Take an organized tour to Stonehenge and Bath from London
Combining two of England's most impressive tourist attractions in one tour is the best option if you are in London. Not only will you be able to see the world's most famous prehistoric monument, Stonehenge, but you will also have the opportunity to stroll through the beautiful city of Bath.
Visiting Stonehenge should be at the top of your list of things to see in London. Just over 130 kilometers from the capital, there is no doubt that visiting this magical Neolithic monument is one of the most amazing experiences you can have.
If you want to make the most of your time, you can combine a visit to Stonehenge with a visit to the nearby city of Bath. This town, very different from the capital, offers attractions such as its famous Roman baths and the beauty of its streets. So that you can make both visits in one day in a comfortable way and without having to worry about anything, I have analyzed the tours that depart from London so you can choose the one that suits you best.
Option 1: Excursion to Stonehenge and Bath
The British capital itself has a wealth of places to visit over several days, from the best museums in London to monuments such as the Tower of London, not to mention some impressive guided tours. However, within easy reach of the capital are two sites that should be a must on your trip: Stonehenge and Bath.
The former is arguably the world's most famous megalithic monument. Replete with mystery, Stonehenge is worth leaving London for a trip to Stonehenge to walk around its stones.
The nearby city of Bath, on the other hand, is considered one of the most beautiful towns in the country, as well as home to the impressive Roman baths that gave it its name.
Given the proximity of both locations, the best way to see them in one day and, thus, make good use of the time is to hire an organized tour that combines the two places. Although, as I pointed out in the article How to get to Stonehenge from London it is possible to visit them on your own, the most comfortable and carefree way is to do it with one of these tours.
The departure of the modern bus with which you will make the excursion takes place at a specific meeting point where you will receive information when you book or with enough time to prepare. Here is a small guide so that you know how to travel on the London Underground in case you need it to get around.
The most important stop will be at Stonehenge itself, a journey of about two hours from London or one hour from Bath. To make the most of the time, the guide will be explaining some of the most important things to see at the Stonehenge monument.
The other stop you will reach on the modern bus is Bath. As in the previous trip, the guide will explain some of the history of this city known since ancient times for its hot springs.
After the intense emotions of the day, the only thing left to do is to return to London and, if you still have strength, enjoy some evening activities in London.
What you will see if you choose this type of tour
- Stonehenge: The best thing about this tour is that you will have enough time to stroll around the Stonehenge complex, including its museum and the Visitor Center. Thanks to the audio guide you will always have detailed information about what you are seeing to make the visit an even more complete experience.
In this monument you will be able to see its well-known inner stone circle, as well as five reconstructions of Neolithic houses. Also, you can enjoy two interesting exhibitions so you can leave there being an expert on Stonehenge.
- Bath: In Bath you will be able to see places like the wonderful Pulteney Bridge, the Royal Crescent and some of its beautiful houses. Of course, if you have chosen the option that includes tickets to the Roman Baths, you can also enter to see them.
Other attractions that you can see in Bath are related to the famous writer Jane Austen, who lived for some years in the city. Of course, you can not miss the abbey that stands there.
- Price: From 90 €
- Duration: between 10 hours and a half and 11 hours
Why I like this tour: it is a perfect activity to get to know two of the most impressive places in the country in one day and without worries.
Recommended if... you want to make the most of your stay in London and visit some places close to the capital.
Option 2: Tour to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath
Another of the tours that you can hire in London to visit Stonehenge and Bath includes a third visit that may also be to your liking: Windsor Castle.
In this case, part of the tour has a stop at Stonehenge and another, somewhat shorter, in the city of Bath.
After leaving the capital, and always traveling in a luxury bus and with the company of an expert guide who will explain everything you need to enjoy the visit, the tour will go to Windsor Castle, home of the British royal family for about 900 years.
What you will see if you choose this tour type
- Stonehenge: the first stop after arriving at Stonehenge will be the Visitor Center. There you can not only pick up your audio guide, but also visit the museum and the exhibits that explain the history of the monument.
Afterwards, you will be able to walk around the complex itself and contemplate the inner stone circle that makes up the structure. Finally, you can witness some of the Neolithic human life through the reconstructed houses that have been erected in the area.
- Bath: Some of the main attractions of the city of Bath are the splendid Pulteney Bridge, the Royal Crescent and some of its beautiful houses, but the town is world famous for its ancient Roman baths.
In addition to these visits, you can also see Bath Abbey, as well as the Royal Victoria Park. Leaving aside the monuments and gardens, the historic center of the city alone is worth spending some time for a leisurely stroll...
- Windsor Castle: as the residence of the royal family, this castle is the longest continuously inhabited castle in Europe. During the visit you can contemplate the majesty of the Royal Apartments, decorated with paintings by the masters Van Dyck and Rubens, and the murals painted on the ceilings.
