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  • £35.00 Adult
  • £17.50 Child (5-15)
  • £5.00 Child (under 5)
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From Bath To Avebury Stone Circles And Cotswold Villages

A shorter day tour exploring the ancient Avebury Stone Circles, Lacock National Trust Village and Castle Combe in the Cotswolds.

‘What does it feel like to walk inside a stone circle?  Have you ever wanted to see some of England’s most beautiful historical houses and inns?  If the answer is yes but you are short of time, then we have the solution.  Visit Avebury Stone Circles and the nearby villages of Lacock and the beautiful Castle Combe in the Cotswolds.  This tour has a later start time for those who need to travel to Bath.  If you are looking for drama, history and scenery then this is the tour for you.  Walk between the giant monolithic stones that make up one of Europe’s’ largest stone circles.  Take in the diverse architecture of England’s historical houses – including ‘chocolate box’ thatched cottages and contrasting black and white timbered houses.  Our tour starts later than our regular tours, allowing you time to travel to Bath in time for the bus departure.

We’ve specifically kept our tours small and personal with a maximum group size of 16.  This gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy this stunning part of England.  Our local guides have a wealth of knowledge about the area.  They will provide you with plenty of information about the history, culture, theories and legends.




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Tour Highlights

  • Avebury Stone Circles
  • Lacock National Trust Village
  • Castle Combe Village
  • Silbury Hill
  • Cherhill White Horse
Cotswolds
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Avebury Stone Circles

This is a lesser known megalithic monument which is 16 times larger in area than Stonehenge and nearly 1000 years older!  The lack of media attention at this site has helped to maintain its magical charm.  There are no restrictions to prevent you from wandering freely amongst the stones here.  This is the ultimate location to try your hand at dowsing and try and discover for yourself the energy of the stones!

This is the largest man made object in prehistoric Europe.  It was built 4800 years ago and took longer to build than Stonehenge.  It’s purpose is still one of the great unsolved mysteries although theory and speculation abound!

Cherhill White Horse – Photo Stop

White horses are a feature of the Wiltshire landscape.  Carved out of the chalk hills they appear dramatic against the rich green landscape.  Cherhill White Horse is nearly 300 years old.  It is one of thirteen original white horses in Wiltshire.

Waggon and Horses

This traditional thatched inn, originally built in 1669 was frequently visited by Charles Dickens and is mentioned in the Pickwick papers.  The inn offered accommodation, grazing land for cattle and a stable and smithy.  The inn has had ghostly sightings – an elderly lady dressed in a white smock thought to be the ghost of a previous landlady and an elderly gentleman dressed in the style conducive of the Victorian era smoking a pipe.  Sometimes an unmistakable aroma of pipe tobacco has been noticed near the fireplace.

Lacock National Trust Village – Lunch Stop

This picturesque village consists of properties dating from the 13th and 18th centuries.  It was once a prosperous woollen town, but now it seems like a village trapped in time.  There has been no major building here in the last 200 years so you really feel as if you’re stepping back into a long forgotten era.  We usually make this our lunch stop . There’s a pretty café, a bakery and a selection of wonderful country pubs including one that has had a licence since 1362!

If you’re interested in film locations Lacock has been used many times.  It became the town of Meriton in the BBC production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  The Abbey and some of the houses were also used in the filming of the first two Harry Potter movies.  The Abbey is not open during winter months.  For more details of this National Trust property visit our “other useful sites” web page”.

Castle Combe Village

In the southern part of the Cotswolds lies Castle Combe.  This idyllic village nestles in a small wooded valley with its meandering stream and weavers’ cottages.  The castle has long gone but its stone was used to build the Manor House, now a sumptuous hotel.  As well as being the set for the original Dr Dolittle film and Stardust, Stephen Spielberg was there in 2010 filming Warhorse.



Important Information

  • This tour begins at 11.00 am prompt, from the Abbey Hotel, 1 North Parade. BA1 1LF.  This is a one-minute walk from the Abbey church.
  • Please aim to arrive at 10.50 am so we can depart on time.
  • We have designed our tours to keep travelling time down to a minimum.
  • The longest stretch in our 16 seat mini coach is 1 hour.
  • Time spent at Avebury Stone Circles – 1 hour (approx).
  • Time spent at Silbury Hill – photo stop.
  • Time spent at Cherhill White Horse – photo stop.
  • Time spent at Lacock National Trust – 2 hours 15 minutes.
  • Time spent at Castle Combe – 40 minutes.
  • Return time to Bath is 17.30pm.
  • All times are approximate.
  • If you have specific needs or concerns please contact us by email so we can assist you.
  • We do not recommend this tour for under 3 years.


FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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Why stop there?


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