Stonehenge Tour from London including Bath, Virtual Reality and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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12 hrs

Max 20

Why take this tour?

This tour transports you into the mystery-shrouded past of the British Isles with visits to three UNESCO World Heritage sites in a single day. Traveling from London in a private minibus, you'll visit Stonehenge, the city of Bath, and the Neolithic monuments around Avebury. Throughout the day you'll be accompanied by an expert guide whose stories and anecdotes, enhanced by the use of virtual reality goggles, will immerse you in the mysteries and ancient wonders of the British countryside.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Discover the mystery-shrouded wonders of the British Isles
  • Created with Sketch.Visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day, including Stonehenge, Bath and Neolithic monuments
  • Created with Sketch.Immerse yourself in history with VR experiences

Take a trip through time into the ancient wonders of the British Isles

Your Stonehenge tour starts at Notting Hill Gate tube station in London, where your guide will be waiting for you with a private minibus. Along with no more than 19 other travelers, you'll head into the Wiltshire countryside which holds a treasure trove of tombs, monuments, and other remnants left by the earliest inhabitants of Britain. Because the Stone Age Britons left no records of their societies, much of this era is still shrouded in mystery and controversy. During your two-hour ride, your guide will give you a crash course in the (pre)history of the UK and also point out sites of interest.

Most tours head straight to Avebury, but we stop outside of the town for a little surprise: th...

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Your Stonehenge tour starts at Notting Hill Gate tube station in London, where your guide will be waiting for you with a private minibus. Along with no more than 19 other travelers, you'll head into the Wiltshire countryside which holds a treasure trove of tombs, monuments, and other remnants left by the earliest inhabitants of Britain. Because the Stone Age Britons left no records of their societies, much of this era is still shrouded in mystery and controversy. During your two-hour ride, your guide will give you a crash course in the (pre)history of the UK and also point out sites of interest.

Most tours head straight to Avebury, but we stop outside of the town for a little surprise: the Neolithic tomb of West Kennet Long Barrow. This extraordinary mausoleum was built nearly 6,000 years ago and today it sits - nearly forgotten - in an anonymous field. As you walk inside the tomb and see the burial niches, you'll learn what little we know about the ancient people that built it as well as how Britain has conserved (or in some cases, not conserved) the structures that they left behind.

Speaking of mysterious structures, you'll also get a great view of Silbury Hill, which isn't a hill at all, but a man-made mountain (as big as some Egyptian pyramids) whose original purpose is still unclear. Burial site? Monument? Lookout Tower? Your guide will give you some of the theories that archeologists have come up with for why it was built, but you'll have to draw your own conclusions.

The next point of interest is Avebury, home to a Neolithic henge monument ('henge' describes a specific type of earthwork monument) that is among the most impressive in the world. Like the more famous Stonehenge, it's a World Heritage Site, Unlike Stonehenge, it's rarely crowded and you will get a great view as you drive by it.

After meditating on the mysteries of the Stone Age, you'll drive into the lovely city of Bath for something a little more current. The entire city, which was founded by the Romans, is a UNESCO world heritage site featuring jaw-dropping Regency architecture, Roman Baths, and a spectacular Abbey.

The eponymous Baths were built by the Romans around a hot spring known in Latin as the Aquæ Sulis. You'll get to explore their beautiful Roman architecture with an audio guide. You'll also enjoy an exclusive VR experience outside the Baths in which you'll strap on a headset to see what they actually looked like when they were in use nearly 2,000 years ago.

After your Bath tour, you'll get an ample lunch break with plenty of restaurant recommendations from your guide. We would also advise that you spare some time to step inside the 16th century Abbey. Although your guide won't accompany you, they'll tell you what to see once inside - it's actually one of the unexpected highlights of the trip.

You could spend days soaking in the history and architecture of Bath, but Stonehenge awaits - only an hour's drive away. Many tour guides stay in the parking lot as their clients see some of the most famous and enigmatic ruins in the world, but your Walks guide will accompany you for an exciting 90 minute visit to the ruins. Along the way you'll learn the various theories for why the site was built, from the plausible (pilgrimage site) to the highly improbable (giants helped Merlin build it). You'll also learn the mysteries that surround exactly how 25-ton stones were brought to this site from miles away and stacked on top of each other. To make the visit even more special, you'll put on the VR goggles again to see the site as archeologists believe it appeared when it was still in use by its builders.

There is so much about Stone Age Britain that we still don't know. When you take this Stonehenge tour you experience all the excitement of stepping into a chapter of history that is still being written. Whether you have kids who just want to escape London, or are a passionate devotee of ancient history, there is something for everyone on this exclusive day trip.

  • Sites Visited
  • Avebury
  • West Kennet Long Barrow Tomb
  • Silbury Hill
  • Bath
  • Roman Baths (guided tour)
  • Stonehenge
  • Tour Includes
  • Private minibus
  • Expert guide
  • Virtual-reality experiences in Stonehenge and Bath
  • Fully-guided tour of Roman Baths
  • Fully-guided tour of Stonehenge
Stonehenge
A virtual view of Stonehenge.
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We will always recommend your company and especially Simon. He made the long day fun, interesting and totally worth the price. Thank you

Katie was wonderful. So knowledgable and passionate about the history and the engineering marvels of Stonehenge and Bath. This tour was so much better than a double-decker tourist bus could ever have been. I will definitely recommend it to others and revisit Take Walks next time I'm traveling. Thanks!


FAQ

Is this tour accessible to people using wheelchairs?
No. Unfortunately our vans are not equipped to transport wheelchair users. Please contact us at info@takewalks.com for suggestions on more suitable tours.
Does this tour run rain or shine?
Yes. However, on days of heavy rain, we do not go inside the tomb of West Kennett Long Barrow for safety reasons. If this happens on your tour you will stop at the Avebury Stone Circle instead.