Guidebook: • Save hours using our inspiration and signposting to plan your perfect Wiltshire driving route. • The destination guidebook covers 22 destination and location guides on essential places to visit including Stonehenge, Salisbury and many of the traditional market towns The Uncover More map includes: • 20+ Viewpoints • 100+ Places of interest • 30+ Hidden gem The Overnight Stay map includes: • 30+ Campsites • 55+ Motorhome stops & almost wild spots • 50+ Hotels • 30+ B&Bs, guesthouses and lodges

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this day trip was above and beyond our expectations !!!! I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.. our tour guide Alan was awesome !!! it is really hard to find anything to say that might need improvement as asked to do. maybe ... a little longer at Stonehenge but just slightly. fifteen extra minutes would have been good. I would also suggest that people be informed when booking that this is a very interactive tour. which is makes it so wonderful. But I noticed people on the tour were not dressed properly for the amount of walking and sight seeing as well as the constantly changing weather. my family were all well prepared but I felt bad for those who weren't . maybe they assumed it was a sit on the bus and look around type of tour. perhaps this could be explained better in the description of the tour so that people know how much walking they will do and how much time outdoors they will be spending so that they can dress accordingly. Just an amazing day !!!.,

What can I NOT say! Beautiful sights! Well knowledgeable tour guide, comfortable seating, and timely schedule, our tour guide Alan was amazing! He offered so much knowledge in a not boring sort of way and was such a kind man. I truly am so happy I was able to take this tour and I can truly say Alan is one of a kind, that’s not a porky either! lol Alan is the best and that’s coming from a American! I don’t believe I’ve had a better tour in my life. Wishing Alan the best!

Our guide Alan was amazing and super nice. He explained everything to us with care and kindness. I traveled with my sister and, not knowing English well, we didn't always understand everything. He always helped us. I recommend this trip for Stonehenge but also for the three countries we visited subsequently. Beautiful and characteristic. Alan truly exceptional!!!!!! Thank you :)

This tour is a must! Amazing places to see (Stonehenge is nice but visiting 3 cute villages adds so much more). The transportation is very comfortable, the time that you spend in each place is more than enough and the tour guides are amazing.

Alan was a great guide, always had something interesting to tell us, he explained everything in a cool way. 100% recommended