Another room you can enter is the Chapel of St. George. It houses the tombs of some of the most important British kings and was also the place where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married.
The Changing of the Guard ceremony is another moment you can witness firsthand, as it happens every morning. Finally, if you are lucky and the Queen is in the castle, you can see the royal standard on the mast of the Round Tower.
Practical information about Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath
- Price: From 80 €
- Duration: between 11 and 12 hours
Why I like this tour: because seeing Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor Castle in one day and without having to worry about anything is perfect for anyone who is visiting London and wants to squeeze the most out of the experience.
Recommended if... you are curious to get a glimpse of how British kings live and take advantage of the day to visit other nearby attractions.
What are the advantages of taking a guided tour vs. visiting Stonehenge and Bath on my own?
You may be hesitating between hiring an organized tour from London to visit Stonehenge and Bath (on the list of the best tours from London) or trying to do it on your own. Obviously, the latter option is always possible, but the former has two major advantages: time and convenience.
Visiting Stonehenge and Bath on your own in a single day can be complicated. It is true that reaching both locations from the capital is not difficult. In the case of Stonehenge it will be almost inevitable to transfer in Salisbury, while there are direct trains and buses to reach Bath. The problem comes when you want to combine both visits in the same day.
Although there are trains that connect Bath with Salisbury, where you will have to take a bus to the monument, it can be complicated to adjust the schedule to have time to see everything at leisure. Perhaps, the best option if you want to do it this way is to spend the night in Bath before returning to London.
Having to research the different combinations of transport and the schedules of the sites you want to visit so as not to find them closed makes the organized tour much more comfortable. After all, it's just a matter of getting on the bus and letting yourself be taken to both Stonehenge and Bath.
How to book your tour to Stonehenge and Bath
Booking this tour is easy. Just enter your dates and details on the website and you will receive a confirmation email. I do recommend that you pay attention to the different options you will have to choose from.
When you arrive at the meeting point you will only have to show the guide the voucher included in the email, without having to print anything.
Is it worth going to Stonehenge and Bath from London?
It is impossible to give an answer to this question, since it depends a lot on the tastes of each person. So, if you are a show lover, you might prefer to go to one of the musicals in London rather than spend a day visiting these places or, if you want to taste the best food in London, you might go for a gastronomic tour in London. What I mean is that such a big city offers many alternatives and this excursion can be a complement to some of the main activities of your trip.
However, my advice is that you try to make time for this excursion. The magic and mystery of Stonehenge provides its visitors with an experience that is hard to beat and if we add to this the beauty of Bath, we can say that it is an almost essential visit for any traveler.
Obviously, your choice will also depend on how much time you are going to spend in London. Of course, if you are only going to stay two or three days, it is quite likely that you will be busy every moment, either with the museums or simply discovering what the different neighborhoods of London have to offer. However, if your stay in London is about six days, I recommend that you get out of the city and discover the wonders that Stonehenge and Bath have to offer.
Plan your visit: some basic tips
- When to go: here you can check what are the best times to go to Stonehenge, something that can also apply to Bath. Normally, you will inevitably find many visitors, although their numbers are reduced in the autumn or winter months. You will still be able to see both sites more comfortably if you don't go on a weekend.
- Length of visit: a visit to Stonehenge can take anywhere from 1 hour to 1.5 hours. Although it may seem little, that time is more than enough to walk around its stone structures and visit its museum. On the other hand, the duration of the visit to Bath will depend on the options you have chosen, but in total it can last more or less the same as the stop at Stonehenge.
- What to wear: even if you go in summer you should never forget that the British weather can be quite changeable. Try to always wear comfortable clothes and, depending on the weather forecast, that are warm enough so that you are not uncomfortable. Regarding shoes, these should also be comfortable, as you will be walking for quite some time and the surface of Stonehenge is quite uneven. Finally, you should not forget to bring a raincoat just in case.
- Where to eat: if you have not hired the options that include food, you will have to look for a suitable place to eat. You can always bring a snack or, if not, use the local places you find. The Stonehenge Visitor Center has a restaurant inside that, although it cannot be compared to the best in London, it can be useful to have a drink. In Bath, on the other hand, you will have no trouble finding a place you like.
- Going with children to Stonehenge and Bath: both places contain enough attractions for children not to get bored during the visit. Obviously, they tend to get tired before adults, but if they are distracted they can have a great day with this excursion. At Stonehenge it is a good idea to get them an audio guide so they can listen to the different explanations of what they are seeing.
- Check the weather before you travel: as I mentioned before, British weather is often quite unpredictable. For that reason, I recommend you to check the weather forecast a little in advance to be able to prepare the visit in conditions.